Professional References

I am a member of LinkedIn; the world’s largest professional network. On this page, you will find examples of the professional references published on my LinkedIn Profile page that I have received in my career from employers, commissioners of my services, colleagues and leading figures from organisations I have worked in partnership with.


‘Dean is a conscientious Team Leader; a proactive and positive advocate for his clients. He displays strong positive values and conducts himself with integrity. He is skilled at multi-agency working and maintains a clear and evidence based client centred approach. Dean would be a highly recommended addition to any employer’.

– Adrian Kirkby; County Harm Reduction Manager at NHS Suffolk.


‘I have been working with Dean Parsons for almost three years as part of focus 12 clinical team. During that period, I have found him to be a very competent Therapist, Counsellor, an inspiring Clinical Supervisor and team motivator. He is very thorough in assessing his clients and has a holistic approach in supporting them to manage their difficulties. He also tends to advocate the clinical and therapeutic needs of his client and pursue the appropriate service for them’.

– Dr. Nasir Mukhtar; Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at Focus12 Residential Treatment Centre, Suffolk.


‘Excellent, well boundaried and careful supervisor of clients (Counsellors). He made dovetailed notes and excellent handover. A well skilled clinician. Dean was always diligent about any work involving clients. He was adamant that the client’s needs came first and would always try and commission services, or adapt our service so that the client was uppermost. He was able to maintain good professional boundaries around finances, the needs of the projects and the future security of Focus12. He was an ardent supporter of Equality and Diversity and I would have no hesitation recommending him’.

– Chip Somers; Chief Executive Officer at Focus12 Residential Treatment Centre, Suffolk.


‘Dean was a fantastic Counselling and Treatment Service Manager – not only did he run the service in a very professional and organised manner but he also inspired myself and the rest of his team to be the best that we could be. The main things I remember about his work was his fairness, his listening skills and his professionalism. I learnt a lot from him and found him a very friendly, optimistic and motivated person to be around’.

– Kerryn Wotton; Outreach Worker at Cranstoun Drug Services, Croydon.


‘Dean was an excellent employee. He upheld the highest standards and always went about his work with energy and commitment. I would have no hesitation in employing Dean again; he was a good team player and was respected by all colleagues who worked with him. His skill set was extensive, including operational, financial, local strategic and HR Management’.

– Peter Glass; Operations Director at Cranstoun Drug Services. 


‘Dean is a strong and positive advocate for his clients. He is a person of deep integrity. He is able to work across different organisations such as health, social care and the voluntary and community sector at all times placing the person at the centre of his work. He has a persuasive and influential manner about him, and I would highly recommend him’.

– Jane Basham; Chief Executive Officer at Ipswich and Suffolk Commission for Racial Equality. 


‘Dean Parsons worked as a hate crime worker in a service that I commissioned for Croydon Council, providing crisis response guidance, counselling and support to victims of hate crime. He also regularly covered for colleagues providing domestic violence support and advocacy. Dean’s work was consistently high quality and client centred. He actively engaged in broader prevention work in the community and the inter-agency Crime Reduction Partnership’.

– Rosalind Hardie; Equalities Unit Manager at Croydon Council.