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.
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. 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.
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 director and company secretary for Mary's Meals; chair of her local community café (The Mill at St Joseph's) board; and on the operational board of the international charity, Reboot the Future. She has graduated in Theology and is a regular worship leader in her local church.
As well as operating Heart in Mouth, Ishbel works at New College, University of Edinburgh delivering presentation skills training and with the candidates for ministry with the Church of Scotland at a national level.