How did you become involved with adoption and Adoption UK?

My husband and I started the process of adopting from India in 2009 and finally our baby daughter came home in 2011.  

Friends recommended Adoption UK to us and we have been able to draw on that support right from the start of our journey, which has been invaluable.

Any specific skills or areas of expertise relevant to the work of Adoption UK?

I have worked in the civil service for 17 years in the Northern Ireland Office, Cabinet Office, Home Office and Ministry of Justice in a variety of roles dealing with strategy, policy and change. I have senior board level experience within Government and also spent a year on secondment to Marie Curie Cancer Care, leading a programme to improve services to hospice patients and their families.

I hope that I can contribute my experience as someone who has recently gone through the adoption process, including a perspective on the issues that may arise for ethnic minority adopters and inter-country adopters.

How do you want to see Adoption UK develop over the next five years?

I would like to see Adoption UK extending its reach even further over the next five years so that it provides support to more parents and families throughout the adoption journey, increases its influence with decision-makers and raises wider public awareness of adoption issues.