Profile: Who is Vicky Pryce?

Vicky Pryce has today been found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Vicky Pryce was born Vasiliki Courmouzis in Athens, 1953.

The middle of three children, she speaks four languages, and moved to London when she was 17, working at the Mayfair Hotel as a room service telephonist to pay for her O-levels and A-levels.

A scholarship from a Greek foundation took her to the LSE, where she studied economics, and met her first husband, whose name she took. They had two daughters.

Her first marriage ended in 1981, and in 1984 when she was a corporate economist at Exxon, she married Chris Huhne. They have three children together.

She worked as a partner at KPMG, frequently travelling abroad to eastern Europe, China, India and Africa. When Huhne became an MEP, she gave up her role at KPMG as it was not possible for the family to flourish with both parents frequently away from home, she told the Guardian.

In 2002, she was head-hunted as director general and chief economic advisor at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - the first woman to be appointed to the role.

An accomplished economist, she previously held professorships at City University’s Cass Business School, Imperial College Business School and Nuffield College, Oxford

Vicky Pryce arrives for her trial at Southwark Crown Court Credit: Dominic Lipinski-PA Wire

In June 2010, she was forced to resign from the Government Economic Service in order to avoid a conflict of interest as her husband was an MP. She was still working out her notice when Huhne left the family home.

Pryce discovered his affair hours before it was reported in the News of the World, describing the news as a “tremendous shock.”

Today Pryce, 60, of Crescent Grove, Clapham, south London, was found of perverting the course of justice by taking Chris Huhne's speeding points a decade ago.

Former energy secretary Huhne pleaded guilty last month to perverting the course of justice by passing his points to Pryce in 2003, ending his political career. Both now face jail.