The Right2Work team draws on the wealth of experiences and expertise that our people have gained from careers in the third sector, employment services, education and private sector businesses.

Everyone is capable of ‘wearing many hats’ and all get involved with the day-to-day activities of the various Right2Work programmes and initiatives.

Our Employment Team are able to boast some great achievements with participants in initiatives such as the Supported Internships and also for the links they have built with local businesses in the areas we operate.

If you have the skills and experience that may compliment our existing team and enhance the services Right2Work offer, then we’d love to hear from you. Please send an email telling us about yourself, and your current CV to enquiries@oakleatrust.co.uk

Peter Bradbury

Regional Manager

Peter has worked and managed Employment Services since 1998 and managed the successful development of The Furniture Warehouse since 2013. A former senior manager of Royal Mencap’s employment and educations services with responsibility for quality and business development.

Peter has been involved in both regional and national service development including DWP, Ofsted, FE colleges and Cumbria & Lancashire County Councils initiatives. He is passionate about providing integrated and personalised work solutions for local people and Employers.

Claire Westmorland

Employment Manager

Claire transferred to Right2Work after spending 19 years at the Oaklea Trust and before that had worked in the Employment Service for 10 years.

One of her greatest achievements with the Employment Team, apart from securing numerous job opportunities for the hundreds of customers she has supported, was helping the Employment Team through an Ofsted Inspection on the Work Step programme, where they gained a good rating. Claire is enjoying helping her colleagues achieve some great outcomes for the many different customers we support.

Chris Pantechis

Project Manager, Furniture Warehouse

Chris oversees all activities at the Furniture Warehouse, liaising with suppliers and ensuring compliance with contracts (such as that with SLDC).

Chris has a close working relationship with Adult Social Services to develop the best possible working experience for our Day Placement customers.

Sarah Jones

Appleby Hub Manager

Sarah has worked for the Oaklea Trust since 2006, initially as a support worker for adults and children with learning disabilities in the community and supported living homes.

Sarah progressed to become the manager for three new Oaklea projects; Aiming High, which was facilitating recreational activities for children and young people in South Lakes, Furness and Eden; opening and running supported living houses for young adults with learning disabilities; and now the highly successful Appleby Hub.

Jim Thorburn

Project Co-ordinator, Supported Internships

Jim has been with Oaklea and Right2Work since 2011, working in several services including Floating Support and NCI before transferring to the employment team in Dec ember2016. Prior to joining Oaklea, Jim worked in the Eden area supporting children and adults with a learning disability.

Jim is an Employment Tutor currently working on a project to deliver employment support to those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis in North Lancashire and Furness.

Jim Green

Project Co-ordinator, Community Works

Jim has recently joined Right2Work and is managing the Community Works project that teaches and supports our learners to achieve an Open Awards Qualification in ground and property maintenance. In a previous life he had his own building and maintenance company (since 1986 working on various projects from converting house’s into flats to changing a tap washer). He has also worked as a contractor for Fairoak Housing maintaining and upgrading their properties. He is looking forward to the future with R2W & Community Works and helping them grow.