Pete has worked in both the public and not-for-profit sectors and has a long history of involvement in the socialist and trade union movements. After visiting Manavodaya in India, Pete and colleagues founded Manavodaya International UK in 2010.
“A lesson from Manavodaya is that a real paradigm shift has to include a shift in the power dynamic - from the bureaucratic centre of an organisation to individuals finding their own solutions for themselves. For an individual to take greater control they need knowledge - not just learning what potential services are out there, but learning from peers about how others are finding solutions. For this to happen people need to come together and learn from each other’s experience and perspectives. The role of the ‘professional’ is transformed into that of ‘facilitator’ the innovators being the people themselves. This is the true paradigm shift.”
Pete currently works as a social work manager for Aberdeen City Council in Scotland. He is a Director of Manavodaya International UK and is a board member of In Control Scotland.
After qualifying as a social worker from Ruskin College Oxford in 1990 worked alongside the National Development Team in supporting people with learning disabilities to move from long-stay hospitals to their own homes, through an approach known as ‘ordinary life’. Pete also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Before qualifying, he worked as a care assistant in both the public and not-for-profit sectors.
This quotation from Samuel Beckett sums it up for Pete: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”