Prior to my retirement in 2010, I worked for 40 years in a number of roles in Local Authorities, the Civil Service and national and local voluntary organisations. I was a front line social worker and then moved on to management roles concerned with service and policy development.
My particular areas of expertise and experience span: activity to reduce the impact of poverty and disadvantage, children’s rights, support to vulnerable parents and families, organisational change and partnership working across public services and the voluntary sector.
At times my family have also had the support of public services through a number of life crises.
I have seen the way that the many challenges people face in getting the support and services they need can be reduced or removed through changes to systems and flexibility on the part of providers. I appreciate the importance and value of advocacy in enabling people to describe their difficulties and to influence their resolution.
Since I retired I have been involved in voluntary work as the Chair of Trustees for a local organisation working with parents and families and as a research and campaigns co-ordinator at Mendip CAB.
When my previous trustee role ended, I applied to be a trustee for Swan because I felt my personal and professional experience could be useful to the organisation and I was keen to learn more about Swan and support its work.