May is a classically trained textile tutor and co-presenter of BBC's hit series The Great British Sewing Bee.
May was born in South East London in 1951 and attended The Roan Grammar School for girls in Greenwich.
May qualified as a teacher in 1972 on completion of an intensive course in design, pattern cutting, dressmaking, tailoring, soft furnishing, traditional and modern embroidery at St Osyth’s College Clacton on Sea.
In a career spanning over 40 years there has been lots of variety and interesting projects and challenges including: running a needlework department in a school, teaching adults soft furnishing, dressmaking and craft, project managing textile refurbishment of complete houses.
May currently divides her time between teaching various residential courses at Denman College in Oxfordshire, day workshops at Ardington College in Oxfordshire and occasional weekly classes at Peter Symonds College in Winchester.
May also provides workshops, talks and demonstrations.