Brenda is a Fellow of the QNI and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. She is an Editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and was one of the founding editors of the Cochrane Incontinence Review Group (1996-2000) with particular responsibility for reviews on behavioural interventions for the management of urinary incontinence.
She has served as an invited member on a number of international consultations, government and research council committees, recently on the MRC College of Experts for the Health Services and Public Health Research Board (2006-2009) and Co-Chaired the NHS R&D Programme Services for Older People in Primary Care co-ordinated by Halton and St Helens PCT (2005-2008). Brenda has been a Non-Executive Director for a number of Health Authorities and NHS Trusts. She was awarded a Harvard Education Center Fellowship, Department of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, World Health Organisation Fellow and received the RCN/Molnlycke award for excellence in continence care.
She has been an invited visiting international scholar at the Universities of Washington, USA; Alberta, Canada; Deakin and Edith Cowan, Australia. She is an honorary fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Manchester and Non-Executive Director of Mersey Care NHS Mental Health Trust.