As Operational Director at Changing Lives I lead our services for women and employment, with responsibility for projects across the North and Midlands. I am driven by the commitment to ensure that our quality and growth is led by listening to the people who use our services and experiences of our staff, to meet the needs of people with severe and multiple disadvantage in our communities. I see my role as providing a connection to policy makers, building influence across strategic and political landscapes.
This takes me into the world of institutional advocacy and system change, while building close connections with a wide range of partners – especially as Women’s Specialist on the RR3 advisory group for Ministry of Justice and Chair of the Women’s Network Forum. I see creativity and innovation as imperative for the sector to thrive. This means exploring diverse opportunities for business development including social investment, the arts, building cross-sector consortia and national partnerships.
I have governance roles with Millfield House Foundation and am Chair of 1772 Charity and have been Visiting Fellow of University of East Anglia for 6 years. Based in the fantastic city of Newcastle upon Tyne I started my career in the homeless sector and then qualified as a Probation Officer, before joining Changing Lives in 2006.