Shelagh joined the Trust in February 2016 with a background in nursing and as a clinical services leader in both the NHS and private facilities. Shelagh began her career in the NHS as a senior nurse working in acute medicine, and subsequently as a senior specialist nurse in neurology. She later became a clinical services lead, managing the six departments which formed the directorate of specialist medicine.

Following a 14-year career in the NHS Shelagh worked as Head of Clinical Services in various independent healthcare facilities. Shelagh for the last seven years worked for Circle Healthcare opening and holding the position of Registered Manager at CircleBath Hospital for five years and then took up the role of Registered Manager at CircleReading Hospital in 2014.