Vanessa joined our Board of Trustees in January 2013 and currently chairs our Governance and Remuneration Committee.

Vanessa has over 30 years’ experience spanning the NHS, private sector, voluntary sector,the Civil Service including 10 years at the Local Government Association where she led organisational development programmes in local authorities designed to improve overall performance and governance. She led ethical governance reviews in local authorities and designed and developed a partnership culture and behaviour toolkit for public sector partnerships.

Vanessa founded NetworkIdea in July 2011. NetworkIdea provides affordable professional support to the public sector.

She particularly specialises in advising on health and wellbeing related to individual and public health consequences of loneliness.

In her earlier career Vanessa worked as a qualified district nurse in East Hull and has also held senior Human Resource positions at a not-for-profit adult social care provider and the Isle of Man Civil Service.

From 2011 to 2014 Vanessa was a non-executive director with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Vanessa now sits on theHumber NHS Foundation Trust Board as a non-executive director, is the Chair of Hull & East Yorkshire Mind and is a parish councillor on Welton Parish Council.