My professional background is in Public Health, particularly health improvement. I have an MSc in Health Education/ Health Promotion and have held various positions in the field, beginning in 1994 after a complete career change from radiography to working in the Health Education department at Burnley as a Stop Smoking Advisor, and after that as coordinator of the Health Promoting Hospitals project.
From there I moved to work in Bradford and set up the new Stop Smoking Service after central government funding was made available to help smokers to quit on the NHS. After 5 years in Bradford I moved back to work in East Lancashire and took up the post of Health Promotion manager for the East Lancashire Public Health Network.
Several NHS reorganisations later I moved to Lancashire County Council and took up the post of Head of Public Health Commissioning for Adults and Wellbeing, I retired from LCC at the end of 2015.