Sharon (Chair)

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.


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.


Jonathon has a background in mental health nursing and a history of working with children who have severe mental health problems. Currently he works as the deputy manager of ward with patients who have an extensive history of childhood trauma or attachment difficulties. He has worked with looked after children in his nursing career thus far and has their best interests at heart.


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.


I am an independent foster panel member and have over 25 years experience in education.This includes being a Special Needs Teacher, a Designated  Teacher for Looked After Children,a Special Needs Coordinator in a secondary school and most recently  the Local Authority Special Needs Lead for North East Derbyshire.

I have a teaching qualification as well as a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties.I believe every child deserves to experience success in their lives and become valued members of society.

I am an adoptive mum,and we enjoy walking and cycling as a family.Our favourite ride is the Way of the Roses C2C ROUTE.


A Mother and Stepmother to four children and Grandma to four little ones. 5 years experience within residential care of looked after children. Foster Carer for the past 7 years for a young person.

The Three Circles Fostering Panel is also supported by:-

Rebecca (Panel Decision Maker


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.


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.


Pat is a registered Social Worker and has previously worked within Children's Services.  She has experience of working with a number of young people who faced poor mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, challenging behaviours and CSE.

She has been in her current role for 8 years offering independent support and guidance to foster carers across a number of authorities in the North West, on a range of fostering related topics, including support for foster carers and their families through times of crisis.  She believes that we will only achieve the best outcomes for our children if the people who look after and care for them feel they are valued, fully supported, given appropriate training and treated with respect.