Mick Ward joined Nurture Development as Senior Associate after retiring in June 2020 as Chief Officer, Transformation and Innovation, Adults and Health, in Leeds City Council. He led on LCC’s ground breaking work on proliferating ABCD at a strategic level within a Local Authority as well as leading work on Creative Arts and Health & Wellbeing, Service Transformation, Digital HWB and Equality.
Mick, on behalf of Nurture Development, will be providing training, mentoring, leadership coaching and consultancy to organisations interested in shifting towards an ABCD-Strengths-based way of working. He will also be providing specific supports on ABCD and strengths-based commissioning. Commissioning for the 21st century, will include: neighbourhoods being seen as primary units of change; agencies learning how to precipate community building; not just providing standardised services, and community alternatives to traditional institutional responses being actively encouraged. Mick’s on the ground experience and his skills as an thoughful companion to others on this journey will prove invaluable to change makers who wish to effect enduring and authentic change.
He is from Leeds and worked for social care for 42 years. Starting as a Care Assistant his career developed into becoming Deputy Director of Adults and Heath, a joint appointment between Leeds City Council and Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, leading on to commissioning across a wide range of health and care services.
Mick has a strong commitment to the social model of disability, citizenship, communities, innovation, culture, equality, and partnership working.