I was Co-opted as a trustee in 2019 and I believe I bring to the role substantial management experience and an understanding of eye health, which I’ve gained as Specialty General Manager of Ophthalmology at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, a role I’ve been working in for the last three years.
Prior to my appointment as Speciality General Manager in Ophthalmology, I worked as a biomedical scientist in both the UK and overseas.
Having no previous experience of anything to do with eyes, I have found managing a busy ophthalmology department interesting, challenging, rewarding and humbling. I have learnt so much about the importance of vision, which so many of us take for granted. I’ve become really appreciative of all the different aspects of visual impairment and how this impacts on everyday life. I’m committed to supporting people with sight loss as much as I can professionally through my work at NUH and as a trustee of My Sight Notts.
Outside of work I’m a keen runner, but my first love is singing. I’ve been a member of large choirs or small choral groups my whole life. I also have a strong commitment to supporting charities and I’m a member of the Steering Group for NUH charity, Jimma Link where I volunteer to support hospital professionals at the Jimma University Hospital in Ethiopia.