IT and R & D
I keep the website up to date and generally assist with the IT and Research and Development for Think Healthy Me. I have been a director of a software company since 1979, specialising in data collection systems, local currencies and discount & reward systems.
Designer of Local Exchange and Trading systems for KUTLETS, RAMLETS, Exmouth LETS and the payment interface for the Kingston Pound. I produced and ran the Visa Cash system for the World Ski Championships in Trondheim, Norway in 1997. I developed the software for a Front End Communications Processor for Clydesdale Bank which controlled their ATM system. Designer of environmental monitoring systems for Spook Ltd since 2000. I designed and implemented a data collection system for Thorn EMI which retrieved transaction data from 6000 branches and transferred it to a mainframe, all within one hour using the very slow communications available in 1980.
I have had a variety of jobs. I worked as a porter in Sotheby’s auction house, manning the display rooms and interacting with potential bidders; as a share fisherman on a trawler out of Fowey in Cornwall catching queen scallops; post room operative for British Olivetti in Berkeley Square; data entry for Horizon Holidays; porter in the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Great Ormond Street Hospital; building a pitch and putt golf course in Dublin; delivery driver for a synthetic leather wholesaler in Dublin; and finally, from 1979, as programmer, analyst, partner and then owner of an IT company DTA Computer Systems, which had subsidiary companies called DTA International, Chipwell and Authentik.
As well as my work with Think Healthy Me I help to run the Thanet Diabetes Community Self Care Group and the Thanet Thinkers philosophy discussion group. I am developing systems for recycling automats in Scandinavia and I am also IT Support and Admin for the Thanet branch of the U3A – https://u3asites.org.uk/thanet/welcome
Business Development Director
Mike is a human resource professional (a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership (FoIL)) who has over 45 years’ experience of working for public sector organisations, having held roles with national and local influence.
He is currently an internal HR Consultant & Programme Manager for a large public sector organisation in the South East of England leading on organisation wide change and the implementation of major restructuring programmes.
Mike has been a non-executive director of Think Healthy Me CIC, with responsibility for business development and creativity since its inception in 2020 and is keen to use his skills and experience in whatever ways he can to assist the company to deliver its aims and objectives of helping people to live happier and healthier lives and developing community cohesion.
My name is Bradley O’Connell and I work as a Personnel Administrator in my father’s business, O’Connell’s Drywall Contractors Ltd. I was born with a medical condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy meaning that I have weaker muscles compared to others of my age.
As a minority in a mainstream world, and to help deal with my Spinal Muscular Atrophy, since a very young age, I have acquired a strong sense of self-determination.
I am delighted to contribute to the governance and development of Think Healthy Me CIC in my role as Company Secretary. I thoroughly enjoy research, communication and development. In these ways I am able to support the work of the charity. Together, we are enhancing the impact and value that we can provide to the community, our hard-working associates and more.
The future is promising. The care and diligence of my board colleagues has proved a good foundation for the charity. We are now paving the way for exciting new collaborations and projects. This is all part of our commitment to help local residents become healthier and happier.
As for my background, the best way to describe me, what I do and why I do it, would be to say that I am a “multi-passionate” creative person. I am completely driven by my Christian faith and a deep desire to help others. My most important role is that of a mother of 4 wonderful children. Besides my “Mum” status, I have also worked in customer service in many ways for over 30 years. This included the caring professions, volunteering, business and industry, and as an entrepreneur.
2023 has seen the arrival of some exciting new changes in my life. I moved home and quickly established a new business working in one of my areas of passion, as a gardener. Gardening works around my work as a book editor and this lifestyle gives me the flexibility to maintain my commitment to Think Healthy Me. I even have a little “wriggle room” to develop new entrepreneurial projects. In my free time, I enjoy developing my projects, design work, relaxing with friends, cooking, painting, singing or the peaceful pleasures of just being quiet for a few hours.