Brought up in Pencaitland, Lisa joined The Music School in first year to study cello, piano, composition and sing jazz. Choosing to follow a wide-ranging education in The Music School and a demanding academic regime at Broughton enabled Lisa to 'juggle many projects simultaneously which is an absolute essential in management and the media.' Lisa was also involved in many extra-curricular activities such as regional choirs, orchestras and ensembles, and a work placement in fifth year at Forth FM inspired her future career in radio.
At the University of York, Lisa studied a wide range of subjects including authentic performance techniques, improvisation, film music and continued with her interests in jazz singing. She also kept in touch with Forth FM. Immediately after graduating Lisa won a Gold Sony Award for presenting and producing the ground-breaking Festival programme Hot in the City.
In 1993 Lisa moved to London to spend two years as a producer at Classic FM and 'absorb huge amounts of information on the world of commercial radio.' She had particular responsibility for the Evening Concert and weekend programmes. 'One of the great things about Classic FM was the travelling. I produced programmes in Holland, California, Cannes and all over the UK.'
In 1995 Lisa was appointed Manager of Radio Services for a new company set up to run Channel Travel Radio. In 1996 Lisa became Managing Director, making her the youngest MD in British commercial radio. Under Lisa's direction, the company expanded considerably with stakes in Thames FM, The Sound and CTFM. Lisa then became Public Affairs Manager for the Commercial Radio Companies Association, which involved managing the industry's interests through the legislative process.
In 2016, Lisa was appointed the first female principal at Gordonstoun: