HT Associates Ltd

Specialising in BSL Communication and Social Care Consultancy

Tom's Blurb

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.

Tom's Assurances

  • Has been social work qualified since 1986, his current Health & Care Professional Council registration number is SW37874. This can be checked at
  • Has an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Certificate dated 30th April 2013
  • Is a member of The College of Social Work
  • Is a Silver Member of the International Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Coaching
  • Has insurance cover arranged through The College of Social Work for £5million public liability and £2 million professional indemnity cover
  • Holds a BA in Social Administration from Manchester University
  • Holds a MA in Applied Social Research from Manchester University
  • Holds management qualifications in Health Services
  • Is a graduate from the Academy for Executive Leadership at Ashridge Business School
  • Is an Institute of Leadership and Management qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner
  • Is an Institute of Leadership and Management qualified Hypnotherapy Practitioner
  • Holds an NLP Centre of Excellence (ILM approved Centre) Coaching Diploma.