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Friday, 08 April 2016
Heather Henry attended the Girls’ Division from 1972 to 1979 and went on to become a student nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary. She worked for the majority of her career as a nurse and then manager in the NHS. However, five years ago she started her own business, Brightness Management, with the aim to offer “a few bright ideas for health and social care”.
Talking about her work with Brightness Management, Heather says, “My focus is on social innovation – new approaches to help the most disadvantaged in society. I work in equal partnership with communities across the UK to build community spirit and enable local people to help themselves. Currently I am working on new ways to help disadvantaged fathers improve their own wellbeing, and by doing so, improve the lives of their children.”
This has led to her being nominated for not one but two awards this year!
The Open University Business School (OUBS) Alumni of the Year Achievement Award celebrates the achievements of high-calibre alumni each year who have made an outstanding contribution to an organisation or society. The Alumni of the Year Achievement Award is voted for by fellow OUBS alumni. Click here to place a vote for Heather.
She has also been nominated for the RCNi Child Health Award, which is open to NHS or independent sector nurses involved in improving the health of children and young people.
Heather’s incredible efforts to make a difference have previously been acknowledged: she was recognised in 2013 by the Queen’s Nursing Institute and now holds the honorary title of Queen’s Nurse, and in 2015 was named one of the forty-eight most inspirational nurse leaders in the country. In January 2016, she was elected as Co-Chair of the NHS Alliance: the first nurse to be elected into this post since the NHS Alliance was formed 18 years ago.
Heather is certainly a worthy member of the Alumni community to have been featured in the 100 Inspiring Minds Project. This series of profiles about some of the most inspiring and influential people from Bolton School’s history is being published throughout 2015 and 2016 as part of the 100 and 500 Anniversary celebrations. Click here to read Heather’s profile and interview, or here to see the full list of Inspiring Minds.
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