Barbara Thorndick, OBE, BA Hons, FCIH, FRSA Managing Director
Barbara Thorndick has been leading and managing people, coaching and enabling them to achieve their best for over 30 years. Prior to moving into consultancy in 2010, she was Chief Executive of West Kent Housing Association for nine years. Under her leadership the Association became the first in the country to achieve three stars for excellent services with excellent prospects for improvement under the Audit Commission’s rigorous regime. The Association was also one of the first to achieve the gold standard for Investors in People and achieve the Customer Service Excellence Award. As well as using coaching techniques throughout her career as a line manager, she has coached a number of senior people across the sector, many of whom have achieved promotion, improved as leaders and managers, and increased their sense of self awareness and esteem as a direct result of her supportive but firm approach.
Throughout her career Barbara has championed giving opportunities to help young people achieve their potential. Back in the 90s, when she worked for London & Quadrant Housing Trust, she helped bring the concept of foyers (schemes providing housing and job support for vulnerable young people) from France. In 2011 she helped set up the ‘Give us a chance’ consortium of social housing providers – this national consortium is currently developing pilot schemes within the Work Programme to help unemployed young people gain job opportunities within social housing organisations and partner agencies.