- Meet Our Team
Meet Our Team
The faces of Child Care Bureau
Click on a member of the Child Care Bureau team to learn a little something about them.
Howard is a qualified and experienced social worker and manager. Since 2000, he has worked directly and indirectly with children and young people in the care system in roles ranging from a residential care worker and homes manager, frontline child protection and forced social work intervention, and more recently in independent fostering.
Howard joined CCB in senior position in 2010, and in 2015 was appointed as the agency’s Registered Manager. His roles and responsibilities are varied and wide ranging, but in summary he oversees the legal and compliancy framework under which CCB operates.
Leanne is one of the Placement Officers for Child Care Bureau. Her main role is responding and recording referrals, and as part of the Business Team she is also responsible for other administration tasks.
Leanne originally started work at CCB in April 2013, and has become responsible for panel duties, general administration, training administration, placements and enquiries. She has also gained a NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. She is a mum of 2 daughters, aged 9 years and 6 months.
Katie works part time as a CCB Placement Officer and has worked for CCB for 7 years. She is responsible for managing and responding to daily referrals in a timely manner. Katie will liaise with local authorities, LASW’s, SSW and carers in line with CCB's referral and matching process.
Katie is also part of a team responsible for panel duties such as administration and taking minutes, so you may see her at panel!
When not at work Katie is a Mummy to two young children and spends most of her time with her family. She enjoys reading and is a keen dancer having taught dance for several years.
Before joining CCB, Sophie worked for Worcestershire County Council, both in an administrative capacity for the Children with Disabilities team, as a Placement Officer responsible for managing children’s referrals and commissioning foster placements from Independent Fostering Agencies such as CCB, and also worked directly with children and young people, undertaking assessment and early intervention work as a Social Work Assistant for a Children’s and Families Team.
Sophie joined CCB in April 2011 as temporary maternity cover as Office Manager, however had the opportunity to continue working for in a permanent position as the agency’s Placement Officer. Having gained knowledge and experience supporting each area of the service, Sophie was appointed the agency’s Business Manager in August 2014.
Sophie line manages the Business Team, ensures the service is efficient regarding the recruitment and approval of foster carers, that the referral process is successful, and oversees the Learning and Development Department by ensuring an extensive training programme is in place for CCB Foster Carers.
Claire joined CCB in 2011, and is a supervising social worker, covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Prior to this she worked as a social worker for 5 years with Herefordshire Council, as part of a Children and Families team - carrying out child protection and court work - before working in a Looked After Children’s team.
Claire previously worked for The Priory Group for 7 years. Firstly, as a Residential Care Worker, before becoming Team Leader and Unit Manager. These roles included caring for children and young people aged between 7 and 18 with complex emotional and behavioural needs, supervising a small team and key working specific children and young people.
Claire is mum to two boys and is married to Howard.
Will graduated with a BSc(Hons) in 1979, before working at a residential mixed school. From there he went to UC Bangor and qualified in 1982 with a CQSW, and an MA in 1983.
Since then Will worked in a local authority undertaking all aspects of children and family work, and teenage placement. He then went onto work mostly in the independent fostering sector, with all aspects of recruitment, team management and occasional agency work. He has sat on and presented to Panels and been Panel adviser.
Will is IT literate, working at most levels independently, as a team member or a team manager. He has a keen interest in Classic Cars, his family, grandchildren and walking his black lab.
Sara qualified as a social worker in 1995, and has worked in Family Support, Child Protection, Children and Families and Fostering and Adoption. Her work in the field of fostering spans working in the Private, Voluntary and Statutory sectors, and includes working as a practitioner and manager.
It was the opportunity to undertake a role which has the mix of both direct work with foster carers and their families alongside some management tasks, without the full responsibility of being a Registered Manager that attracted Sara to the position of Senior Practitioner when she joined CCB in November, 2017.
Zillah joined CCB full time in 2015 as Accounts and Payroll Officer. She has a background in training and implementing Sage Accounting software systems which is how she first got to know CCB. She implemented their Sage accounts back in 2005.
Zillah’s responsibilities include the day to day logistics for the smooth running of the office as well as providing management accounts for the board and maintaining the staff payroll. She is also part of the recruitment team working with new potential carers.
Kiran is a qualified Social Worker who works as a Supervising Social Worker with CCB. Since being qualified 2 and a half years ago, she has worked for an Independent Foster Agency, before building on her experience by undertaking a role within a Local Authority in an Assessment and Duty Team in frontline child protection.
Additionally, Kiran has undertaken roles within other Local Authorities, in a Long-Term Child in Need and Child Protection case holding team, and as an Assessment and Duty worker.
Kiran joined CCB in November 2017, where she continues to build on her experience working in a Fostering role.
Hannah is marketing-qualified and has a varied background in digital marketing and internal communication, gained whilst working across different services within local government.
Hannah has previously been involved in fostering marketing campaigns, and has been able to bring this knowledge and expertise to assist in the recruitment of foster carers at CCB.
Hannah joined CCB as a Placement Officer in 2017, and in 2018 was appointed as Social Media and Engagement Co-ordinator. Her main roles and responsibilities include the management of social media, developments to areas of the CCB website, and implementing campaigns and projects for carer and young people engagement.
Lynsey began working as a Residential Care Worker, for adults with physical and learning difficulties, before undertaking her Social Work training. A placement with a Local Authority Child Protection and Court Team lead to a full-time post for 5 years.
She worked with children and their families from the point of assessment, placing children in care, Court Proceedings and then either returning children home, placing them with foster carers or moving them to Permanency via Adoption.
Lynsey has also worked within Fostering and Adoption recruitment, as A Supervising Social Worker, also as a Consultant within a LAC Permanency Team moving up to Acting Team Manager.
Her social work career has been varied, including a Student Manager in a Rudolph Steiner college overseeing the education and residential care of Adults with varying learning needs.
Michelle graduated in 2009 with a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in Applied Social Work. Her first social work role was within a Child Protection team on the front line. She then moved into a Looked After Children’s team in Derbyshire.
Moving with her family to Malvern in 2013. Michelle started work as a Manager at an Extra Care facility in Worcester where she supported 70 residents to live independently and managed the extra care facilities to work towards improving their health and wellbeing. Michelle joined CCB in June of 2018 as a Supervising Social Worker.
Michelle has two sons aged 17 and 21 years of age. She has a lurcher whom she enjoys walking with and she swims and practices yoga. Michelle enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
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