Spotlight on Talent – David

Find out more about another talented Evenbreak candidate, David, here!

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What kind of role would your skills-set and experience make you ideally suited for?

I would be very interested in undertaking any kind of Trainer / Facilitator role particularly in the areas of education, training or employment support. I have vast experience in these areas, including:

  • line-managing a team of administrators to deliver on a range of Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Statutory Assessment service’s key performance indicators for a local authority
  • chairing a SEND resource-allocation panel in support of disabled children and young people in early years, schools and FE Colleges aged 0 – 19 within a local authority  
  • day-to-day financial management for the SEND Home-to-School Transport budget
  • project managing and writing successful award and funding bidsfor a highly successful independent travel training service within a local authority. This service won the Best ‘Fleet & Community Transport Service’ Award through the Guardian Newspapers’ Public Service Awards 2010 and again, through the Association of Public Service Excellence 2013 Awards.  This service was also cited by the Department for Education as a model of good practice in 2013, in promoting ‘Transitions into Adult Life’ support services
  • assessing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating training workshop products for various public authority audiences. These covered the areas of disability equality and awareness-raising, mental health awareness-raising and transitions support into employment for disabled customers
  • working as an SEND Appeals Officer in constructing arguments with supporting evidence and answering questions under cross-examination, when representing a local authority’s SEN Services at First Tier (SEND) Tribunal hearings
  • working as an independent SEND Expert for a variety of local authorities Democratic Services
  • undertaking action research projects to affect positive change for disabled young people attending Special Academy 6th Form Schools and training providers across the North East of England

What qualities do you have that would make an employer really want to employ you?

I have extensive Trainer / Facilitator experience along with presentation skills and I am an excellent verbal and written communicator.  I am enthusiastic, an active listener and have extensive line management and project management experience.  I am willing to lead from the front and am able to mentor staff to get the best out of them.

I am analytical and can problem-solve and recommend appropriate ways forward using research undertaken based on customer feedback drawn from different audiences.  

I can resolve disputes and present arguments verbally and in writing, within a business as well as a legal environment.  

I am an enabler and inclusive in my approach to supporting disabled young people and adults in supporting them in their progression towards education, training employment and independent living.  

I am also resilient and enthusiastic in my work as a Lay Patient Representative supporting trainee Genomic Science clinicians based at the University of Manchester.  This work allows these students to better understand the patient perspective based on my ‘lived’ experience as someone with a deteriorating genetic eye disease.  I am also a Patient Advisor to the UK 100,000 Genomes Project and am a participant in this research to better understand the human genome.  

What would a prospective employer need to do to access your talent?

I would be very interested in undertaking any kind of Trainer / Facilitator duties particularly in the areas of education, training or employment support.  However, any employment opportunities which fit my skill-set above, would be very welcome.  I am currently seeking employment.  

If your organisation needs David’s skills, please contact Jane on, and we can put you in touch with him.

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