I began my career in the commercial sector in product and business development roles. My passion for the voluntary sector was sparked through supporting local   community groups, whilst a keen interest in health and social care led to my first role in the sector as a Service Manager for Brook. When the 17 independent Brook   charities merged in 2011, I became a member of the Executive Team leading on the development of multi-site Operations and Business Development functions across   the UK. Shortly after, I became Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for Service Delivery.

I am a Chartered Manager and have held organisational lead roles for safeguarding and as Caldicott Guardian. Most recently I was the Operations Director for   Compass where I led a range of integrated health and wellbeing services for young people and adults, including substance misuse, sexual health and mental health.

I found my niche in the voluntary sector working with like-minded people who are committed to the ethos and values of the organisation. My passion is understanding people's needs and challenges so that innovative integrated services can be developed with the flexibility to respond to those needs.