Contributors

All of our contributors have been hand-picked for their detailed knowledge and expertise in their field. Each contributor will bring their insight and industry understanding and experience to our one and two day training workshops. Don't miss this unrivalled opportunity to hear from industry leaders. For more information about any of the individuals who chair, speak or train at our occupational development courses, please click on their names or images to reveal more information. We ensure that each of our open-access training courses have excellent networking opportunities and are highly interactive. Please note that our trainers are available for in-house training as well as open-access workshops.
Paul Needham

Paul Needham

Head of Volunteering, National Deaf Children’s Society

Paul joined the National Deaf Children’s Society 6 years ago and is responsible for both operational and strategic management of volunteers across the UK. Paul developed the organisation’s first volunteering strategy and introduced a competence-based approach to volunteer management. He and his Birmingham-based team recruit, train and manage volunteers in a range of roles, including supervising deaf children on events in a regulated environment (Ofsted, Care Inspectorate). For 9 years, Paul held a number of learning and development roles with Citizens Advice (the national part of the CAB Service), providing courses, materials and advice to train volunteers in community-based Citizens Advice Bureaux. He started his career in housing advice, working at an inner-city law centre to support tenants groups and residents associations. He has volunteered as a CAB adviser and trustee, and for IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice).