BDLD CIC | First Floor | 85 Great Portland Street | London W1W 7LT | Registered Company Number 11120713
About the Dogs
First up, why “Big Dog Little Dog”?
The BDLD metaphor represents our service offer - the “big dog” approach is a dynamic set of services aimed to grab the attention - from single presentations at conferences to the delivery of highly relevant, effective staff training such as Mental Health First Aid and The Art of Disclosure. These services operate best when highly visible and attention grabbing, just like a big dog. They aim to raise awareness around mental ill health, its links with unemployment, the stigma associated with mental health disorders and the widespread discrimination that exists in the workplace, and in society in general.The “little dog” service offer is built around quietly and calmly helping organisations to develop the way in which they operate, from advice on delivery models and service integration to the review, development and roll-out of quality systems and working practices. This includes areas such as embedding psycho-education in employment support, working with clinical services and ensuring that good practice is learnt from, shared and implemented. The little dog lets the big dog get all of the attention, always knowing that each is as effective as the other.But equally, the BDLD metaphor comes from the company’s two founders - men with many shared thoughts, values and passions but with a very obvious physical difference…..!Standing an imposing 6’8” tall and weighing in at an eye-watering 23 stone, Kevin’s not called the big one without reason! Some of his earliest memories relate to serious mental health disorders, when he used to visit his mother’s workplace - the “Leybourne Grange Hospital for the Mentally Deficient”. This gave him early exposure to the most complex of needs, and an admiration for those who live with such challenges.Fast forward to the present, and the boy became a man. A man who became an electronic engineer, a police officer, a security specialist and a publican. And running one of those pubs led to Kevin having a “nervous breakdown” in 1995. Following a diagnosis and treatment for severe depression, Kevin went on to return to work via the employability sector, leading to him supporting others with poor mental health to put their lives back together.In the 29 years that have passed since then, Kevin has delivered services, managed them and run his own businesses, culminating in the formation of BDLD with Bob in December 2017.Known for his bombastic delivery style and (what he thinks is a) portfolio of funny wisecracks, Kevin has a passion for delivery, technology and innovation.Where Kevin comes at the subject of mental health from a lived experience angle, Bob has 30 years’ experience of delivering rehabilitation services.Starting his journey in Lincolnshire, Bob specialised in multicultural support, including a spell in Zimbabwe. This had a profound effect on him, allowing him to better appreciate many of the stigmas surrounding mental illness within, and aimed towards, minority ethnic groups.On his return to Blighty, Bob started working for a small local authority service, supporting people with severe and enduring disorders to find, and stay in, employment. The service became a charity in its own right, and Bob went on to become Chief Executive.That organisation, now known as Twining Enterprise, is still thriving today, working across multiple London boroughs. Bob’s finest achievement there was leading Twining to become the first non-NHS service in London to be awarded IPS Centre of Excellence status.These days, he splits his time between delivering training and taking his beloved motorbike out for cruises down long and winding roads.