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My role as Chairman, along with the other Non Executive Directors,  is to provide external support and challenge to the Chief Executive and the management team.  I have been appointed by the Members’ Council to lead the Board to ensure that the Company strategy is fit for purpose and to provide proper governance in clinical, commercial, financial, legal and ethical terms. My particular attraction to Locala is because it is a not for profit social enterprise, wholly owned by the staff, whose function it to provide quality health and social care services for local people. I would want to be judged on whether I have been able to make an input sufficient to ensure that staff believe Locala to be a better organisation than that which proceeded it. My background is in public service, with the previous ten years serving as Chief Executive of Bury Council. I am also Vice Chair of the national funding agency for all 16-19 further education, and sit on the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum board. I live in Kirklees along with my wife and two children, their families and my mother; all of whom use the services of Locala.