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Hertfordshire County Council

I was educated in Hertfordshire. My early working life was in a bank but in the 1980’s I qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary. I worked for a major FTSE 250 company in London for nearly 30 years rising to Assistant Company Secretary and Deputy Head of Investor relations. Redundancy in 2006 took me into the world of corporate consultancy but in 2007, having been an elected member of St Albans City & District Council since 2002, I was approached to seek election to Hertfordshire County Council.
Since becoming a County Councillor in 2008, I have served as Deputy Executive to Highways and Transport and also Health and Adult Care. In 2013, I joined the Cabinet as Executive Member for Public Health and Localism and this year I also took on responsibility for Libraries.
In my Executive capacity I chair the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Board and The Hertfordshire Lifestyle and Legacy Partnership. I am also a member of the Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board.
I am a member of the NICE Local Government External Reference Group.

Recognising mental health as a preventable ailment is probably the most powerful remedy available to us.
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Mental Health Facts

Mental ill health affects us all

  • One in five of us has a mental health condition at any one time.
  • Around half of people with lifetime mental health problems experience the first symptoms before the age of 14.
  • Only a quarter of people with a mental health condition receive any treatment for it.
  • Nine out of ten people in prison have at least one mental health problem. Almost a quarter of prisoners have a mental illness that requires specialist treatment.
  • Mental ill health has an economic and social cost of £105bn a year.
  • Mental illness accounts for 28% of the total burden of disease but only 13% of NHS spending.
  • Untreated mental ill health adds around £10 billion a year to the cost of physical health care for people with long-term conditions.
  • People with severe and enduring mental health conditions die on average 20 years earlier than those without.
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