Val has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years, both at grassroots level and as a senior leader. The majority of this time has been spent in the children and young people’s sector, working in communities that have often been left behind in terms of service provision, and with cohorts of young people whose needs and ambitions have not been understood by policy makers and those providing services.

Val has extensive experience of the charity sector from a variety of perspectives including service delivery, safeguarding, quality assurance and operational oversight. In addition to being a trustee with Safer London Val has been a trustee for an international anti-slavery charity and more recently in a lottery funded heritage start-up organisation.

Val is committed to working in partnership and has been able to develop some really strong, mutually beneficial partnerships in both her current and previous roles.