I live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, just a stones throw from the beach. I am married to Mandy and we have three grown up children and a granddaughter. I am originally from just outside of Liverpool, but I have lived and worked on the Island for over 20 years.
During this time I have worked within Children's Social Services for the Isle of Wight Council in a number of roles. I have worked in Child Protection teams, Duty teams, short term and long term teams, Fostering, Adoption and Looked After Children's teams (in fact I set up the Islands first Looked After Childrens team in 2003). For full career details see my CV page.
I started as a Social Worker on the Island, working my way to becoming a Senior Practitioner, Deputy Team Manager, Team Manager and ultimately a Group Manager (Service Manager). Along the way I have trained as a Practice Teacher, a Leader and Manager, a Coach and Mentor and an NLP Master Practitioner.
I have worked with a number of Local Authorities to help them to develop their Fostering and Adoption Panels, acting as both Panel Manager and Professional Advisor.
More recently I have successfully developed a number of services and teams for Bournemouth Borough Council.
My passion is developing, motivating and inspiring people to be the best that they can be, so that they can pass this on to the children that they work with and ultimately improve and enhance their lives. In fact, my favourite activity is making a difference to people, then watching them grow when they realise how amazing they really are.
I enjoy new challenges and see adversity and problems for what they really are...Opportunities!
So, why not consider how I might become an asset to your organisation...contact me now using the form on the Contact Page.
I am currently working with Bournemouth Borough Council as the 16+ and Care Leavers & Separated Children Seeking Asylum Manager. I am an experienced senior social care Manager and Coach, skilled at leading and managing Local Government Services in complex political environments, driving efficiency, quality and performance management.
I am skilled at problem solving, transformation, managing change, designing and delivering services and working under pressure.
I have a strong background in Safeguarding and have developed a mobile "App" to assist workers in the Third sector with safeguarding children, as well as an app for UASC in Bournemouth
I worked for the Isle of Wight Children's Services for sixteen years, having begun my career as a Social worker in 1995.
I hold a NEBS Certificate in Supervisory Management, an IMS Certificate in Management Studies and a Diploma in Management Studies. I have also successfully completed a Masters Degree in Health and Social Care Management at Chichester University.
For thirteen years I was a Team manager within IOW Children’s Services, and then held a more strategic role as a Group Manager for Looked After Children. After taking redundancy from the Isle of Wight Council in December 2013 I have worked as a Fostering and Adoption Panel Manager and Professional Advisor. I have written a book for Adoption Panel members entitled "Adoption Panel - The Missing Manual". I have also written a book for Foster Carers and Adopters, called "Caring for Somebody Else's Kids", both available on Amazon.co.uk.
In my three years in Bournemouth I have managed the LAC Team, the Private Fostering Team, (which I developed into a traded service commissioned by Dorset Council), the Supported Lodgings Team, the Separated Children Seeking Asylum Team and the 16 + and Care Leavers Team. I also designed and delivered an Out of Hours Support Service for young people and foster carers.
A copy of my full CV can be sent upon request. Please use the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.
St Johns Rd, Sandown Isle of Wight PO36 8HE