Who We Are

Who We Are

TWP Solutions is owned and run by husband and wife team, Alex & Sasha Pollock who have between them almost 40 years’ experience of the welfare to work and wider social inclusions sectors.
In the 3 years prior to forming TWP Solutions in September 2010, our business development activity secured contracts and subcontracts in the welfare to work, learning and skills and enterprise sectors with a combined life time value of £290 million. This was achieved through targeted tendering and effective partnership development. 
Our knowledge and experience saw us secure business from a range of funding bodies including the Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency, Local Authorities and the old Regional Development Agencies
As a result of our development work the business we worked for grow from just over 400 to in excess of 1000 employees, with a three-fold increase in turnover.
TWP Solutions was founded on the basis of using our experience, knowledge and networks to support organisations, regardless of size to develop, grow and achieve success in the same way as our previous employer.
Over the past seven years TWP Solutions has supported a range of organisations from the private and voluntary sectors (ranging from major multi-nationals to small local charities) secure well in excess of £350 million of new contracts. 
We have also supported clients with implementation, performance improvement, project management, partnership development and research work that reinforce our strapline - Plan, Develop, Deliver.
You can read more about the experience of each Founding Director below and read more about our achievements at TWP Solution on our What We’ve Done page

Alex was heavily involved in politics in his native Scotland throughout the 1980’s and 90’s where he was Assistant National Secretary, Glasgow Area Organiser, National Executive Committee Member, National Organisation Committee Member and spokesperson on various portfolios for the Scottish National Party as well as playing a key leadership role in a range of community based campaigns.
Prior to establishing TWP Solutions in 2010, Alex had joined Avanta (incorporating TNG and InBiz) in 2006 as their Director of Business Development and Marketing, enhancing not only their market growth but their positioning in the market over the next four years(as set out above).
In 2003 he had joined Reed in Partnership utilising his political and networking capabilities to ease the transition and implementation process for new contract wins. He was then appointed to the role of Head of Business Development ensuring that they continued to win new government contracts over the next 3 years. He also lead the Product Development team that created an entirely new suite of learning materials to assist Reed in Partnership customers gain the skills required to secure and sustain employment.
Having previously been a graduate and Advisory Board member of Common Purpose in Glasgow, Alex left Scotland in 2002 and became the Regional Director for Yorkshire of the leadership development charity. Common Purpose programmes encourage influencers to lead beyond the confines of their immediate environment and contribute to the wider development of their communities.
Following the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1997, he became Head of External Relations for BT in Scotland where he led on their approach to Corporate Social Responsibility and Economic Development. It was during this time that Alex first became actively involved in the Welfare to Work sector, ensuring that BT became the biggest provider of jobs under New Deal during its first year of operation anywhere in the UK. 
He was involved in the original development of Working Links and went on to become the first Chair of its UK National Advisory Forum and a Public Appointee to the Scottish Executive’s Welfare to Work Taskforce.
Alex has participated in a number of Scottish Government reviews and committees as a private sector representative over the years; including the Local Anti- Poverty Action Team, Digital Scotland Taskforce on Digital/ Social Inclusion & the Scotland Committee of the United Nations International Year of Volunteering.
Alex has held a number of board positions in the voluntary sector over the years including as a Director of Young Enterprise Scotland and their trading arm YESCO; as a Director of Right Track – a charity that delivers training to excluded young people; and is currently a Director of Homes for Good Investments and Homes for Good CIC (voted Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year 2016 at both the Social Enterprise Awards and Scottish Business Awards). Alex is an alumnus of the Institute of International Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Email : alex.pollock@twpsolutions.co.uk
Mobile: 07855967695
Sasha has worked within the Welfare to Work industry for over 20 years with roles including National Operations Manager and Head of Business Development for a national welfare to work & skills provider prior to establishing TWP Solutions.

Her involvement within the sector commenced with the design, development and implementation of a new Mentoring model aimed at supporting customers with multiple barriers return to the labour market. This initial concept was then developed into a national programme and adopted by DWP and Jobcentre Plus as best practice. Sasha, continued to lead on the development of mentoring products securing contracts across 5 UK regions, managing a team of 100 staff and delivering a turnover of £5 million within 3 years of commencement. 

For the 7 years prior to launching TWP Solutions; within her Business Development role, Sasha was instrumental in driving the partnership agenda, developing strong and robust supply chains and monitoring systems. Sasha, is well respected within this sector and has a wealth of contacts with organisations across the UK.

Sasha designed delivery models for large DWP contracts including Pathways to Work and Flexible New Deal. She led the Business Development team’s tender submissions to ensure that the highest quality proposals are produced in-line with project plan timelines. On award of these contracts, Sasha led the post tender negotiations, which has resulted in her developing strong working relationships with DWP officials.

Sasha, a graduate of the Cheshire and Manchester Common Purpose programme, has a Diploma in Counselling from Warrington Collegiate & is a PRINCE2 qualified Project Manager who has led highly successful bid teams with responsibility for all aspects of tendering from bid management, writing and critiquing through to complex contract negotiation and implementation. All of which she has put to great use for a range of clients over the past 7 years at TWP Solutions.

Email : sasha.pollock@twpsolutions.co.uk
Mobile: 07973517716

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