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.
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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
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 in 1998, working on IT transformation projects with local authorities, NHS bodies, universities and central government departments.
Nick now leads Oracle’s Financial Services business in the UK and is responsible for Oracle’s work with all UK financial institutions across Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets.
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.
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.
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.
Since leaving the BBC, she has focused on Non-Executive roles and, in addition to her role with Dimensions, is currently Vice Chair and Audit Chair for an NHS Trust.
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.
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 comes from a financial and housing background, with board and director roles at Circle Housing Group and Thales Naval.
While Calum currently works full time in his own business – bringing together investors and providing the infrastructure for more housing to be built – he also has a non-executive role at Granger Trust PLC, a registered housing advisor. Calum is Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee.
Jonny was Chief Financial Officer at ODEON and UCI Cinemas for eight years. During this time, he was instrumental in setting up Dimensions’ Autism Friendly Screenings project, which has seen an increasing number of visits to the specially adapted monthly screenings since it was launched in August 2011.
Prior to this role, Jonny was Finance Director at Sainsbury’s PLC and held various financial positions in major companies, including Shell International, Fitness Holdings and Hanson PLC.
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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.
Sue qualified as a teacher in 1974 and became Head of English in 1979, subsequently moving to a larger school in Sheffield.
She gave up teaching in 2004 and did some part-time lecturing at Sheffield Hallam University’s Autism department. This gave her time to support her son into the independent living that was so important for the whole family.
Sue continues her interest in education by marking examination papers for Cambridge International Exams.
Sue was co-founder of the Sheffield branch of the National Autistic Society when her son was diagnosed with autism in 1989. Since then, she has been involved on a voluntary basis, with NVFF, Mencap, the Autism Strategy Implementation Group in Sheffield, and FLASH – a carers’ group.
She is now part way through a two year spell on the National Autism Programme Board, working with government officials and the Royal College of General Practitioners. She enjoys doing training on aspects of autism for social services, the NHS, and a range of special schools and schools with an autistic unit.
Other than autism and special needs, Sue’s outside interests are reading, going to the theatre, natural history and holidaying! She is grandmother to two young boys and is thoroughly enjoying the role!
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.
Rosalind joined the Board of Dimensions in October 2014. She has over 25 years’ experience leading and advising businesses in healthcare and the third sector, and has worked at board level in the private sector since 1988, initially in finance and then human resources, and subsequently as a Managing Director and strategic business unit director.
Since 2003, she has been advising companies as an independent consultant specialising in change management and leadership development, and has built on her experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. She has also been chairman of the member body Asperger’s Leaders since 2010 and developed the 2012 and 2013 Autism Act 2009 Employers’ Surveys.
Rosalind has published a number of leadership development books for people with high functioning autism who hold leadership positions in business.
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