Our Board and Team
I have over a decade of experience in the youth sector including in safeguarding, education, SEND and in service intervention delivery. I am extremely passionate about creating opportunities for teenagers who are not in education, employment or training. During my time at university I began developing Youth Opportunity Union, a project that combines work experience with education. I feel strongly that education should be as flexible and bespoke as possible and will continually strive to work with our young people to create their own plans and achieve their goals. My vision for YOU is not simply to provide qualifications, but to ensure emotional well being, personal development and holistic pastoral support is of equal importance within our service delivery.
I am a professional with over 9 years experience working in the childhood and youth sector as well as being a Mental Health Trainer. My experience covers creating and delivering bespoke academic and mental health packages, acute mental health support, training other professionals and safeguarding. I am passionate about young people and the impact their mental health has on their development. I am a qualified personal trainer and run a successful PT business which focusses not only on physical fitness but also on the importance of our mental health. I hold a first class BA hons degree is professional studies in childhood and youth work and currently work in safeguarding and is also the safeguarding lead for Youth Opportunity Union!
I currently support a wide range of colleagues in the promotion, development and continued transformation of Learning, Assessment and Teaching (LAT) through coaching, mentoring, delivery of teacher training and CPD. I value sharing best practice that delivers success for all learners, and support areas which have been identified as requiring improvement. I lead on quality improvement activity by developing, implementing and monitoring initiatives that address areas of improvement and assist schools in delivering improvement in learner success. I am the lead deliverer on the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, the Level 4 Certificate in Education Training, Level 5 Certification in Education & Training and PGDE Level 6. I am still involved in curriculum delivery for Supported Education students (SEN, EBD) studying on entry level/level 1 courses. I also coach and manage the College SEN football team.
Treasurer and Business Lead
I am married to Claire, and live in Woodhall Spa, between us we have seven children. I am originally from Staffordshire but moved to Lincolnshire 5 years ago, although through work I have lived all over the country in Cheshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Buckinghamshire. We intend to settle in Lincolnshire now!
I am a Director at MCP Consulting Group ltd, a Solihull based company delivering consultancy services and Training worldwide. I am a successful Managing Director and Project Manager with many years experience in maximising business growth and turnover as well as developing new businesses. I have responsibility for business related guidance in particular for the coffee shop Cafe YOU, for which my experience is ideal!
Our Coffee Ninjas!
Inspired by a helping others, Youth Opportunity Union volunteers Dylan and Maddie are without doubt our biggest assets! They give up their spare time to work in Cafe YOU and without them the project simply wouldn't run, they are amazing!
They train with our industry expert to hone their barista skills and are ready to serve you delicious coffees!