For the past 20 years, I have worked in the social care sector in special care and disability services up to management level. I have seen a lot of change during this time and was at the coalface during the introduction of regulation of residential services, leading organisational change and regulatory compliance in a large community residential service.
My commitment to the professional development of those working in social care motivated me to create Trust Social Care Consultancy for the support and development of all working in social care services.
My qualifications include a BSc in Psychology, a BA in Social Care Practice and most recently a MA in Social Care Leadership and Management.
In addition to my consultancy work, I am a part time lecturer and academic tutor on the Applied Social Care undergraduate programme in TUDublin and hold a directorship with Newgrove Housing Association. I am also a contributing author of The Guide to the Standards of Proficiency Ebook and the forthcoming Introduction to Social Care textbook.
In my spare time, I am an active volunteer with the Irish Red Cross as a peer supporter and coordinator of the national Psychological First Aid programme.