I have lived in Blackburn for 40 years, coming to work as a Lecturer in the department of Health and Social care at Blackburn College in 1980. I have had experience of working in a wide range of different workplaces, starting out as an apprentice in the motor trade in 1966. In 1975 I went to Lancaster University as a mature student and studied Sociology. When I moved to Blackburn, I became active in the local community and became the President of Blackburn and District Trades Council.
As a lecturer at Blackburn college and in my role on the Trades Council I was able to get a good understanding of the different communities that make up Blackburn with Darwen and of the various problems the Brough faces. I have specialised in the sociology of health and Medicine and have a good understanding of the causes and consequences of inequalities in health.
In 2008 I obtained a job as the Senior Regional Official for the Northwest for a National Education Union and retired in 2019.
I have recently joined the Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen board as Chair and am incredibly pleased to be able to use my experience and knowledge to support Healthwatch improve the health care people in the brought receive, and to help tackle the social factors that lead to the health inequalities the Borough faces.