After initially working clinically as a nurse Heather had a long and distinguished career at provider, regional and national level in the NHS in England and Scotland. She was latterly the CEO at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust where she served for over 10 years before retiring in 2019 to pursue a portfolio career. With 25 years of Board level experience, she has a strong track record of influencing national policy and partnership working across health, academia, industry, third sector, and communities to improve outcomes for people. Her experience spans acute services, community, mental health, and social care sectors and she now uses these experiences in her Non-Executive and strategic advisory roles. She was honored by the queen in 2001.