About the Trust
Before retirement, I had a 46-year career in Health and Local Authorities, mainly commissioning learning disabilities/mental health services/drug and alcohol services. My work involved direct contact with disadvantaged people, both adults and children and their families.
I am now involved in reviews of people with learning disabilities/mental health in specialist hospitals to ensure that they are safe, well cared for and have a good plan for discharge.
I am a Governor of St. Wilfrid’s R. C. College and a Director of the Academy Trust. I believe in ensuring the best educational opportunities for all our children.
Having had treatment in our local hospitals, including a bowel operation and having a pacemaker fitted, I know what it’s like to be a dependent patient. I greatly admire our NHS and the dedicated staff who work in it, facing demanding financial challenges with energy and commitment.
I believe in meaningful public and patient participation throughout the decision making processes such that difficult judgements have input by and support from relevant communities.
South Tyneside and its health services have much to be proud of but we must work hard for continuous improvement.