What attracted you to being a trustee at Lankelly Chase?
For all my working life, I have been seeking to improve outcomes for people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. This began in my early 20s in the voluntary sector, working in a therapeutic community, and then establishing an advice centre for those in the Criminal Justice system. After social work training I joined the Probation Service, working with those deemed high risk, and managing a Public Protection Team in London. Since 2001, I have worked in local government, in East London and now Calderdale, West Yorkshire. In my present role as Director of Communities and Service Support I have the privilege of leading a thousand staff and a budget of 35m, seeking as ever to build esteem, hope and new solutions to the challenges our service users encounter, trying each and every day to make the system work a bit better from within.
I am proud to be a trustee of Lankelly Chase as I believe it embodies the values I strive for, and is prepared to take risks by developing next practice in a courageous way. I have a particular interest in tackling domestic abuse, migration, the role of the arts in public services, and values based leadership. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Policy Committee of NIACE (National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education), a school governor and a peer adviser for local government across the UK.