After a grammar school education and a college course in business studies, Valerie’s ambition was to join the police force, but a recurring ear problem thwarted her dream. She pursued a sales career, along with part-time work as a fashion model. Later moving to working in hotel management, she met and married a Dutchman and together they had a daughter. Their journey through life has seen them live in the Netherlands, UK, Belgium and Hungary. Settled now in the Netherlands, Valerie relaxes with her Bengal cats and enjoys walking her dogs whenever she can.