Sheila von Rimscha has lived for most of her adult life in Cambridge, apart from 6 years spent in Germany. She studied music and music activities are still an important part of her life; she plays in several orchestras, and is the Secretary and a Trustee of the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Her professional career started in IT, initially as a systems analyst and programmer. Later she moved into communications and PR roles, as a freelance journalist and as European Marketing Director of an international software company. In recent years, she has been involved in voluntary work for several local charities including Emmaus, Age UK and Cam Sight.