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.


All our team have done a little video about them, click their Photo to see and hear them


Our Team is below:


Lynn James-Jenkinson
Team Director
07970 900 226

> Lynn's Video

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. 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
Finance Manager
07971 176 240

> Phil's Video

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

Co-Founder and Director

07816 073334

>Dene's Video

Dene is a co-founder of Pathways; a Registered Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Dene leads Pathways Welcome Values Quality Checker Programme and facilitates The Regional Learning Disability Forum ; National Campaigns and Being Safe Groups.

Dene has worked as a Director and senior manager of provider services in the private, public and third sector.He has also worked as a Health and Social Care commissioner:These experiences offer useful insights when Dene is involved in NHSE, CCG and Local Authority projects.

Dene has developed and led a number of accessible mindfulness programmes for people with learning disabilities, people with autism, their families and workforce. To help improve participants wellbeing and resilience.

Dene leads and develops mindfulness programmes in prisons for offenders and their staff and provides mindfulness training for physical intervention training agencies; to help reduce the use of physical interventions.

Dene also works as a Zen Meditation teacher; offering mindfulness retreats for people of all faiths and none:He will be offering a mindfulness retreat for health and social care staff in 2020.

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

>Laurence's Video

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

>Mark's Video

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's Video

Pauline leads our work on Personalisation and person centred skills 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 40 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 .

Pauline is a qualified leadership executive coach. Including 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.

Pauline is a member of The association for coaches.

Pauline is a qualified self compassion - resilience and wellbeing coach. Her interest in self compassion for women is of great value in her work. Providing self compassion workshops and retreats.

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.


Vicki Hornby

Vicki Hornby
Associate Consultant

07932 235614

>Vicki's Video

Vicki supports our Confirm and Challenge groups, facilitating co-production between disabled people, families and public sector colleagues to transform care for people with learning disabilities, autism or both in the North West

She leads our Equality and Mental Capacity Act training courses. She also facilitates the co-production of our Experts by Experience, Speak Up and Training the Trainers programmes to enable self advocates to lead in our work with partners.

Vicki is passionate about independent advocacy, equality and human rights. As an experienced statutory and community advocate she continues to support disabled adults and children to have their voice heard across a range of issues affecting their lives.

Vicki supports us to gather and share the views and experiences of disabled people and their families to influence policy through our research and evaluation work.

She has a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Disability Studies.

Cathy Gibson

Cathy Gibson
HR & Office Manager
07572 555 419

>Cathy's Video

Cathy is an experienced and competent office administrator/Manager, having great organisational skills. She co-ordinates the subscribers information and provides regular communication to all the team at NWTDT/Pathways, 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.

Cathy has also taken on the HR role organising contracts and DBS checks for anyone who does work for the company. 

 For most of her career before NWTDT/Pathways 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's Video

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 children, going on day trips and doing anything artistic.


Liam Vernon
IT/Communications Manager
07813 508 048

>Liam's Video

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.

Janice Wycherley

Janice Wycherley
Associate Consultant

>Janice's Video






Kim Doolan

Kim Doolan
Associate Consultant

07939 127 811

>Kim's Video

Kim is a qualified social worker, person-centred planner and best interest assessor. Kim has worked in the public sector for over 30 years supporting people with learning disabilities and their families. She is passionate about the rights of disabled people and a supporter of the advocacy movement and self-directed support.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her son and daughter, cooking, trips out with family and friends and looking after her cat Tinkerbell.


Jeanne Smith

Jeanne Smith

Now semi-retired and supporting Mark Shackleton approximately 2 days a week. Proud mum of my son James who is in his second year at Dundee University.

My working life has centred around teaching and training. I worked for the Chamber of Commerce and was deputy Manager of the West Yorkshire Textile Training group. I designed and delivered City and guilds courses on training the trainer. Managed an Apprenticeship scheme for young people in the industry, supporting them with life skills training and personal development in an outdoor environment.

I facilitated the Communications element of the NEBSM management courses within the Textile Industry and the NHS in Leeds and Chaired various relevant meetings.In my spare time I was a Cub and Scout leader for over 20 years, also Commissioner for training in my area. Taught a night school class entitled Cookery for entertaining.

I moved to South Cumbria over 20 years ago and was a full time mum before starting work at Pathways. My hobbies are my horses, fell walking mainly in the Lakes near where I live, yoga,mindfulness and knitting.


Kath Bromfield

Kath Bromfield
Project Administrator

07943 870292

>Kath's Video

A mother to four children and a very proud Mancunian. Kath's background is in education, but as a parent/carer felt unsure of the way forward until she went on a parent leadership course which challenged her thinking and became more involved in her local area. Passionate about the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life, and an active trainer as well as expert by experience and person centred planner. Kath has delivered training to forums nationally and work closely within her own regions NWTDT/Pathways to ensure inclusion happens in all areas of our society, particularly for those in or at risk of hospital settings.

As Chair of her local forum Kath works with other parent/carers to enable families and their young people with additional needs across the borough to co-produce and work with professionals to achieve greater outcomes for people with disabilities and their families.  Kath believes strongly in developing communities through focusing on people’s strengths, and working with our varied and wider communities to ensure people with disabilities and their families have a voice and are valued citizens. A Governor at her local secondary school and active in her local community.  Kath loves meeting people from all walks of life and ensuring that there is more that unites us than divides us.

Donna Gillespie

Donna Gillespie
Associate Consultant

07808 845 779

>Donna's Video

I am a Registered Learning Disability Nurse with over 25 years’ experience working with adults and children. I am a BILD Accredited PBS Coach, MAPA Instructor and Person Centred Planner

I have also successfully completed a Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis through the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis. I am trained in Mini Pass-Add. I have worked in both the NHS and social care sector. Employment history includes working in various community and hospital settings. Since November, 2014 I have worked as an Associate Consultant with Pathways Associates/NWTDT.  I have been involved in various projects including: 

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