I am Director of Quality and Innovation and started work at Friends of the Elderly in 2016.
My professional career has allowed me to be involved in healthcare, housing and social care over many years. I am a Registered Nurse and hold a number of clinical qualifications, including qualifications in Orthopaedics (ONC) and Community Nursing (DN). I also hold a Certificate in Management (CiM) and a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Integrated Health and Social Care from Christ Church University Canterbury, Kent. I have recently worked in clinical practice at The Heart of Kent Hospice, Aylesford, in Palliative Care near my hometown of Maidstone, The County Town of Kent
Among my professional appointments, I have been a Regional Care Director with Avante Care and Support, Head of Care Welfare and Housing with RBLI an Ex-Armed Forces charity based in Kent, supporting ex-Armed forces families and personnel with a range of physical and mental health conditions.
My professional interests are in physical, mental health and age related conditions, in older people in particular Dementia type conditions.
As my job title suggests I work closely with other sections of the Charity in my role as Director of Quality and Innovation, and am a member of the Senior Management Team. My work also involves advising on strategy and policy along with managing the Audit, Health and Safety and Learning and Development Teams. I am passionate about person-centred approaches, ensuring the very best care and support is provided to older people, ensuring independence and self-determination.
I am also Chair of the National Care Forum, Practice and Quality Forum which engages and supports the not-for-profit sector.
On a personal level my interests include being active and I love running, cycling, swimming and challenges. I once climbed Mt Everest to raise money for The Royal British Legion, one of many big charity events I have undertaken. More recently I climbed the 24 Peaks in 24 Hours in the Lake District, to raise money for Dementia UK and the Admiral Nursing Service. My latest interest is in Paramotoring.
Being able to enjoy life in the fast lane motivates me. My piece of advice to my younger self is – be yourself, be mindful always and support your family and friends.
When I’m in my 80s I hope to remain as active as I have been in my working life, and my motto is “life is a journey – enjoy the ride!”