I trained as a nurse in the 70s and worked in the NHS until 1997 in a range of clinical and management roles during which time I did a part time MBA at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1996. I left the NHS to work in the charity sector, starting as the Director of the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow. I remained with Marie Curie for the next 17 years, including 7 years as Director of Nursing and Patient Services, for the UK. Because of this role I moved to London and then to East Sussex in 2009. Since leaving Marie Curie I have been the Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, CEO of Freedom from Torture and Interim CEO of The Brandon Centre, in London, retiring in June 2019. I moved to Westfield in December 2019, having built our eco house here. I have been in a range of Trustee roles and am delighted to be able to put my experience to good use as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St Michael’s Hospice.