Liz has a professional background in social work and has over 30 years of experience in local government.
She was Director of Social Services for Cambridgeshire County Council for five years from 1998 until 2002. This was followed by four years as Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Children's Services with Essex County Council. During this period Liz was the Honorary Secretary of the Association of Directors of Social Services.
In 2007, Liz joined Serco as National Programmes Director with responsibility for delivering a number of contracts between Serco and the then Department for Children, Schools and Families (now Department for Education). The contracts included the provision of expert support to councils in the national roll out of the Sure Start Children's Centres, support for improvements to councils' provision of short breaks to children and young people with disabilities and the provision of the government's national Strategic Advisory Service for Children and Learners.
Liz returned to the public sector and worked for a year as the Director for Children's Services Self-Improvement for the Children's Improvement Board. This was a consortium of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, the Local Government Association, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and the Department for Education that was setting up a sector led improvement service across all the councils in England.
Following retirement, Liz continued to work as the Independent Chair of two Safeguarding Improvement Boards, the Birmingham Board and the Kent Board. Liz reported to Ministers and to the Leaders of the Councils on the progress of their improvement plans following adverse Ofsted reports and government intervention.
Liz also spent a year as an independent advisor to the Overview Panel set up by Buckinghamshire Health CareTrust set up to oversee the investigation into the activities of Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. All these assignments are now complete.
Liz's previous experience as a Trustee was with the Association of Directors of Social Services between 2001 and 2006 and with the British Association of Adoption and Fostering between 2001 and 2006.