I joined AFG’s Board in February 2016 and I have been the chair of the Audit & Risk Committee since November 2017.
I am a Chartered Accountant with broad business experience having worked for Ernst & Young (EY), the NHS and for myself for 30 years.
I was the Executive Director of Performance at NHS Manchester for six years and led a large team of IT, Information and Performance staff within a £1bn NHS commissioning and provider organisation. I have also undertaken improvement roles at the Department of Health and at Strategic Health Authority level, working with different NHS and Local Authority service teams.
Working for myself has been thoroughly rewarding and provided me with a significant period of personal development and a different perspective. One aspect of corporate life that I missed and that I have been able to reconnect with, through joining the board of AFG, is working within a wider high functioning senior team.
I undertook my accountancy training in Manchester, developing stewardship experience from undertaking internal and external public sector audits, along with 12 years as a school governor. I am logical, disciplined and enjoy working with and learning from others.
On a personal level my best friend from school days has schizophrenia and has been homeless. He is very capable but due to his illness has been unemployed for nearly all of his life and has been largely reliant on supported housing. Also, my mother has dementia and needs support but steadfastly refuses it (part of the condition) and drives away those prepared to help. This highlights to me the importance and difficulty of providing services to vulnerable groups and the great work that AFG staff do in supporting our service users to live independently.
I particularly enjoy the ethos of the third sector and contributing to help AFG develop as a strong partner of Local Authorities and the NHS – to help to support and meet people’s needs in new, effective and innovative ways.