"I have worked in the public sector for over twenty years and am motivated by how we can improve opportunities for people and communities most in need, by working together.
Through my role as Chief Executive of Gateshead Council, I am very aware of the challenges facing many communities, but I have also been privileged to see what can be achieved by working with those communities and the positive and lasting difference it can make to people's lives.
I believe the Big Lottery Fund is uniquely placed to make a difference across the country and I am delighted to be part of the committee that will oversee its future direction and delivery."
She joined the Council as Assistant Chief Executive in 2005, having previously worked primarily in the cultural sector. In her role as Director of External Relations for the Arts Council, she was responsible for overseeing capital investment and business development, pioneering a new approach to support for creative businesses and social enterprises in the sector.
She is Chair of the Chief Executive’s Group for the emerging Combined Authority for the North East area, Clerk to the Police and Crime Panel and Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear. Nationally, she sits on the Advisory Board of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives).
She holds masters degrees in English Literature and Business Administration and is a Fellow of the RSA.
Her non-executive appointments include the Tyne and Wear Community Foundation, Newcastle University’s Development Trust and North Music Trust.
She is married with three young sons.