Having worked within the voluntary sector for more than twenty years in a varying range of capacities, with a background in management and organisational development in the early phase of my career I quickly established that I wanted to focus more directly on healthcare and the wellbeing of people. Moving away from a corporate environment I started to develop networks within the third sector and worked across a wide range of different organisations.
In 2006 I become more interested in mental health and how people can be discriminated against in the workplace. This over a period of time led me to become the Deputy Director of what was Colchester Mind. Having identified the need for more joined up services across the Essex area I then led on the acquisition of a smaller mental health charity to ensure robust services can be developed and maintain for the future across a wider area of Essex
I’m now the Chief Executive of Mid and North East Essex Mind the local mental health charity, linked to the national network that has developed the NHS five year forward view for mental health. In addition I’ve actively been involved with developing strategies within the local area and supported various work streams with both the local authority and clinical commissioning groups.
I welcome the opportunity to continue to support the newly established trust EPUT, having been a Governor for NEP for nearly eight years.