Making a positive difference to the lives of others is what attracted Bob Martin to a job with Orbis Education and Care after relocating to South Wales from the USA in 2011. Three promotions later, he is now running Orbis Dan Y Coed.
Bob is the residential manager at Orbis’ newly opened specialist school and residential unit, which continues to welcome new learners in following a multi-million refurbishment project to create a state-of-the art care and education facility.
The school at Dan y Coed has been open since late 2017 and can educate up to 30 children. Now the residential part can house up to 20 young people and will require 120 staff to run it at full capacity.
Bob says: “I had not long moved to the UK when I saw the job with Orbis and felt I could make a positive difference in the lives of young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), so I applied to become a support worker and the rest, as they say, is history.
“After three years in the role I was promoted to team leader and then joined the clinical team as a behavioural specialist working across several Orbis sites. This, coupled with previous work experience at a similar facility back in Nashville, led me to where I am now. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Bob added: “My favourite part of all my roles within Orbis has been seeing a young person who may have been struggling with an area in their lives make remarkable progress and the fact that I helped to make that happen – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
Orbis Education and Care has been shortlisted for a 2019 Leading Wales Award. We are up for an ‘Inspiring Great Leadership: Organisational Award’ and couldn’t be more thrilled about it!
Members of our senior management team based at our headquarters in Cardiff will attend a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in the city centre later this month to find out who’s won.
Mike Currier, CEO of Orbis Education and Care, said: “As a fast growing, sector leading provider of specialist services for children and adults with complex needs associated with autism, our leadership capability is pivotal to our overall success.
“The team here at Orbis works extremely hard to inspire and motivate our teams, and ensure everyone is working together towards a shared goal.”
“I’m absolutely delighted this hard work and dedication to the cause has been formally recognised by the Leading Wales Awards, and our place on this year’s shortlist,” Mike added.
“Through ongoing investment in leadership development, we remain well equipped to cultivate future leadership succession which will in turn enable us to grow and continue to provide first class care to the individuals we support.”