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.
‘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.
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.
Michelle was introduced to Changes UK when one of her brothers came through as a service user. After having seen his transformation from a lost, broken soul back to the brother she once knew, she decided to give back to the amazing people that had provided that support. She is incredibly passionate about the work that Changes does, valuing the life-changing difference made to those affected by addiction and their families. Her professional background is in Human Resources and Leadership. She has worked in both operational and executive roles in multiple industries, bringing a broad range of experience to the Board. She is commercially focussed and pragmatic and understands the importance of managing change through, and with, people. Her strengths are coaching and influencing and she has a strong desire to help individuals achieve success through personal growth. She now runs her own HR consultancy supporting businesses with a mix of general day-to-day activities and large scale projects. Michelle lives in Staffordshire with her husband and 2 crazy cats. They enjoy travelling – their favourite country being Italy – and in their spare time enjoy spending time with loved ones and taking on cycling challenges.
I am a Chartered Accountant who has spent most of my professional life in commercial property, working for Beazer, Hanson, Capital & Counties (now Intu) and St Modwen. More recently I was finance director of Birmingham-based Green Frog Power, which was a keen sponsor of Changes UK. Since leaving Green Frog, I have continued my connection with Changes UK and now sit on the Board as Treasurer.
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