Ben represents Activate Learning not only as a Governor, but also in his role as Group Student Support Delivery Manager. Ben’s role is to manage the team who support the wellbeing and retention of students, working to remove the barriers to education. A key focus of Ben’s work is on critical intervention for those with additional support needs, mental health diagnoses or external circumstances which affect their ability to learn.
Ben started work at Activate Learning’s Reading Campus in 2012 and has since received extensive qualifications and training in safeguarding, mental health and a range of other areas which commonly affect young people, helping to support both student and staff awareness. One reason for which Ben enjoys his role is the fact that he feels Activate Learning genuinely cares about making a difference to the lives of so many students, particularly those who have had negative experiences with education. He also recognises the passion and resilience amongst his colleagues.
Outside of work, Ben likes to socialise and enjoys regular visits to his family in Wales. Also a keen musician, Ben plays the piano most evenings and looks forward to investing in a French horn in order to revisit his time playing in orchestras when he was younger.