OurBoards Community Interest Company is a collaboration of the work of its three Directors; Neale and Heather Hayward-Shott and Howard Evans. The Team are passionate about producing resources which will enhance the lives of those in society who are often vulnerable, marginalised and deemed to have little self-worth through no fault of their own.
Neale & Heather Hayward-Shott
Neale and Heather live in a multigenerational family supporting their adult daughter, who has learning disabilities, as well as Heather’s elderly father. They understand from personal experience the pressures and challenges facing people living with such conditions.
They also bring a wealth of knowledge from their professional lives. Neale, as the owner of Harvest Consulting, an IT Consulting / Contracting business, and Heather from her 20 years’ experience as a Teaching Assistant – including working with children with learning disabilities.
It was only after seeing the positive impact a task specific OurBoard brings that I realised it is a product worth much more than the sum of its parts. In short, when used with appropriate training, a task specific OurBoard provides coping strategies that enhance an individual’s wellbeing.
As a visual learner myself I can connect with how the boards help an individual process information, and see the value the boards provide in affirming the unique qualities of the user and the positive impact it can bring not just to them but family, friends and work colleagues too.
So my belief in OurBoards meant I left my role as Creative Director of a large format print company in South Manchester to enable me to devote all of my time and energy to the OurBoard’s cause. My background in design is being put to good use as we create new products in collaboration with experts in the field of Education, Healthcare and Business.
I am happily married, and the proud father of two daughters who have long since flown the nest. My leisure time is taken up with reading and illustrating. As a practising Christian I worship in a church that meets in, of all places, a wine bar in Wilmslow!
I would love to share the vision we have of empowering individuals through the use of OurBoards.
If you are interested in finding out more please use the contact page of the OurBoards website or drop me a line on Linkedin. I look forward to hearing from you.