Dr Nia D Thomas JP
LLB (Hons), MSc, DBA
I was born and bread on the West Wales coast and moved to Cardiff to study my undergraduate degree in Law and Japanese. This gave me the chance to live in Japan in my third year.
At the end of my degree I got a summer job at an NHS Trust as an administrator to the exec team at their head quarters. I really enjoyed it and decided to stay. I was promoted, taking on other roles in other Trust and then working nationally.
I then had an opportunity to take on a new role in local government and work on the Welsh Government’s flagship early years pre-school development and parenting support programme, Flying Start, which I loved. During that time, I joined the magistracy, completed my masters in strategic management and public service ICSs and started my doctorate.
I worked in early years in the Welsh local government sector for twelve years then had the opportunity to move to London.
I went back to the NHS, taking on a corporate role, working in strategy, planning and latterly, culture change at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. I also took on the role of Trustee at Coram Voice, a charity supporting young people in care.
After more than two years in Great Ormond Street I had the immense pleasure of joining the Department of Health and Social Care, working on the new Start for Life Programme focussed on the period between conception to the age of two: back to my roots and an opportunity to share my knowledge and experience, whilst learning all about the intricacies of life as a civil servant.
This website was borne out of a need to keep the little grey cells active during the COVID lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, and also the desire to share my research finding and experience with others.
I completed my doctorate, focused on self-awareness, leader effectiveness and leadership at all levels, in the Spring of 2021.