Steve is a passionate social entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in the third sector, developing innovative solutions to support people into recovery that have suffered with addiction live a life of dignity, hope and purpose. Changes UK was born out his own experience of addiction and a passion to ensure no one is suffering alone and that recovery is possible and sustainable.
Winner of Barclay’s 2021 Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Public and Third Sector Leader at the 2022 West Midlands Leadership Awards, Steve is known for his strong innovative business development and relationship building skills, bringing creative direction and vision to the sector uniting communities to become part of the solution to transformational social change.
Anthony first came to Changes in 2009 seeking recovery, he progressed from service user to volunteer to paid staff member employed as Care Coordinator. He went on to develop our successful Recovery Academy and was instrumental in developing both our staff and peer mentor training.
Anthony left us in 2016 to go onto project manage various initiatives in the voluntary sector, designing and developing an award winning digital platform for children and families with special education needs and disabilities. During this time Anthony remained closely involved with the design and delivery of the service at Changes UK as an active Trustee. We are delighted to welcome Anthony back full time to Changes UK as Operations Director, his knowledge of the sector, and passion for ensuring that clients are at the very heart of recovery services qualifies him to take Changes UK into the next stage of our development.
A carpenter who worked on big construction projects in New York, where he lived for 12 years, Steve struggled with addiction. After a spell in rehab in Florida Steve came to Birmingham where he became a member of the recovery community and decided on a career change. Steve joined Changes UK as a volunteer support worker in 2011 and was promoted to Manager of our detox facility in 2013. In 2015 Steve was promoted to his current role; “I am very happy in my new role and have an excellent team of Peer Mentors and Recovery Coaches who help to ensure that our projects run smoothly.”
Javed is delighted to be a part of Changes UK as Finance Manager. He is a qualified Associate Certified Public Accountant and Master in Business Administration. He has completed various certifications in management accountancy. He has joined us with a wealth of experience in multiple sectors of the industry. He is professionally exceptional in financial management, financial reporting, strategic planning and decision-making after a 15-year career.
He has been warmly welcomed to the Changes family. He values the incredible work Changes UK does and how we make positive changes in people’s life. He aims to see Changes UK at the new heights of financial and business growth. He fully believes in the principles of quality work and continuous improvement.
Javed lives with his wife Tanzeela and Daughter Amira in Birmingham and occasionally plays cricket, listen music and watch movies in his leisure time.
Nic brings with her over 25 years experience in business development, a passionate communicator and connector bringing together groups and individuals to create powerful and effective change making partnerships.
Central to Nic’s work is the belief that when we collaborate, communities not only discover that they hold the solution but have real power to be a genuine force for positive social change.
A former Trustee for Changes UK, Nic’s mission is to work with both the private and the public sector to challenge the stigma that surrounds addiction by fostering conversations that are inclusive and transformational in establishing recovery.
Nic loves nothing more than being amongst friends and family cooking and creating memories – A self confessed food snob, ridiculously passionate about bringing people together around a table to talk, share and connect with really good food at the centre.
If she’s not cooking she’ll be outdoors, Mum to teenage son Elijah and a crazy hyperactive spaniel Harley. Nic is in her first year of study in Transpersonal Psychology.
Ben had a history of drug use for over 20 years and he came to Changes after he completed a residential rehabilitation and wanted to continue on in recovery and to find a bridge to normal living. He came into the service and began volunteering within the Recovery Academy and our stage 2 property. He eventually began assisting within the office and was successful in gaining employment within the organisation.
Ben is our Peer Mentor and is responsible for assisting our service users with their benefit claims, debt management and facilitates weekly house groups with the service users to check in on their weekly progress and deal with coping strategies and how to build upon their recovery capital.
Ben says “I was so grateful to finally be clean that I wanted to help others achieve the same, the greatest part of my job is seeing people come into the service who have lost everything, are broken inside. get clean, get some hope back in their lives and go on to turn their lives around and achieve their dreams.”
Nicky started his journey within ChangesUK as a volunteer in 2012 and went on to develop and deliver a programme at New Leaf recovery. After 3 years he moved on to a management role at Bayberry Clinic, returning to Clarity House in 2017. Nicky is a father to two beautiful little girls and took a little time out of his addiction foundations degree to spend time with his family, but has now picked back up with his studying and is engaged in a Psychology and Counselling degree through university.
Stacey has worked in the drug & alcohol field since 2000, moving from roles in drug education, to treatment, to training professionals in the social care and criminal justice sectors. Alongside this she has helped many people to move forward in their recovery offering therapeutic interventions via her own Community Interest Company in detox and treatment provision across Solihull and Birmingham including Changes.
Promoting the visibility of recovery and connecting the community is close to her heart and she has worked on projects including Communications and Marketing Lead for Birmingham Recovery Walk, the launch of Recovery Central and the promotion of Small Changes and Changes Coffee.
In her spare time she enjoys heavy metal, good food, and travelling the great outdoors with her partner and young daughter in their campervan Doris.
...of those in recovery with proven outcomes. More people in stable accommodations, reduction in criminal behaviour and more people enjoying and embracing life.
Let the journey begin.