I have worked with and commissioned Changes UK for a number of years and consider the organisation a vital component of the local substance misuse service. The inspiration and mutual aid support provided is critical to helping users find a way to change their lives. I would be keen to help it develop and prosper.
Area(s) of expertise/Contribution you feel you can make:
Extensive knowledge of the local commissioning scene and a career’s worth of experience in organising services to help the recovery and rehabilitation of those who get into problems in their lives.
I am interested in the approach the Charity offers in helping clients overcome their issues and supporting them to contribute positively to society.
I have 13 years’ experience of working with business on their CSR agenda and linking them to communities and charities. I have held managerial positions, led training programmes and delivered workshops and events to clients.
I am currently working with my husband in our own Public Relations Consultancy. I run the operational side of the business and support in account management of our clients.
Michael is the IT Projects Finance Manager at EDF Energy with significant experience in all areas of performance and reporting with a practical customer focused and results driven approach to management and problem solving. Michael also has significant experience of managing and delivering change, transformation, integration and project accounting.
A motivated, adaptable and experienced individual that is seeking a position in an environment whereby I will be able to utilise my communication and organisational skills along with my experience and qualifications developed through my positions in multinational organisations such as NCH, Ishida Europe and Vanity Fair Northern Europe. Although the majority of my positions have been in multinational organisations, I am now working in a position whereby I am dealing with individuals and families with the aim of helping them to decide on the best packages of care and moves for them. My current position is in a much smaller organisation, which has further allowed me to develop and I am able communicate with people on all levels and also understand the workings of smaller organisations.
Further to this, I am currently undertaking a Post Graduate Degree in Law whereby I will specialise in Employment and Contract law, which are two areas of law that both interest me, and in which I excel.
13 years ago, trapped in the relentless cycle of addiction, life no longer held any hope for Steve Dixon.
A Father, a husband, a son consumed with the heavy weight of the shame of addiction; years of repeated attempts to reach out to the limited avenues of support available to him, propelled a desperate young man into getting up close and personal with the belief there was no other option than suicide.
Today, Changes UK is recognised as a leading recovery model in the UK, a ground – breaking model of innovative recovery services, social enterprise and community re generation and transformation born out of the hopelessness of that very same day.
Steve’s ethos “Changing Pain Into Purpose” underpins the culture and social conscience of his driving dedication to restore the dignity of those and their families affected by addiction; to empower communities to be part of the solution, bringing recovery services into a whole new dimension, with a passion to ensure that no one is suffering alone without knowing that they too are entitled to a life with love and purpose.
Runner up at the EY 2016 Entrepreneur of the year awards Steve’s entrepreneurial passion extends to ensuring those on the road back to recovery are given every support and encouragement to not just live a life existing but one of purpose, connection and value.
An engaging and charismatic speaker Steve is regularly sought out as an authority on change and transformation, demonstrating (his conviction) that every challenge is an opportunity for innovation has led to working with leading organisations on issues of strategy, innovation management and anticipatory strategic change. Steve believes that real change occurs when you work from the inside out, that it begins with each of us and our relationships with one another.
Steve lives with his wife Debbie, 4 children and 2 Labradoodles in Birmingham. He is a staunch Birmingham City fan who listens to Bob Marley and occasionally plays golf badly.
Director of The British Stainless Steel Association
Director of Birmingham Blitz Dames Ltd
Non-Executive Director of TAG Network West Midlands
Trustee, Birmingham Civic Society
Chair, Women in Business Association
Awards & Recognition
Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2017 Midlands Region ‘Female Icon’
Birmingham Awards 2015 – Business Woman of The Year
Venus National Awards 2015 – Business of the Year
Venus Birmingham Awards 2014 – Business of the Year
The Express and Star Business Awards 2013 – Manufacturing Champion
Families in Business 2013 – West Midlands Champion
Institute of Directors (West Midlands) Awards 2012 – Family Business Director of the Year
Made in the Midlands Manufacturing Excellence Award 2012 presented by Sir Digby Jones
Ambassador for the Inspiring Women Campaign 2012
The Manufacturing Advisory Service 2011 – Manufacturing Excellence Award
The Attwood Award 2009 for Contribution to Manufacturing
“I believe that no matter the ‘public’ face, every single one of us will need professional support during our lifetimes and organisations such as Changes are there to catch us when we fall. By working with Changes to establish their future I hope to have a small part in transforming negative aspects in to positive, so they can then look at helping others in their future. If each one of us help another imagine the ripple effect across the West Midlands as we come together”.
‘Just one of Changes many Changes’. I came to Changes in search of support and Recovery back in 2009 and found it in abundance! Since then it has always been my passion to give back to Changes for the many opportunities they have given me. Without the support of Changes I would not be where I am today or more importantly who I am!
I now live in the Black Country with my 3 children that keep me very busy. I am currently working for Dudley Council for Voluntary Services (DudleyCVS) as the Children’s and Communities Officer. My key role is to provide a wide range of support to Children’s and Young People’s organisations throughout the voluntary sector ensuring their views are represented strategically across all sectors.
My journey from service user to volunteer, from volunteer to paid member of staff and now sitting on the board supporting representing the voices of Changes UK’s beneficiaries is an absolute honour and privilege. My role on Changes UK Board is to facilitate the communication between the service users, staff, stakeholders and board. I assist with the development and improvement of the Service User Forum so that beneficiaries of Changes UK have a platform to have their voices heard. The Service User Forum has a vital role in the design, review and improvement of services and provisions Changes UK has to offer and I am very proud to be part of it.
One day I hope that I can come home to Changes UK to work full time again and be part of the continuous evolution of the service. My dream is to take Changes UK back to my hometown Carmarthen where I left in 2009 because there was no support for ‘people like me’ and help those still stuck in addiction with absolutely no idea that Recovery is possible or that there is anything like Changes UK available to them.
I am delighted to work with Changes UK supporting people in their recovery and sharing the message that there is always hope … it’s all about the next step, and a positive choice.
My experience is of working within mental health services in the NHS for nearly 30 years. The journey started when I trained as an Occupational Therapist, which led to me working within Forensic Psychiatry services in West London for ten years. During those years I developed a passion for working with people who found themselves needing secure care, supporting their recovery journeys. I begun to truly understand the difference between simply managing to live outside a secure environment and finding purpose and quality of life. For many people they achieved the former but the latter was harder to develop not least because of exclusion and stigma in society.
My career then led me to Birmingham and I became a senior manager and leader, managing specialist services, leading large scale projects and in the most recent years leading on recovery, embedding the concepts of choice, hope and control into daily care and treatment within the NHS.
I believe that change occurs inside out for all of us and that the recovery: hope, control and opportunity apply to each and everyone of us. By claiming our own stories , particularly the parts where things have been difficult , we can begin to put the meaning back into our lives and follow our purpose.
When not at work I can be found walking my English Bull Terrier Valentine, on my yoga mat and with friends and family. I like to spend time on my own recovery journey through connecting with the community and through my daily practice. I like to put something back into my community and I have my own coaching and consultancy business.
With us, people in recovery...
...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.