I have worked as a local government commissioner for around 15 years notably leading the Supporting People partnership in Northamptonshire, collectively developing services and initiatives strongly informed by the expertise of lived experience.
I've spent an equivalent amount of time working in third sector organisations largely focused on housing, homelessness, mental health, drugs and alcohol in a career driven by a commitment to equalities and social justice.
I've been working at Central Bedfordshire for of late focused on developing a much-improved range of accommodation options for older people as both replacements for the tired designs of yesteryear and innovations in residential care, housing with care & support. I've developed community micro-enterprise organisations; initiating the culture shift to help these local, personalised initiatives prosper with excellent support of our partner, Community Catalysts. Currently, we have 60 community micro providers offering alternatives to traditional social care services, with scope for making choice and control real for local people.
I'm seconded to TLAP for two days a week and amongst other functions I'm promoting innovations in community-centred support and invite recommendations and applications to join the Innovations Directory; helping shift good practice from the margins to the mainstream.