As a not-for-profit organisation, Dimensions is governed by a Board that brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience about the sector we work in.
The Board is responsible for directing and monitoring our work so that we act properly and meet our objectives.
Download our Board of Management One Page Profile.
Co-opted to the Board are Dimensions Council co-chair and chair of the Dimensions family and friends forum. Through them, the voices of people we support and their families are heard quickly and authentically.
Meet our Board members
Helen Baker – Chair of the Board
Helen originally trained as a social worker and has specialised in working in the fields of learning disability, mental health and dementia across a career that has spanned health and social care, housing and education.
She has held senior executive and non-executive leadership roles in the voluntary and public sectors for over 35 years.
Having chaired two NHS trusts in Oxfordshire, Helen went on to hold board level roles with three Government arms-length bodies, the General Social Care Council, the Commission for the Compact and the National College for School Leadership.
Helen’s voluntary sector roles have included being chair of Advance, co‐founder of Young Dementia UK, Founder/Director of CharityWorks, and Director of Books Beyond Words. She has also worked with a number of local charities and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire.
Delyth Lloyd-Evans is the Chair of Discovery Social Enterprise
Delyth has over 30 years’ in senior leadership roles nationally and is Chair of discovery Social Enterprise providing services in Somerset.
She has extensive Board level experience in the Private and Public Sector and is a strategic leader specialising in performance improvement, transformational change, and business coaching.
Her passion is to enable individuals and organisations to deliver high quality services, add value to the business; social value to the community and deliver creative and sustainable improvements.
Currently she Chairs Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) and owns three successful businesses in Property Development, Strategic leadership/coaching and a new venture Café-Bar.
She is deputy chair of a safeguarding Board, Chairs the Governors Association for North Somerset and is a Trustee of a local charity.
Nick has over 25 years’ experience working in the field of Information Technology.
He began his career at EASAMS (part of GEC Marconi), working on government IT projects in the NHS.
He then moved to Oracle, working on IT transformation projects with local authorities, NHS bodies, universities and central government departments. He led Oracle’s Financial Services business in the UK and was responsible for Oracle’s work with all UK financial institutions across Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets. He now leads the UK business for Anaplan, a cloud-based business planning and performance management platform.
His particular areas of expertise include commercial management, sales, leadership and information technology.
Sherry has over 28 years’ experience of leading and managing a diverse portfolio in public (local and central government, and the NHS) as well as in voluntary and commercial settings, both in executive and non-executive roles.
She is currently Director of Children Services at the NSPCC and has previously undertaken leadership roles at LB Hounslow, Cafcass, the Audit Commission, the General Social Care Council and Action for Children.
She has served on the Boards of the Children’s Workforce Development Council and Skills for Care and Development. She was vice chair of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust and founding Chair of Essex Cares.
Sherry is proud to be a registered social worker and is passionate about championing social work. She believes in seeing families and individuals within their community in a whole life context, rather than by age, condition or ability.
Anne joined the Board of Dimensions in December 2011 and is Vice-Chair.
She is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in general and financial management, both in the public and private sectors.
Between 1994 and 2009, Anne held a number of positions at the BBC, including as Managing Director of BBC World News Limited, the BBC’s commercial international news channel. She now focuses on non-executive and advisory work.
Anne hopes to bring value to Dimensions through utilising her experience in applying commercial principles and robust financial control to organisations where a high level of integrity and strong values are essential.
Christine is the former Chief Executive of Brainwave. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge about marketing and disability, after first working with people with disabilities at the age of 14.
Christine is now retired and, during her career, was a director at the Office of Fair Trading and Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She also has vast experience in a non-executive director capacity, including with the Campaign for Real Ale, The Marketing Foundation and Association of Medical Research Charities. Christine is Chair of the Quality and Practice Committee.
Christine is also chair of the Mencap Trust, an independent not for profit trust service.
Kevin has experience of the NHS, local and national government and the third sector in executive and non-executive roles. He speaks on personalisation and personal budgets nationally and has spent his career working in mental health and learning disabilities. Kevin is Chair of the Waymarks Board.
Calum has a broad range of experience of non-executive and executive board level roles in the private and third sector in the housing, health and social care, utilities, infrastructure, education and defence sectors.
Calum is currently interim Finance and Operations Director at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is a non-executive director of Manchester Metropolitan University and Grainger Trust, the affordable housing arm of Grainger PLC
Steve Scown (@SScown)
Steve is CEO of Dimensions. He trained as a learning disability nurse at the high security Rampton Hospital and worked in a number of NHS management positions before joining the voluntary sector in 1993.
He is chair of the Voluntary Organisations for the Disabled Group (VODG) and has a particular personal interest in understanding how organisations undertake change.
Paul has worked in a variety of jobs and organisations, primarily supporting people with disabilities. This has included jobs as a support worker in a local authority and in a number of voluntary sector organisations. Subsequently, Paul took up a number of senior management positions in the voluntary sector, local and central government and in the NHS.
Gordon joined the Board of Dimensions in October 2014. He is an independent consultant in the fields of organisational culture, engagement and leadership and brings experience in HR change and leadership.
He has experience in financial services and retail, but started his career in hospitality working in hotel and restaurant operations. From there, he moved on to human resources and has led the HR functions for Stakis PLC, Hilton UK and Ireland and Starbucks.
You can download the easy read minutes of recent Board meetings:
Download Easy Read Board Minutes January 2017
Download Easy Read Board Minutes March 2017
Download Easy Read Board Minutes June 2017
Download Easy Read Board Minutes August 2017