As a freelance journalist I have written for the Guardian, Community Care, The Sheffield Star, Now Then, the London Economic website, Cycling Weekly, Cycle Sport, Cycling Plus, MBR, Winning (and a now defunct lad(dish) magazine XL who I never forgave for sandwiching my 6 page Tour de France profile between a user’s guide to sex toys and an article on Readers’ Wives magazine…)
In the charity sector, I have written successful funding bids for everything ranging from small niche projects with a value of tens of thousands of pounds, to multi-million pound national consortia programmes. I have obtained funding from a wide range of charitable trusts, the National Lottery, the Home Office and the Departments of Health and Education.
My work with charities has also encompassed writing a wide range of press releases and briefings and a variety of annual reports to promote a charity’s work to a wider audience. I also have significant experience of providing content for websites.
I have been managing teams and leading organisations since the mid 80’s. I started out supervising a small team of three social workers in a local authority assessment unit. In my last role I lead a team of 35 staff with a national remit, a multi-million pound budget and with team members located across the country. I have worked in a variety of public and voluntary sector organisations, and I have managed teams with varying levels of experience ranging from newly qualified staff to multi-disciplinary teams teams with significant levels of expertise across a variety of disciplines. My experience includes:
- Undertaking a short term change management role with the room hire business at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House. The staff team had been without a manager for a long time and the systems and structure needed significant updating. Over an eight month contract I changed the pricing stucture, implemented online systems for room booking, staff rotas, accounting and internal communication, recommended changes to the governance structure, revised the staff roles and structure, and finished by recruiting and inducting a permanent manager.
- Developing and leading the largest healthy cooking programme in the country (Let’s Get Cooking) with over 5,000 clubs for children and adults. With an initial five year £20 million pound funding from the National Lottery, Let’s Get Cooking exceeded all the agreed programme outcomes and delivered these on time and on budget.
- Leading the charitable programme for the Information Technologists Company, a London Livery Company. I worked with senior executives from national and international technology companies, using their skills and networks to deliver technology projects for the voluntary sector. Amongst other projects I developed a national IT volunteering programme, IT4Communities.
- Working as the chief executive of the Family Rights Group, a small national charity working in the social care field. When I arrived the organisation was in a difficult financial position. I restructured the organisation to reduce costs and developed new projects and new sources of income. By the time I moved on, the charity has over a year’s income in hand and reserves.
- Acting as an interim regional manager for the Rainer Foundation to provide senior management support whilst the Foundation negotiated a merger with another organisation. My main role was to review the Foundation’s Housing team. My report recommended a restructuring of the team’s staffing and focus, which was subsequently implemented.
I have a Masters in Social Work, and qualifications in systemic family therapy and project management. I live in Sheffield, and in my spare time I cycle in the Peak District and attempt to coach my son’s football team to play like Barcelona.