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Why did you choose to join Waverley Care’s board?
I first came across Waverley Care in the early ’90s when I worked at GlaxoWellcome, the pharma company who developed and marketed the first drug treatments for those living with HIV. Around 6 years ago, I began to work with Waverley Care in a different capacity and was impressed by the work that is now carried out both in HIV and Hep C. In looking for a board position, I wanted to use my experience and expertise but also to find an organisation that makes a difference to society as a whole. Waverley Care does just that.
Tell us about your life outside Waverley Care.
From FTSE to SMES., from Yorkshire to Scotland - After a time in the public sector, I worked for around 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry across a variety of sales and marketing roles. I then spent an enjoyable 4 years in the drinks industry broadening my skill base and working with some outstanding people. For 7 years until 2017, I was CEO of a legal consultancy based in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
What do you enjoy most about working with Waverley Care?
For me, it’s more than a board position. I’m motivated by working on things I care about, and where I can make a visible difference. Board members at WC are encouraged to engage in the broader organisation where they can add value and I hope to do that over time.
What do you do in your spare time?
I have always been keen on fitness to balance out my excessive love of chocolate and sweets. Once a marathon runner, I’ve moved onto cycling as my main sport and cycle around 200 miles a week - usually around coffee stops. When not keeping fit, I’m an avid reader, lover of movies and, I’m always planning my next travel adventure.
Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by people and things every single day which motivates me to find my ‘best self’- it would be hard to highlight just one example. Common themes are:- where life challenges are overcome, achievement but with humility, the beauty of nature, kindness and authentic altruism. I’m a ‘work in progress’ and learn, and am inspired. from examples set by others.