After leaving London where she worked in the East End, Isobel spent over 22 years in regional government offices in Yorkshire in the Humber, including 15 in what was then the Government Office. She has seen localism in community policy from all angles – European (she ran European Funds in Yorkshire and the Humber from 1996-2001), national, where she was involved in the full suite of regeneration programmes, and neighbourhood, where she worked from 2001-2011 on NDCs, community economic development (including setting up the Key Fund), community empowerment and community activism. After the abolition of Government Offices, Isobel become the Director for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills covering Yorkshire and Humber and the North East. From then until leaving the Civil Service she was intensively involved in Local Enterprise Partnerships and the development of City Deals. Now an early (!) retiree, Isobel is on the Board of the Humber LEP, the Key Fund, Leeds CAB and CO2 Sense. She chairs the European Funds Committee for the Humber and is the President of the Leeds City Credit Union, one of the largest community Credit Unions in the country.