I have worked continuously in local government for 40 years working in finance until being appointed Chief Executive in 2009. The last 27 years have been at Bedford Borough Council as both a district council (until 31 March 2009) and then as a unitary authority.
My experience is supported by my academic achievements whereby through examination I am a fully qualified member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA). In addition, I gained an MBA at the same time as supporting the Council’s transformation from a district to a unitary authority.
I chair the Oxford to Cambridge Corridor and SEMLEP Chief Executive groups as well as being the lead Chief Executive for Finance on the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes STP. I have also led LGA peer reviews.