Meet the Team
Director of Operations
Simon Rands is responsible for day service activities.
Simon has spent over twenty years working within Community, Residential, Respite, Educational and Fostering environments and has experience working with Children and Adults of all ages from Infant to the Elderly.
Simon’s work with young people includes those in Main Stream Education, SEN and those with Profound Multiple and Life Limiting Conditions, Pupil Referral Units, Young Offenders, Community groups and Young Carers.
Previous employment has included being a Care Farm Manager and Practitioner, Personal Tutor (FE College), Curriculum Lead Tutor for Land Based Studies (FE College), Behavioural Team Lead Tutor (FE College), Private Consultant/Practitioner (Care Farming), Price Trainer (Fostering), Positive Behavioural Support Advisor (Fostering).
Director of Therapeutic Services
Michaela Slade is responsible for all counselling and therapeutic programmes.
Michaela qualified as a counsellor in 2010, having previously worked in supporting roles with young homeless people, people living on the streets at the local night shelter, and supporting vulnerable older people. Michaela has since trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Nature Therapy and Eco Psychology, and Reiki Practitioner training.
Michaela is qualified to advanced Diploma level in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an accredited member of the National Counselling Society; Michaela is also a LEAP senior qualified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and a qualified youth worker. Michaela’s 20 year's experience has given her a passion for helping and supporting people of all ages, who may be experiencing difficulties. Her work involves a holistic and creative approach that can include CBT, mindfulness-based CBT, and life coaching techniques.
Director of Business Development
Nigel Bell is responsible for business development.
Nigel was in the Royal Navy for 28 years, ending his career in 2014 as a qualified Social Worker. During his time in the Royal Navy, Nigel supported a generic service user group with a variety of personal issues including mental and physical health, disability and personal issues. A large part of his career was spent supporting serving personnel and their families through trauma (with life changing injuries) experienced with the war in Afghanistan, with two years spent directly supporting those returned to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Since leaving the Royal Navy, Nigel has been working with a local Fostering agency, in enabling foster carers to support and nurture young people, overcome a variety of personal difficulties and traumatic life events. Nigel is a Fellow of the Dartington School of Social Entrepreneurs, which has empowered him to set up this Land Based therapeutic environment.
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