Linda Cobb worked in the voluntary and statutory sector in welfare rights, housing, mental health, and disability for 16 years. Moving from front line work to management and strategic planning she became increasingly concerned  about designing accessible services for service users. 

Linda  has particular expertise in providing consultancy in a range of aspects and training in many areas including -

*     Adult protection *     Older people
*     Mental health *     Multi-agency working
*     The process of achieving consensus *     Equalities

Since 1983 Linda has been providing high quality training and consultancy to the Health and Social Welfare sector.

Linda is experienced in -

* Training marketing * Assessing organisational training needs
* Writing training materials and toolkits * Cascade training
* Provision of high quality targeted courses * Evaluating the impact of training on working practice


She  provides high quality, participative, empowering courses within an accelerated learning environment.

All her courses are underpinned by best value, effective practice and equalities and where appropriate she focuses on working together and effective intra-agency and multi-agency work.

The bulk of her consultancy work is of a diagnostic nature, working with organisations and communities  to identify problems, explore options, build consensus  and implement change as a creative process. She works closely with managers and staff teams to improve service delivery and outcomes. Her recent consultancy has involved project set up and management, policy development and best practice, implementation of equalities and the production of  an equalities toolkit for Local Authorities. 





Wendy Smith has worked for over twenty years in the fields of management, childcare and personal development.  After qualifying as a social worker she specialised in child protection.  She has been developing and delivering consultancy, training and coaching for over ten years.

Wendy has particular expertise in -

Providing consultancy in a range of aspects

Coaching - both within organisations and privately

Training in many areas including - 

*     All aspects of child care and development *      The assessment framework for children in need
*     Child protection *      Equalities
*     Looked after children *      Management development
*     Fair access to services and adult assessment     

She also provides a range of management and personal development courses.

She is responsible for undertaking monthly "Regulation 33" visits and some interim management in a number of children's units and private organisations within London boroughs.  She lectures for Birbeck College, the University of East London and the University of Westminster on women's studies and management programmes such as the health and social care management programme (certificate and diploma).  Wendy is a trained and accredited advocate working for The Voice of the Child in Care.  She is a qualified OFSTED Registered Nursery Inspector and undertakes inspections around the country in a variety of settings.

Wendy has published a book and training packs relating to communication, management of equality and a Leaders and Managers supervision and performance appraisal toolkit.

As an NVQ Assessor she is able to develop programmes to provide underpinning knowledge that contributes to portfolio completion.