Dr Sanders was educated at Sutton High School and then St Hugh’s College Oxford, where she read biochemistry, and, subsequently, medicine, transferring to UCH London for her clinical degree.
Meanwhile, she met and married Colin Sanders, a brilliant electronics engineer and already founder of 4 companies. She spent her early married life in London during the week and in Oxfordshire at the weekends, and later travelled and entertained a great deal in relation to his work with his most successful company, Solid State Logic.
Dr Sanders’ medical career was spent mostly in and around Oxford; she specialised in anaesthetics and obtained her FFARCS in 1982. From 1986 she worked as a part-time consultant in Banbury.
In 1990, she and her husband adopted 2 children, and, in 1991, their half sibling. Sadly, her husband was killed in a helicopter crash in 1998 and she gave up medicine to spend more time with the children, and to take over her husband’s businesses. One of these, Induced Energy Ltd, manufacturer of professional induction hobs, supplied the kitchens at Harris Manchester College. Dr Sanders still manages this company and spends most of the working week there.
She is also Chairman of The Souldern Trust, a charitable trust set up by her husband for the support of local education, music and medicine, and she is also a trustee of Oxford Cloud Tutors.
Colin Sanders’ family were regular attenders at Manchester College chapel (as it was then), and he and Dr Sanders were married there in 1974. Dr Sanders has, therefore, had a long association with the College, and has been an Honorary Fellow since 2003.