I’m a qualified social worker with 40 years’ experience across health, social care, and wider local government, spanning a full range of roles in the public, private and charity sectors. In April 2020 I stepped down as Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), after six years in the role. Prior to that, I’d been a local authority Chief Executive and a Director in two authorities covering both children’s and adult services. I currently chair the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, am engaged in various consultancy projects, and am a trustee and volunteer for a leading hospice. I’m keen to bring all that experience and insight to Persona as we continue the organisation’s journey supporting people to live their best life and becoming respected as a key social care delivery partner in Bury.
Good care services and experiences matter hugely to me. As a result of various conditions and disabilities in my own family, I know what it’s like when health, social care and other services work well together in person-centred ways - and frankly when they don’t. Achieving what is best for a person and avoiding organisational positions and rivalries doesn’t sound like rocket science, but we seem to make it so difficult at times!
Outside of the day job I front a sixties spoof band and wear as many as 16 wigs during a pub/function performance – “a triumph of style over substance” as one less than satisfied punter said!