With a foundation in the export sector and then moving into education and administration, Valerie is an accomplished manager, who transferred her skills to a mental health service and employment start-up in Bury St Edmunds, that many people will remember, called Workwise (Suffolk) Ltd.
In this role she was recommended for her inspirational leadership, collaborative working style and resilience under pressure.
Valerie is a creative and well connected social enterprise leader. A CEO since 2000, she can demonstrate the impact of her strategic decision making and leadership like few others. She is highly qualified by experience and has been tested in the pressure of the marketplace without favour. Thus bringing high quality knowledge and expertise to Suffolk User Forum.
This significant investment in the organisation means a substantial change of direction to a senior leadership role within a growing organisation, specialist Training Centre she developed the largest Social Enterprise in Suffolk for people recovering from mental ill health. Valerie is now in the startup phase of a small business, that will eventually enter the mental health employment arena.