I joined the Dystonia Society in 2015, after retiring from the NHS, having spent over 20 years as a board director at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Sandwell Primary Care Trust and George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton. For most of the time I was Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive, but spent periods as Interim Chief Executive too. I therefore have experience of both running hospitals and commissioning services as well as being involved in the management of primary care.

I have not had any previous experience of dystonia, not even in the NHS! However, I have a son with autism, so I have a lot of experience of the challenges faced by people with disabilities in accessing support and services, including education and employment.

I have been a governor of Queen Alexandra College for 12 years, and Chairman for the last 4 years. This is an independent specialist college, and a charity, for people with a wide range of sensory, cognitive and health disabilities. I am a trustee of the Birmingham Royal Institution for the Blind, which owns property and supports QAC and other charities associated with vision impairment. I am also a governor of WCG, which operated 7 further education colleges across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

So I hope my professional and personal experience will benefit members of the Society.

As my other son now lives in Sydney, it will come as no surprise that my other main interest is travel!