Elspeth was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1953. She lived in La Paz and Cochabamba,(Bolivia) Santiago, (Chile), Lima (Peru) and Montevideo (Uruguay) until the age of 19 when she came to England to attend University as an overseas student. She met her husband, Phil, at Essex University and has been married to him for thirty three years. They have three sons and two grandaughters. Elspeth lives in London with Phil.