I am one of the newest members of the Director “Team” having worked almost all my life in the NHS in mental health. I have a background of growing up in a mining village in Lanarkshire and I was brought up with the concept of treating everybody as an equal as we all did believe that we were all effectively “Jock Tamson’s bairns”. It wasn’t until I grew older that I realised that outside my immediate friends and family that particularly related to wealth “some were more equal than others”. I fully believe that everybody should have the chance to try and better themselves and being able to access the financial means to assist in this is a step in the right direction. Having a full career in the NHS which developed the long ingrained attitudes and values of always helping anybody you could, encouraging social justice and fighting inequalities has made me suitable for my role in the NHSCU. I only took up this role in August 2019 and have been very impressed with the support network and assistance that has been given to me by the NHSCU staff and the fellow Directors to help me gain the initial skills and knowledge required for the job, and that a programme of development has been agreed with myself and the team so I can learn and gain experience on the job as the financial sector is new to me. Personally I enjoy swimming and dog walking but most of all I enjoy learning.