Don is the Chief Executive and co-founder of self direct, the innovative social enterprise dedicated to stimulating changes in the social and health market-place in response to Self-Directed Support and Personalisation.
Self direct works with providers of social and health services, local authorities and health authorities across the UK to progress change, identify opportunities and coproduce solutions to the challenges presented by personalisation. Don has brought together this work in self direct’s book ‘Helping providers to change’
Don has developed self direct’s many partnership working arrangements, including an agreement to promote you2choose. Don is passionate about ensuring that changes in the social and health sector are driven by people with real life experience of how services affect lives and many of self direct’s associates have this experience and work alongside self direct professionals as equals .
Don was a co-founder of in Control Cymru and continued as a member of the steering group that has led the formation of the Wales Alliance for Citizen Directed Support. Don was in Control’s Business Manager from 2005 to 2007, a period that saw the launch of the first in Control Report, the production of in Control’s DVD ‘How to be in control’ and growth as an organisation from supporting 6 Local Authorities to over 100 Local Authorities to implement Self-Directed Support.
Before setting up self direct, Don held senior change management roles within Mencap; leading a group of senior managers that oversaw projects aimed at introducing Self-Directed Support across Mencap in the UK.