I have worked extensively with people living with disabilities and long-term health conditions, people with mental health problems, people from a diverse range of BAME backgrounds, homeless people, the LGBT community, and the transgender community.
I work from the perspective that people from these groups often have a range of honed skills which are a direct result of overcoming the challenges and barriers which they experience during their lives, these honed skills include resilience, resourcefulness, and determination.
I have lived experience of many of the issues experienced by the people and groups with whom I have worked throughout my career and have been living with HIV since the beginning of the HIV epidemic and I also live with a degenerative spinal condition, neuropathy and arthritis.
I was the first UK local government training officer responsible for HIV appointed in 1989 within the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and became a free-lance trainer in 2006, prior to this I was a residential care middle manager in Haringey.
In 2009 I was commissioned to develop an innovative leadership programme by ‘The Essex Coalition of Disabled People’ entitled ‘LeadingAbility’ a leadership programme for people living with disabilities and long-term health conditions, this was also piloted for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In 2015 I was commissioned to design and develop the highly successful leadership pilot programme Leadership Academy Programme (LAP) for Disability Rights UK for people living with disabilities and long term health conditions an innovative leadership programme based in the social model of disability which perceives disability as a leadership advantage. I subsequently went on to develop the social model of HIV which I developed and utilised in my work within the ‘Terrence Higgins Trust Work Positive Programme’ where I was employed to deliver and design a range of workshops and employment coaching from 2015 – 2020