Board of Trustees
I have spent my career working in and for the NHS, firstly as a project officer for the NHS London Sexual Health Programme, and then as a management consultant for the healthcare advisory team in a large accountancy firm. My current role is Development Adviser at NHS Improvement, an arms-length government body, where I have worked on developing NHS strategy at an organisational, local, and national level. I have become Chair of the Trustees for Social Action for Health because I can see how this organisation makes a real and tangible difference to people’s lives. I am excited about the potential the organisation has to improve the health and wellbeing of so many communities.
I am passionate about social change and strongly believe that people who experience challenges and issues are often best placed to solve them – all of which fits very well with Social Action for Health’s community development approach. I currently work as Head of Research & Design at Unltd. I think that research is at its best when it is applied to create change and inform practice. I drive a culture of learning and innovation at UnLtd and lead all monitoring, evaluation, research and impact work. In 2009-2014, I was Head of Research at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a non-departmental public body in Great Britain that aims to build a fairer Britain through challenging discrimination, protecting and promoting human rights and monitoring, enforcing and promoting equality.
I am a leadership development practitioner, facilitator and coach, with many years experience of working across the private and public sectors, with particular experience in the NHS, working with individuals, teams and organisations from ward to board, and currently a member of the Faculty of the NHS Leadership Academy. I am Director and co-founder of my own business – an experiential learning consultancy – working with a network of professionals from many different disciplines. I am proud and privileged to be a trustee of Social Action for Health – the quality and social value of the work is exceptional.
I have been involved with Social Action for Health for over three years first as volunteer to deliver health project in Waltham Forest and then as Trustee for last two years. Over the past 40 years I have been involved in community development work as Youth worker an have served on District Health Authority, Community Health Council, Regional Arts Board, National Council for Voluntary Organisation. I was elected Councillor in Nottingham City Council where I also served as Sheriff of Nottingham. My experience includes running European funded projects including Investors in People, Social Enterprise project and Business skills programmers. My interest lies in Community development and capacity building and recently been lecturing on social issues and supporting businesses.
I have been living in Hackney for the last 20 years where I have been a trustee for Social Action for Health since 2007. I currently work for the National Housing Federation as a Health Partnership Coordinator. I was the former Chief Executive of the Afiya Trust, one of the leading race equality health charities in the country. I have previously worked as a manager for Citizens Advice Bureau; senior civil servant at the Department of Health and Local Government Association; Director of the Brent Health Action Zone (Brent Primary Care Trust), and Regional Director for MIND. I am Patron for Santé a Camden social enterprise which support refugees and asylum seekers. I am a board member for North London Muslim Housing Association.
Born in Norfolk I migrated to London aged 18. I trained as a nurse at the London Hospital (now the Royal London) followed by a yaer as a VSO nurse in Zambia and several years as a health visitor in Suffolk and then in Hackney when we moved back. I have lived, worked and brought up my family in Hackney for over 40 years. In 2006 I retired from 18 years as Director of Care Services for a large not for profit care provider covering east London and Thurrock. Not knowing how to be retired I got work with Social Action for Health door knocking on a Hackney estate – and became a trustee soon afterwards. I am also Chair of CHOICE in Hackney (a user led disabled organisation) and a trustee at the local Carers Centre in Hackney. Social Action for Health is a uniquely vibrant organisation and I am proud to be able to work with such a great group of people.
I have worked in financial services in the City of London my entire professional life, both in industry and regulation. I joined Social Action for Health as Treasurer in 2010, and l have been delighted to see the organisation grow successfully through some significant changes and challenges. I have been involved with charity work for a number of years now. I am a former board member of Quo Vadis Trust and the Foundation for Assistive Technology(FAST).