I originate from Leeds but have lived and worked in Blackburn most of my life. I am married with three grown up daughters and eight grandchildren.
I worked for Lancashire County Council for twenty seven years in roles including the registration and inspection of private and voluntary homes for all client groups, the management of the Local Authority Homes and Day Centres and the development of services for adults. I have instigated a number of care home closures where standards and working practices were well below acceptable levels. Safeguarding has also played an important part during my career and I am passionate about ensuring justice for people who find themselves in a vulnerable situation. I have a wealth of experience about people suffering from a dementia and have worked closely with the Health Authority to ensure smooth and appropriate discharges from hospital.
As a member of the Board of Healthwatch I hope that my knowledge and experience will help to improve the health and social care services for people within the region and empower people to communicate their needs, giving them an opportunity to influence current and future services