On 1st November 2019 I was given the honour of becoming the ‘Head of Workforce Strategy & Engagement’ for the Thera Group prior to this appointment I was the Managing Director for Dosh Ltd, a subsidiary company within Thera.
I have 23 years experience in social care, supporting adults with a learning disability. Prior to 1996 I was in Her Majesties Forces (Army) for 24 years.
My youngest daughter, Bettina copes with a learning disability and autism. I was inspired by my daughter (I am every day!) to go into this field to make a difference in people’s lives once I had retired from the Army.
I started in Community Support as a Support Worker, moving on to: Team Leader, Project Manager in Residential Care, an Area Manager, Director of Learning Disabilities providing care and support for people with a learning disability. I love what I do.
I develop and deliver leadership programmes for the organisations I have worked for as well as delivering leadership, coaching, project management presentation and workshops. I have the privilege to be a Mentor and Coach for a number of managers.
I enjoy writing articles about Leadership and the lessons in life I have learned from my youngest daughter Bettina (‘Being Bettina’s Dad series).
I publish a Leadership & Engagement pack on a monthly basis since 2006 for my organisation’s leaders and my wider leadership network around the world. The Leadership & Engagement pack appears in this blog as well as social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) which is taken in around the world.
Since Covid19 I publish ‘THE Wellbeing POST’ an e-newsletter for Thera Group staff on a Monday and Wednesday. ‘THE Wellbeing POST’ is made up of information and resources on Diversity Awareness, Wellness, Mental Health, Disabilities, Health & Fitness, Mindfulness and lots of uplifting music.
I am invited by focus groups, carers groups to deliver presentations on ‘Personal Budgets, Individual Service Funds (ISFs) and on my experiences as Parent/Carer for an adult with a learning disability’ I have previously been involved in Thera’s Safe and Secure book launch nationwide delivering a mini workshop on ‘Circles of Support’ for Carers too.
My hobbies, sport, and interests include: Running (5 days a week), Books both fiction and nonfiction, History (especially events I was involved in), Theatre, Films, Music (I am an amateur Beatles historian) Football (supporting Newcastle Utd for my sins since 1964). I love hanging out with my family.