What do you do for the Trust?
I’m a non-executive director, so I sit on the Trust Board. My main role is to be a member of the Audit & Assurance Committee and the Finance Committee. I also attend the Risk Management Committee.
Why did you join the Trust?
I’m Welsh and come from a family of public servants – when I started working back in the late 1970s, most of my family were working in local government and my dad was known as ‘Jones the Council’ (it’s a Welsh thing!). When I decided to retire from full-time work, I was really keen to carry on making some kind of contribution, so when I saw the role advertised I applied straight away.
What makes you proud of your job?
That’s a tough question because there are so many things, but the commitment, compassion and care that I see in everything we do is definitely right up there.
What is your highlight of 2017?
It’s early days for me as I only joined in September 2017, but it’s been very special to see so much innovation and creativity in our approach to delivering services, and especially how those achievements are being recognised outside the Trust.
What do you like the most about living in the South West?
I love open spaces and live in a small village outside Okehampton, so it’s easy for me to get out onto Dartmoor with my dog George. I enjoy the peace and quiet, and just being with George lets me take in the sheer beauty of the moor. We do a lot of sitting down admiring the view!
Favourite thing about the festive season?
Playing Xmas songs non-stop, walks on the beach with George and homemade Xmas pud…. and Snowballs (I’m a bit old-fashioned in my choice of Xmas tipple).
To Kill a Mockingbird
Will you be making a New Year’s resolution? If so, what?
Yes – to stop eating chocolate.