What people have said


“Mike provides a rare combination of creativity and strategy – someone who has passionately held beliefs and also the commitment and ability to put these into practice. I have found him to be a person who really gets things done  His person-centred principles are reflected in his communication and relationships with service users, front-line staff and senior personnel. Working closely with him on the Principles of Care Development Programme at C&C I found him to be fully involved in the process of culture change.”

Buz Loveday, Director and Lead Trainer – Dementia Trainers. Author of ‘Leadership for Person-Centred Dementia Care’.


“Mike has proven himself to be a forward thinking leader, who has a great deal of compassion for residents. He has revolutionised how the care of older people is conducted and viewed within C&C, into a more modern and people centred approach”

Sophie Bryan Organisational Development Manager


“I worked with Mike on a ground-breaking project around services for people with a Learning Disability in Hampshire, that was well ahead of its time and has subsequently been shown to be very visionary. Mike has the ability to see these opportunities and then the persistence, focus and tenacity to see them through to fruition, showing excellent management and leadership capability in delivering the right result.  A strong and effective manager and leader of change.”

Kevin Alderson UK Sales & Marketing Director Tunstall Healthcare


“Mike is a problem solver, has the ability to challenge traditional thinking to improve and change both teams and organisations.  Mike is a dedicated professional, able to think strategically alongside delivering improved performance. Mike is a valued sounding board, both objective and supportive.  I am very happy to recommend Mike and would welcome the opportunity to work with him in the future.”

Mike Shepherd Development & Regeneration Director Sentinel Housing


“I have found Mike a breath of fresh air to work with. His enthusiasm is infectious. Mike is very compassionate, driven, focused, and pays attention to detail. Mike’s main drive is to improve standards of care across the board and developed the Principles Of Care whilst at C&C”

Linda Boardman Quality & Compliance Manager


Mike is an inspiring guy to work with. He really understands the principles of person-centred practice. He is innovative and …a good natured person with bags of energy and a sharp mind!”

Andy Minnion Director Rix Centre


“I worked with Mike when he developed the telecare service with Hampshire County Council, and later the telecare website for sales of telecare equipment. I found Mike inspiring and dedicated with innovative ideas and a flair for development and partnership working. As the funder for the project, we enjoyed an open and honest relationship with both Hampshire County Council and the You Trust, who Mike represented. I’d work with him again in a jiffy if the opportunity presents itself.”

Amanda Lloyd Director iESE Ltd


“Mike approached me when I was Head of Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Community Partnerships for IOW NHS Trust with the innovative Smart Living Assistive Technology Service. Mike worked in partnership across the Local Authority and NHS Trust to launch this totally new service across the Isle of Wight. The Smart Living Service enabled people with learning disabilities and mental ill health to lead more independent lives through appropriate use of assistive technology whilst achieving cost savings against budgets.

Working with Mike was a pleasure, his vision and innovative yet grounded approach enabled engagement and aspiration across a wide group of stakeholders in what was previously quite a contained market and environment.”

Mark Edmund Head of Mental Health, Learning Disabilities IOW NHS Trust

 “Mike is an excellent Manager who had responsibility for setting up the Supported Employment services within You Trust, taking across 3 external organisations through TUPE into a single team. He was responsible for all staff, and overall development of the service and major structure changes which involved redefining work roles and a lengthy consultation process with staff. He was very approachable and was always happy to give advice and guidance. He also has very good negotiation skills which he used to great effect to secure additional funding for the service”

Tony Dixon Supported Employment Project Manager The YOU Trust


“Mike approached me with an innovative proposal for developing telecare for people with learning disabilities. I was impressed with the idea and how he quickly moved it into reality by identifying funding opportunities and getting the Smart Living service up and running. We encountered some resistance to the idea from care managers, but worked in partnership to gain support and build on the excellent outcomes that were emerging. The service won an award for innovation and, as well as supporting people’s lives in a tailored and dignified way, it also saved money by providing more cost-effective interventions”

Caroline Hadley Commissioning Manager Hampshire County Council


” Mike’s career is unusually wide, spanning public, not-for-profit and private sector businesses involved in housing, care and support service delivery as well as in commissioning. Not surprisingly, he’s now has a formidable knowledge base and is well placed to share that experience to considerable advantage. Mike’s a strong and versatile team player. He’s also a professional with considerable humility and the capacity to appreciate his colleagues and learn from those around him. His particular strengths include his capacity for strategic planning, building wide professional networks and in the formulation of business growth opportunities. I would welcome an opportunity to work with Mike again in the future.”

Jonathan Crutchfield Director Corporate Services The YOU Trust