Annette Benny

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I am an inspiration to others by the way I live in a world of possibility. An ambassador for women and young people especially.

Quietly understated, I coach and facilitate people to enable them to see what is possible for themselves.

I share my stories to illustrate what I have made possible and where, when you are open to conversations and possibility, it might lead; always the author of your own story.

As a podiatrist in the late eighties I went on to project manage the design, construction and commissioning of a number of NHS buildings, whilst at the same time completing a Masters Degree. I also have post graduate certificates in Organisational Development and Leading Change.

A career spanning 29 years in the NHS and Department of Health has seen me involved in many exciting areas of work including the implementation of Choice and Choose and Book across Devon and Cornwall (for which I was invited to No10 Downing Street); working for the National Blood and Transplant Service producing the business case for the leucocyte depletion to prevent the risk of transfer of CJD; and setting up the largest NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in England in 2012.

Latterly as Director of Corporate Affairs for both NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (combined turnover of £1.5 billion) in Devon I have integrated a number of teams and streamlined the governance of the two organisations.
I am proud to have co-founded Delt Shared Services with a colleague in Plymouth City Council; an IT and shared services company based in Plymouth, created to ensure that specialised jobs remain and grow at a local level.

Now retired from the NHS I continue to enjoy my trustee role with ACE Multi Academy Trust. As wife to Nick and mum to twin teenagers, Erin and Kim, and now a novice livestock keeper with hens that keep escaping I am enjoying a different pace to life which also enables me to run my own business, walk on Dartmoor, volunteer at school and grow some veg!

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