is Corporate Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care at City of York Council. Martin is proud of the fact that following his Business Studies degree at Liverpool University he made the transition into adult social care via British Nuclear Fuels at Sellafield and volunteering with young people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. He then took a social work qualification and began his career in local government as a care assistant.
Martin has worked in a range of roles from child protection to mental health services. Prior to his role in York he was Executive Director for Adults and Communities at Barnsley. This included extensive work with ADASS (association of directors of adult social services) including national lead for Personalisation.
This is the basis for Martins interest in Community Coaching, an asset based approach, that is crucial in terms of sustainability, and what will make the difference in the future ‘We need to work better with individuals, families and communities and with partners in the NHS and care sector to design care pathways that enable people to control their lives. Personalisation is about promoting individual’s independence, choice and control. I strongly believe in promoting people’s independence – putting communities and individuals in control – and to do that we need to ensure they have greater access and choice’.
Martin’s personal and professional agenda aligns perfectly with the growing work on Community Coaching. His ethos is very much about building on people’s abilities – not inabilities, an asset based approach – and discouraging dependency.