Has worked at Change Grow Live since: 1999
Mike is the Executive Director responsible for all Change Grow Live’s criminal justice services in England and Wales. With over 25 years’ experience in social care, including 14 in his previous role as Operations Director at Change Grow Live, Mike has supported the charity’s rapid expansion to its current status as one of the UK’s most successful providers of health and social care, and justice services.
His key priorities include; leading on the strategic direction of the Criminal Justice division, holding executive responsibility for SOVA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Change Grow Live, and maintaining overall responsibility for service provision and quality. These services include our Supported Housing for High Risk Offenders; DIP / IOM and prison based interventions; and our portfolio of services in Wales.
Mike has frontline experience as a Probation Officer, as well as in residential drug rehabilitation and offender accommodation. During his previous role as Operations Director, Mike oversaw the development and implementation of the organisation’s quality and governance systems.
Mike is a member of the Board of Trustees for Brighton and Hove Community Works, an organisation that creates support structures/networks to enable individuals, community and voluntary organisations and businesses to further their social aims most effectively.
Why do you do what you do?
My passion has always been in people oriented services and in trying to help people overcome problems related to either substance misuse or offending behaviour.
Change Grow Live is therefore in many ways my spiritual home and the creativity and drive of our workforce, managers and service users keeps me as motivated today as when I first started.
Your favourite Change Grow Live moment:
My favourite moments and memories within Change Grow Live are always related to the people we work with and the quality / drive of our staff. There are too many to mention but they are always humbling, motivating and inspiring.
Follow Mike on Twitter: @MikeP_CGL