After leaving college and working in a pub, Ben worked for Probation services in Hull and Guildford in Hostels, as well as in a Secure Unit in Hull. He studied at Humberside University qualifying as a Social Worker in 2000. Ben worked for Doncaster YOT before taking a number of placements as an agency Social Worker, mainly in Youth Justice. Ben’s final placement was with Barnsley YOT where he became a team manager in 2006 and service manager in 2014. In addition to overseeing the work of the Youth Offending Team, Ben also manages the Barnsley and Rotherham Multi-Systemic Therapy Team and, recently, the young people’s substance misuse service. Ben is vice-Chair of Governors at Springwell Alternative Academy in Barnsley.
Ben likes history, stories with space ships, wine and cricket. He also likes cooking and talking.