POSITIVE STEPS has appointed Cliff Shields as its new Director of Corporate Services.

Cliff is a former Director and Assistant City Manager in local government. He is a qualified accountant with over forty years’ experience in business support work gathered across a number of diverse local authorities and brings substantial knowledge in implementing change initiatives; delivering efficiencies and developing successful teams.

Cliff is excited to move into the charity sector and join Positive Steps as we look to build on our successes; broaden our offer and expand our trading activities. As Corporate Director he will join the senior management team here at Positive Steps.

Positive Steps has a long history of making a difference by empowering and enabling people to take control of their lives, and of exceeding targets. We deliver a comprehensive, integrated, range of services which help young people, adults and families to reach their full potential. These include: Family Support, Careers Guidance, Missing From Home Support, Oldham Young Carers, Substance Misuse Support, Sexual Health and Healthy Schools services in Oldham, Volunteering, Oldham Youth Justice Service and Work Experience services for schools.

Our approach throughout has been to understand and break down the barriers individuals face in reaching their goals. Chief Exec Steph Bolshaw said: “As a company and charity we need to be an agile, high performing and supportive organisation.  Our work will continue to be planned and based upon evidence; intervention will be innovative and reflective to enable us to learn, grow and lead ways of working that truly transform lives.  It’s an exciting time for Positive Steps and I’m looking forward to the difference we can make in the forthcoming years.”

 Cliff himself added: “Positive Steps and I are a perfect fit. The experience I bring in enabling different ways of working will ensure the organisation continues to be well-run and in a strong position to realise the vision of “People and communities inspired to take control of their lives.”