Reach started life as Southwell Care Project in 1999.
We have grown from a very small, local group to a charity that reaches across the county and supports 200 people with learning disabilities each week. We now also reach over 230 clients a year through our outreach delivery. Our roots are firmly planted in the communities in which we work. Many of our trustees, staff and volunteers live locally to our services and many have caring responsibilities.
We know how important it is to get the right support at the right time.
I became Chief Executive of Reach in 2007 (Southwell Care Project as was). Prior to this, I ran my own financial services business for 20 years. I am prime carer for Richard, my brother who has Down’s syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. I am passionate about supporting people to have choice in their lives. I truly believe that with our fantastic staff, volunteer and trustee team we can reach new standards of delivery and support for adults with learning disabilities.
David Thompson FCA
Founding member of Southwell Care Project Board of Trustees. David has a son with learning disabilities. Board level financial and project management experience for blue-chip companies. Former Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of The Boots Co plc and Non-executive Director of Cadbury Schweppes plc. Former Chairman of Nottingham Building Society. Formerly Chairman of the Nottingham Healthy Living Centre.
Deputy Chair of Trustees.
Retired local businessman. Member of Southwell Lions. Verger at Southwell Minster.
Independent corporate business consultant and trainer with over 10 years’ experience of supporting multi-national companies and statutory bodies to improve capabilities and capacity.
Former Radiographer. Mother of a son with learning disabilities
Former Operations and Marketing Executive of the Boots Co plc. Father of a daughter with learning disabilities
Former Head of Humanities and Religious Education Teacher at the Magnus School.
Founder member of the Westgate Group. 20 year foster carer, former chair roles at local school and Family Care adoption panel. Parent of three sons, one with a physical disability, adoptive parent to two disabled daughters and “mum” to Selma, who also has disabilities.
Member of the Nottinghamshire’s Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board, Expert by Experience working with CQC inspectors. Former Health and Social Care Assessor with Tempest Management Training. Father of a son with complex needs.
Formerly Complaints Manager, Training Officer and Social Worker for Nottinghamshire County Council. Currently Chair of the Westgate group for people with disabilities and their families.
Please see under our ‘Services’ tab for information about our Reach Southwell, Reach Newark, Reach Mansfield and Flower Pod centres.
Volunteers are very important to us. They come from all walks of life and make a real difference to our clients’ lives. Click here to find out about volunteering at Reach.
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