Des Workman has had four careers in retailing, newspapers and for over 20 years in local Government before recently retiring as the manager of charity Home from Hospital Care. He said “I believe my wealth of knowledge of local Government stand me in good stead for the difficult times the third sector faces.
Much of his work in Social Services was working with older people especially in East Birmingham. He has also been a project manager and was involved in the 1990’s with recruiting more employees from ethnic minorities; ensuring the staff teams were more reflective of the City’s population.
Des was also lead officer in ensuring Adults and Communities achieved Investor in People status. Along the way he gained an MBA from Birmingham University and a postgraduate diploma two years ago.
In his spare time Des is a Director (unpaid) of the All Saints Centre in Kings Heath and chairperson of their Older Peoples management Team.
In his spare time Des plays badminton, 5 a side football, enjoys rambling and is a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales. He is also a season ticket holder at Birmingham City. As their anthem goes “ There will be joys and sorrows too” Des says “That is how I feel about the challenges facing the third sector. How charities survive in this new Big Society with less income, fewer service level agreements, fewer contracts and fewer grants but with an expectation of delivering more services does not seem to sit easily. I hope that BVSC can be at the forefront of voicing the third sector arguments to both local and national Government. I see a year of most charities having finance unfortunately at the top of their agendas not service provision.”