I have been employed in social work since 1988, firstly in the Voluntary Sector moving into Children’s Social Care in 1990 followed by Education in 1993. My roles have been in both field work and management for four different authorities becoming Operations Manager for North Yorkshire County Council’s Education Social Work Service in 2009. Following a major restructure of NYCC’s Children’s Services in 2015 I was delighted to take on the role of taking forward all statutory intervention for the council with regard to school attendance, child employment and performance licensing, children missing education and most recently safeguarding in alcohol licensing.

I am currently a member of NASWE’s National Council and was honoured to be President of the Association for two years.