My early career was in youth and play in the voluntary sector in a range of communities across London, working directly with young people and their families, and promoting community development. I moved into training, running courses for youth and play workers and then onto service management in local authorities where I managed many facilities and large budgets.
My experience of working in the community and not for profit sector served me well when I moved into Corporate Social Responsibility serving at Business in the Community for nine years and then 14 years as a Director at East London Business Alliance. My role there has been to broker successful relationships between corporates and the community and we developed exciting volunteering programmes such as Executive Partnerships and Board Builders.
I have served on several boards, as a grant maker at A Glimmer of Hope and was school governor for over nine years. I am a Greenwich resident and chaired the Plumstead Make Merry for ten years and am a member of Friends of Plumstead Common.
I ‘retired’ a year ago but am still working as a consultant on different projects in the CSR field and have started to work as a life coach.
In my spare time I like to travel, exercise and paint. I am passionate about volunteering and an advocate of the not for profit sector and people coming together to make a difference.