MEET THE TEAM

Sam Newman
Sam trained and practised as a social worker, and has worked across social and care in a variety of management positions for 20 years. Getting really excited by the possibilities of personalisation, Sam branched out and set up Partners for Change – dedicated to supporting organisations to make the most of their capacity and resourses to give people real choice and control.
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Freya El Baz
Freya's interest in the world of adult social care, and how to change the status quo began at the Department of Health, where she worked in the Putting People First team whilst reading for her MSc in Political Sociology at LSE. Since then, Freya has worked within the world of branding, innovation and social research and brings all of these skills and passion for change and a better world to Partners for Change.
Karen Wright
After 28 years of working in the Adult Social Care sector council side and in particular a champion of personalisation over the last 17 years. Karen joined Partners 4 Change April 2016. Realising that continuing to focus on managing demand by constant reviewing of services and sign posting people away is not sustainable and doesn't deliver the duties of the Care Act 2014. She is excited to disrupt & innovate in the sector, and is already seeing positive changes in the local authorities she is working with!
Matt Scholes
Matt spent 15 years in Adult Social Care within a North West authority before joining Partners 4 Change in 2015. Matt enjoys helping organisations reap the rewards when they adopt new approaches and new ways of thinking. He is always keen to join the coal face and support the teams and social care staff who are the true innovators.
Rachel Richardson-Wright
Rachel joined Partners4Change after having had direct experience of managing and delivering the 3 Conversation methodology through a multi disciplinary approach within a GP surgery. She is a trained Occupational Therapist with 29 years' experience of working in Adult Social Care including all levels of practice and management. She is keen to innovate within the sector, and has experience with ensuring that practice can change in order to deliver positive and sustainable outcomes to individuals and their supporters – as well as for organisations at the front line.
Andrew Morley

Andrew has 26 years management experience in a range of Local Authority roles and has been working in Adult Social Care since gaining his MSc in Public Management in 2005.  Subsequently he has managed a number of frontline teams and led various projects, most of which aimed to improve public access and build closer connections with Health & the Voluntary Sector. He has a strong commitment to simplifying services to improve the experience of the people using these and also for the staff working within them and is happiest when he's helping people realise that they already have the answers to the problems they are struggling with.

Vijay Chandrasekaran

Vijay spent the last 11 years with various public sector data teams in translating raw data into meaningful business stories. He is passionate about data storytelling and building relationships for effective collaboration.

Charlotte Kirin

Charlotte has been a social worker since 2002. She managed an innovation site in Cambridgeshire which showed the The Three Conversations® offering a better response for people with learning disabilities. Charlotte continues to work in settings which are focussed on being person and community led.

Rachel Foster

Rachel joined Partners4Change following her own experience of leading teams through change and adopting the The Three Conversations® approach. Having worked in various roles over 20 years as a qualified Social Worker, Area Manager and Carers lead in adult social care, it was clear to her what wasn’t working well.

The most rewarding part of joining Partners4Change is knowing that the changes that will be implemented by an organisation will have an immediate and direct impact on those people that we are striving to achieve change for.

Bryony Shannon

Bryony’s background is in information and communications. She gained an MSc in Information Management in 2001 and has worked in a variety of roles in local authorities, education and the charity sector, including 13 years supporting practice development in adult social care. Bryony joined Partners4Change in 2019. She enjoys creating engaging resources and presenting information in a simple, clear way. She firmly believes that language matters, and that we need to talk more about identity, love and dreams in adult social care.

🔸P4C is working with a number of councils that are all making the shift from an emphasis on eligibility and assessment for services, to a more ‘good lives’ focused approach. All are working out how to support people to help themselves and get on with their own independent lives, as people and families in neighbourhoods and communities.

🔸P4C is best known for long term support programmes, supporting senior managers and staff to really do something different. This is not traditional consultancy, but close to a coaching and mentoring approach to help implement real change that has a tangible impact on people and families who need support to get on with their lives.
In particular, P4C has developed a specific approach to ensuring that change really happens – in a way which dynamically involves front-line staff and managers in the design and development of the new approach – which is exciting, engaging and delivers results – together with compelling evidence that no-one can ignore.

🔸P4C has a small number of employees and a much larger network of trusted and skilled associates. It also has a Scottish arm (P4C Scotland) that has a particular focus on high quality support to children’s services.

🔸Whether you’d like to find out more about our work, or book in an initial conversation with you, we would love to hear from you and your social care organisation. Please feel free to email us via our email addresses (above), or of course via any social media channel of your choice.

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