Clare Evans CV


Successful, results-generating third sector senior management professional with extensive experience in leading teams and managing change. Specialist in coproduction

Demonstrable qualities in strategic planning and vision with ability to involve all stakeholders, including the grassroots, in strategy and implementations.

Considered a high-energy leader with a reputation for integrity and quality.

Team-oriented, with excellent interpersonal communication skills; an engaging public speaker and highly proficient in networking within user, professional and academic fields.

As a disabled person, committed to the Social Model of Disability and the self-empowerment of all disadvantaged groups.
         
Successful, results-generating 3rd sector senior management professional with extensive experience in leading teams and managing change.

Demonstrable qualities in strategic planning and vision with ability to involve all stakeholders, including the grassroots, in strategy and implementations.

Team-oriented, with excellent interpersonal communication skills; an engaging public speaker and highly proficient in networking within user, professional and academic fields.

As a disabled person, committed to the Social Model of Disability and the self-empowerment of all disadvantaged groups.          


KEY PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS    

  • Developed an innovative UK-wide Model of Service User Empowerment and Involvement based on Social Model of Disability principles 
  • Founder & first Director (1991 - 1997) of Wiltshire and Swindon Users Network, a leading example of Good Practice nationally 
  • Awarded the MBE for Services to Disabled People (2003) 
  • In 2009 led the Service User Support Team, which was awarded Honours in the Excellence Network by Community Care Magazine for Service User Involvement with a "hard to reach" group 
  • Published numerous articles and book chapters on User Empowerment, User Involvement, Independent Living, Personalisation and Disability Equality 
  • A nationally recognised expert on User Involvement and Independent Living 
  • A nationally recognised expert on Coproduction and Independent Living
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Self-employed Disability Equality and Social Care Consultant

CURRENT WORK

  • Chair of Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living
  • Contributor to Community Care magazine
  • Regular Disability and Social Care blog www.clareevans.org.uk
  • Research interests - Social Work Students on Placement in User-led Organisations, the needs of Self Funders of Social Care, Coproduction, Meeting Disabled People’s needs through Community Development
          


EXPERIENCE

Head of Service Users Support, Leonard Cheshire UK 1997 - 2010

  • Responsible for developing a national team of disabled development workers to facilitate user empowerment, through mentoring and self organisation, of all those who used Leonard Cheshire services across the UK. Responsible for managing a budget of over £1 million.   
 Freelance (Contract work) Research Director   
  • Various research reports evaluating the initiatives and needs of disabled people through Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living – on training needs, self funders, workshps on direct payments etc
  • Best Value Review of Direct Payments [funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation] 2000 - 2003
  • Research Project into Quality and Defining User Outcomes (funded by DOH) 1997 – 2000
  • “I am in Control” – Wiltshire disabled People’s experience of purchasing their own care with support – Wiltshire Users network 1996

Wiltshire & Swindon Users Network Director 1993 to 1997
  •  Director of user controlled organisation of over 700 disabled and older people, employing 21 staff.
  • Developed and managed 5 projects for information provision, Independent Living and Advocacy using volunteers to support service users.
  • Responsible for leading development of all systems and practices for the organisation to Investors In People standard
  • Social Work Practice teacher for Social Work students on placement

East Wiltshire Healthcare Non Executive Director 1993 to 1997

Various Volunteer roles 1985 to 1993
  • Unable to work because unable to drive and no support available, so on Invalidity Benefit and so held various volunteer roles including Chair of Wiltshire Community First and Magistrate on North Wiltshire Bench.
  • Part time Lecturer in Social Policy and social work. (Trowbridge College and University of Bristol) 1981 to 1985
  • Social Work Practice Teacher Practitioner 1994 to 2000, 2010-2015
  • Pre-School Learning Organiser and Adult Literacy Organiser (part time) 1979 to 1985
Other
  • Teacher of English Obuasi Secondary School, Ghana, West Africa 1972 to 1973
  •  Various Social Care Practitioner Roles in Local Authority as Social Worker etc 1967 to 1972
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Complete training required for social work professional re-registration 2005 to 2008
  • Various short Management Courses (Reid Training) and in-house training 2000 to 2009
  • Social Work Practice Teacher Award (1998)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Open University (1993)
  • City and Guilds 730 - FE Teacher's Certificate (1985)
  • Diploma in Social Work Professional Qualification - University of Leicester
  • Bachelor of Arts 2:1 Sociology and Social Policy - University of Sussex