Past employment

  • Children’s services in Gateshead, North Tyneside and Newcastle local authorities

  • 4Children

  • YoungMinds

  • Institute of Education, University of London

  • British Association for Adoption & Fostering

  • National Academy for Parenting Practitioners

  • Care Matters Partnership

  • Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers

Qualifications and professional membership

  • BA (Hons) Economics, Psychology, Communications, University of Liverpool, 1987

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Open University, 2002

  • Certificate level member of the Institute of Fundraising - MInstF (Cert)




Areas of expertise

Children in care, fostering, adoption, parenting

Children’s mental health

Extended schools, CPD

Project management

Strategic planning

Stakeholder consultation

External communications


Other experience

  • Wrote YoungMinds: Looking After the Mental Health of Looked After Children, Pavilion Publishing 2001

  • Expert interview In Loco Parentis, Demos 2010

  • Chair of primary school governing body

I support SANDS

(Stillbirth & neonatal death charity)

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