Deirdre Newham joined the local Citizens Advice Bureau as a Volunteer in 1971, subsequently appointed as its full time Manager, responsible for over 60 voluntary workers and several paid staff. She also served on the National Council of the Association.
Deirdre is a former Chairman of the Governors of the University of Northampton, and is the recipient of an Honorary Degree therefrom. She also served as Chair of the Northamptonshire Police Authority from 2007 until 2012 and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Northamptonshire in November 2010.
Deirdre Newham has been awarded the MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours list.