Or perhaps just a good person?
After having three children of their own, she and John began fostering children in 1973, later adopting two boys.
Alex found her true calling, not only as a mother to the children in her care, but as an adviser to fellow foster parents and a source of support to families whose children had been restored to them after a spell in temporary care.
After John Timpson’s father, Anthony, was ousted from the family business by his uncle Geoffrey, and the company sold to United Drapery Stores, then Hanson Trust, it was Alex who persuaded her husband to attempt a management buy-out and supported him as he led the negotiations to a successful conclusion in 1983.
Her concern for the less fortunate became the foundation on which her husband developed his company. Among other things he adopted a policy of hiring ex-offenders, taking their reoffending rate down from a national average of 62 per cent within a year of release to less than five per cent over 12 years. Another scheme was to make one of its employee’s dreams come true each month – recently a staff member travelled to Barbados to be reunited with a father she had not seen for 13 years.
31 foster children apparently.