Originally an accountant, I have more than 20 years’ experience within the health and fitness industry. I set up Dragons Health Clubs in 1991, guiding the business’s expansion before floating the chain on AIM in 1997 and selling it profitably just three years later to Crown Sports, where I assumed the role of managing director for several years, overseeing 21 health clubs and nine golf courses. Since 2007, I have built The Gym Group (nationwide chain of affordable gyms) from scratch.
I have been a fellow of the Institute of Directors since 1992 and in December 2012, was successfully elected to sit on the ukactive Board as part of its multi-site operator category.
This experience, expertise and unique insight will help me and my fellow trustees to steer Jigsaw (South East) towards its future goals and aims.
I am a retired Registered Mental Health Nurse. After qualifiying I specialised in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nursing. My career started working a a Staff Nurse in both Children and Adolescents In-patient units, moving on to working in CAMHS clinics as a Community Specialist Nurse, Team Manager and lastly as a Senior Manager working in Surrey setting up preventative mental health services for children and young people.
I have worked as Lecturer/Practitioner in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Kings University, London with pre and post-graduate students. My qualifications include an Honours Degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nursing and a Certificate in Family Therapy.
I have always been passionate about providing preventative services for children which work with the whole family to manage difficulties that children may face.
I have been part of the Jigsaw team since 2008 – as Service Manager until my retirement in 2013 and am very proud to now be a Trustee helping to support the Managers, teams and volunteers in the fantastic work they do.