We are a growing team with diverse experience, united by a shared passion
Partners4Change was established in 2014 when Director Sam Newman recognised that lasting change in social and health care wasn’t going to happen by applying strengths-based, person-centred approaches in a system driven by red-tape and closed doors. He knew it was time for something radically different.
Sam began exploring a new way of working in a small number of local authorities, and since then he’s been joined by a close team of associates who share his passion for igniting a revolution in social and health care.
The team have all worked in and with authorities that have adopted The Three Conversations® and therefore bring a wealth of experience not just of what works, but of the challenges, frustrations and barriers encountered along the way – and most importantly how to overcome them to make a real difference to the people and families who just want to get on with living their lives in the best possible way.
Sam trained and practised as a social worker, and has worked across social care and health settings in a variety of management positions for 20 years. Getting really excited by the possibilities of personalisation, Sam branched out and set up Partners4Change – dedicated to supporting organisations to make the most of their capacity and resourses to give people real choice and control.
Jonathan uses evidence to drive improvements, holding an MSc in Occupational Psychology. With a substantive post in Business Intelligence, Harrow Council he previously worked with NHS Digital to help build England’s adult social care data framework and spent two years with the Department of Health and Social Care in an advisory role. More recently he worked with NICE to both develop and locally implement a new Guideline. He believes that using data honestly and insightfully can build confidence to find the right approach and bring together good practice, finance and performance. He joined Partners4Change on secondment in 2021 after demonstrating the impact of the Three Conversations in Harrow and has since been working to support organisations across the UK to produce their own data-driven stories of difference.
Matt spent all of his career working in and around adult social care in a North West authority before joining Partners4Change in 2015. Matt has supported many teams and workers co-design their new ways of thinking, using The Three Conversations®, and enjoys helping them reflect constantly about the impact they are making to people’s lives and their professional (as well as organisation) goals. He’s always keen to join the coal face and support the social care staff who are the true innovators.
Daksha is a practising social worker and has worked in various social care roles over the past 25 years; from working as a hands-on carer to Adults Principle Social Worker. During her role as a strength-based lead Daksha supported to roll out 3 Conversations in her local authority. Daksha joined Partners4change in 2022. Daksha is passionate about creating safe and regular group reflection sessions as this encourages a positive learning culture and often supports staff wellbeing. In addition, Daksha’s expertise is in the learning and development of the workforce, especially social work students, apprentices, practice educators and social workers undertaking the Assessed Supported Year in Employment. Daksha believes the key foundation of good social work practice is in the ability to form relationships based on trust, honesty, care and respect. Daksha believes the 3 Conversations is bringing the old social work practice basic to its roots, through having meaningful conversations with people and carers and most importantly let’s listen to them and do what matters to them.
Andrew has significant management experience in a range of local authority roles and has worked in Adult Social Care since he gained his MSc in Public Management in 2005. He now has his own consulting business and has been working as an Associate with Partners4Change since 2018, supporting a large number of wide ranging teams in many local authorities to introduce and grow the Three Conversations® approach. He has qualifications in Change Management and Group Coaching and enjoys working closely with teams of staff eager to put listening to people at the heart of what they do and challenging any bureaucracy that gets in the way of compassionate practice.