Head of safeguarding, quality and compliance
An interview with Tim Bevans
Tim Bevans tells us about his role as head of safeguarding, quality and compliance at The Challenge.
A typical working day is…
“I spend time with people working on our different programmes across all the regions, monitoring safeguarding practice on the ground and seeing if there’s anything we can do even better. At the moment I’m examining our policies as I want to ensure together we embed a culture of safeguarding excellence across all our activities.
I worked as regional head of programmes for the National Citizen Service (NCS) at The Challenge across the south for two years. Before that I was in further education, where my role included leading on safeguarding, so my current job combines many of the skills I’ve built up over the years. Ultimately, we have over 40,000 young people involved in our programmes so we need to ensure we are delivering to high standards.”
My favourite thing about my job is…
“I spent a summer working on the NCS programme and discovered for myself the benefits of bringing people from different backgrounds together, especially in such intensive short bursts.
It’s a real leveller and made me rethink whether I wanted to go back into further education, as our programmes achieve so much and reach across a more diverse range of society. Together we are making a difference. We are improving lives for individuals and communities, whether that is an immediate improvement or something that pays off over a longer period of time.”
The thing I find most challenging about my job is…
“Due to the scale of programmes it might seem quite a daunting role but I am enjoying leading on it – it is important everyone understands that safeguarding is a responsibility we all share. I have seen a great level of engagement and support across the organisation. There’s a real thirst for knowledge from colleagues do the best job possible!”
When I’m not working…
“Life is busy with my wife, two children and dog. Next year one of my children will experience the NCS programme, which will be great. Outside of work hours, I am a trustee for a local charity focused on helping people with disabilities.
I’m also involved in rugby – I’m chairman of my local rugby club and two of our teams were promoted last weekend. I also play touch rugby and I made it through to the England squad (over 45s!). The touch rugby team I started also topped the championship in the national leagues.”
What is your favourite quote?
“’If not you – who? If not now – when?’”