Sylvia has a background in public health and dental public health at both local and regional levels. Her previous roles include Regional Food and Nutrition Lead for the Department of Health NW, where she was responsible for the implementation and evaluation of public health programmes to reduce inequalities. These included the leadership of ‘Best Start for Life’ (guidance for food, nutrition, play and physical activity for early years childcare), which was implemented regionally through a local authority and primary care partnership network. In partnership with Government Office North West (Children and Learners) in the school setting, she was responsible for the delivery of the National School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme for the region.
Her particular interests are in reducing inequalities, food and nutrition, oral health and early years. She is a trustee of Henry (health exercise and nutrition for 0-5 year olds) www.henry.org.uk and is President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education www.IHPE.org.uk.She was awarded the MBE in 2016 for voluntary work with women and communities in Cheshire.
Sylvia joined the Audit Committee as Lay Member in 2013 and the Governing Body as Patient Champion in April.