Biography

Current Board and Committee Appointments

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

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 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 accountant members and operating out of 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 of three board committees: Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee, Audit and Risk Committee

Combat Stress

Vice-President (current) and former Board Member (2008 – 19)
(An organisation treating war veterans with severe mental illness)
Former Chair of a board committee: Clinical Governance Committee

Previous Board and Committee 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 Strategy 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 Minister's 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 Minister's Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office (2000-04)

Head of a large programme called Strategic Futures which reported direct to the Prime Minister with responsibility for making Whitehall boards more strategic and identifying long-term challenges and opportunities for government and 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 and Professional Qualifications

PhD Applied Psychology, College of Aeronautics (Cranfield 1997)
MSc Occupational Psychology (Hertfordshire 1995)
BSc Psychology (1st class hons.) (Hertfordshire 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…

Seven adorable children born 1988, 1992, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2020