Caroline was born and raised in Bedford. After leaving school, she trained as a PA in Oxford and subsequently worked for Oxford University Press, and then in the marketing department of Tropicana UK Ltd in Guildford just as they launched in the UK. She married Nicholas in 1991 and they have three children. In 1999, the family moved to Little Shelford just outside Cambridge. Caroline has been a non-Executive Director of the Howard Group (a family property business which was started by her grandfather) since 1994. As a shareholder of the company, she also chairs the Family Council. She is also a Trustee of a number of charities including the Howard Foundation, Mrs Jane Cart’s Trust, and the Police Shrievalty Trust and is also a Patron of Viva, an arts and community group in Soham. Caroline is involved in her local church where she has served as churchwarden, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, being involved in the local community, and going to the theatre.
Caroline is the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2021/22. She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 2021.