I left the school in 1971, and went to work, first in Manchester and then in Bristol. The latter phase included working at Stoke Park Hospital with people who have learning disabilities, and it laid the foundation for a long career in that area of social care. In 1975 I commenced training for the priesthood at St. Michael and All Angels’ Theological College, Llandaff, and theology studies at University College, Cardiff. I was subsequently ordained in the Church in Wales. However, I no longer have any religious affiliation.
In 1986 I returned to work with people with learning disabilities, and held a range of middle and senior management roles within MENCAP (Surrey and London) and Harrow Social Services. In 2003 I returned to Wales to take up post as Regional Director (Mid-Wales), and a member of the Senior Management Team, within Cartrefi Cymru, the largest Third Sector social care provider in Wales. In a voluntary capacity, I served as Director/Trustee with the Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO), Powys Challenge (working with young offenders, and young people at risk of offending), and the Kenneth Loveland Gift (supporting young musicians).
Subsequently I worked for Praxis Community Projects in the London
Borough of Tower Hamlets, CEO of the City and Hackney Carers’ Centre, and currently
Director of Hillingdon Mind. In a voluntary capacity, I am a Director / Trustee
of the City and Hackney Carers’ Centre, the Hillingdon Community Trust, and
HART (Hillingdon Aids Response Trust).
31 October 2015