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Expert in Social Work; Equality and Diversity; Workplace Well-Being; Stress; Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Expert ID: 727583 United Kingdom

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Expert has many years' experience as a social worker, team manager, trainer and consultant in the field of child abuse and child protection. He has also published books and articles about such matters. He was involved in developing a Diploma in Child Protection Studies at a UK university. He
holds a certificate in child protection supervision and has served as an expert witness in court proceedings. He has developed an excellent reputation for promoting learning in the area of child abuse and protection.

He is recognized as a leading author and thinker on the UK social work scene. With 37 years' experience and 34 books to his name, he is a sought-after
training facilitator, consultant and conference speaker. His ideas have proven very influential, particularly in relation to equality and diversity. His work is widely quoted by other authors and researchers. Several of his books are bestsellers and very popular with students in particular. His work on equality and diversity has proven to be especially influential.
Expert is the co-editor of an influential workplace well-being book. He is also the editor of a major website and zine (bulletin) concerning this topic. He is interested in applying social work
knowledge, skills and values to the workplace to promote more effective and more humane workplaces. He has written extensively about workplace stress and related matters and has been involved in research, teaching, training and consultancy about workplace issues.

He has written extensively about loss, grief and trauma, especially in the workplace, and he is a member of the prestigious International Work Group on
Death, Dying and Bereavement (membership is by invitation only and restricted to recognised leaders in the field).
He is a qualified mediator and has extensive experience of dispute resolution, conflict management and team building. All his work - writing, teaching, advising - is based on a commitment to promoting equality and valuing diversity. He has several leading publications in this area.

Expert helped the Care Council for Wales review the learning needs of the residential child care workforce in Wales. Expert has been involved in helping a private agency that specilises in supporting traumatised children to develop publishable training materials based on their innovative work. Expert coordinated a team of investigators involved in helping a London borough respond to a crisis brought about by an unprecedented level of complaints of racial discrimination. Expert helped several private companies develop equality and diversity policies as part of a Welsh Development Agency project. Expert coordinated a project involving four universities in order to develop teaching resources relating to postqualifying work in child welfare.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1983 Degree: BA Hons Subject: Social Sciences Institution: The Open University
Year: 1991 Degree: MBA Subject: Management Institution: The Open University Business School
Year: 1990 Degree: PhD Subject: Social Work Institution: Keele University
Year: 2010 Degree: DLitt Subject: Well-being Institution: Keele University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2000 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director/owner Department: Responsibilities: Expert established Avenue Consulting in 2000. The company specilises in promoting well-being.
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: Liverpool Hope University Title: Professor of Social Work and Well-being Department: Social Work Responsibilities: Expert had a part-time temporary role in helping to develop a research culture in a new university department of social work.
Years: 2004 to 2005 Employer: Staffordshire University Title: Professor of Health and Well-Being Department: Social Work Responsibilities: Expert had a temporary part-time role to help develop a research culture.
Years: 1996 to 1997 Employer: Staffordshire University Title: Professor of Applied Social Studies Department: Social Work Responsibilities: Full range of academic duties: teaching, research, administration.
Years: 1992 to 1996 Employer: North East Wales Institute Title: Senior Lecturer in Social Work Department: Social Work Responsibilities: Full range of academic duties: teaching, research, administration.
Years: 1991 to 1992 Employer: Clwyd County Council Title: Training Officer Department: Social Services Responsibilities: Coordinator and provider of in-service training courses on child abuse and protection
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Cheshire County Council Title: Team Manager Department: Social Services Responsibilities: Manager of a team of social workers
Years: 1983 to 1989 Employer: Cheshire County Council Title: Social Worker Department: Social Services Responsibilities: Social worker working with various client groups

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Hong Kong Summary: Expert presented workshops on workplace well-being at the Centre on Behavioral Health, Hong Kong.
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Australia Summary: Expert presented lectures and ran seminars at three universities (Sydney, La Trobe, Melbourne) and the national grief centre.
Years: 1993 to 2009 Country / Region: Various Summary: Expert has been a speaker at conferences and seminars in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Czech Republic, Norway, the Netherlands, India, Hong Kong, The United States, Canada and Australia.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; The Higher Education Academy; and the Royal Society of Arts and a Life Fellow of The Institute of Welsh Affairs
Professional Appointments
Expert was formerly the editor of the US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss (published by Baywood)
Awards / Recognition
Expert was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wales branch of the British Association of Social Workers in 2011.
In 2014 he was presented with the Expert. Robert Fulton Award for excellence in the field of Death, Dying and Bereavement from the Center for Death Education and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has over 200 publications to his name, including 34 books, papers in learned journals and training and open learning materials.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been providing expert witness services since 1996. He has been involved in litigation relating to social work practice; stress compensation claims and related matters. He is a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses. He has been involved in over 40 cases.
Training / Seminars
Expert is a highly experienced training facilitator. In his 37-year career he has delivered over 1,000 training days to small groups and large, to grassroots staff and senior executives. He was elected to the Royal Society of Arts on the basis of his contribution to workplace learning and was the founding editor of the British Journal of Occupational Learning.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is an insightful and incisive consultant who brings a wealth of experience and expertise in matters relating to human relations (in the community and in the workplace) and well-being. His skills in conflict management and teambuilding are particularly valued and he is a sought-after conference speaker.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert has basic fluency in the French language.
German Expert has limited fluency in German.
Welsh Expert has basic fluency in Welsh.

Fields of Expertise

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