I am originally from Glasgow and, although I have lived in Gateshead with my wife and family for the last 30 years, the accent lingers on. I have been a teacher in a range of schools and have worked as a Children's Centre Development Officer and as an inspector for Ofsted. I am currently Equality and Diversity Adviser within a local authority’s education support service as well as running an independent educational consultancy.
My involvement with NEAS goes back over 25 years to Northumbria Ambulance Service days, when I helped found what was probably the first community first responder scheme in the North East. I am still a trustee of that scheme and an active first responder. I have continued to develop my interest in pre-hospital care both in theory and practice and am a member of the Pre-Hospital Care Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. I have also been involved in the public health field as a board member of Healthwatch and currently sit on Fitness to Practise committees for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council.
I have been a public governor since NEAS became a foundation trust. I sit on a number of sub-committees and have been Lead Governor for the past three years. I regard it as great privilege to have been elected to represent the members in the South of Tyne constituency and I continue to do my best to ensure that the voices of all residents from all communities are heard by Trust management.