1) When did you first discover CMI and how has the membership benefitted you to date? Are there any events you attended?
I first joined CMI when I started my MBA with Northumbria University as an associate member back in 2017. CMI emails have lots of great practical tips coming through on a regular basis, I'd encourage everyone to take 5 minutes to read through the articles, there is some great insights available.
2) Can you tell us about your role on the CMI NEYH Regional Board and what it entails?
I've been the Board Secretary and Governance Champion on the NEYH regional board for CMI since October 2018. My role entails being part of the team inputting and executing the CMI strategy on a regional basis, and more specifically to help ensure the board is organised and efficient, with accurate record keeping.
3) What would you like to accomplish as a CMI NEYH Board Member?
I'm really passionate about encouraging managers and leaders to up-skill, therefore, I am keen to ensure that this region has a high quality CPD programme available to all members. Additionally, promoting women as leaders is really important to me, so the International Women's Day event is another key focus for me.
4) What one characteristic do you think is important in leadership?
Authenticity - being honest and open, acting with integrity and always with an strong ethics underpinning all decisions.
5) What geographical area of the NEYH region are you from and what makes that area special/different?
I live in Northumberland and work in Newcastle. Newcastle is a really vibrant city, with plenty of excellent opportunities; in comparison to Northumberland which is a big vast country, with lots of open spaces. However, is a very popular tourist location. What I love about living in Northumberland is the community feel and the entrepreneurship and leadership shown within the local communities to deliver services and tourism. It would be great to get the great CPD that CMI run stretching in to more rural areas as well as the big cities.
6) Do you think IWD is significant in leadership? If so, why?
Generally, I think promoting diversity in leadership is really important, which is wider than just gender diversity, however International Women's Day certainly forms part of that. I think we are smashing the glass ceiling in this respect now more than ever, but there is still a way to go.