I manage and develop services for carers in County Durham, with a small team of social workers. I keep an eye on new legislation and develop training for professionals and carers. The job involves networking with primary care trusts and voluntary organisations.
We have about 1,000 carers and specialise in dealing with the most complex cases. Carers are often family members looking after people with extensive care needs. Their rights are now recognised in law. I also manage the carers' special grant, which provides funding for voluntary organisations giving support to carers.
I sit on the county carers planning group and the northern region carers' lead officers forum.
I began here as a receptionist in social services in 1992, from the dole queue, then became an unqualified social worker.
I decided this was the career for me, and financed myself for two years' full-time study. I returned as a social worker and became carers' development officer before my existing post. I have a diploma in social work, a practice teacher's award and certificate in counselling.
I am kept busy running after my two children, boys aged eight and six, and renovating my house. I'm a DIY enthusiast. In my spare time I play football.
I'm not especially ambitious, but if an interesting opportunity that would have a positive influence cropped up, I would probably go for it.