Jim qualified as a social worker in the 1970s and went on to establish numerous, successful businesses over the past 25 years ranging from social care to restaurants and artificial intelligence. Between them, these companies have employed thousands of individuals in the UK and across the world. “I felt the time was right to build on the skills and expertise we had already developed with Key Assets, FosterTalk and other capacity building projects, to support and enable more communities around the world to promote and deliver family-based care for the most vulnerable and displaced children.”
Ayyab is a champion of change and has dedicated her career to project management and change roles. She leads the Martin James Group change agenda and is passionate about creating a progressive working environment. Ayyab believes in the power of connection and strives for all the businesses within the Martin James Group to work together to disrupt markets and deliver effective change. “The Martin James Foundation is particularly close to my heart because our wider experience in the children services sector means we can create effective partnerships and utilise our resources and skills to create a safer, happier world for some of the most vulnerable children around the world.”
Paul is an independent consultant providing support on strategy, market and alliance development, and outcomes-based commissioning across the health and social care sector. Over the last 15 years, Paul has worked in strategic roles for service provider organisations, focusing on children in care, mental health and learning disabilities, and a range of advisory assignments at local, regional, and national government levels. Paul is an associate consultant for the Institute of Public Care and a GO Lab Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Paul’s previous roles include being a member of the Rees Centre Advisory Board, University of Oxford, a Governor of a University College and both an elected Public Governor and Non-Executive Director of a specialist mental health and learning disabilities NHS Trust.
Carolyn has worked in the social care sector for several years, working with children and families across public and independent sectors in the UK. Career highlights include making an educational program with the BBC on adoption, heading up a Local Authority Children’s Department, being a Regional Director of a national fostering company and establishing a company that provides services to improve outcomes for children and young people.
Bernard Harvey is a Non-Executive Director of a number of organisations and Senior partner of a consultancy firm specialising in corporate legacy resolutions, arising from restructuring/ M&A activity. He works with Non-Profit organisations in the formulation of business plans, strategic desires/needs, revenue generation and mergers.
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