Christina started out her career as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Christina went on to specialise as a cardiac intensive care nurse, working first at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and then on to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Christina first demonstrated an ability to lead through clinical development at the JR Hospital, being instrumental in setting up what was then ground breaking practice in cardiac recovery, which has since become a standard technique in recovering post-operative cardiac patients.
Christina obtained her first degree in Social Policy and Administration, subsequently, becoming a researcher at the University of Wales Medical School. Here, she focused on the impact of staff competence on the outcomes of diabetic care, which became the catalyst for her career path.
Her passion for education, leadership and organisational development led to a variety of roles whilst working at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Christina was focused on organisational development, leadership and workforce transformation throughout her time in Plymouth.
A forward thinking, innovative and committed leader, Christina feels privileged to be Director of the NHS South West Leadership Academy, working alongside her dedicated colleagues. Currently leading nationally on two of the eight leadership collective work streams; clinical and patient leadership whilst at the same time, completing her PhD thesis on the impact on leadership on health and social care outcomes, Christina is passionate about leadership development in the South West.