Current Non-executive Appointments

Government’s Thriving at Work Leadership Council

Committee Member (appointed 2019)

(A body set up in response to the workplace mental health review commissioned by the Prime Minister)


The Royal Society of Medicine

Vice-President and Board/Council Member (appointed 2017)

Member of two board committees: Audit and Risk Committee, Investment Committee

Director of RSM Commercial Services Ltd


The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO)

Member, Disciplinary Panel (appointed 2015)

(An organisation working on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and the Lord Chancellor with responsibility for judicial discipline including the removal of judges from office)


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Board Member of Regulatory Board (main board) (appointed 2014)

(The global regulator of accountancy with: 684,000 members; 101 offices in 82 countries)
Chairman, Qualifications Board – a subsidiary board responsible for ACCA’s global education and learning framework and examinations in 180 countries


Institute of Directors (loD)

Board Member (appointed 2013)

Chairman, Accreditation and Standards Committee – oversees standards and qualifications for boards and directors in all sectors UK and worldwide
Member, Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee, Audit and Risk Committee


Combat Stress

Vice-President (current) and former Board Member (appointed 2008)

(An organisation running hospitals treating war veterans with severe mental illness)

Chairman of a board committee: Clinical Governance Committee


Previous Non-executive Appointments

State Honours Committee, Cabinet Office

Member (2013-18)

(The body making honours recommendations to the Prime Minister and the Queen)


Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA)

Deputy Chairman of the Board (2010-16)

(The UK’s only apolitical think tank, London based with global operations)
Member of three board committees: Audit Committee, Nominations and Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee


Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Board Member (2012-16)

(The lead regulator for the university sector with an annual budget of c£6 billion)
Member of two board committees: Audit Committee, Leadership and Governance Strategic Advisory Committee (Vice-Chair)


Ethics Group: National DNA Database

Member (2007-14)

(A Non-Departmental Public Body of the Home Office)


University of Westminster

Deputy Chairman of the Board (2005-14)

Chairman of a board committee: Human Resources Committee

Member of two board committees: Strategy and Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee


RSA Academies

Board member (2012-13)

(A board with financial, curriculum and strategic responsibility for a family of schools)


Internet Watch Foundation

Deputy Chairman of the Board (2008-13)

(The regulator against aspects of criminality on the internet)

Member of two board committees: Audit Committee, Nominations Committee


National Specialist Commissioning Group (NSCG), Department of Health

Committee Member (sole independent member) (2007-12)

(The regulator and funder for health services nationally for rare and specialist diseases overseeing a budget of £6 billion p/a). Also, Appeals Chairman on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health for complex cases


Government’s Science Advisory Council, Defra

Board Member (2009-11)


Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Board Member (2008-11)

Chairman of a board committee: Mental Health Act Committee


Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners

Board Member (2006-8)


General Council of the Bar

Lay Member, Disciplinary Tribunals Board (2000-6)

Executive Career Government

Prime Ministers Delivery Unit, Cabinet Office (2006-07)

Senior Civil Servant responsible for: strategy for reform of public services; identifying risks across government; holding Government Departments to account for delivery of performance


Corporate Development Group, Cabinet Office (2004-06)

Responsible for aspects of strategy across the Civil Service


Prime Ministers Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office (2000-04)

Responsible for a programme reporting to the Prime Minister to make Whitehall boards more strategic and to identify long-term challenges /opportunities for the UK


Department of Trade and Industry, Office of Science and Technology (2000)

Head of Public Understanding of Science


Ministry of Defence (MoD), Whitehall (1996-2000)

An operational military psychologist with duties in Whitehall and overseas – PhD obtained for research into military suicide


Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, MoD, Farnborough (1995-96)

Research scientist

Executive Career Other

News Producer (Television) (1990-91)

Sky News, Sky Television, West London


News Producer and Reader (Television) (1989-90)

British Satellite Broadcasting, West London. Scripted and presented live news


Programme Editor, Producer and Presenter (Radio) (1986-90)

London Broadcasting Company, London
Edited, produced and presented “Time Off” – a weekly business and leisure travel programme


Reporter, Presenter and Researcher (Television) various dates (1986-91)

BBC Television. Guest presenter for Science and Features unit


West End actress (1982-85)

“Children of a Lesser God” – award-winning Broadway and West End play. Played the juvenile lead of Lydia – a young, deaf American girl for two West End runs and a 43-venue UK tour

Education & Professional Qualifications PhD Applied Psychology (Cranfield 1997)
MSc Occupational Psychology (Herts 1995)
BSc Psychology (1st class hons.) (Herts 1994)
Chartered Director (loD); Chartered Scientist (Science Council)
Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
Honorary Degree awarded, University of Westminster 2014
Honorary Life Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
And… Six adorable children born 1988, 1992, 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2014