I worked in the finance sector before leaving to go to University, and then undertook lecturing in Economics and Statistics for 10 years, in the further education sector.
A period as a senior manager in Further Education (FE) colleges in the east and west midlands was followed by my appointment as Principal of South East Derbyshire college – a position I held for 13 years.
In 2004 I left FE to work for a government agency responsible for funding and planning post-16 education and training, and when I retired in 2010, I was responsible for all post-16 planning and funding in the East Midlands – a budget of over £1 billion.
For a number of years I was Chair of the Charitable Company EMFEC, and was a founder Board Member of the Erewash Partnership. I also chaired a number of Committees and ad-hoc Boards for the government, and as college Principal I was national Chair of the Principal’s Professional Council (PPC) from 2001 to 2003.
Following my retirement, I joined the Board of the Erewash Credit Union, now Derbyshire Community Bank, in 2012, and took over as Chair in 2013.