My role as Vice Chair has three key elements – using my skills and experience to provide oversight of tide; to raise awareness of its purpose and benefits; and to support the CEO, Chairman and other Board members to build a strong and sustainable network.
I don’t know what it is like to live with dementia every day, but I know what it is like to live ‘in dementia’. I understand what it means to be a carer for someone with dementia. I understand the challenges of trying to navigate complex issues, knowing that your life will never be the same.
After 15 years of facing this challenge, I am pleased to be part of an organization that recognizes and values the role of a carer, and gives them a voice. I believe this is a critical time, and the carer’s role has never been so important.
I have a degree in Psychology and a varied career – going from research in Scottish Brewers to working at a greyhound track and finally landing on a 25-year career in Financial Services and Risk Management.
My role in Risk Management was about balancing risk and reward – helping to improve processes to meet the needs of our customers. I was responsible for setting policy, providing oversight of change, reviewing incidents and providing opinion on the level of risk that the organisation is faced with, including People Risk.
People Risk is about setting clear accountabilities, values and behaviours and ensuring individuals have the right skills to execute effectively. It is also about building resilience and creating a culture of openness and transparency.
These are all skills that are relevant for my role as Trustee, and I aim to provide a different perspective.