Founder and Chairman
I have over thirty years’ experience developing and leading organisations in the public and voluntary sector. I am passionate about social justice and never happier at work than when I am in some way or other involved in trying to build a better world now.
I spent the last 10 years working with the Shaftesbury Partnership which helps launch and scale up new social reform ventures tackling disadvantage and creating opportunity for marginalised individuals and communities and leading The Trussell Trust, as we created and developed the UK Foodbank Network.
It was through the Trussell Trust in 2005 that I first engaged up close with the devastating problems poverty, exploitation and marginalisation cause for so many people in Southeast Europe. We set up FSCI as a Bulgarian NGO in 2008 to expand the work and to develop informed and effective responses.
In my earlier career, I held both Chief Executive and Chairman roles at local and national level. I was Chief Executive of Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust for ten years and the founding Chairman of Healthwork UK. Immediately before leaving public services, I was Chief Executive of a new government organisation responsible for police training across England and Wales which I was charged with setting up as part of the Police Reform Act 2001.
I have led twenty four start-ups and mergers and have substantial experience in professional development, skills and employment.
I studied Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. I hold an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
With more than ten years in the NGO sector, I get to love my job more and more every single day! It is a multiform and rewarding job! My portfolio is a complex of responsibilities, such as management of medium and long-term projects, work in health and social developmental programmes for vulnerable and marginalized communities in the field of prevention of behavioral related disorders , work with groups of people at risk – young people leaving social institutions and other marginalized groups, development of the FSCI foundation.
I have a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. I am a consultant in organizational development and human resources management, as well as certified mediator (Ministry of Justice) and an external evaluator of projects of EU operational programmes in the social sphere.
I am the author of a handbook for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Social Work Department Manager
I began my professional career as a volunteer in a non-governmental organization which works with young people.
Later on I had the pleasure to be amongst the people who applied and developed the program for youth units and the interim care of “SOS Children Villages” in Sofia. I started as an educator, later went on as head of the youth units. The most precious lesson I learnt during this period is that perseverance and good will achieve much more and deliver more sustainable results than the solitary heroic acts of compassion and charity.
In 2010 I joined the FSCI team. I am glad we are able to support young people during their first steps towards independence or in critical moments in their life. I particularly appreciate the whole team’s striving not only for satisfying youngsters’ basic everyday needs but also giving them more opportunities to dream and pursue these dreams. And since everybody makes mistakes I love the fact that our support does not exclude giving a second chance.
Coordinator “House of Opportunity” Programme
I have a Bachelor’s degree in “Social Education” and Master’s degree in “European social policy and social work.” My professional experience in the field of social services started as a volunteer in an NGO in 2001. It happened accidentally. On the advice of a friend of mine, I applied for a vacancy on one project and was accepted as a volunteer and later appointed as “outreach worker” providing health and social services in high-risk groups in Sofia.
I’ve been part of several international and national projects of various organizations.
I joined the big family of FSCI in 2016, which gives me a lot of opportunities for continuing my professional development and exchanging valuable experience with my colleagues.
I’m here because I believe that everyone is entitled to dignity, equal opportunities and a chance for a better life. I respect and support each person’s individual choice, but my goal is to be helpful to those who need and seek options for coping with difficult situations.