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Celia Edey was born in 1946 and brought up in Colchester, UK. Her mother, Lois, was Sir Walter Stanford’s grand-daughter, and her father a consultant surgeon. In 1968 she married Russell, who had been educated in South Africa where they spent the first few years of their marriage. They lived in Melbourne, Australia, for six and a half years, before returning to the UK with their three children. Celia has spent many years working in the charitable and public sectors as a volunteer, including as a magistrate, a fundraiser, a school governor, and latterly as board member for two universities, for which she was awarded the O.B.E. Her hobbies have included dancing, tennis, golf and singing. She has taken on the role of ‘family archivist’, but makes sure she still has time to spend with her children and grandchildren.