Our Staff

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The Directors

Jim Sullivan — Managing director — Learning Difficulties Nurse, NVQ 4 Care Management

Jim Sullivan qualified as a learning difficulties nurse thirty years ago. Jim has worked extensively with young people from our client group since 1992 where he gained extensive experience working at Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre until 2000. While at Glenthorne Jim attended Birmingham University, where he studied Social Learning Theory the precursor to Cognitive Behavioral Theory. Jim has worked with the client group in a number of settings such as secure units, a secure training centre, youth offending institution and in ‘Open’ conditions. Jim has led teams and worked as an advisor in this specialised area to managers in a number of settings.

Jim has also been a Deputy Charge Nurse within the learning difficulties field. Jim has worked as a qualified nurse in Mental Health facilities in secure and open settings and has also worked in units helping people withdraw from drugs and alcohol.

Thoughts of Others have been members of the Independent Children’s Home Association, (a trade organisation and lobby group representing over 100 companies in the field of child care.)

As chair of ICHA for 4 years Jim until January 2013 Jim represented the sector at meetings with the government and attended meetings at home and abroad.
Jim was voted in as an NHS Community Governor for North East Birmingham in 2013, where he will represent the area to monitor the performance of the NHS foundation trust.

Sean Gilligan – Company director & Company Secretary – Dip SW, Dip HE, NVQ 4 Care Management.

Sean is a qualified Social Worker who has worked extensively with young people from our client group since 1994. Sean worked at Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre until 2000 and subsequently worked within the South Birmingham Youth Offending Team until the opening of Thoughts of Others.
Sean has spearheaded projects, which allow service users to take part in community-based projects, developing their skills and improving their self-image.

Sean has managed homes within Thoughts of Others and has successfully maintained OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ rating for a 5 year period.

Sean is the Safeguarding Officer for the company and leads the comprehensive staff training.

Desmond Allen — Company director — Dip SW, NVQ 4 Care Management

Desmond Allen is a qualified Social Worker and has worked extensively with young people from our client group since 1993. Desmond worked at Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre until 2000. He then moved to the Central Birmingham Youth Offending Team until the opening of Thoughts of Others.

While working in Youth Offending Desmond specialised in working with young black people who were at risk or who were excluded from mainstream education, within the statutory and voluntary sectors.

Desmond manages Short Heath, the adult home within Thoughts of Others which is monitored by CQC. In one of CQC’s visit the inspector stated that Short Heath should be a ‘benchmark’ for the industry because of its excellent care and outcomes for the young adults.

The Staff Team 

Thoughts of Others have brought together a core of staff with experience of the client group. These staff are joined by others with extensive experience of other challenging areas in social work and health care. All staff need to prove their commitment to this client group and to creating the environment that will engender the best practice methods while working in a supportive team that offers appropriate role modeling, best practice and care to all service users.