In my 37 year career in the NHS, I held positions in clinical nursing and executive management and leadership. Before retiring in 2008, I held the post of Chief Executive for the former East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust for 2 ½ years. During my professional career, I became adept at developing, interpreting and implementing strategy; able at meeting deadlines and targets and competing priorities; and flexible and resilient to the ever- changing policy agenda.
Over the years, I have held voluntary positions in the community as a youth leader in 2 local churches, a member of an Independent Monitoring Board for a local prison, a Trustee for a national Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Charity, a Magistrate and a Parish Councillor. This varied experience has exposed me to different organisational systems and cultures, given me new networks, knowledge and confidence, and allowed me to transfer my skills to support and challenge leaders in different fields.
My interest in education began in 2009 when I coordinated a team of 12 mentors supporting GCSE maths students at Sydney Smith School. This prompted my pursuit to become a school governor, which I did first at Sydney Smith and then at Kelvin Hall. I was elected Chair of Governors at Kelvin Hall in 2014. It has been a real privilege to be a governor in an outstanding school and to support the co-operative values of the schools seeking to become partners in the YHCLT. Whatever new changes are ahead for education, I am keen to work with local leaders to develop the best possible environment for our students and staff to be successful.