Building partnerships with commissioners to deliver bespoke solutions

Our Development Team works in collaboration with local commissioners to understand the needs of people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs in their communities. Our team then delivers solutions specifically designed to meet these requirements.

Every solution is different and may range from a new build offering a forensic service through to an option that re-configures and re-purposes an existing service to meet changing needs in that area.

Our team is currently playing an active part in NHS England’s Transforming Care Agenda which is changing how services are commissioned and delivered for people with learning disability, autism, mental health and who demonstrate behaviour that challenges. We’re working on key initiatives designed to help people to live in the least restrictive environments, closer to their families and social networks.


“Working at Consensus enables me to have a positive impact on the lives of the individuals we support by developing robust local environments where they can be part of their community and maintain regular contact with friends and family.”

 Natalie Kennedy

Business Development Director

I’ve worked in the social care sector for 15 years and have always worked in development for various large private organisations, mainly ones supporting individuals with a learning disability, complex needs and/or mental health problems.

I work with operational colleagues and local authorities and CCGs, as well as the people we support, to define and deliver local service provision, particularly where there is an unmet need. I gain a huge sense of pride in my work helping to develop new community services which support individuals to lead a life they choose. In a previous role I saw people move into new, tailor-made services after they’d been living in a hospital setting for over 20 years and Consensus are continuing this drive with the new services they develop.

I’m passionate about developing services that are fit for purpose and fit for the future. Every person should be able to receive quality support and accommodation in their local area so that they enjoy the same opportunities as anyone else.

 Outside of work I… love taking part in different sports, including long distance running.

“I really enjoy the process of troubleshooting and finding innovative solutions to problems – with the ultimate goal of helping people to achieve positive outcomes and better lives.”

Ray Godwin

Head of Development and Partnerships (North)

My background is in social work: I set up and for ten years managed a busy learning disability fieldwork social work team.

I have been an approved Mental Health Practitioner, a role which involved organising Mental Health Act assessments in a range of settings, and I have also worked as an Emergency Duty Social Worker.

Here at Consensus I design and develop new high quality services in collaboration with commissioners.

It’s a varied and extremely interesting area of work.

Outside of work I… am involved in various musical projects, from song writing to performing live.


“Making a difference to the lives of the people we support is really important to me, so getting things right from the start is key. Hearing the success stories as people achieve their goals makes it all worthwhile.”

Guy Page

Head of Development and Partnerships (Wales and South)

My background is in psychology and I have over 15 years’ experience in social care within a local authority contracts and commissioning team and, more substantially, within the provider sector.

Having been a support worker, I understand how rewarding the work can be. I have immense respect for people who do this role.

Here at Consensus my role is to work with commissioners, people with a learning disability, and their families, to design and develop high quality services with tailored care and support packages.

Outside of work I… have developed a passion for mountain biking – although not the extreme end, of flips and jumps!



“I am passionately driven to provide individualised care packages in the right setting for each person.”

Richard Dalby

Head of Development and Partnerships (North East)

I have worked within the health and social care industry for over 20 years after graduating with a Business degree from Leeds. I spent the first part of my career in the NHS as a Mental Health and Learning Disability Commissioner in the north of the country, then more recently transferred to the independent sector in service development roles.

I enjoy my role at Consensus very much and find that no two days are the same. I work with commissioners in developing new services to meet the needs of local people with learning disabilities in the North East of England region. For myself and my team, ensuring that the people we support is at the heart of everything we do.

Outside of work I… am a desperate York City football fan (enough said!) and have a new-found love of paddleboarding.