Health chief lands role as ambassador

A BRADFORD woman has been named an ambassador tasked with encouraging more women to get involved in public administration.

Suzy Brain England, of Birkenshaw, who is chairman of Kirklees Community Healthcare Services, has landed the role of Public Appointments Ambassador.

The role is part of a new Government programme led by the Equalities Office and Cabinet Office to encourage more people to apply for public appointments.

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Ms Brain England, 53, former chief executive of the now-defunct Earth Centre near Doncaster, has a range of public appointments in health and housing.

She was awarded the OBE for public service in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours for her work as chairman of the Department of Work and Pensions' standards committee and runs her own business as a mentor.

"It's an honour to be selected as an ambassador," she said. "I hope my experience will inspire others from different backgrounds with skills to bring to public boards to come forward."

To find out more about public appointments, vacancies and how to apply for new mentoring programmes visit www.direct.gov.uk/publicappointments