Kathy has always embraced and advocated for self direction and the discovery of individual strengths and goals in support settings.
She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1982 and started her career in the Health service.
In 1988 she moved into Social Care, eventually taking a broad lead management role across Adult and Older peoples Social Care services, with responsibility for both the assessment and also the provision of services and joint strategic planning. Leading on Best Value Reviews and service modernisation programmes.
In 2005 she moved into the Voluntary Sector, as a Strategic Development Director for a major mental health charity , where she continued to look at National policy and champion self determined models of assessment, support and safety planning. Her work included developing models of delivery in line with the future direction of Mental Health provision.
Kathy has an excellent record regarding interface with the Crown Prosecution Service , Strategic Health Authorities, and The Health and Safety Executive in relation to serious untoward incidents and has taken the lead for the organisation regarding Root Cause Analysis investigations.
She has held seats on National and international fora and conferences and chaired the MHPF Collaborative Development Group for several years and she is committed to promoting the whole person, whole system approach in relation to modernisation of services.
She believe's the voluntary sector can continue to grow its share of the market; by listening and acting on their wealth of experience and developing services to help achieve improved outcomes for people.