I have been working in the field of learning disabilities since the early 1990’s and founded NAC in 2020 with the intention of sharing what I have learnt about emotional wellbeing and to create a community to continue developing our understanding and practical applications in this important area of care, support and education.
I am proud to be a registered learning disability nurse (RNLD) and feel that my degree in psychology, PhD in learning disabilities and skills in group facilitation, communication, person centred planning and mentoring contribute to what I have to offer.
I love to travel and have a passion for wholesome, nutritious food. I have two grown up children and live in the beautiful Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, UK with my husband. When not working, our days are (organised around food!) and spent walking, with our friends and family and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
Practice Development Director
I am an assistant head teacher at a special needs school in the midlands with over 220 pupils with intellectual difficulties. My responsibilities include curriculum and assessment for pupils with severe intellectual difficulties and research.
For the past ten years, I have worked with people of all ages across the spectrum of intellectual difficulties and their families in the charity and education sector in a variety of roles. I am also currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education at the University of Birmingham focusing on emotional wellbeing of children and young people with autism and severe intellectual difficulties.
The emotional wellbeing of people with intellectual difficulties is at the heart of what I do on a daily basis. The values of the NAC are present in my work at school with pupils, practitioners and families and in my research.
I have been a Qualified Chartered Certified Accountant since 1992 and gained fellowship of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1997. I have more than 25 years experience in the not for profit sector, housing, education, police, local authorities and charities such as The Prince’s Trust.
I have my own accounting practice, ‘BRS Accounting Services Limited‘ which specialises in supporting start up business, charities and community interest companies, such as NAC.
I am married to Tina for 25 years and we have two teenage children. In my spare time I love supporting my home team Leicester City, following most sports and going swimming and walking.
Director, Accounts & Bookkeeping
I founded my business ‘Bluebells Bookkeeping‘ in 2020 so that I could maintain my career whilst being able to provide support and care for my young family.
I trained and gained my accountancy qualifications (level 2 through to level 4) with the AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians) in 2008 – 2010, during which time I was working in industry where I spent the best part of 10 years with companies who provide support to those that face mental health challenges and learning disabilities.
I am licensed by the AAT to provide Bookkeeping & Accountancy Services to Sole Traders, Partnerships and Companies and wanted to help NAC because of my previous involvement in the industry, and I believe that it is a very worthwhile cause.
When not working, I am running around after my two children, or holidaying in my favourite part of the UK in Cornwall.