I joined The Anchor Society as Administrator in 2017 and was delighted to return to a sector that is closest to my heart. I have always had a huge respect for older people and recognise the many challenges they experience in later life, including loneliness, physical and financial hardship; a situation which has been exacerbated by longevity and changes in strategy regarding social care.
I have been extremely impressed by the diverse approach Anchor has adopted to supporting older people in need; by way of emergency grants, visiting and befriending, appropriate housing, employment projects and innovations in technology, as well as their partnership strategy. I believe that I bring the skills and experience required to effectively support the Trustees in their activities.
I grew up in Devon and before moving to Bristol managed a Nursing Home for the elderly and chronically sick; a post I thoroughly enjoyed. In 1994 I was offered a post as Practice Manager of a private clinic in Bristol and decided to relocate with my family. I later spent a number of years working in the financial sector, where I was able to develop my administrative and accounting skills.
In addition, I have committed to supporting local initiatives through volunteering when possible; previously at St Peters Hospice and for my local parish and currently at our village community shop.