Telephone:0121 448 3001
Name: Jim Sullivan
Role: Managing Director and Responsible individual
Profile: Jim Sullivan is a qualified learning disabilities nurse who has also studied Social Learning Theory, the precursor to Cognitive Behaviour Theory, at Birmingham University. He has over 30 years experience working extensively as a nurse with young people with some of the most extreme, complex behaviours. He has worked as a nurse in a number of mental health settings such as secure units, secure training centre, youth offending institution and in ‘Open’ conditions. He worked at Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre until 2000.
Jim was voted in as an NHS Community Governor for North East Birmingham in 2013, where he represented the area to monitor the performance of the NHS foundation trust for 3 years. He currently chairs the The Independent Children’s Home Association,ICHA, represents the sector at meetings with the government and has attended meetings at home and abroad.
Name: Sean Gilligan
Profile: Sean is a qualified Social Worker who has worked extensively with young people since 1994. Sean worked at Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre and South Birmingham Youth Offending Team until the opening of Thoughts of Others. He is very experienced at working with students with challenging behaviours and uses is understanding of the Social Learning Theory, The Cognitive Behaviour Theory to development of the school’s theoretical base. His experience in the legal framework and government’s initiatives especially is invaluable.
Sean has managed homes within Thoughts of Others and has successfully maintained OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ rating for a 5 year period. Sean was formerly the Safeguarding Officer for the company. He no longer acts in this capacity but is more focused on managing Premier Training College, the new vocational college that was recently established by TOO and by supporting and leading the vibrant staff training department.
Name: Desmond Allen
Profile: Desmond Allen is a qualified Social Worker and has worked extensively with young people 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 currently manages Short Heath, the adult home within Thoughts of Others Ltd.