Mental Health Commissioner
Starting a career in Banking, which included studies in Business Studies and Economics, my first honours degree was in social sciences which then led to postgraduate studies at London University and a Masters of Science in Politics. I was also a researcher at the University part-time helping set up an academic Journal and international conference events. Moving into the NHS, I worked for the organisation for over 25 years in various strategy, planning, and policy roles and was a regional council member for the Institute of Healthcare Management. This period included being an Associate Director leading on Mental Health commissioning for a whole area and working extensively across London. I was also the Head of Planning and Performance for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the biggest Mental Health Trust in the UK. I was also part of the “Aspiring Directors” programme in the NHS and successfully did courses at Ashridge Business School and the Senior Managers Programme at the Kings Fund. More recently, I have completed a Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Business and I have become an independent consultant with an interest in healthcare delivery and I am looking for opportunities to develop my interest in mental health.