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Gary Hawkins
Gary Hawkins
Founding CEO, Founders Wellbeing Club & NEBS Sytems Ltd
Gary‘s professional bio / interests
So this is me ... read on Primary school report of "Un-teachable and breeding juvenile delinquent" when the reality was likely undiagnosed ADHD and dyslexia. Proud son of Flt Lt Garth Hawkins RAF permanently seconded to 22 Squadron SAS and killed in the Falklands war on 19 May 1982. Qualified as a commercial pilot and flying instructor acing all written exams with the highest scores in my ground school cohort .... many were RAF fast jet pilots and red arrows. Unfortunately, inherent self-doubt and poor self-confidence killed any chance of acing face to face interviews. The 9/11 tragedy and the collapse of the aviation market also quashed my dreams of flying. Suffered an engine failure in a Cessna 150 over the Solent when taking scouts for air experience flights in 2000 and made an emergency landing on Highcliffe beach with zero damage to the aircraft or the 12-year-old scout. Lived life experience of mental health and neurodiversity having bipolar, anxiety, dyslexia and I'm sure a small sprinkling of ASD. Survivor of trying to take my own life I am currently in remission. 35 years front line service in the NHS as a registered Learning Disability nurse working in residential and community services including specialist behavioral and forensic services. Managed teams of 30+ staff and budgets of 2 million of public money. I'm now retired from front line NHS patient-facing work and work 3 days a week in the amazing IM&T Team as Clinical Transformation Lead (MH & LD) at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. Why have I shared the above? To let you know, if you connect with me, maybe invest in me or come to support me, who I am. I have learned to be tough. I have learned to survive. But most importantly I have also learned that many people tread similar or often more tricky paths .. so have learned compassion, tolerance and empathy. My company (NEBS Systems Ltd) now has its first investor, Aire Logic and we are moving towards an MVP. I am on the amazing NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Scheme which is supporting/galvanising the project. NEBS aims to develop a software solution to reduce the times Mental Health and Learning Disability patients are sent 100's of miles from home for care or treatment. Care close to home and family is a right, not a privilege. Want to know more about me. My company, my aspirations, or what makes me tick. Just ask. I'm open, honest, and most of all approachable.
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An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
I used to be a flying instructor and held a full commercial pilot's licence. I also had an engine failure while doing some air experience work for the scouts and had to crash land on a beach .... making all the national papers! "Woggles flies into danger" 😳
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A career highlight
Taking early retirement and becoming a founder at the ripe old age of 56 !
Joined Guild
18 May, 2022