I began working at Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 1 November as the Accountable Officer - taking over the position from Sue Braysher. Previously I was the Chief Operating Officer at Brighton and Hove CCG, having worked there in various roles for eight years.
I joined the NHS in 1990 as a researcher within a public health team focusing initially on the emerging HIV and AIDS epidemic. Those early years laid the groundwork for a strongly held belief that rather than just tackling ill-health the NHS should equally be helping people to keep well and supporting them to managing their own health conditions more effectively. I also believe we need to join up our health and social care systems and focus on what people at the centre of our services really want - rather than giving them what we think they need.