Well-known NHS chair in the early 1990s, at Gloucester health authority, then South Western RHA and South and West RHA: in her time the only woman on the NHS policy board.
So, one of those infamous Tory placements?
Apparently not. She claims she was turned down for a job by Kenneth Clarke when he was health secretary because 'I was not necessarily politically sound'. Virginia Bottomley was much more sympathetic.
Great NHS non-exec career. What happened?
Resigned as chair of South and West RHA after it lost RHA status in 1996. 'I looked at the agenda and it had changed. [It was about] keeping a lid on things rather than making a difference. In the last year I was there it seemed the NHS was just interested in short-term delivery.'
Where is she now?
A busy consultant and lecturer.
Visiting professor at York University; chair of the Pennell Initiative on health for women in later life; member of the General Medical Council. Etc.
'The NHS did need to become business-like to an extent, but I have a real sadness that it went too far.'
To be an executive chair - in the NHS or elsewhere.