Stella has held a number of senior positions in public service, ranging from Director – General in the Scottish Government to Chief Executive of four local authorities. She was Government appointed Commissioner Managing Director of Rotherham Council 2015/16. She is currently the Interim Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council. Stella is a graduate of Cambridge University, post - graduate of University of Birmingham and Visiting Fellow of the Open University. She specialises in cross sector partnerships, public service and governance issues. Trustee since 2017.