It’s been an amazing and emotional year here at the Christie since we became a Foundation Trust in April 2007. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be part of such a dedicated and successful team!
I decided to start this blog so I could give you a sneak preview of our very latest developments, and explain the thinking behind some of our work. You’ll also get the inside track on what it’s like being the chief exec of the Christie as well as a mum of two. I already do a monthly podcast but I plan to blog every couple of weeks, or whenever I have some interesting news to share.
I’ve been chief exec here at the Christie for over two and a half years now, but I joined the NHS as a student nurse and then trained as a midwife many years ago. I just loved practicing as a midwife. Back then I just wanted to make a difference to women and their babies - and of course I still do – but these days instead of helping one person at a time, I can lead on decisions that help many. And as a young woman in a man’s world I find I can sometimes turn that to my advantage by taking a different approach and getting the best for our patients.
Outside work I’m a keen runner and use running time as thinking time. I get fresh air, exercise and solutions together – maximum benefit! I do get carried away sometimes though and a recent quick run turned into a 14mile round trip through Tatton Park. As I didn’t have my mobile phone I had thought my husband might be worried - but he wasn’t as he knows me too well! I’m training for the Great Manchester Run at the moment and there’s a team of us running for the Christie charity. We’re hoping to create a sea of Christie blue t-shirts on the day - raise some money too!
My diary’s mad at the moment – having just kicked off a new financial year there are lots of meetings to sign off the details of last year’s performance and plans for the next twelve months. As a Foundation Trust our annual report has to be submitted a lot sooner than in previous years so we have to get everything ready for it now. We’re also organising an open day so that people can come and see behind the scenes – it’s on Saturday the 26th April and you are welcome to drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm and come and meet me.
I hope this first blog has been interesting and that you’ll come back for another look – and if you have any comments, ideas or questions please get in touch using the link below. I will try to keep up with them and respond whenever I can.