Brian Bell has substantial first hand experience of helping disadvantaged people into work and this has motivated him to pursue a career which has enabled him to influence the national agenda in this field and be a leader in the practical delivery of initiatives and programmes aimed at securing greater social inclusion.
His personal remit is to ensure the business is positioned to take advantage of growth opportunities within the UK welfare to work space and internationally, and to continue to diversify the business into new markets, such as Skills and Offender Management.
He joined Working Links in April 2000 and was one of its original founders. He started as a director in the North East, taking the business there from start-up to a £25 million unit. In 2008 he became Chief Operating Officer and led the operation through an enormous growth phase including, critically, the introduction of Flexible New Deal, together with the initial diversification projects into Skills and Home Affairs.
Brian spent his early career with Jobcentre Plus and so has considerable experience within the welfare to work market. Whilst working with Jobcentre Plus, Brian completed his MBA at Newcastle Business School, specialising in services for unemployed people. Outside work, Brian is a governor of Northern Counties College which provides education programmes for adults with complex disabilities.