Gillian started her career in the late 1980’s training as an occupational therapist in Derby. She worked initially in the UK and the USA specialising in seating, posture and mobility and set up the newly devolved Seating and Wheelchair service for Bury and Rochdale and later worked as a project manager for the children’s mobility charity Whizz-Kidz. She facilitated the development of the first independent Child and Family mobility advice centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. During this time Gillian was a committee member of the posture and mobility group and was involved in the Department of Health’s Modernisation Agencies Wheelchair Collaborative.
In 2004 Gillian was appointed to clinical lead for the East Lancashire Condition Management Programme, set up in partnership between the NHS and the Department of Work and Pensions. Gillian later became the clinical manager as the service became county wide. Following the closure of the service in 2011 Gillian set up Edenwell, a small health care company, with colleagues, to continue the work of the Condition Management Programme and is currently the Clinical Director.
Gillian has continued her education by completing her MSc in Health Practice at Salford University, a post grad certificate in CBT and further post graduate work in change management. She has co-written module’s as part of a MSc at UCLAN and has been involved in leading a number of training and research days.