Sue Page, a procurement and project management specialist in the health and social care field, joined the Board of Trustees as she felt her professional experience is a natural fit with the charity’s mission and strategy.
What experience do you bring to The Advocacy Project?
“I worked in accountancy before becoming a commissioner of mental health services. I then started a new career in procurement and project management for health and social services, which included a large project developing housing for older people.
“Six years ago I took time out to regain my work-life balance and enjoyed volunteering. I’m now Bid and Implementation Manager for Greenbrook Healthcare, which provides NHS GP and nurse urgent care services.
“It was during my time as a commissioner of mental health services that I first heard about The Advocacy Project. I have a strong interest in mental health, as well as a lot of experience working across different service areas. I genuinely wanted to contribute and felt I could give a lot to the organisation. I bring my knowledge of how the system works: having been a commissioner, I know my way around local authorities and commissioning agencies which is very helpful.
What do you like about being on the Board of Trustees?
“As trustees, our role is to develop the core strategy, provide oversight, ensure solvency and support and challenge the chief executive. The staff put all this into practice, operationally and tactically.
“It’s really important we have good commercial acumen. We need to ask ourselves: are we doing what people who use our services want? How do we employ experts to deliver this work? And how do we make sure we are successful?
“Our aim as an organisation is to help put the voices of those who use our services at the heart of delivery and decision making. We put this into practice by having people on the board who have personal experience of our services. Quite often, having more diverse views can make it more challenging to come to an agreed position – but once we get there, we know our decisions are more informed.
What do you do in your spare time?
“In my free time, I volunteer at the Barnes Wetland Centre, helping out building walls and enjoying watching the wildlife. I also enjoy football and support Ipswich Town, Queens Park Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.”