Ishbel Smith founded Heart In Mouth not because she loves the sound of her own voice but because she loves enabling others to find their own unique voice.
Dragged to elocution lessons in order to "cure" a Glasweigan accent by her Fife born mother, Ishbel became entranced with the power of the spoken word at an early age. Throughout school and university, she revelled in the world of competitive debating, representing Edinburgh University at two World Debating Championships and training and judging school pupils in debates. She also was a regular volunteer for Radio Lollipop and her local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Once qualified as a lawyer, she worked as a commercial litigator for over 20 years where she was lucky enough to appear regularly in court; speak at conferences and receive training from world renowned presentation coaches. She worked with a wide variety of blue chip and institutional clients on strategic approaches to litigation, involving her directly in advising on the communications, PR and internal ramifications of the issue at hand. Her latter professional years saw her assume a professional support role in the law firm, designing, delivering and co-ordinating training for clients and fellow lawyers. She also served with Lady Hale on the users committee of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
Since leaving the law, Ishbel has worked as a volunteer in the Third Sector with a variety of organisations including the SCVO, the Church of Scotland and Mary's Meals. She is currently a trustee and vice chair for Mary's Meals and chair of her local community café (The Mill at St Joseph's) board. She has graduated in Theology and is a regular worship leader in her local church.
In her spare time, there is nothing that Ishbel likes more than sticking her nose in a book or trying to escape her teenage children while running with her dog in the Pentland Hills or pretending that she knows how to grow vegetables.