Tom is a professionally qualified and registered Social Worker and a member of the College of Social Work. He has a BA in Social Administration, MA in Applied Social Research, Certificate in Managing Health Services and is a graduate from the Academy for Executive Leadership. He has extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of adult services. He has experience of working within Local Authorities, joint appointments with Health and Social Care and with the Department of Health as a Social Services Inspector.
Tom worked in social care for over 30 years until taking early retirement. He originally worked as a social worker and then as a senior manager in several locations within the northwest. Before setting up HT Associates in 2011, he was an Assistant Director for Social Care and Adult Safeguarding. Tom specialises in adult safeguarding, independent social work, services for carers, social care consultancy, service re-design and transformational change. Tom operates mainly at strategic level but also very much enjoys delivering social work or coaching support on a 1:1 basis. In his ‘spare time’ he is a Board Member for Carers Trust, Bury Crossroads Scheme, enjoys gardening and listening to music.
Currently, Tom’s portfolio consists of 3 main strands:
- Independent Chair of St Helens Safeguarding Adults Board;
- Chair of Audit Committee and Lay Member for governance at East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and;
- Independent social work, coaching and support services.