For the last 5 years I have been an MD for Dosh Ltd, supporting people with a learning disability to have more control and independence with their money. Dosh is part of the Thera Group of companies.
I am now in my 18th year of a second career. I started as a Team Leader and I have been a Project Manager, Area Manager, a Regional Director and a Director of Learning Disabilities for the companies I have worked for.
I chose this career because I was inspired by my youngest daughter Bettina, who has a learning disability and copes with autism, to make a difference in people’s lives. I have a number of social care qualifications. I love what I do!
My first career was in the Army. I took the Queen’s Shilling as a 15 year old, and 24 years later I retired as a Warrant Officer after serving in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Germany/Berlin, Norway, SHAPE and Commando Log Regt Royal Marines.
As well as my day job I have a keen interest and passion in all aspects of leadership. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). I have completed a number of qualifications from both Institutes.
I design and deliver leadership and project management presentations and workshops for my organisation and also other charities.
For 2014, I have designed and will be delivering a 3 day project management course for Thera’s ILM Level 5 Management Qualification. I will be in my 5th year of delivering ‘Intro to Project Management’ training to graduates and interns as part of their management programme with Charityworks and I have been invited to deliver presentations to a local theatre company and also management teams within Thera East Anglia.
Since 2006 I have put together a monthly leadership newsletter for my organisation and my wider leadership network. Sign up to my mailing list to receive my latest leadership pack.
My hobbies and interests
In my spare time I am a keen runner and I regularly share tips on my Twitter feed.
My voluntary work includes being a trained mentor for Wounded, Injured and Sick Soldiers (WIS) with SSAFA.