Vivienne spent her career in the Civil Service, at first in the Home Office, but later providing ICT to the police, in the Health and safety Executive, and finally in the Office of Fair Trading where she was Chief Executive at its closure.

A qualified accountant, she specialised in finance and other corporate functions and she led a wide range of operational services. Since retirement she has been deeply involved in governing two schools. One was successfully turned round having been in special measures. The other is a very large nursery and infants school facing a number of challenges.

She also sits on the Boards of 3 other national charities - Young Epilepsy, where she chairs the Audit committee; the Henry Smith Charity, where she chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee; and the Charity for Civil Servants where she is the Treasurer. She is the Vice Chair of the Home Office Retired Staff Association and has seen many of the issues facing older people while supporting her own relatives.