Carol qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young LLP. She then worked in international development for CDC Group plc where she was the group financial controller for some years. During that time, she was also a charity trustee and treasurer and won awards for her work in the charity sector from the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) and from the Royal Surrey County Hospital for her patient support work. Since 2012, she has worked as a non-executive director in various NHS clinical commissioning groups across Sussex/ East Surrey. She is also co-author of a patient support book and patient leader for a national charity. Carol is training to be a counsellor and psychotherapist as a result of her interest in mental health.