The SENAD Group Head Office Team.
Chief Executive Officer
Brian was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the SENAD Group in June 2006. Prior to this he acted as the group’s Chief Operations Officer.
Brian has worked at CEO and Director level within local authorities, as well as the voluntary and independent sector. He has significant experience in the design and set up of high quality children and adult services across Britain. With this expertise Brian will lead the group in its vision to provide a comprehensive network of educational and residential care services, working in partnership with young people, parents and local authorities.
Dr Mark Flynn
Chief Operations Officer
· PGCE Autism Spectrum
· PGCE Language & Communication Impairment in Children
Mark joined the SENAD Group as Chief Operations Officer in January 2007. He has worked in education for over 25 years. He has been an FE college Principal and has also acted as an interim Head Teacher for Rowden House School. His focus is on raising standards in educational and care, along with improving outcomes for children and adults with an emphasis on promoting social inclusion. Mark is also Chair of a large Derbyshire Junior School and has held numerous charitable directorships in grassroots charities which had an emphasis on social inclusion, providing services for vulnerable adults and educational development. Mark is also the Designated Safeguarding Children Officer at SENAD Group level, as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Richard joined the SENAD Group as Group Finance Director in 2007. He is a Chartered Accountant with extensive commercial and financial experience, the last 5 years within the independent provision of education and care. Richard was formerly Commercial Director with a listed health & care group, prior to which he held various senior financial positions with an international retail group.
Group Referrals Officer
- NVQ 4 Health & Social Care
- SEN Legal Training Certificate
- NVQ 3 Business Management
- Diploma in First Line Management (ILM)
Caroline joined the SENAD group in June 2006 as Receptionist/Administrator at Bladon House School. In 2008 she was promoted to Marketing Officer for the Group and in January 2012 she became the Group Referrals Officer.
Caroline is the key contact for professionals and parents looking for suitable provision and is responsible for the coordination of placement enquiries and referrals for children, young people and adults across the groups schools and homes.
Group Marketing and Communications Manager
- BA (Hons) Social Science, History and Religious Studies—University of Derby.
- Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Diploma
Jenny joined The SENAD Group in June 2007. Her role is to support the Groups strong customer relationships by ensuring that efficient and effective communication channels are in place both internally and externally. Jenny has 20 years experience of delivering sales and marketing solutions to ‘person centred’ service sector businesses including national recruitment consultancies, the education sector and the 3rd sector. Prior to joining The SENAD Group Jenny worked as Business Development Manager for VOICE UK, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities who have been victims of crime. Through this work she has gained an understanding of the challenges facing both children and adults with learning difficulties.
Group Quality Improvement Manager
Brian joined SENAD in September 2009 as Group Quality Improvement Manager with a remit to help the Group continue to improve the quality of outcomes for young people and adults. Prior to this he was a Social Care Inspection Manager for Ofsted.
Brian has also held the position of Regulation Manager with CSCI in which he had responsibility for both adult & children’s services.
He has a background in both residential & field social work stretching back to the early 1970’s. As a qualified Social Worker he is committed to promoting the rights of children and adults and ensuring they are offered a high quality service.
Group Health and Safety Manager
- Diploma in Safety Management
- Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
- Graduate Member of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Martin joined the SENAD Group in 2003, prior to joining the SENAD Group Martin worked as a Health and Safety Consultant and has over thirty years of experience in training others.
Martin developed the profile of Health and Safety within the group. This cumulated in the schools and homes achieving the British Safety Council’s five star award for safety. In 2007 Alderwasley Hall School was one of only 40 organisations worldwide presented with the British Safety Councils Sword of Honour, which is widely recognised as the pinnacle of safety achievement.
Over the last 5 years Martin has worked with the Training Officers to continually develop induction training packages suitable for all staff, recognizing their different learning preferences. Staff training is essential to the development of the workforce of the SENAD Group. All training topics are linked, particularly during induction; therefore Martin developed a rolling program to ensure that staff have an excellent understanding of the young people they work with prior to them starting front line work.
Recognizing that physical intervention (PI) should be the last resort when working with challenging young people; Martin worked with the trainers to ensure a consistent approach to PI. Site based trainers now deliver a series of modules which is tailored to suit the needs of the young people and the challenges they present. This was recognised in June 2015 when the SENAD Group was awarded the Centre of Excellence award by NAPPI UK (Non Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention.) Only 4 other organisations within the UK hold this award.
Group Fire Safety Officer
Denbygh joined the SENAD Group in July 2009 as Group Fire Safety Officer. He is responsible for ensuring Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Safety Training is carried out correctly across all sites. He is also working towards the development of accessible Fire Safety Training for students and developing the Group’s use of scenario training.
Prior to joining SENAD Denbygh worked in special needs schools, starting his career in maintenance and then progressing to Site Manager.
Denbygh was previously ‘Officer in Charge’ of a fire station with Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service, serving a total of 29 years before his retirement. As part of this role he has received significant training, including Fire Safety, Fire investigation and leadership courses as well as extensive knowledge of fires and specialist incidents. He has also been involved in delivering fire training for many years.
Group Human Resources Manager
Vicky joined Rowden House School and Winslow Court as a HR Officer in 2002 having gained a Bachelors Degree in Business Management at Birmingham University and completing her post graduate Professional Qualification (PQS) with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). When Rowden House School and Winslow Court became part of the SENAD Group Vicky was promoted to the role of HR Advisor and later to Group HR Manager, with responsibility for HR across the group’s schools and homes. This now extends across the UK with approximately 950 employees. Vicky is key in the development of HR policies and procedures for the group. She has initiated and led on innovative recruitment methods to ensure the continuity of high quality staff, and has developed a strong team of HR Advisors and Officers. In addition Vicky has recently become a volunteer counsellor for Child Line. She hopes to bring her new counselling skills into the group.
Group IT Manager
- BTEC National Cert. Computer Studies
- City & Guilds 7307 Certificate In Delivering Learning / Teaching Adults
Neil joined the group in July 1991 and having undertaken various IT based roles, he became Group IT Manager in 2003.
Neil is responsible for all IT usage through the SENAD group, and as such he advises the group on IT matters and works with them to implement new initiatives and technologies.
During 2000 Neil worked with an associated company (Ruward Systems – Holland) developing commercially available software to complement the Manual Abilities Scanning Test (MAST) system. This software was produced primarily for use in the prison / rehabilitation systems of Holland and Spain.
Group Transport Manager
Group Chief Accountant
Stacey joined the SENAD Group in January 2009. Prior to this she worked for one of the midlands largest firm of accountants and business advisors, where she progressed from Trainee Accounting Technician to Student Chartered Accountant and latterly Audit Associate.
Group Payroll and T/A Controller
Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operations Officer
- HND Business and Finance – Salford University College
Kelly joined The SENAD Group in August 2004 after moving to Derbyshire from Hertfordshire. Her role is to provide secretarial and administration support to the CEO and COO as well as the overall running of the Central Office in Derby which includes the management of the administration team. Kelly also provides administration support for the Quality Improvement Manager.
Kelly has several years experience of working in administration and secretarial roles and prior to joining The SENAD Group, worked as a secretary to two Directors and four Associate Directors of a pharmaceutical company.