Meet the team

Our team is experienced and talented in what they do and bring a mixture of personal experience of receiving, delivering, commissioning and leading support services to their work, Team members work tirelessly and enthusiastically to promote person centred approaches and self directed support.  This is enhanced by the work the team do nationally, locally and regionally to influence, and support developments across health, education, social care, and community.

 

All our team have done a little video about them, click their Photo to see and hear them

 

Our Team is below:


lynn

Lynn James-Jenkinson
Team Director
07970 900 226

> Lynn's Video

Lynn is a qualified Social Worker and has management qualifications.

Lynn has worked in the public sector for over 30 years, starting her working life supporting disabled children in mainstream school and as a support worker supporting people with a learning disability relocate from Long Stay hospitals across the North of England to homes of their own with they support needed to achieve that. Lynn has always enjoyed working closely with people with learning disabilities and their families to support them to live the lives they want to live.

Lynn brings her experience, knowledge and passion about people’s rights to her role. Most importantly Lynn has 6 children of her own and understands the issues affecting disabled children and adults and their families from a personal perspective.


Phil Palmer

Phil Palmer
Office Manager
07971 176 240

> Phil's Video

Phil is the office manager at NWTDT and company secretary for Pathways Associates. His organisational skills and experience provide essential support to the director and associates. He keeps everything running smoothly around the finances and ensuring associates receive support as and when required for events, technical support and communications. Phil has many talents beyond the office management including the development of multimedia materials including the production of video and audio materials. As a family member Phil is actively involved in a number of regional and local networks and groups including; the regional Family Forum, the regional Employment group, Oldham’s Learning Disability partnership Board, Oldham’s Transition Steering group and is a school governor at Newbridge Secondary School.
Phil has a passion for photography, particularly stereoscopic (3D). He enjoys regular fell walking in the lake District with his family.


Dene Donalds

Dene Donalds

Co-Founder and Director

07816 073334

>Dene's Video

Dene is a co-founder of Pathways; a Registered Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Dene leads Pathways Welcome Values Quality Checker Programme and facilitates The Regional Learning Disability Forum ; National Campaigns and Being Safe Groups.

Dene has worked as a Director and senior manager of provider services in the private, public and third sector.He has also worked as a Health and Social Care commissioner:These experiences offer useful insights when Dene is involved in NHSE, CCG and Local Authority projects.

Dene has developed and led a number of accessible mindfulness programmes for people with learning disabilities, people with autism, their families and workforce. To help improve participants wellbeing and resilience.

Dene leads and develops mindfulness programmes in prisons for offenders and their staff and provides mindfulness training for physical intervention training agencies; to help reduce the use of physical interventions.

Dene also works as a Zen Meditation teacher; offering mindfulness retreats for people of all faiths and none:He will be offering a mindfulness retreat for health and social care staff in 2020.


Adele Hoskinson-Clark

Adele Hoskinson-Clark
Associate Consultant

Adele has worked for many years with young disabled people and is passionate about inclusion and the need for young disabled people to be involved in shaping the services that support them.

Adele leads on the development of local networks and forums where young people can identify the barriers they encounter in their lives and share experiences around removing those barriers. Her particular interests include inclusive education and the need for sexual health services to engage with young disabled people and respect their sexuality and identity.

Adele also works with various organisations, aiding them to engage and support young disabled people in a mutually beneficial and productive way. Adele’s work is underpinned by the Social Model of Disability and driven by the principles of the independent living movement. She is an eloquent speaker and facilitator and works to support organisations to develop inclusive practices. She delivers workshops on the following issues:

Education and supporting young people to make the transition toward higher education.
Sexual Health and Disability.
Self-directed support and person centred planning approaches.
Adele is a very proud mum and feels passionately about society respecting disabled people’s right to be parents.

When Adele isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family, eating out, going to the theatre and reading.


Laurence Clark

Laurence Clark
Associate Consultant

>Laurence's Video

Before working for himself, Dr Laurence Clark ran a project for Liverpool Primary Care Trust researching how the NHS can provide Accessible Health Information and communicate effectively with disabled people. Since then he has provided training and consultancy to many public authorities across the country and supported the development of a number of disabled people’s organisations.

At school Laurence was ill-advised by the career service to go into IT; their reasoning being he could earn good money and never encounter any wheelchair access issues by working entirely from home. After spending years studying for a PhD in Bioinformatics, Laurence decided on a complete change of direction and went back to study for a M.A. in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. A user of self-directed support since 1992, his dissertation examined the effects of community care charging policies for personal assistance users, comparing the English and Scottish charging systems.

Laurence also works as a critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian and writer. In 2004 he was a guest reporter on BBC 2’s Newsnight, presenting a short film about disability and the Abortion Act. He was also the subject of a major BBC1 documentary called “We Won’t Drop the Baby” shown in March 2012. He has written about various disability equality issues for The Guardian, The Times, BBC News Online, Community Care and Disability Now amongst other publications. Nowadays I regularly write blogs on disability rights and other issues for The Independent – see http://www.independent.co.uk/biography/laurence-clark


Mark Shackleton

Mark Shackleton
Conference Friend
07969 070 291

>Mark's Video

The Events Team is proud to welcome there new Team Member Mark Shackleton.

Mark has previously worked for Pathways and The North West Training and Development Team as a voluntary Conference Friend.

Pathways is a huge believer in employment for all and are now extremely happy to be able to offer Mark part time employment with the team, enriching our workforce and Mark himself. Mark has aspergers syndrome and in the past has only been able to claim the £20 disregard for any work he has done due to his disability benefits, no matter how hard he has worked or how many hours he has put in. Mark is now extremely proud to be off benefits and doing a paid job that he is very passionate about.

Mark is a great role model to people in a similar situation and a very active member of the team.


Pauline Doyle

Pauline Doyle
Associate Consultant
07977 015 646

>Pauline's Video

Pauline leads our work on Person Centred Planning and approaches, across our adult, older peoples and children’s programmes. Pauline has many years experience across the statutory and voluntary sector at senior levels assisting people with autism, forensic needs as well as people and children with disabilities to get the support that is right for them.

Since qualifying as a social worker in children’s services more than 25 years

ago Pauline has worked directly, consulted and trained widely in person centred thinking, planning and approaches. She is a practitioner in family therapy, an accredited trainer in Map and Path, ELP and Inclusion, Training the Trainers, is an Action Learning Set practitioner linked to the Manchester Business School and leads the Transition Network for Valuing people North West.

Pauline is a systemic practitioner who is passionate and committed to personalisation and self directed support. She enjoys coaching individuals, groups and organisations to develop their learning and action planning using a process of enquiry. Her approach is supportive and reflective providing the people and organisations she assists the opportunity to figure out what they want and were they want to be.

When not working Pauline loves nothing more than walking her dogs, cooking for her family, holidaying in Cornwall and doesn’t sail anywhere near as often as she would like.

 

Vicki Hornby

Vicki Hornby
Associate Consultant

07932 235614

>Vicki's Video

Vicki supports our Confirm and Challenge groups, facilitating co-production between disabled people, families and public sector colleagues to transform care for people with learning disabilities, autism or both in the North West

She leads our Equality and Mental Capacity Act training courses. She also facilitates the co-production of our Experts by Experience, Speak Up and Training the Trainers programmes to enable self advocates to lead in our work with partners.

Vicki is passionate about independent advocacy, equality and human rights. As an experienced statutory and community advocate she continues to support disabled adults and children to have their voice heard across a range of issues affecting their lives.

Vicki supports us to gather and share the views and experiences of disabled people and their families to influence policy through our research and evaluation work.

She has a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Disability Studies.


Cathy Gibson

Cathy Gibson
HR & Office Manager
07572 555 419

>Cathy's Video

Cathy is an experienced and competent office administrator/Manager, having great organisational skills. She co-ordinates the subscribers information and provides regular communication to all the team at NWTDT/Pathways, making sure associates are kept informed of new guidance and practice. Cathy is a whiz at proof reading and can spot a mistake from a mile away.

Cathy has also taken on the HR role organising contracts and DBS checks for anyone who does work for the company. 

 For most of her career before NWTDT/Pathways Cathy worked in the travel industry as a travel agent and tour operator. Her passion for travel remains and she regularly holidays in Scotland, England and Wales in her touring caravan with her family and friends


Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson
Events Manager
07950 617 457

>Danielle's Video

Danielle works for Pathways Associates as our Events Manager, overseeing all aspects of our events planning and organisation. This includes working with a number of different provider organisations as well as our colleagues also booking venues, producing flyers, taking bookings and generally being there on the day to offer support and make sure everything runs smoothly. At the moment I am also working on developing our conference friends, “Real Jobs for Real People”.

In the past Danielle has volunteered with various community projects such as working at a local Brownie guide group helping with weekly meetings, helping to organise day workshops, speakers, day trips and weekends away. Danielle also works as a youth worker at a local youth group in the holidays and weekly meetings. This included the re-vamp of a run down building, the organisation of workshops and community based projects.

In her spare time Danielle enjoys spending time with her children, going on day trips and doing anything artistic.


liam

Liam Vernon
IT/Communications Manager
07813 508 048

>Liam's Video

Liam Is our communications manager , managing our website development, publications, promotions and communications. He works magic with PDF and has provided an altogether more effective approach to how we develop our communications.

Trading as Live I.T, Liam has developed the branding of both NWTDT and Pathways and contributes to all our product information. He is an experienced website technician who is in the process of re-designing and developing our website, as well as providing regular maintenance and support. Above all he works wonders with our ideas and turns them into practical and visual solutions to use within our work...

Liam’s technical skills and interests extent to the stage, drama, sound and lighting.


Colin Elliott

Colin Elliott
Associate Consultant
07975 809 820

Colin began his career in social care in 1985 as a care assistant, working with adults with learning and physically disabilities. More recently he has supported North West Directors of Adult Social Services in developing responses to adults with a learning disability, their families and carers at a time when many councils are facing increasing demand for support and reducing budgets.

Colin has managed residential care services for older people, care management and assessment teams and designed and commissioned a wide range of services for adults living with HIV and adults with drug and alcohol problems. He has also worked with the Government on behalf of Local Authorities, Health and other agencies in the North West to develop and oversee joint approaches to housing and supporting asylum seekers and refugees, helping people to integrate into local communities and find work.

Colin led drug and alcohol strategy and commissioning in Manchester on behalf of the Local Authority, Health, Police, Probation and Prison Services. He was responsible for redesigning one of the country’s largest drug treatment systems, and improved treatment options and outcomes by involving drug users, their families and carers in designing new services.

Most recently Colin worked as an Assistant Director for Manchester City Council. During his time in post he led on many aspects of social care strategy and policy and was responsible for the social care services provided and commissioned by the council. These included supported housing, day support and other services for learning disabled adults, their families and carers.

Colin’s approach to partnership working and strategic leadership at regional and national levels have been informed by his experience of supporting people as a front line worker. He is committed to helping people to exercise real choice and control over their lives and to achieve the outcomes that are important to them.


Janice Wycherley

Janice Wycherley
Associate Consultant

>Janice's Video

 

 

 

 

 


Royah Darabi

Royah Darabi
Project Administrator

07943 870292

>Royah's Video

Royah is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the administrative systems for the Greater Manchester Joint Training Partnership scheme. She uses her organisational and analytical skills to ensure all data associated with this project is kept up to date and accessible so that the Partnership continues to be proactive in meeting its users’ needs. Royah also acts as the first point of contact for everyone associated with the Partnership, and provides information and support to help facilitate the training across Greater Manchester.

 

Royah’s academic background is in literature, and she graduated with an M.Phil. from Trinity College Dublin in 2018. She has a keen interest in arts and culture, and has maintained this through roles in museums and heritage sites.


Kim Doolan

Kim Doolan
Associate Consultant

07939 127 811

>Kim's Video

Kim is a qualified social worker, person-centred planner and best interest assessor. Kim has worked in the public sector for over 30 years supporting people with learning disabilities and their families. She is passionate about the rights of disabled people and a supporter of the advocacy movement and self-directed support.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her son and daughter, cooking, trips out with family and friends and looking after her cat Tinkerbell.

 

Kim Doolan

Jeanne Smith
Support

Now semi-retired and supporting Mark Shackleton approximately 2 days a week. Proud mum of my son James who is in his second year at Dundee University.

My working life has centred around teaching and training. I worked for the Chamber of Commerce and was deputy Manager of the West Yorkshire Textile Training group. I designed and delivered City and guilds courses on training the trainer. Managed an Apprenticeship scheme for young people in the industry, supporting them with life skills training and personal development in an outdoor environment.

I facilitated the Communications element of the NEBSM management courses within the Textile Industry and the NHS in Leeds and Chaired various relevant meetings.In my spare time I was a Cub and Scout leader for over 20 years, also Commissioner for training in my area. Taught a night school class entitled Cookery for entertaining.

I moved to South Cumbria over 20 years ago and was a full time mum before starting work at Pathways. My hobbies are my horses, fell walking mainly in the Lakes near where I live, yoga,mindfulness and knitting.