Meet the Team

Gail Petty – QPM Manager

Gail has worked in the Community and Social Care Sectors for the last 27 years, ten of those delivering and managing Independent Advocacy services across London and the South East of England. At the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), she leads on Advocacy and Rights, including the Advocacy QPM. Her work is underpinned by an unerring belief in individuality, reciprocity, rights and the importance of each person’s voice.

Dave Atkinson – QPM Assessor

Following a twenty five year career in the NHS, Dave is now committed to promoting community-based, person centred inclusive models of care as effective and efficient ways of meeting complex needs. Dave is a learning disability nurse with additional training in psychology and the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities.

Jane Dempsey – QPM Assessor

Jane is a registered social worker, university lecturer, assessor and freelance trainer.  Jane worked has practiced as a registered social worker for over 20 and 16 years as a social work lecturer. She assesses candidates for the National Advocacy Qualification (City and Guilds) and is a freelance trainer she delivers training when requested in the areas of dementia, advocacy and social work related topics.  

Jane Perks – QPM Assessor

Having spent over 12 years working with children in care, residential and social work settings Jane decided real change had to come from outside the services that were there to ‘care’ for them.  She went on to become a manager for a children’s advocacy organisation and a trainer in Children’s Rights and Advocacy. She currently works as an Assessor and Centre Lead for Quality Assurance for the National Advocacy Qualification.

Kath Parson – QPM Assessor

Kath is a qualified nurse, lecturer and City & Guilds qualified advocacy trainer & assessor. Kath held a number of chief executive roles throughout her 45-year career culminating in her role as chief executive of the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (UK), a position she has held for the past 12 years. Kath sits on a variety of national bodies, advising on management, research projects, policy development, training and  independent advocacy.

Pete Dempsey – QPM Assessor

Pete has been involved in independent advocacy since 2007. He spent nine years in total as CEO of two independent advocacy organisations that delivered statutory and non-statutory advocacy across East and West Midlands.

 

Peter Bates – QPM Assessor

Peter  has worked for the National Development Team for Inclusion since 1999. He previously worked in probation, the employment service, social services, the NHS and audit. Since 2011, he has also worked at the University of Nottingham promoting patient and public involvement in health research.

Stephanie de la Haye – QPM Assessor

Stephanie is the director of a training collaborative. Stephanie has been a pre-hospital care practitioner. Stephanie delivers training on IMHA advocacy at Sheffield Hallam University and was a core member that developed and trained IMHA’s nationally. A qualified advocate,  Stephanie has used generic advocacy services in MH secure & community settings personally. Recently she has been seconded by the Department of Health and Social Care to input in to the MHA review.

Becca Hamilton- Project Support Officer

Becca provides administrative support and communications for the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark. She previously worked in the charitable sector coordinating and delivering an employability service supporting those with multiple barriers access education, training and employment. She has also worked in education as support staff and as a teacher.