Meet the team

Our team is experienced and talented in what they do and bring a mixture of personal experience of receiving, delivering, commissioning and leading support services to their work, Team members work tirelessly and enthusiastically to promote person centred approaches and self directed support.  This is enhanced by the work the team do nationally, locally and regionally to influence, and support developments across health, education, social care, and community.

Our Team is below:


Lynn James-Jenkinson
Team Director
07970 900 226

Lynn is a qualified Social Worker and has management qualifications.

Lynn has worked in the public sector for over 30 years, starting her working life supporting disabled children in mainstream school and as a support worker supporting people with a learning disability relocate from Long Stay hospitals across the North of England to homes of their own with they support needed to achieve that. Lynn has always enjoyed working closely with people with learning disabilities and their families to support them to live the lives they want to live.

Lynn brings her experience, knowledge and passion about people’s rights to her role as a Trustee. Most importantly Lynn has 6 children of her own and understands the issues affecting disabled children and adults and their families from a personal perspective.

Phil Palmer

Phil Palmer
Office Manager
07971 176 240

Phil is the office manager at NWTDT and company secretary for Pathways Associates. His organisational skills and experience provide essential support to the director and associates. He keeps everything running smoothly around the finances and ensuring associates receive support as and when required for events, technical support and communications. Phil has many talents beyond the office management including the development of multimedia materials including the production of video and audio materials. As a family member Phil is actively involved in a number of regional and local networks and groups including; the regional Family Forum, the regional Employment group, Oldham’s Learning Disability partnership Board, Oldham’s Transition Steering group and is a school governor at Newbridge Secondary School.
Phil has a passion for photography, particularly stereoscopic (3D). He enjoys regular fell walking in the lake District with his family.

Dene Donalds

Dene Donalds
Associate Consultant/Director
07816 073 334

Dene is a Director and co-founder of Pathways Associates and a co-founder and steering group member of the North West Positive Behavioural Support Network. He is a Registered Nurse and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Dene leads Pathways Welcome Values peer quality review programme and is responsible for the co-ordination of Learning Disability Self- Advocacy in the North West, linking regional and national forums on behalf of NHS England.
Dene provides mindfulness training for two Nationally Accredited Physical Intervention Training companies who have introduced mindfulness into their instructor trainer curriculum. He is also introducing Mindfulness with The National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS)
Dene recently managed and led the NHS North West Mindfully Valuing People Now Project; introducing Mindfulness Based Approaches to people with learning disabilities, staff and families across the North West region.
Dene has worked as a Director and Senior Manager in the Private, Public and Voluntary sectors. He was a commissioner and provider in the Health and Social care which offers him useful insights when facilitating Partnership Board Reviews.
Dene regularly facilitates peer quality review programmes across the UK and works nationally and in Europe introducing Mindfulness into the workplace.

Adele Hoskinson-Clark

Adele Hoskinson-Clark
Associate Consultant

Adele has worked for many years with young disabled people and is passionate about inclusion and the need for young disabled people to be involved in shaping the services that support them.

Adele leads on the development of local networks and forums where young people can identify the barriers they encounter in their lives and share experiences around removing those barriers. Her particular interests include inclusive education and the need for sexual health services to engage with young disabled people and respect their sexuality and identity.

Adele also works with various organisations, aiding them to engage and support young disabled people in a mutually beneficial and productive way. Adele’s work is underpinned by the Social Model of Disability and driven by the principles of the independent living movement. She is an eloquent speaker and facilitator and works to support organisations to develop inclusive practices. She delivers workshops on the following issues:

Education and supporting young people to make the transition toward higher education.
Sexual Health and Disability.
Self-directed support and person centred planning approaches.
Adele is a very proud mum and feels passionately about society respecting disabled people’s right to be parents.

When Adele isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family, eating out, going to the theatre and reading.

Laurence Clark

Laurence Clark
Associate Consultant

Before working for himself, Dr Laurence Clark ran a project for Liverpool Primary Care Trust researching how the NHS can provide Accessible Health Information and communicate effectively with disabled people. Since then he has provided training and consultancy to many public authorities across the country and supported the development of a number of disabled people’s organisations.

At school Laurence was ill-advised by the career service to go into IT; their reasoning being he could earn good money and never encounter any wheelchair access issues by working entirely from home. After spending years studying for a PhD in Bioinformatics, Laurence decided on a complete change of direction and went back to study for a M.A. in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. A user of self-directed support since 1992, his dissertation examined the effects of community care charging policies for personal assistance users, comparing the English and Scottish charging systems.

Laurence also works as a critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian and writer. In 2004 he was a guest reporter on BBC 2’s Newsnight, presenting a short film about disability and the Abortion Act. He was also the subject of a major BBC1 documentary called “We Won’t Drop the Baby” shown in March 2012. He has written about various disability equality issues for The Guardian, The Times, BBC News Online, Community Care and Disability Now amongst other publications. Nowadays I regularly write blogs on disability rights and other issues for The Independent – see

Mark Shackleton

Mark Shackleton
Conference Friend
07969 070 291

The Events Team is proud to welcome there new Team Member Mark Shackleton.

Mark has previously worked for Pathways and The North West Training and Development Team as a voluntary Conference Friend.

Pathways is a huge believer in employment for all and are now extremely happy to be able to offer Mark part time employment with the team, enriching our workforce and Mark himself. Mark has aspergers syndrome and in the past has only been able to claim the £20 disregard for any work he has done due to his disability benefits, no matter how hard he has worked or how many hours he has put in. Mark is now extremely proud to be off benefits and doing a paid job that he is very passionate about.

Mark is a great role model to people in a similar situation and a very active member of the team.

Pauline Doyle

Pauline Doyle
Associate Consultant
07977 015 646

Pauline leads our work on Person Centred Planning and approaches, across our adult, older peoples and children’s programmes. Pauline has many years experience across the statutory and voluntary sector at senior levels assisting people with autism, forensic needs as well as people and children with disabilities to get the support that is right for them.

Since qualifying as a social worker in children’s services more than 25 years

ago Pauline has worked directly, consulted and trained widely in person centred thinking, planning and approaches. She is a practitioner in family therapy, an accredited trainer in Map and Path, ELP and Inclusion, Training the Trainers, is an Action Learning Set practitioner linked to the Manchester Business School and leads the Transition Network for Valuing people North West.

Pauline is a systemic practitioner who is passionate and committed to personalisation and self directed support. She enjoys coaching individuals, groups and organisations to develop their learning and action planning using a process of enquiry. Her approach is supportive and reflective providing the people and organisations she assists the opportunity to figure out what they want and were they want to be.

When not working Pauline loves nothing more than walking her dogs, cooking for her family, holidaying in Cornwall and doesn’t sail anywhere near as often as she would like.

Cathy Gibson

Cathy Gibson
Team Administrator
07572 555 419

Cathy is an experienced and competent office administrator, having great organisational skills. She co-ordinates the subscribers information and provides regular communication to all the team at NWTDT, making sure associates are kept informed of new guidance and practice. Cathy is a whiz at proof reading and can spot a mistake from a mile away.

For most of her career before NWTDT Cathy worked in the travel industry as a travel agent and tour operator. Her passion for travel remains and she regularly holidays in Scotland, England and Wales in her touring caravan with her family and friends

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson
Events Manager
07950 617 457

Danielle works for Pathways Associates as our Events Manager, overseeing all aspects of our events planning and organisation. This includes working with a number of different provider organisations as well as our colleagues also booking venues, producing flyers, taking bookings and generally being there on the day to offer support and make sure everything runs smoothly. At the moment I am also working on developing our conference friends, “Real Jobs for Real People”.

In the past Danielle has volunteered with various community projects such as working at a local Brownie guide group helping with weekly meetings, helping to organise day workshops, speakers, day trips and weekends away. Danielle also works as a youth worker at a local youth group in the holidays and weekly meetings. This included the re-vamp of a run down building, the organisation of workshops and community based projects.

In her spare time Danielle enjoys spending time with her son, going on day trips and doing anything artistic.


Liam Vernon
IT/Communications Manager
07813 508 048

Liam Is our communications manager , managing our website development, publications, promotions and communications. He works magic with PDF and has provided an altogether more effective approach to how we develop our communications.

Trading as Live I.T, Liam has developed the branding of both NWTDT and Pathways and contributes to all our product information. He is an experienced website technician who is in the process of re-designing and developing our website, as well as providing regular maintenance and support. Above all he works wonders with our ideas and turns them into practical and visual solutions to use within our work...

Liam’s technical skills and interests extent to the stage, drama, sound and lighting.

Colin Elliott

Colin Elliott
Associate Consultant
07975 809 820

Colin began his career in social care in 1985 as a care assistant, working with adults with learning and physically disabilities. More recently he has supported North West Directors of Adult Social Services in developing responses to adults with a learning disability, their families and carers at a time when many councils are facing increasing demand for support and reducing budgets.

Colin has managed residential care services for older people, care management and assessment teams and designed and commissioned a wide range of services for adults living with HIV and adults with drug and alcohol problems. He has also worked with the Government on behalf of Local Authorities, Health and other agencies in the North West to develop and oversee joint approaches to housing and supporting asylum seekers and refugees, helping people to integrate into local communities and find work.

Colin led drug and alcohol strategy and commissioning in Manchester on behalf of the Local Authority, Health, Police, Probation and Prison Services. He was responsible for redesigning one of the country’s largest drug treatment systems, and improved treatment options and outcomes by involving drug users, their families and carers in designing new services.

Most recently Colin worked as an Assistant Director for Manchester City Council. During his time in post he led on many aspects of social care strategy and policy and was responsible for the social care services provided and commissioned by the council. These included supported housing, day support and other services for learning disabled adults, their families and carers.

Colin’s approach to partnership working and strategic leadership at regional and national levels have been informed by his experience of supporting people as a front line worker. He is committed to helping people to exercise real choice and control over their lives and to achieve the outcomes that are important to them.

Janice Wycherley

Janice Wycherley
Associate Consultant

Jeanne Smith

Jeanne Smith
Support Worker