I started my working life as a microbiologist and spent some time working in medical research and frontline clinical services. I entered health service management in 1994. In this role I had several roles in many NHS organisations across the SouthWest peninsula. I retired in 2017 and since then I have continued my commitment to serve my community by serving as a town councillor in Bovey Tracey and as a trustee for both Moorland Community Caring and Teignbridge CVS. I hope that my experience has helped support and develop these organisations during what has been a period of great change and challenge for voluntary services. I am aware of the great pressures that staff in the voluntary services have had to endure during this time and have tried to contribute positively to the management of the many challenges for staff and service users as statutory provision contracts. I also have a dog called BOJO.