I am a former teacher and headteacher with a long career in working with young people within Middlesbrough. I have also been a Governor on two school Governing Bodies and understand the contribution an interested and active member can make in improving performance. I see a parallel between education and the National Health Service and would work towards recognising and meeting individual needs within a very large organisation. I retired to care for my late husband during the six years that he coped with cancer. During this time I saw first hand the work of the hospital and observed both excellent treatment and also areas in need of further development.