Valerie has been a Trustee since March 2008 and took over from Mike Crompton as Chair in October 2014.

Valerie says, "Personally, being a trustee is very rewarding, largely because of the people involved with RAD. The staff are committed, enthusiastic and compassionate and do excellent work to support Derbyshire people from all walks of life."

With most of her professional  life spent working in trade unions, Valerie is committed to helping people and fighting for what she believes is right.She is keen to address rural disadvantage and do what she can to help make a difference.  She is a Parish Councillor for Crich and also sits on the Board of the Derbyshire Health Trust.

She lives in Crich with her husband and 2 cats and enjoys travelling (she's always on holiday!) and yoga.