I have worked several years in the joinery industry and also as a support worker for adults living with a disability. Craig and I previously ran a workshop in a large organisation which was very successful but had to close when the company decided to take a different direction. When this happened we decided that we still loved what we did and needed it to continue for the clients. And so The Workshop Derby was born.
My sister has severe autism and growing up with a person who has such complex needs has helped me have a greater understanding of the day to day challenges that comes with living with a disability and also caring for someone with additional needs.
I consider myself to be very lucky to be in a job that I am passionate about and take extra care to ensure every single client has the best experience when attending our workshop.
I have worked in the voluntary sector for 17 years in a range of different roles and have ran a number of successful companies in the private sector in the joinery industry. I am a time served carpenter/joiner, majoring in complex and specialized joinery.
I’ve always loved working with people and enjoy passing on my knowledge and seeing people reaching their potential.
As a young man I experienced physical disability through having extensive spinal surgery. This gave me a whole new perspective on how people are perceived and how they are treated by professionals and other individuals. I now have a passion for working with adults living with a disability and strive to make The Workshop a fun, happy and safe environment which pushes the boundaries of what people believe is achievable.