After a career in pharmaceuticals, biotech and latterly in NHS Improvement (formerly Monitor), I retired from paid work in 2017 and got elected as a patient governor at Addenbrooke’s. I was motivated to give something back after being diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2016, which was successfully treated over the following four years. I joined two PPI groups and the Cancer Patient Partnership Group as I am passionate about patients and public being properly involved in those areas of medical research and service development that affect them. As part of CPPG, I co-chair the Patient Advisory Group for the new Cancer hospital, working to ensure patients are fully involved in its design. I am also a member of the hospital’s MyChart Stakeholder Group; I chair my local GP practice Patient Partnership Group and I am a parish councillor in Bourn. In October 2021, I take up the role of Lead Governor at Addenbrooke’s.
I am married with two grown-up children. My daughter is a GP in Newcastle and my son is a science teacher with a PhD in molecular biology. My son has type 1 diabetes and has also benefited from the excellent care provided by staff at Addenbrooke’s hospital. In my spare time, I enjoy mountaineering, rock climbing, running and playing racquet sports.