After university I worked with people with learning disabilities for Wakefield and Leeds City Councils and managed one of Leeds’ Day Services before moving into the voluntary sector in 2004 as the Director of a large day service for adults with learning disabilities in Ripon. In 2013, I felt ready for a change and saw the advert for the SOP Director’s role. I have never regretted making the move – it’s wonderful to be able to work with an amazing team for an organisation which is so responsive to the needs of older people in our community. Since 2013 the numbers of people we work with have grown enormously as has the range and quality of our services. I am so proud of everything we do. I am also a trustee of local organisations Dancing for Wellbeing, Jennyruth Workshops and Harrogate Choral Society.