Having lost a close friend to MND many years ago I’ve long had an interest in the work of the Association and I feel very proud to be appointed to the role of co-opted Trustee.
Throughout my career I’ve been involved working with organisations, and people who use services, to commission better health and social care to improve life chances for vulnerable people.
In recent years this work has changed direction with a greater focus on integrating health and care so that when people or their families and carers need access to services they are joined up, reducing the need for multiple conversations with different professionals.
It’s this knowledge and understanding of how the care system works, gained through a number of roles in the NHS, local government and for the last several years with the Department of Health, which I bring to support the work of the Association and people living with MND.
Aside from my day job I’m a trustee of a charity in the north east helping young people realise their potential and I chair a prison health research board. Both these roles have helped me understand the important difference a trustee can make through insight, energy and commitment and I intend to put all my experience to good use in delivery of the Association’s vision.