I was born in Sheffield but have lived in Lincolnshire since the age of two! I am married, no children but a dog that helps keep me fit. In terms of hobbies and interests, I love travel, play in a band and have an obsessive interest in cars.
I worked in banking for 26 years in various roles and at various branches in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. I started as a cashier, ended up as a manager, and did most roles in between!
I then worked at Lincolnshire County Council for 11 years in the Organisational Development Team. This was a corporate role involving organisational change, learning and development, customer experience management and measurement, business planning and change management.
I took early retirement in 2014 and then spent a year doing some consultancy work, and joined the Every-One Board in October 2016
Through some of my work at Lincolnshire County Council I experienced the amazing contribution made by the many unpaid Carers in the county, often going unrecognised and unsupported. I am also aware that many people don't even acknowledge that they are carers themselves. Consequently they will not be aware of the support and advice that is available.
My parents are both 91 years old, and whilst they are lucky to have relatively good health for their age, their needs are gradually increasing. This has helped me empathise with those who look after relatives.
Every-One is committed to providing support to carers and the people they care for, and this mission is what inspired me to get involved.
What people appreciate about me
I am friendly, easy to talk to and a good listener.
I care about the things I do, and always try to achieve outcomes that are in the best interests of everyone involved.
I may ask challenging questions in order to understand a situation and find a way forward, but always do this in a positive, non-confrontational way.
What is important to me
I am passionate about equality, justice and fairness and believe it is important to consider the big picture and speak up for what is right.
We are all individuals and have different strengths and needs. Therefore I believe it is important we utilise people’s skills and help them meet their needs.
On a personal level my family and friends are obviously important to me - and I love my music and cars!
How to support me
I joined the Every-One Board in October 2016, and am keen to learn how I can best help Every-One achieve its potential. Therefore please talk with me and let me know.
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