Board experience

I serve as a director of the Society of Authors, sitting on its management committee for a three year term from 2018 onwards. I also sit on the finance and membership sub-committee. This follows successful committee experience in a number of advisory roles, including serving as an expert advisor to the EHRC from 2010-2011 on its report and manifesto on disability hate crime, Hidden In Plain Sight (2011). I then advised the Association of Chief Police Officers and the National Policing Improvement Agency on their response to the EHRC’s report. I then joined the National Police Chiefs Council’s Deaf and Disability Forum in 2016. Since 2018 I have served as a committee member on the Crown Prosecution Service’s External Consultative Group on Hate Crime (ECG).

My experience, both as a board member and as an editor, has given me a solid understanding of financial oversight, risk management, membership, equality and diversity and stakeholder engagement.

My work at the Society of Authors has in particular given me the following experiences:

-As management committee member, worked on risk management for administering industry wide emergency grants during the pandemic

– As finance sub-committee member, involved with advising on the strategy around setting a five year budget in a time of extreme uncertainty around both Covid-19 and Brexit

– As editorial advisory committee member, working currently on remit and redesign of the magazine, whilst safeguarding editorial independence

– As membership committee member, provides ongoing advice on membership engagement and updating systems to serve the membership more efficiently, including rolling out a new CRM as well as advice on fees and accountability structure

Stephen Brookes, Anne Novis and I co-founded the Disability Hate Crime Network on Facebook well over a decade ago (with Robin van de Hende forming an original email list in 2007, particularly around supporting people with learning difficulties). When Robin moved posts, Stephen helmed a lot of the work pulling the network onto Facebook around a year later, and we were proud to be given a hate crime award from Radar (as was) in 2010. The network is nothing without its members – and in December 2020 I decided to step back from my 13 years of serving as a co-ordinator, as I am aware of the risks of founder syndrome. I’m still a member and remain very enthusiastic about the work the network does.

I am open to suggestions of boards where I could serve as a paid member, to balance out the pro bono work that I continue to do.

I have completed governance, chair, diversity and inclusion and information and security and risk management training.