After graduating from the University of Birmingham, I joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a leading international professional services firm. Since then, I have worked with PwC in Birmingham for over 20 years, providing audit services and professional advice to clients in a variety of industries from manufacturing, automotive, telecommunications, schools and now specialising in financial service companies.
Outside of work I am a Non-Executive Director of the Stratford-Upon-Avon Town Trust, a charity with a mission to improve the quality of life for local residents. Within this role I have been Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee, assisting the Board and providing an independent perspective to the organisation. This role has enabled me to be actively involved in community events and bring a wider business expertise to a small charity.
Having grown up in a deprived area of the Midlands, I was not in a position to learn a musical instrument myself, with my school not offering this as part of the curriculum. However, I nurtured my interest in music by attending events in the community, both in Birmingham and after moving to Warwickshire, which has opened up additional experiences. I still have a personal ambition to learn the piano myself – possibly something that will keep me active when I retire!
I have admired the work of the CBSO across the Midlands for many years and its desire to bring musical experiences to a variety of audiences, which is why I am delighted to be on the Board of Trustees and the Audit & Risk Committee.