Celia is Chair of the University of Suffolk Foundation Board and has helped launch philanthropic activity at the University. She is also Deputy Chair of the University of Suffolk Board.
Celia was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours 2015 for her exemplary contribution to higher education in Essex and Suffolk, having served on the Council of the University of Essex for 10 years, latterly as Treasurer to the University She was a Magistrate for 25 years and from 1995-2005 was Deputy Chairman then Chairman of the Essex Magistrates Courts Committee (EMCC). The EMCC was the authority with statutory responsibility for the efficient and effective administration of Magistrates Courts for the County of Essex, including buildings, staff, training, administration and performance, and liaison with all Criminal Justice agencies in the County. Celia was appointed to the Management Board of the National governing body for MCCs and played an influential role in response to government review of the administration of all courts. For her work raising the profile of Magistrates Courts and leading a consultation on the replacement/refurbishment of all the Courthouses in Essex she won a Public Servant of the Year award.
During the period 1986-1998 Celia was heavily involved with the British Lung Foundation as a Trustee/Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Fundraising Events and a member of Ethics sub-committee. Celia has been involved with numerous other voluntary and charitable organisations including Trustee and Governor for Royal Eastern Counties Schools, Deputy Chairman of the Chelmsford Prison Visitor Centre, Founding Trustee of the Romilly Forshall Foundation which was set up relieve suffering of children in distress in Africa and a member of the Family Proceedings Panel which dealt with child protection cases. Celia was also a member of the Essex Probation Board and Chairman of the Anglia Holiday Games Club. She started her early career in PR and advertising.