Experience and Skill Set
Over forty years experience in the public sector. Working directly with vulnerable children and their families in early years and social work settings in her early career reinforced the importance of education and the role of education services in safeguarding children. In more recent years there has been opportunity to shape service delivery, influence practice, lead on workforce recruitment and development and manage significant budgets.
Profession and Job Roles
Qualified as a Social Worker in 1985. Working in Children’s Services throughout this time, initially as a front line child protection social worker, then team manager and head of service. Took up a post as Assistant Director in Children’s Services in 2012 with full responsibility for a social work and family support workforce in excess of 140 people. Held the post until 2018 before taking early retirement. Have taken on a number of short term projects as a consultant until March.
I have two grown up children and a 3 year old grandson. I practice Pilates and have recently taken up running. I enjoy reading, walking and foreign travel. We have recently acquired a motor home so now taking the opportunity to get to know the UK better. I love good food but have little interest in cooking. I have a large garden that I am just becoming familiar with and I volunteer with a local group working alongside young adults with learning disabilities.
I have worked in the public sector with children my whole adult life and whilst I believe I have made a valuable contribution I have also gained much in return. It was always my intention to continue to make a contribution in some way and this work gives me the opportunity to do so.