Chair, Trust Board of Directors
Shirley was appointed Head of International Relations and Outreach Programmes in January 2018. Prior to this, she was Head of Marketing and Communications for over ten years.
In 1999 Shirley co-authored the successful bid on behalf of the University of Cambridge to create the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre. Shirley was Head of External Relations at the Centre which in 2004 evolved into Cambridge Enterprise.
Shirley has extensive experience of start-up companies from her experience of working for more than 15 years in executive search, initially for Egon Zehnder International as a researcher and then for six years she was Managing Director of Scientific Resources, part of the Generics Group. During the mid-1990s she ran her own consultancy firm specialising in senior appointments for technology-based companies. In 2002 she was the Cambridge Evening News ‘Business Woman of the Year’. Shirley was a governor of Anglia Ruskin University until 2012 and is Chair of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust.
CURRRENT MEMBERSHIPS, PROFESSIONAL BODIES, AWARDS
2011- Present Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, Cambridgeshire
2013-Present Blue Smile Project, Cambridge, Trustee. Provides therapy and mentoring in Cambridge Schools to improve the mental health of pupils aged 3 to 13
2013–Present Future Business Centre, Cambridge, Advisory Board Member. A space for people who want to make a better world through enterprise and innovation.
PAST MEMBERSHIPS, PROFESSIONAL BODIES, AWARDS
1993-2012 Anglia Ruskin University, Independent Board Governor & Chairman of Student Matters Committee (2007-2012)
1993-2006 Whitworth House, Cambridge. Co-Founder and ex-Chairman of Friends of Whitworth House. Hostel for women aged 16 plus.
1996-2007 The Anglia Trust, Managing Trustee. Anglia Ruskin University.
1998-2008 Ospreys Senior Committee, University of Cambridge. Supporting women’s sports.
1998-2006 Cambridgeshire Police Authority, Appointments panel for Independent Members, appointed first as Home Office representative and later as an independent
2001 Winner Business Woman of the Year, Cambridge Evening News