Meena’s background is in the third sector, working at strategic and operational levels advising and supporting organisations to consider and respond to the needs and aspirations of local communities, ensuring that people they support have a voice and are able exercise choice and control over decisions affecting their lives.
Gail has worked in the Community and Social Care Sectors for the last 27 years, ten of those delivering and managing Independent Advocacy services across London and the South East of England. At the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), she leads on Advocacy and Rights, including the Advocacy QPM. Her work is underpinned by an unerring belief in individuality, reciprocity, rights and the importance of each person’s voice. She supports Local Authorities, community sector organisations and private providers to translate policy and legislation to best practice, using co-productive approaches to enable individual’s to have increased choice and control in their lives. She has previously focused on the implementation of Personalisation, asset based and outcome focused commissioning, Self-Directed Support, the role-out and innovative use of Personal Budgets and MCA Compliance.
Julian is a Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities and Mental Health, he is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Julian works with organisations to ensure that they have systems in place to ensure they are providing effective support to their staff, and with individuals to ensure that they receive appropriate services and are treated with fairness and dignity.
Madeline has 20 years experience in the public sector in direct support, management and organisational development roles. She is passionate about driving change to improve the lives of older and disabled people, and is particularly skilled in facilitating change and development for individuals, teams and organisations, using a range of skills developed in practice and through Occupational Psychology underpinned by an ethos of inclusion and co-production.
Peter Bates has worked for the National Development Team for Inclusion since 1999.
He previously worked in probation, the employment service, social services, the NHS and audit. Since 2011, he has also worked at the University of Nottingham promoting patient and public involvement in health research.
Following a twenty five year career in the NHS, Dave established himself as an Independent Consultant Nurse and now works on a freelance basis providing specialist clinical input, clinical leadership, advice on care pathway development and governance.
Dave is committed to promoting community-based, person centred inclusive models of care as effective and efficient ways of meeting complex needs.
Dave is a learning disability nurse with additional training in psychology and the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities.
Teresa Gorczynska provides training and consultancy in the areas of Human Rights, Safeguarding, Mental Capacity and Advocacy. She has a Masters of Law in Human Rights, PGDip Safeguarding Law and is a qualified IMCA. Teresa was previously one of the pilot IMCA projects and Head of IMCA for Advocacy Partners, she was instumental in the development of the IMCA qualification, practice and safeguarding guidance.
Pamela Jean Hill
After a rewarding career as a College Lecturer and Corporate Training Manager specialising in Information Technology, Pamela changed direction in 2002. As an Area Manager with Connexions Lancashire she led a team of staff that supported young people aged 13 to 19 years, and up to 25 with learning difficulties, to overcome the barriers they faced in accessing education, employment and training. Pamela developed a strong interest in health and social care issues and the need for user-friendly, single point of access support services for vulnerable members of our society.
Since 2008, Pamela has further developed her experience in the design and implementation of services that address the needs of older people, unpaid carers and those accessing domiciliary care services by securing local authority contracts and trust funding.
Pamela is a strong campaigner for collaborative approaches in the delivery of high quality, holistic support services that address the issues of and empower individuals in age groups from birth through to older age and those at the end of life.
As a freelance consultant she now works with third sector organisations to help cut costs, grow unrestricted funding and improve sustainability.
Stephanie de la Haye
Stephanie is the chair and co-founder of Business Boosters Network CIC, an Ex by Ex run and led
training/research agency as well as a fully qualified freelance trainer, consultant and researcher
delivering in mental health and well-being with 30 years’ of expert by experience and as a health &
social care professional working in pre-hospital. Stephanie delivers on the AMHP course and mental
health advocacy training within, social work and mental health nursing at Sheffield Hallam University,
and Stephanie is a member of the UCLAN national IMHA research team. A doctoral researcher
looking at practitioner mental health resilience and post training literacy lag.
Stephanie is a member of the co production network at SCIE and lead for the mental health crisis
concordat for the third sector in Sheffield as well as sitting on the mental health partnership board,
and training and up skilling panel working with emergency service stakeholders from across
Stephanie has been a member of the care quality commission’s mental health improvement board
and now an expert advisor and inspector for the CQC. Expert Reference Group for Achieving Better
Access to Crisis Care Services for Adults, based at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental
health /Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Katie Smith-Palomeque has worked in the public and third sector for 20 years.
Roles have included project management, commissioning and educational development for excluded young people.
She moved into advocacy six years ago and her last role was as the CEO of an advocacy charity specializing in mental health and mental capacity.
Katie holds the Independent Advocacy Diploma and is a lead assessor on the Independent Advocacy Qualification assessing across all specialisms.
In addition to working with NDTi, she is a consultant trainer and assessor in leadership and management working across a range of social care subjects. She also provides supervision to senior managers and leaders within the third sector.