Carola Bennion, Director
Carola has worked with central government departments and agencies, local authorities and their strategic partners, and voluntary and community organisations for over twenty five years – developing a wealth of experience in strategic development and the delivery of policy within both public and social sector environments. For many years now, she has worked independently, following an early career in research and service evaluation in the voluntary sector and later, research management and policy development. She has extensive experience of developing effective early intervention, parenting and family support, services for looked after children, and support for disabled children and their families. She has worked on and led government programmes at both national and local level and is a Local Government Group Associate involved with the peer challenge programme and other initiatives.
Her passion lies in creating partnerships with organisations and individuals to improve people’s lives. Over the years, she has become increasingly interested in personal development and the link between personal and organisational effectiveness. She has been a qualified coach since 2006 and is accredited by the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach. Her warm and open approach enables her to establish trust quickly. She is perceptive and insightful, with a talent for clarifying complexity.
Carola is based in the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.
Lyn Frith, Director
Lyn has worked with local authorities and their partners since 1995 to promote the welfare of disadvantaged groups of children. She is a qualified teacher and successful senior education manager, and since 2006, following two years secondment to the Department for Children, Schools and Families, Lyn has worked independently. Earlier in her career she worked directly with young people and adults through a range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations and is keen to support the work of others involved in transforming the current special education system and the support available for disabled children and their families.
She is currently engaged by the Virtual Staff College to deliver the East of England Succession Planning Leadership Programme. Alongside this she continues to support schools, local authorities and their partners from the voluntary and community sector to develop person centred approaches. Much of the focus of this work has been to prepare disabled young people and young people with special educational needs for adulthood.
Lyn has recently supported a range of local authorities develop their commissioning arrangements, including support for locality based commissioning, using an outcome based approach.
Lyn has recently returned to live in Gloucestershire.
David McCann, Director
David has over 30 years experience in social care. He has substantial experience of managing provider services for adults, successfully modernising domiciliary and residential services, including developing new rehabilitation approaches. He has undertaken numerous interim management assignments and has a flair for turning services around. David is also managing director of a social enterprise fitting photovoltaic solar panels to generate renewable energy from the sun. He is particularly interested in developing business models which are sustainable (profitable) and which improve social and environmental outcomes.
David is based in the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.
Mark Molloy, Associate
Mark has held regional responsibilities on key national DfE and DH children’s programmes. He has delivered a variety of change and commissioning programmes for the Welsh Assembly Government and has been working across Wales delivering a certificated quality management programme in both Adults and Children’s Services. Mark has excellent leadership skills, is commercially and politically aware and has in-depth knowledge of current legislation. He has solid project management skills both within a local authority context and through his consultancy expertise. Recently, Mark has specialised in commissioning and its application as a transformation/change management process. He has held senior positions in Local Authority settings being responsible for Children Services across Health, Education and Social Care under Children’s Trust/partnership arrangements.
Will Thomas, Associate
Will is a trainer, performance coach and former teacher with a passion for creativity and learning. His career began in personnel management, and was followed by highly successful roles in teaching and educational leadership. He has acted as advisor to Worcestershire LA and has extensive training and coaching experience with a wide range of organisations and individuals both in the UK and abroad. He is author and co-author of nine books on coaching, creativity and leadership. His infectious enthusiasm for training and coaching are evident from the first time you meet him. His training and coaching is described quite simply as “Inspirational”. He is an advisor to The Steve Sinnott Foundation and trustee of Manisha Child Welfare Foundation Nepal.
Beacon CIC Advisory Group
We have established an advisory group to support us to be accountable to our stakeholders, to provide a robust evidence base for the company, and critically, to help us ensure we are on track with our social purpose. For Beacon CIC, we anticipate enormous benefit in this dialogue, helping us to ensure our services are always responsive and grounded in the needs of our stakeholders.
The Advisory Group has representation from a range of our stakeholders. Details of members will follow shortly.