I was born and educated in Glasgow, but have lived in London since 1985.

I started my working life as a Motor Mechanic  and became fully qualified after a 5 year apprenticeship . A few years after qualifying I gave up the motor trade and returned to full time education at Jordanhill College.

I am qualified in Community Education (Jordanhill College of Education (Strathclyde University)) Glasgow.

 

I have several years of practice experience in Youth & Community Work, Community Education and Community Development and I was an experienced senior youth worker and trainer of Youth Workers. 

I worked in Youth work management in the areas of Priesthill in Glasgow and Tower Hamlets and Thamesmead in London before I moved in to adult social care / learning disability services.

I am a former Councillor on Lambeth Council  where I represented St Leonard's Ward in Streatham. (2014-2018)

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I am available for interim and consultancy work

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Current voluntary positions:

 

Previous voluntary positions:

I work regularly with local authorities, health authorities and the third sector. 

Employment Experience

 

I have over 30 years of working in learning disability services in a variety of senior positions, including;

 

  • Founding Director of an award winning Learning Disability Training & Employment Organisation

  • Founding Director of a London Based Supported Employment organisation

  • Head of Learning Disabilities Services (Local Authority)

  • Deputy and Head of 3 Joint Learning Disability Teams (Local Social Care / Health Authority);

  • Development and management of 'Social Firms' employing adults with Learning Disabilities

  • London Regional Manager - Residential & Supported Living provider, Voluntary Sector.

  • Service Development Officer with both the voluntary sector and local authority

  • Learning Disability Day Centre Manager (Local Authority)

  • Quality Assurance and IT Manager

  • Carers Development Worker

 

I have been employed in Adult Social Care / Community Development as:

  • Adult Social Care Operations Director (Local Authority)

  • Director of a voluntary sector Community Centre and Charitable organisation in Tower Hamlets, London

  • Advocacy Services - London Regional Manager (Voluntary Sector)

  • Youth Services Are Manager (Local Authority)

  • Senior Community Education Worker (Local Authority)

  • Senior Youth & Community Worker (Local Authority)

 

I have served as Board/Committee member/ Director on a number of third sector Learning Disability Organisations.

 

I have carried out independent consultancy work in relation to the development of social enterprises, have provided advice and support to a number of 'emerging social firms' and have a wide range of experience of developing, managing, monitoring and delivering contracts and compliance with service level agreements and working with, advising and supporting a range of voluntary sector groups and small care home enterprises.

 

When I was the Director of the social enterprise 'Supercare / Green & Clean', we won the Learning Disabilities category of the prestigious Community Care Awards 2002, and again in 2002, I was invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace after being nominated by the Government Office for London for my work in learning disabilities and social firm development. (click here for community care article)

In 2016 I was awarded “Highly Commended” in the “Outstanding Contribution” category in the Lambeth CCG LAMMY Awards for work with unpaid carers and learning disabled.

View my roles held when I was a Lambeth Councillor by clicking here

 

Current valid training certificates that I hold can be found by clicking here.