"The people who work in the NHS, and the people we are here to help, inspire me to be the very best I can be in my role as chief executive."
"My love affair with the NHS started as a temporary administrator in a Community Mental Health Team. I knew very quickly that this was where I wanted to forge my career; something about being part of a team, helping others and have a sense of purpose.
"20 years later in the role of chief executive, I feel as passionate about the NHS as ever. Our staff and services are under huge pressure, money is tight and demand is increasing. Yet, despite all these challenges, I meet people every day across Sussex Partnership who continue to work their socks off to do the very best for the patients, families and communities we serve.
"The people who work in the NHS, and the people we are here to help, inspire me to be the very best I can be in my role as chief executive. I have always been of the view that I treat others how I expect to be treated myself. Equality, fairness and integrity are values I hold close to my heart, shaped by my personal experiences. I want to be a chief executive that can unite people around a shared vision and purpose and create the conditions where people can succeed.
"The NHS isn’t perfect. There is much we need to do to improve the experience of people who use and wok within our services. At the same time, there is a huge amount for us to be proud of. So happy 70th anniversary to the NHS."