Biography

Current Non-executive Appointments

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 (appointed 2014)

(The global regulator for professional accountants)
Chairman of a board sub-board: Qualifications Board

 

State Honours Committee, Cabinet Office

Member (appointed 2013)

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

 

Institute of Directors (loD)

Board Member (appointed 2013)

Chairman of a board committee: Accreditation and Standards Committee and also member of Remuneration Committee

 

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

Deputy Chairman of the Board (appointed 2011)

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

 

Combat Stress

Board Member (appointed 2008)

(An organisation with three hospitals treating veterans with severe mental health problems)

Chairman of a board committee: Medical Services Committee

Previous Non-executive Appointments

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)

Sole lay member (2007-12)

(A Department of Health board overseeing a c£5 billion pound annual healthcare budget for specialist services and rare diseases) Also, Appeals Chairman on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health responsible for hearing funding appeals from hospitals

 

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)
And… Six adorable children born 1988, 1992, 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2014