Alex lives and works in Worcester, England with his wife and young daughters. He has practiced as a social worker for 5 years, qualifying in 2013, and has worked in a Learning Disabilities team, a mental health team, and a community adults team in that time.
Alex has lived in Stoke-on-Trent and Ceredigion, Wales, and attended Keele University, Aberystwyth University and Worcester University. After having completed a Law degree and the Legal Practice Course, he was later able to embark on a career in social work.
Alex has lectured at Worcester University and the Heart of Worcester College (HOW) in relation to The Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and learning disabilities. He is a qualified Practice Educator, supporting social work students during their placements and has written for the National Elf Service, reviewing research in areas of interest such as direct payments and mental capacity.
Alex values equality, social justice, inclusion, citizenship and anti-oppressive practice. He has a keen interest in changing systems to work better for citizens, and wants to challenge systems that work in the interests of ‘the system’ rather than for the people. He is developing his knowledge of self-directed support and has spoken at self-advocacy group meetings to develop community networks and promote empowerment.
Alex also has an increasing interest in ideas of community and citizenship and how this can be developed and promoted. He is interested in ways of building communities in Worcester, particularly in relation to or alongside sport and nature organisations. He has a continued interest in how Central Government decisions and political ideologies influence the direction of health and social care.
Alex’s other interests include sport (too many to name), music, comedy, nature and conservation.