Eileen trained as an SRN in Newcastle upon Tyne and then as a State Certified Midwife in Leeds and Bristol. She worked as a midwife in Durham before taking up a post as Nurse /Midwife at the private British Hospital in Oporto. Following this, from 1964, she worked in Government hospitals in Lusaka, Zambia then in Kenya for 4 years.
Then through USPG she went, at the invitation to Bishop Daniel de Pina Cabral, to Maputo (then Lourenco Marques) first assisting the Bishop in his office while gaining the necessary educational qualification in the Portuguese language to gain a permit to work as a qualified nurse and midwife at the Mission station Messumba in Niassa Province where she married Ken.
After the take over by Frelimo they transferred to Batlharos Hospital in Bophutatswana and then to St Francis Hospital in Katete, Zambia, returning to England in 1993. In 1994, she worked in London on the “Bank” for the midwifery department at St Thomas’s Hospital and then as Housekeeping manager at the Christian Alliance Hostel before becoming Parish Administrator at St John’s Church, Waterloo, retiring in 2016. Since then she has worked part time in the USPG offices in London as a volunteer.