YSS Associates
Associates  work for YSS  on specific time limited project. They bring  a wealth of  experience  and can  fill any "gaps in knowledge" in the senior  management team

Michele Hatfield

michele hatfieldMichele Hatfield BSc Social Studies, MSc Criminal Justice Management, MA/DipSw in Social Work; PGCE, TEFL

Michele has over 20 years experience as a senior manager in the field of community justice and is now working independently as a Director of her own  company, Round Table Business, delivering professional and corporate services to public and voluntary sector organisations.

Prior to 2013, Michele was Head of Service for Shropshire for West Mercia Probation Trust and as Assistant Chief Officer was responsible for operational management, strategic partnerships and Trust wide functional responsibilities including mental health, employment and training and management of risk.  She also has extensive international experience in the accession states in EU and current EU member states.

She has recent experience managing three significant projects:

  • As project manager of an award winning ESF funded project, which is ready to be launched as a free standing AIM Partnership: This cross sector partnership developed innovative approaches to offender employment and enterprise.
  • As Transition Manager working on the Transition of West Mercia Probation into the new world of Transforming Rehabilitation.
  • Currently managing the YSS Bradley mental health development project

Ian Clarke MA LL.M

ian clarke yss associate

Director Excalibur Global Manage Serviced ltd, Clarent Commerce CIC

A recognised Commercial Management professional Ian Clarke has 27 years’ experience and knowledge of working across all levels of the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has project managed and run major procurements, commissioning and change programmes in the public sector and for the last 15 years he has been supporting and enabling public, private and voluntary sector organisations as they transition to a more commercially focused and competitive environment. With two Masters degrees, one in European Commercial Law, he is recognised as an authority on contracting and his advice has been sought by Government Ministers on the commercial impact of new legislation. Specialising in developing and introducing innovative forms of multi-sector, partnership working he has built a reputation for ensuring that the VCS is at the centre of service design. Ian is the Chair of Safe Ground, a London based Charity working in prisons and a Trustee of Restore Support Network a charity working with older offenders.

 Dr Bob Bates

Bob Bates was a Senior Executive Officer in the Civil Service for 20 years. He worked as a trainer/mentor to people with disabilities and as a principal officer in two government Inner City Task Forces; working on education, training and employment projects with disadvantaged communities.

In 1998, he completed a Diploma in Management Studies and a MSc. in Public Sector Management. He left the Civil Service to take up a university lecturing career in Management Studies. He gained an M.A. (Ed) and started teaching trainee teachers in 2001. He gained his Doctorate in Education in 2003 and has been teaching management students and teachers and trainers from the very basic level to supervising post-graduate students for nearly 15 years.

These days, Bob combines his work as a teacher educator with project work throughout Europe, writing and working in a voluntary capacity as a Chief Executive of a charity that supports health and education in a village in the Gambia (Bob spends a month every year working with the teachers in the village). Bob’s first book on Management Theory has been a best seller and is being translated in 12 languages including French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Arabic. His second book on Coaching was published by Pearsons in January 2015 and his third book on Learning Theory was published by Sage in October 2015. He has been commissioned by Sage to write a fourth book on Learners with additional needs and disabilities.


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