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 Expert  727583

Expert in Social Work; Equality and Diversity; Workplace Well-Being; Stress; Mediation and Conflict Resolution

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United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has many years' experience as a social worker, team manager, trainer and consultant in the field of child abuse and child protection. He has also published books and articles about such matters. He was involved in developing a Diploma in Child Protection Studies at a UK university. He holds a certificate in child protection supervision and has served as an expert witness in court proceedings. He has developed an excellent reputation for promoting learning in the area of child abuse and protection.

He is recognized as a leading author and thinker on the UK social work scene. With 37 years' experience and 34 books to his name, he is a sought-after training facilitator, consultant and conference speaker. His ideas have proven very influential, particularly in relation to equality and diversity. His work is widely quoted by other authors and researchers. Several of his books are bestsellers and very popular with students in particular. His work on equality and diversity has proven to be especially influential. Expert is the co-editor of an influential workplace well-being book. He is also the editor of a major website and zine (bulletin) concerning this topic. He is interested in applying social work knowledge, skills and values to the workplace to promote more effective and more humane workplaces. He has written extensively about workplace stress and related matters and has been involved in research, teaching, training and consultancy about workplace issues.

He has written extensively about loss, grief and trauma, especially in the workplace, and he is a member of the prestigious International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement (membership is by invitation only and restricted to recognised leaders in the field). He is a qualified mediator and has extensive experience of dispute resolution, conflict management and team building. All his work - writing, teaching, advising - is based on a commitment to promoting equality and valuing diversity. He has several leading publications in this area.


child abuse


social work




stress relaxation








team building



Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1983   BA Hons   Social Sciences   The Open University   1st class
1991   MBA   Management   The Open University Business School  
1990   PhD   Social Work   Keele University  
2010   DLitt   Well-being   Keele University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2000 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Expert established Avenue Consulting in 2000. The company specilises in promoting well-being.

2006 to 2008


Liverpool Hope University


Social Work


Professor of Social Work and Well-being


Expert had a part-time temporary role in helping to develop a research culture in a new university department of social work.

2004 to 2005


Staffordshire University


Social Work


Professor of Health and Well-Being


Expert had a temporary part-time role to help develop a research culture.

1996 to 1997


Staffordshire University


Social Work


Professor of Applied Social Studies


Full range of academic duties: teaching, research, administration.

1992 to 1996


North East Wales Institute


Social Work


Senior Lecturer in Social Work


Full range of academic duties: teaching, research, administration.

1991 to 1992


Clwyd County Council


Social Services


Training Officer


Coordinator and provider of in-service training courses on child abuse and protection

1989 to 1991


Cheshire County Council


Social Services


Team Manager


Manager of a team of social workers

1983 to 1989


Cheshire County Council


Social Services


Social Worker


Social worker working with various client groups

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; The Higher Education Academy; and the Royal Society of Arts and a Life Fellow of The Institute of Welsh Affairs

Professional Appointments

Expert was formerly the editor of the US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss (published by Baywood)


Expert was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wales branch of the British Association of Social Workers in 2011. In 2014 he was presented with the Dr. Robert Fulton Award for excellence in the field of Death, Dying and Bereavement from the Center for Death Education and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has over 200 publications to his name, including 34 books, papers in learned journals and training and open learning materials.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Palgrave Macmillan  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert helped the Care Council for Wales review the learning needs of the residential child care workforce in Wales.
  • Expert has been involved in helping a private agency that specilises in supporting traumatised children to develop publishable training materials based on their innovative work.
  • Expert coordinated a team of investigators involved in helping a London borough respond to a crisis brought about by an unprecedented level of complaints of racial discrimination.
  • Expert helped several private companies develop equality and diversity policies as part of a Welsh Development Agency project.
  • Expert coordinated a project involving four universities in order to develop teaching resources relating to postqualifying work in child welfare.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has been providing expert witness services since 1996. He has been involved in litigation relating to social work practice; stress compensation claims and related matters. He is a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses. He has been involved in over 40 cases.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2004 to 2004   Hong Kong   Expert presented workshops on workplace well-being at the Centre on Behavioral Health, Hong Kong.
2004 to 2004   Australia   Expert presented lectures and ran seminars at three universities (Sydney, La Trobe, Melbourne) and the national grief centre.
1993 to 2009   Various   Expert has been a speaker at conferences and seminars in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Czech Republic, Norway, the Netherlands, India, Hong Kong, The United States, Canada and Australia.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Expert has basic fluency in the French language.
German   Expert has limited fluency in German.
Welsh   Expert has basic fluency in Welsh.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert is a highly experienced training facilitator. In his 37-year career he has delivered over 1,000 training days to small groups and large, to grassroots staff and senior executives. He was elected to the Royal Society of Arts on the basis of his contribution to workplace learning and was the founding editor of the British Journal of Occupational Learning.

Other Skills and Services

Expert is an insightful and incisive consultant who brings a wealth of experience and expertise in matters relating to human relations (in the community and in the workplace) and well-being. His skills in conflict management and teambuilding are particularly valued and he is a sought-after conference speaker.


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