I have worked in the Disability arena for most of my life. I have a range of skills and experience to bring to the role if appointed these include, disability, campaigning, fundraising, events, governance, mediation and advocacy, equal opportunities and diversity.
My professional paid background includes working as a Civil Servant as a Disability Employment Adviser in a Jobcentre, which involved giving help to people with a range of disabilities including Epilepsy, working in a team to set up the Disability Rights Commission, undertaking other Disability project work, including equal opportunities, and producing a range of publications for professionals. Since leaving the Civil Service I have commissioned services in local government, and worked for a range of charities undertaking campaigning, diversity and disability awareness work.
On an unpaid basis, I was the Co-Chair of Buckinghamshire Alliance of Neurological Organisations a small organisation in Buckinghamshire until 2016 whose remit was to raise awareness of neurological conditions including Epilepsy, and influence health and social care commissioners in order that best services existed. Currently I represent service users and carers on a Neurological Network in Buckinghamshire, my remit here is to campaign for better services and to represent service users views and concerns. Elsewhere I am involved with other advisory work.