Biography

Current Board and Committee Appointments

National Independent Reconfiguration Panel (appointed 2021)
Member

Department of Health public body advising the Secretary of State for Health on changes to contested health services.

Government’s Thriving at Work Leadership Council (appointed 2019)

Committee Member
Body chaired by Sir Ian Cheshire to take forward the government’s mental health agenda.

The Royal Society of Medicine (appointed 2017)

Vice-President and Council Member (main board)
+ Member, Audit & Risk Committee, Finance & Investment Committee.
+ Director, RSM Commercial Services Ltd (the organisation’s trading arm).

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO), Ministry of Justice (appointed 2015)

Member, Disciplinary Panel
JCIO is responsible for judicial discipline including the removal of judges from office.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), (appointed 2014)

Board Member, Regulatory Board (main board) + Chairman, Qualifications Board
ACCA is the global regulator of accountancy, based in 82 countries with 684,000 members. Qualifications Board oversees global education and examinations in 180 countries.

Institute of Directors (loD), (appointed 2013)

Board Member (main board) 
+ Chairman, Accreditation & Standards Committee – oversees standards and qualifications for boards and directors in all sectors UK and worldwide.
+ Member, Nominations Committee, Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee.
+ UK’s GNDI representative – a global organisation promoting good governance.

Combat Stress (appointed 2008)

Vice-President (current) and Board Member (main board) (2008 – 19)
+ Chairman, Clinical Governance Committee.
An organisation treating war veterans with severe mental illness.

Previous Board and Committee Appointments

State Honours Committee, Cabinet Office
Committee 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 (main board) (2010-16) 
+ Member, Audit and Risk Committee, Governance Committee. 
The UK’s only apolitical think tank, London based with global operations.

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Board Member (main board) (2012-16) 
+ Vice-Chair, Leadership and Governance Committee. Member, Audit Committee. 
The regulator and funder for the university sector, distributing c£6 billion p/a.

University of Westminster

Deputy Chairman of the Board (main board) (2005-14)
+ Chairman, HR Committee. Member, Remuneration Committee.
A London university with c2,600 employees and a turnover of c£153 million p/a.

Ethics Group of the National DNA Database, Home Office

Committee Member (2007-14)
A body regulating the use of DNA and biometric information by the police.

RSA Academies

Board Member (main board) (2012-13)
A governing entity with financial and strategic responsibility for a set of schools.

Internet Watch Foundation

Deputy Chairman of the Board (main board) (2008-13)
+ Chairman, Remuneration Committee. Member, Audit Committee.
A regulator of the internet charged with minimising on-line child sexual abuse.

National Specialist Commissioning Group, Department of Health

Committee Member (sole lay member) (2007-12)
+ Appeals Chairman for disputed cases on behalf of the Secretary of State.
The regulator/funder for specialist health services with a budget of £6 billion p/a.

Government's Science Advisory Council, Defra

Board Member (main board) (2009-11)
+ Chairman, Horizon Scanning Committee.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Board Member (main board) (2008-11) 
+ Chairman, Mental Health Act Committee. Member, Audit Committee. 
An acute hospital with 2,500 employees and a turnover of £230 million p/a.

Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners

Board Member (main board) (2006-8)
The regulator for the forensic science sector.

General Council of the Bar
Lay Member, Disciplinary Tribunals Board (2000-6)

Executive Career Government (Senior Civil Servant)

Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, Cabinet Office (2006-07)
Senior Civil Servant working across government on public service reforms, risk systems and setting/monitoring performance of hospitals, schools and other public services.
Corporate Development Group, Cabinet Office (2004-06)
Responsible for leadership competencies across the Civil Service.
Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office (2000-04)

Led work programme (Strategic Futures) reporting direct to the Prime Minister to make Whitehall boards more strategic and to identify long-term challenges/opportunities for the UK. Also, authored and edited strategy and policy papers.

Department of Trade and Industry, Office of Science and Technology (2000)
Head of Public Understanding of Science which included providing briefing to ministers.
Ministry of Defence (MoD), Whitehall (1996-2000)

An operational military psychologist. Duties undertaken included designing training for Resistance to Interrogation and developing systems to recruit to classified roles. Lecturing undertaken at NATO events on profiling and performance under stress. PhD gained for research into military suicide.

Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, MoD, Farnborough (1995-96)
Research scientist for accident prevention, human error and risk. Also, the assessment of Officers for high-risk duties including bomb disposal.

Executive Career Other

News Producer (Television) (1990-91)
Sky News, Sky Television, West London.
Responsible for segments of live 24hr news. Duties – scripting, presenting, gallery producing.

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 (LBC), London.
Edited, produced and presented “Time Off” a weekly business and leisure travel programme networked across the UK. 35+ countries visited.

Reporter, Presenter and Researcher (BBC Television) various dates (1986-91)
Guest presenter for Science and Features unit including live reporting for a Heathrow Airport series.

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.