Appointed December 2022.
Why did you want to become a governor?
I have a lifelong interest in the quality of mental health services, and connections with the Tavistock and Portman for decades, both personally and professionally.
This is a critical time for the Tavistock and I would like to help. The NHS is in crisis: adults, children and young people with mental health problems are experiencing long delays accessing vital treatments; we do not have enough staff and the staff we do have are exhausted, demoralised and anxious about the standards of service.
What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?
I recently left my job as Chief Executive of The Point of Care Foundation (www.pointofcarefoundation.org.uk). I now teach and do advisory work. I believe I have relevant skills and experience, and time, to be an effective governor.
I have a good knowledge and understanding of NHS policy, patient safety, quality improvement and the governance of NHS Trusts. I worked for decades in the NHS: in research, management, central government, regulation, patient and public involvement, and latterly as a national advocate and champion of more human healthcare for patients and staff. I am not hierarchical and I am a good team player. I am a good listener, and generally calm, good-humoured and collaborative but I will stick my neck out and speak up when I think it is required.
Do you have any relevant interests (financial, political or other) to declare?