Bernard has enjoyed a career encompassing senior management and leadership roles in private, public and third sector organisations. This has given him the skills and knowledge to coordinate operations, manage people and delivery high quality systems in complex, pressured and multi-disciplinary environments. Because of this unique blend of people and process skills, he is regularly called upon by clients to facilitate partnership planning processes and embed strategic planning with day-to-day operations. In January 2012, he joined the first Social Enterprise Council formed within the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
He is a member of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a life time member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a member of The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights (a Livery Company in the City of London). Since 2009, Bernard has volunteered as a co-founder and Treasurer for a new street child charity in Zimbabwe, Africa called, ASYM.
Throughout his career Bernard has led training and development services. After graduating from Exeter University (with a BA in Theological Studies) he started by delivering personal development programmes in the South West of England to young people not in employment, education or training. This often involved utilising the vast expanse of Dartmoor to train groups in some unusual but beautiful settings! His experience then moved on to facilitating education classes for prisoners and at this time he completed a Training and Development NVQ3
When he moved to London in 2001 his work focus became more managerial, as he supported front line professionals working with children and young people. This support and facilitation role continued in Manchester when he developed a new volunteering service for Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Until 2011, Bernard managed an enterprise within MMU offering capacity building and leadership development services to charities, social enterprises and public agencies. To compliment his work experience he completed an MSc in Business Management (with a specialism in social entrepreneurship).
More recently, new work opportunities have evolved out of providing leadership development, which has included: in-house team building, advising business on Corporate Social Responsibility, motivational presentations and mentoring of charities in contract management. Bernard enjoys the opportunity to work with different companies and organisations. In particular he is always seeking to help create the moment when people realise they are capable of achieving far more than they ever thought possible!