I have come to the NHS late in life, having been a career Officer in the Army for 20 years and having spent 25 years in business, predominantly in Germany. I am hopeful that the navigational skills and varied languages learned will enable me as a Governor to navigate through the maze of different authorities with whom the KGH Trust works in one way or another and my language skills will eventually enable me to understand the new language and acronyms with which I now need to be familiar.
I am learning how the Trust works and how the different Groups and Committees interact and I hope the lessons I learned in business management will help me communicate through each level.
I have had need of assistance both from my practice in Corby (Lakeside) and from KGH and am privileged to have the chance to offer something in return. I look forward to the challenge of being a Public Governor for Corby for the next 3 years.
I was born in Kettering and left school without any qualifications to work initially for Texas Instruments in Bedford before moving to live in Dallas, USA.
I then moved to Haslemere Surrey where I set up my own international company, IPTest, travelled around the world and received a Queens award for my work in Japan. My company was taken over by US company LTX and after two years I retired and returned to live in Northamptonshire where I became a councillor for Old Village and Stanion for ten years.
I also funded, whilst living in Haslemere, a charity for special needs children, Busy Bees holding weekly events and paying for holidays.
I have spent most of my working life in the public sector - the last 15 years within the community development arena. My current administration roles mainly span the education sector (nursery – post 16). Since 2012 I have been a school governor at three separate schools – chairing a governor committee for 15 months. The majority of my roles concerned involving staff and users in improving services, reviewing processes and monitoring standards.
I am delighted to serve the Corby constituency as a Governor and to enhance the progress being made within Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.