Sharon has been a foster carer for many years, working directly for local authorities and with independent fostering agencies. She has cared for young people who have experienced some significant challenges in maintaining positive behaviour in the community and in school and she understands the rewards of being a foster carer.
She has been a Fostering Panel Member and Chair since 2002. She also provides Skills to Foster training for prospective carers.
Sharon is committed to advocacy for the rights of children in care and has been interviewed on radio and met with local MPs in order to share her views.
Gemma is a care leaver who is committed to improving the care experience for children and young people. She believes that the assessment, training and support of foster carers are key to the success for young people.
Gemma has many years experience in banking and customer service. She is an experienced trainer and has a commitment to corporate excellence.
She would like to bring her knowledge and experience of quality assurance to foster care.
ANOOP (PANEL DOCTOR)
Anoop has over 25 years experience as a GP and hospital Doctor. His roles range for AE to Post Anaesthetics and intensive care. He currently works in a solo practice as a GP in Altrincham.
Anoop advises the panel on a range of health issues and related areas. He holds high expectations for foster carers in helping young people to achieve their potential academically and socially.
Alexia (Legal Adviser)
Alexia is a legal adviser who is qualified in both England and Germany. In her current work she provides advice to a range of clients on issues including family and employment law.
She brings her legal knowledge and understanding to the panel.
Alexia is committed to foster carers providing stable families for young people that give opportunity to excel in education and the community.
SARAH (INDEPENDENT PANEL MEMBER)
Sarah is a criminology and sociology graduate. During university she volunteered for Victim Support, providing emotional and practical support for young victims of crime. Since graduating in July 2013, she has been a key worker for 16-18 year old care leavers following foster care or residential placement breakdowns. Here she supported youth offenders, children with drug and alcohol dependency, mental health illnesses and those at risk to child sexual exploitation.
Mandy (Health Adviser)
Mandy is a nurse who has worked extensively in hospital and community based roles. She also has a degree in Psychology which incorporated child psychology. Her expert knowledge of professional practice is an asset to the panel.
Carole (Education Adviser)
Is a qualified teacher with over 35 years experience working in schools in some of the most challenging communities in Manchester.
She has provided specialist education for children in care since 1990. She is a senior manager in the National Teaching and Advisory Service. She has served as a school Governor in a special school.
Carole brings her unique and extensive knowledge of education and her commitment to inclusion of children in care to the panel.
Angela (Education Adviser)
Angela is a qualified teacher and former Primary School Headteacher.
She has worked for the National Teaching and Advisory service since 2001 and is a member of its Senior Management Team. She is qualified member of the British Dyslexia Association. She brings her knowledge of children in care and special educational needs to the panel. She is committed to realising high quality education outcomes for children in care.
Paula (Independent Panel Member)
Paula has extensive experience working in a variety of educational settings for over 20 years. She worked as a Safeguarding Manager for seventeen years and has supported children in many ways. She is currently working as an adviser within the local authority observing and advising schools. She strives to create a climate where all children can maximise their achievements across the spectrum of school life.