I have worked for several London local authorities over the last 37 years and have just retired from the Royal Borough of Greenwich where for the last ten years I was Assistant Director for Community Safety. Throughout my working life I have worked with and managed services for young people who are facing significant life challenges. This includes young people who are involved in the care and criminal justice systems, caught up in gangs and at risk of abuse and exploitation. I have also been responsible for developing services for adults and children who are impacted by domestic abuse and worked to ensure that these services are sensitive to different types of intimate relationships, including those within the LGBT community. I have been a qualified social worker for 26 years.
I am an experienced leader and believe I can help METRO achieve its strategic purpose and to grow. I have a strength in delivering effective governance particularly within local government. I have developed many strong partnerships between individuals and organisations in my work which have improved the delivery of services at the front-line. I have been a long-term member of the Safer Greenwich Partnership, the Greenwich Children’s Safeguarding Board and the Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board. In the last few years I have worked with GAVS (now part of METRO) to establish a charitable body that works with the community to hold the police to account.
I am keen to bring my skills and experience to METRO which is an organisation I have always been impressed by since I came across it in my professional life some 15 years ago. As a gay man METRO is a charity whose values and ethos I share and enthusiastically contribute to as a Trustee.
In my spare time I like to travel, swim and love going to the theatre. I also have lots of new interests I want to develop now that I am going to have more time to pursue them. It is a privilege to work with the team who deliver the important services METRO provides and I am proud to serve a community I identify with and care passionately about.