I am the former Deputy Chief Executive of Belong having joined in 2003. During this time I was one of the founding innovators of the Belong brand and played an instrumental role in revolutionising dementia care and pioneering an award-winning village model with small households to transform quality of life and up-end institutional, task-oriented approaches to care. Having been a member of NAPA for almost 20 years I am keen to give my support to others to help create vibrant communities keeping people active and able to lead more independent lives.
I am the Chair of the End of Life Partnership (EOLP) a Charity in Cheshire that aims to create a more complete and holistic approach to living well, care, death and loss through public awareness and community engagement, education and training.
I became a Winston Churchill Fellow in 2017 following my travel fellowship that took me to Australia, USA and Europe to research dementia designed communities and care homes.
I developed an Intergenerational project with Ready Generations and was involved in the inception of the Nursery in Belong Chester, and lead on the development of the Arts and Dementia project in partnership with the Bluecoat in Liverpool.
I won the 2011 Healthcare Design Champion in the Building Better Healthcare Design Awards.
I been a registered nurse for nearly 40 years and as a nurse and innovator, I have always kept people and their wellbeing at the heart of all that I do, encouraging those around me to step into the other person’s shoes and to make things happen.
I live in Cheshire. I support Manchester City. I have a campervan, a Jack Russell and 4 beautiful granddaughters that keep me busy. I speak a little Spanish.