I was born and brought up in the Town and completed my nurse training at local hospitals in the 1960's. In the 1970's I did my Occupational Health training and in the 80's I completed another year at New College Durham to gain my Health Visitor's Diploma.
After working for five years as a Health Visitor, I became Deputy Matron at a local Nursing Home, and then went on to become Matron at a newly opened Nursing Home in the Town.
My voluntary work started in the mid-nineties and I have to date completed almost twenty-two years for our local Hartlepool and District Hospice.
I have been involved with Healthwatch since the it's inception, and before that when we were LINks and PPI.
I now chair the Healthwatch Executive meeting and am on the Board of the stand-alone Healthwatch Hartlepool Organisation