I have worked in the Learning Disabilities sector since early 2012. Before creating The Inclusion Project, I worked as a Learning Disabilities Teacher at a college in Hertfordshire.
I am the current Special Olympics Team Great Britain Basketball Coach and enjoy playing Unified Basketball.
I have been fortunate to have acquired the following accolades:
· 2018 - NASEN Inspirational Leader of the Year Award - Finalist
· 2018 - St Albans Contribution to Disability Sport Award - Winner
· 2018 - Hertfordshire Contribution to Disability Sport Award - Second Place
· 2018 - Created and entered the first ‘Unified' Basketball Team in the UK to play in the local Men’s Basketball League
· 2017 - Hertfordshire Care Awards - Outstanding Achievement in Learning Disability Support - Winner
· 2015 - Hertfordshire Sports Awards - Disability Coach of the Year Award - Winner
· 2015 - Head Coach - Hertfordshire Inter FE Games Regional Learning Disability Basketball Tournament - Gold Medals
· 2015 - Assistant Coach - Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles - Team Great Britain Basketball - Gold Medals
· 2014 - Head Coach - Special Olympics National Basketball Tournament - Gold Medals
I am passionate about The Inclusion Project and believe in what it can achieve for adults with Learning Disabilities.
I have over 30 years' experience of teaching in Schools, Colleges and Universities; teaching across the Social Sciences and in Teacher Training on Education courses, and as a Visiting Tutor in schools in Hertfordshire and Essex.
Across my teaching career, I have always worked with young people with Learning Disabilities and Differences. I completed my PhD at the University of London in 2014; my research and thesis were about inclusion history, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, policy and provision.
My previous experiences professionally (as a Manager for many years) and academically (PhD, MA Management, PGCE, BSc Hons, BA) have stood me in good stead for my Registered Manager and Quality Assurance roles with The Inclusion Project, where my role covers staff recruitment, DBS and contracts; CPD; policies; procedures; compliance and regulation.
I have over 30 years' experience of IT and Computer systems, specialising in HR, Payroll and Finance systems.
I have worked for many different organisations including The Royal Marsden (NHS), Queen Mary University London, Hertfordshire University and Newham FE College.
I started working in Marketing over 5 years ago, always specialising in Social Media and Content Management.
I have worked within education, and for the most part of my career, at the UK’s leading retailer where I lead on alphas with Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.
Some of my accolades include; being voted the most loved grocers in Net Base’s ‘Brand Love’ poll (along with Apple, Lego and BMW). Award winner for Pinterest’s ‘Best Customer Journey’ and ‘Best inter-agency Relationship’, and ‘Team of the Year’ at the 2017 Retail Week Rising Star Awards (2017).
I am now bringing all of my knowledge and experience to The Inclusion Project; helping to raise their marketing profile to reach more people in need of their fantastic service.
I started working in care in 2008; first as a Care Assistant, progressing to Student Nurse and Care Coordinator. I have worked in the Learning Disabilities sector since 2014, during this time I have also volunteered and worked as a Special Olympics Basketball Coach for the East Herts region.
I joined The Inclusion Project in February 2016. During my time with The Inclusion Project I have managed to develop my career – combining my experience and passion for care and working with people with Learning Disabilities – starting as a Part Time Group Leader, onto a Full Time Group Leader, then an Area Manager for Broxbourne and St Albans, followed by my current role as Recruitment Manager.
The Inclusion Project is a great organisation for people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, helping people to grow as individuals within their local community. I am so happy to be part of a great, innovative company that is changing the lives of Participants and their families for the better.
I started with The Inclusion Project as a Participant, and actually met Simon Jackson-Turner whilst out with my Group Leader. Simon and I started talking about our shared passion for Systems and testing code...I am now working as the Systems Officer, with Simon as my mentor.
I enjoy problem solving, automating tasks, and making different pieces of software work together.
I have a strong background in Mathematics; a Bachelors in Mathematics from Warwick University, and a Masters in Mathematics from the Open University. I also have some experience with Maths tutoring.
During my time as a student, I was first exposed to Programming and to Computer Science. My interest in these areas has only grown over time. On the Programming side of things, I have varying levels of experience with (La)TeX, MATLAB, SageMath, Haskell, Python, Lua, C, and Bash/shell scripting, amongst others.