Cheryl has 27 years’ experience in health and care. Originally an NHS graduate management trainee, the early part of her career was in acute hospitals in Norfolk, Derbyshire, and Tyne and Wear.
Between 1999 and 2005 she worked as a senior health care consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and then abroad, as the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, where she was appointed as Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Executive Director’s Network.
Returning to the UK public sector, she was appointed as an NHS Board Director with portfolios spanning strategy and policy, commissioning, and business development.
Since 2011 she has led joint work operating across NHS and Local Authority organisations in Leicestershire, with an advisory role for Health and Wellbeing Boards and the implementation of the Better Care Fund, across the East Midlands.
In January 2014, she was appointed Leicestershire’s Director of Health and Care Integration, leading the planning and implementation of the Leicestershire Better Care Fund, a multiagency transformation programme across health, care and housing, with a pooled budget of £52m.
Cheryl lives in Leicestershire and has a BA (University of East Anglia) and MA (University of Leicester), both in English Literature. She is an honorary research fellow at De Montfort University and a member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Leicester’s School of Business.