Margaret Bode

I was born in Birmingham. I attended the University of Surrey where I obtained an Honours Degree in Human Biology. I have a keen interest in sport and at University was the University’s Ladies Sports Chairman.

My first ‘proper job’ was in North Yorkshire, working in the NHS in what is now referred to as Human Resources. Whilst there that I met my husband, William. I worked in NHS Hospital Administration / Management posts in the Harrogate area during the rest of the 1980’s. I gained Board and operational experience in acute care, rehabilitation, mental health and community services. I am a member of the Institute of Health Management.

My husband and I moved to the Fylde Coast in 1992 and I became the Chief Officer of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Community Health Council, before, in the mid 1990’s, moving into NHS Health Authority/PCT management, holding a variety of posts within Public Health, Quality Assurance, Commissioning and General Management .

My younger brother has learning disability, is on the autistic spectrum and has a recent diagnosis of dementia, hence I have an understanding of life as a family member; both the challenges and the joys (and there are a lot of joys).He came to Lancashire in 2011 and is supported by the Ormerod Trust. Whilst I knew of the organisation previously and had had limited involvement with it, when approached to consider becoming a Trustee in light of my NHS and personal experience, I was delighted to accept. I am however aware that this is a very responsible role to fulfil. I have recently taken early retirement from the NHS and am now in a position to devote more time to the Trust.

My leisure interests are mostly related to being out in the open. I enjoy walking, golf, skiing, trying to keep fit and gardening. I am a member of Lytham Ladies Tangent.