1. When did you first start working in Care?
2. What attracted you to the job?
The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others, especially children.
3. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing young people come to us in crisis and then developing the resilience to leave us, achieving their full potential and able to move towards independence.
4. What frustrates you?
Bureaucracy: the huge burden of constantly changing regulatory requirements, meaning that the bar is raised but there is no clarity about where the bar actually is.
5. What are you most proud of?
The enduring reputation of Caldecott through turbulent times and our mission to provide services for young people in greatest need. The commitment of our staff who work tirelessly to do such a challenging job because without them there would be no organisation.
6. How do you think the system could be changed to improve chances for looked after children/students?
By a commitment to providing looked after children with the right resources and intensive support early on in their time in care, thus ensuring stability of placement i.e. the right service at the right time.
7. When you’re not at work, how do you like to relax?
country pursuits, walking my two dogs, music and cooking.
8. Tell us one thing about you that no-one else knows.
I am an accomplished tractor and combine harvester driver; a throwback to my farming days!