Our Staff & Directors
At Forward2Employment, our dedicated staff team are passionate about supporting young adults with SEND into employment, within Medway and Kent.
Director and Head of Provision
As Head of Forward2Employment, I work tirelessly to support young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across Medway and Kent into employment. I firmly believe that by raising aspirations and giving these young people the helping hand they need, that they have many rich and diverse skills to bring to the workplace.
I am also Vice Principal at Bradfields Academy, which is part of Fortis Trust. Previously I have worked in mainstream provisions and also as a Psychologist. I bring all this experience to my current role to ensure that the provision for young people is the very best it can possibly be.
I take a lead role at Forward2Employment and I am always seeking ways to make this provision even better for the interns, be this by working with the job coaches and the support they give to the young people or searching out new and innovative employers who are eager to work with our interns. I enjoy nothing better than seeing the young people grow in confidence and develop their employability skills, then ultimately gain purposeful employment.
Chief Executive Officer
I am passionate about raising the aspirations and opportunities for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across Medway and Kent and strongly believe that everyone has the right to work and to live a fulfilled life.
I am CEO of Fortis Trust which works as a family of collaborative and innovative academies and institutions. Together with Forward2Employment as our partner, we have the talents and strengths to improve the achievements and life chances of the students, families and communities we serve.
I oversee the work of Forward2Employment to ensure that the service delivered is of the highest standard and that all young adults are supported on their journeys towards gaining employment, developing sustainable employability skills and becoming active participants within their local communities.
I have worked in Medway as a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Teaching Assistant for both mainstream and SEND schools. In 2018, when I was working for Bradfields Academy, I was given the opportunity to work as a Job Coach when Forward2Employment was just a pilot scheme.
I support young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the workplace, this includes, drawing up support plans, making workplace adjustments and teaching valuable life skills/work skills to support the interns into work and securing long term employment, helping them to gain independence for life. I also support the interns to develop their English and maths skills. I also help deliver travel training where necessary.
I am always looking out for new opportunities from businesses for our future students. My belief is that everyone deserves a chance and I am passionate about changing the way people think towards people working with disabilities. We just need the rest of the world to see how amazing our students are and what they can achieve when given a chance.
I have been a Job Coach with Forward2Employment since 2019, and I have 10 years of experience and knowledge supporting young people from a range of backgrounds. This includes helping them to overcome different barriers to gain confidence, independence and employment, both within group settings and one to one support. I have completed regular community networking, closely working with employers of various companies and local services for young people ranging from DWP, Homeless Charities, Youth Charities, Mental Health Services, Probation, Drugs and Alcohol Support Services, Social Services and Leaving Care Teams within Medway Council and Kent County Council.
Being a part of Forward2Employment has given me the opportunity to support interns within their workplaces and watch them grow into independent young adults, seeing them challenge the statistics by moving into employment or further education.
At Forward2Employment, we have a dedicated team of Directors. The role of the Directors is to oversee the direction and management of Forward2Employment’s business ensuring our vision, aims and values are upheld. Directors meet regularly to make the strategic and operational decisions of the company and are responsible for ensuring that the company meets its statutory obligations.
I trained as a psychology teacher in 2003. Prior to that, I worked for Her Majesty’s Prison service. I started my teaching in a mainstream provision but have taught in special educational needs since 2015.
It was whilst as an Assistant Principal at Bradfields that I realised that there was a gap in provision for those young people who need a little extra support to get into employment. With this in mind, I have worked tirelessly to develop Forward2Employment and I have a strong vision of how I want to move the provision forward to support more young adults in Medway and further into Kent to gain employment.
I started my career in the British Army where I served as an Infantry Soldier for 9 years. I then joined her Majesty’s Prison Service as a Prison Officer and have worked in several establishments with various categories of prisoner. I have seen first-hand how important it is that young people have the right start in their adult life and how badly things can go wrong if there isn’t support in place. I strongly believe that supported internships and employment provide that support.
I am currently Kent, Sussex and Essex regional Health, Safety and Fire Advisor working at establishments through the region. I am qualified to carry out Health Safety and Fire risk assessments and I will be vigilant in ensuring the safety of the interns when they undertake their placements.
I have worked with young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for over 20 years in various establishments within the education system. I am a qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant, a trained PTTLS level 3 tutor and Trained Careers Adviser where I specialised in working with young people with SEND.
People are my passion, whether that be supporting young people with learning difficulties, supporting my colleagues, networking with partners or spending quality time with my family, my focus is on helping others. I believe in enabling young people whatever their background or abilities to reach their goals. It's so important in my role that I understand every student as an individual and help them to identify their strengths.
I also really enjoy working with other agencies so the young people and their families or carers have access to all relevant information that can be helpful when they are making decisions. I am proud to be a Director of Forward2Employment as above all I believe passionately that everyone deserves the opportunity to be included within the community and should have the same workplace opportunities.