I am an Operating Department Practitioner by training and have worked in theatres for the past 20 years, working my way up from the operating room floor to part of the senior management team here at Liverpool Women’s. I have worked in a number of trusts in the North West, but have spent the last ten years here at LWH, it has become a home away from home and I care deeply about it.
I have also been a union representative for Unison at the hospital and have stood as a candidate for the city council, both of these have taught me to listen to and respect the views of others, even when they differ from my own; but it has also taught me about the need for clear and unambiguous communication.
I also volunteer with the Choir with No Name, a choir for the homeless and those marginalized by society.
Reasons for becoming a Governor:
My profession as an ODP is often overlooked within the NHS and the media, and in the public’s recognition of roles outside of Nursing and Medicine is somewhat limited. My professional body the Health Care Professions Council represents fifteen different professions – Biomedical Scientist, Dieticians, Physiotherapists and Radiographers to name but four.
Therefore, I wanted not only to raise the profile of these professions but to also be their voice within the governors, a voice that has been lacking in recent years.
What do you know about Liverpool Women's?
Having worked here for the past decade, I think that my knowledge of Liverpool Women’s is quite good. I know that we are the biggest hospital in Europe of our kind and that we are very good at what we do here. But I also know that there are future challenges that will need to be addressed as we move into the next ten years, and the opportunities we make and take will shape the hospital and its services for years to come.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about empowering people to succeed – to be the best that they can.
I am driven by a sense of social justice and that we, as a society, should help those less fortunate than ourselves.
But most of all, I care about Liverpool Women’s, its patients, babies, families and staff.