I was born in Bradford and myself and my family have all benefited from the care and expertise of Bradford Hospitals. My children were born at the maternity unit. My mother worked in the health service as a nurse for 40 years. She trained and worked in Bradford hospitals all her career and she loved it.

I want to be a governor so I can contribute to maintaining and improving this invaluable part of our community.

I am a former head teacher and have over 25 years’ experience of being on governing bodies and understand how they work. More importantly I feel I know how to use them to make the institution they represent work more efficiently with the patient and the community at the centre of everything they do.

Hospitals are large, complex organisations that run at great expense. I do believe, however, that the very best hospitals operate with only one thing in mind: the patient. Their physical health, their mental health, their dignity and the quality of their life in their years ahead.

I would like to help the hospitals of Bradford to continue to do this now and in the future.

I am married and live in Bradford. I like sport, travel and theatre. I play golf and tennis and watch my old rugby team, Bradford Salem, every Saturday with a few of my old teammates. I also enjoy a curry – in the best tradition of a true Bradfordian.