We have started the process of merging with national charity Choice Support under a new holding company and charity, Partnership Support Group (PSG).
Both mcch and Choice Support continue to be registered charities and subsidiaries of the Partnership Support Group.
The Partnership Support Group is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees (formed of 5 Trustees previously on the Board of both mcch and Choice Support). The Partnership Support Group Board of Trustees will also become the Trustees for mcch and Choice Support.
Volunteer Board of Trustees
Oliver Mills, Chair
Oliver has an extensive career in social care. Oliver’s past roles include Social Worker and Managing Director and Director of Adult Social Services at Kent County Council. In the past 5 years he has worked as the National Programme Director as part of the Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care programme, and currently works as a Care and Improvement Advisor to the Local Government Association.
Ian has had 30 years of experience in business and has created computer systems to streamline office procedures. Ian's online dealing systems are still being used in the city of London today. He has learnt ways in which to run office/business infrastructure in an efficient manner and joined the Board so that Choice Support could benefit from these skills.
Anne qualified as a solicitor and is the Head of New Business and Commercial Services at Golding Homes. Anne was formerly the Chair of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and Vice Chair at the Kent Council for Addiction, now part of Addaction where she serves as a trustee. She is the Chair of the South East for the Chartered Institute for Housing and a board member at Eldon Housing.
Chris retired in 2013 following a 40 year career working in inner London social services departments, for the last 10 years he was Commissioning Manager for people with learning disabilities at Southwark. He has a track record of involving service users and their families in decision making when developing or changing services. He is passionate about people with learning disabilities having the right to equal citizenship by living their lives in ways they choose regardless of the level of their disability.
Lynda has spent her professional career at a senior level in teaching, marketing and communications. She became a board member hoping to make a contribution as the parent of someone with complex disabilities. Her daughter has been supported by a 24-hour Choice Support team since 2001. This gives Lynda particular insight into the running of the organisation on a day-to-day basis.
Peter started his career in the NHS as a mental health nurse. He was commissioner for mental health secure services in Kent and was Executive Nurse Director of Nursing and Modernisation at West Kent NHS and Social Care Trust. He now runs his own consultancy providing support to NHS organisations across the country.
Paul started as a teacher and moved on to become chief inspector in Croydon before 14 years as a chief officer in Bexley, rising to become director of education and leisure. Paul is founding director of Prospects, a company that provides a wide range of eduction, employment and training services in the UK and internationally. He is currently a Trustee of Autism Wessex and was the first Chair of Governors at the Gloucester Academy which Prospects sponsors.
Colin was mcch’s Treasurer and has been on the mcch board of trustees since 1992. Colin is a chartered accountant and is a registered auditor. In 2013 Colin joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson and has advised a large variety of clients from startups to AIM and Full listings on the London Stock Exchange. He has the ICAEW qualification of a Diploma in Charity Accounting.
Kate has an extensive career in marketing, human resources and organisational development. She was HR Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland and Vice President Learning and Talent at Barclays. She currently runs her own organisational development consultancy based in Kent and works as a life coach.
Sarah has worked with people with learning disabilities for almost 30 years. She began by supporting people with challenging needs to move out of long stay institutions in the 1980s. Sarah has worked as a training manager where she pioneered new initiatives to take training into the work place. Following completion of her MA in Applied Psychology of Learning Disability Services, Sarah worked as an Operational Director of a large national charity developing direct payment and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities.
Sarah worked as the Director of Quality and Safeguarding at Choice Support for many years and then became Managing Director. Sarah is a Board Member of Learning Disability England; part of the steering committee for the Driving up Quality Alliance and is a Board (and founder member) of the Association of Quality Checkers.
Group Director - Finance, Payroll and ICT
Debbie has worked in the social housing sector since 1990, prior to which she spent two years working in local government. She spent several years working for the Social Housing Regulator before moving to a medium sized housing association as Finance Manager. Debbie has held a number of Finance Director positions within the RSL sector at Hyde Group and Viridian, before she moved to her current role at mcch in 2009. Debbie is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; member of the Institute of Directors and holds a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Hexagon Housing Association.
Group Director - HR
Mark has worked for Choice Support since 1999 and has over 20 years experience of Human Resources in the voluntary sector, NHS and central government. He has been associated with learning disability services since 1992 and sits as a member of the Employment Tribunal.
Group Director - Operations Learning Disability
Dave has worked with people with learning disabilities since 1985 and has been a Director for Choice Support since 2002. He specialises in providing support packages for people with severe challenging behaviour and training teams in positive behaviour support methods.
Group Director Operations - Mental health and Autism
Mel Shad joined mcch at the end of February 2016 as mcch’s Executive Director of Mental Health. Following the recent partnership with Choice Support, Mel now heads up the mental health directorate for Partnership Support Group, in which mcch is a subsidiary charity. Before this, Mel worked for the national charity Turning Point, where she was Head of Business Development Mental Health. She has over 25 years’ experience working in the mental health and criminal justice field, and worked for many years as the national director for Mental Health at Carr Gomm.
Director of Integration and Transformation
Brendan has worked for Choice Support since 2004 and has over 15 years experience of financial management across a variety of sectors. Brendan has a proven track record of delivering outstanding business improvement results through a commitment to people and organisational development.
Group Director - Housing and Development
Richard joined mcch in 2009 and bought with him over 20 years’ experience working in the housing sector. During his career he has worked in the private sector, in several housing associations and for local authority commissioners. Richard now specialises in the delivery and management of supported housing. Over the last 5 years he has led on capital recycling programmes with the NHS leading to the development of several award winning schemes. Richard is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.