Always looking forward
Director & Head of Training
Sam Higgins has spent more than 25 years working in the public sector. She began working in the NHS as a Sexual Health Trainer. She developed and delivered training for multi-agency professionals including clinicians, foster carers, youth workers, homeless workers, faith-based workers and rehabilitation workers.
She moved to the Kent Teenage Pregnancy Partnership where she became the only specific Young Parents’ Services Manager in England.
She moved to locality working, first as the Network Manager for the Herne Bay Children’s Centres and later as the Children’s Centre Lead for Swale.
She then went on to develop her own work, training professionals and delivering courses directly to service users, most notably a number of YAPS (Young Active Parents) Groups across Kent and South East London.
Sam joined a Kent-based occupational health company and was the company's COVID lead, helping it win a national award for its work helping clients (such as universities and NHS trusts) to respond to the pandemic. Sam is an experienced public speaker, presenting work at regional and national level throughout her career.
Sam remains committed to a long-held belief that we should be determined and unrelenting in making opportunity genuinely accessible to every member of our community.
Director and Head of Operations
Tony spent more than 25 years in the media, working at national newspapers and magazines including The Observer, The Independent and the New Statesman.
Tony then embarked on a new career in occupational health management. In 12 years he helped transform a small start-up business with just two employees into a thriving enterprise employing more than 50 people across the UK and with an annual turnover in excess of £3 million.
As well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, Tony's role included being data protection officer, handling customer complaints, bid writing, account management and securing new business.
During this time Tony worked with clients that included NHS trusts, primary care trusts, local authorities, housing associations, universities and charities.