Expertise/Specialism: Leadership and Management, Strategic Planning, Public Sector, Voluntary and Community Sector, Safeguarding
Additional Skills/Knowledge: Qualified Paediatric Social Worker, Psychologist, Social Care, Disability Services, Human Resources
Qualifications: FCMI, MA, PG Cert Safeguarding, BA (Hons) First Class, Dip SW
2020 Global 100 Awards: Europe CEO of the Year
2020 Corporate America Today: CEO of the Year
2020 M and A Today Global Awards: Europe CEO of the Year
2020 Lawyer International Legal 100 Awards: Europe CEO of the Year
2020 CEO Today Global Awards: Honouring the Most Respected Companies and their C level Executives
2020 CEO Europe Awards: Honouring the Most Respected Companies and their C level Executives
2019 Business and Marketing Academy Awards: Entrepreneur of the Year
2019 Global 100 Awards: Europe CEO of the Year
2018 Learning Disability and Autism Awards: Outstanding Contribution to Learning Disability and Autism Services in the UK
2016 Wealth and Finance International Business Elite Awards: Europe CEO of the Year
2016 Wealth and Financial International Business Elite Awards: CEO of the Month May
I have worked in social work/social care for almost 30 years. As a qualified paediatric social worker and psychologist I have worked mainly in children’s services in the public, private and voluntary and community sectors in front line through to senior management roles. I have always been passionate about quality children’s services and in particular services that transform the lives of children with special education needs and disability.
I became Chief Executive at The Birtenshaw Group in July 2006. At the time the company was in a poor state financially and by reputation. I am delighted that since then we have been able to reposition the company and develop and diversify our services so that we now support more young people than ever, in a wider range of services, all of which are focused on the individual achieving their potential and living a fulfilling and rewarding life as independently as possible.
The Birtenshaw Group is now a successful, multi-award winning provider of specialist autism friendly services. I am proud of what we have achieved to date and our plans for future growth, all of which is only possible with our dedicated and competent workforce, each one of whom will always go above and beyond the call of duty!
Expertise / Specialism: Leadership and Management, Special Education
Additional skills and knowledge: Care Services, Positive Behaviour Management
Qualifications: CMgr FCMI, M.Ed, NPQH, PGCE, BA (Hons.)
I have worked in children’s services for 28 years. As a qualified teacher, I enjoyed a successful 20 year career in challenging mainstream schools finishing as a senior pastoral deputy with a track record of sustained school improvement in 2010. I then held senior management roles in three national organisations providing specialist care and education services to children and young people with Special Needs and Disability.
I joined Birtenshaw in 2013 as Director of Education, based in the school in Bolton. Since then my role has developed and I now have strategic and operational oversight of all of the organisation’s education and care services across children’s and adults’ services.
I am proud to be part of Birtenshaw’s Directorate Management Team, a role that provides me with an opportunity to lead a forward thinking and visionary team and develop services for disabled people which are truly person-centred and which lead to demonstrable positive outcomes.
Michelle Hinselwood Deputy Chief Executive Resources Bio
Role: Deputy Chief Executive Resources
Expertise / Specialism: Financial management and strategy
Additional skills and knowledge: Leadership and management, Human Resources, Estates management
Qualifications: FCA, BA (Hons.)
I have worked in the charitable/not for profit sector for the last 22 years, I first joined Birtenshaw in 2010. My key responsibility is leading and managing an effective finance function by maintaining strong financial management and effective financial controls. I have responsibility for Birtenshaw’s resource and asset base, these being money, people, property and information technology. These need to be managed to ensure the priorities of Birtenshaw are appropriately resourced.
Expertise / Specialism: Leadership and management within social care
Additional skills and knowledge: Train the Trainer/BSc Psychology
Qualifications: Diploma 5 in Leadership and Management, Safeguarding Level 3, BSc Psychology and Law
I have previously cared for both my parents at the end of their lives and this has given me an invaluable insight into social care from a family perspective.
I have been employed by Birtenshaw for almost eight years, starting my career as a support worker before receiving a number of promotions, including Registered Manager to, most recently, Head of Service: Care Services. I have completed this role for three years, overseeing Children and Adult Care Services.
Birtenshaw has enabled me to develop and expand my knowledge, passion and understanding regarding residential care which has led to my ability to provide empathic and positive leadership strategies and support to ensure that the young people live life to the full.
Qualifications:BA (Hons), PGCE, National SENCo Award, Leadership Pathways (NCSL), NVQ ‘Skills to Manage Medication in Schools’
I have been working for Birtenshaw as Assistant Director – Education, since August 2018. My previous 25 years in education have allowed me to gain a wide variety of experiences and roles, for example, I spent the start of my teaching career in Warwickshire where I worked as a Head of Music in a secondary mainstream school and then after a couple of years in primary mainstream decided to move into the area of Special Education. My decision at this time was driven by my initial years as a parent of a disabled child; this has had the biggest and most significant impact on myself as an educator to date; my empathy and understanding towards other parents of disabled children and young people has strengthened ever since. Once in Special Education I never looked back and have since moved from being a teacher to an Assistant Headteacher and then more recently a Deputy Headteacher. I have worked in Special Education across Bury and Bolton and have met many parents and other professionals who work with the children, young people and adults at Birtenshaw. My role at Birtenshaw is an exciting new challenge where I feel I will be able to share and develop the skills that I have built so far within the field of SEN. It is an opportunity to work alongside many other like-minded and passionate people and to shape the future and provision for all the amazing children and young people at Birtenshaw.
Kerry Sayers Assistant Director HR and Administration Bio
Role: Assistant Director – HR and Administration
Expertise / Specialism: Human Resources Policy and Procedure
Additional skills and knowledge: People Management, Training, Employee Relations, Customer Service Qualifications
Qualifications: BA (Hons), CIPD Level 5 in Human Resources, CIPD member
Prior to joining Birtenshaw in 2016 as Human Resources Manager, I enjoyed various Senior Management roles within the Retail Industry. I gained vast experience in all aspects of people management and employee relations including employee development, recruitment, policies and procedures, to mention but a few.
Working for Birtenshaw has allowed me to carry on working with people and transfer my skills I have gained as a manager. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to such an amazing organisation and look forward to being part of Birtenshaw’s exciting and rewarding future.
I continue to pursue personal career development opportunities and have recently completed a Level 5 Diploma in Human Resources Management. In December 2018, I was promoted to the Head of Service – Human Resources role to join the Birtenshaw Senior Management team.
After working as a Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher at Birtenshaw School, Bolton I was honoured to progress onto the role of Head of School in June 2017. Although I do miss being in the classroom and teaching pupils day to day, I now have the wonderful opportunity to spend time with all the pupils and staff who make Birtenshaw School, Bolton the amazing school it is. I am passionate about providing a quality and engaging curriculum for pupils with a focus on developing independence and preparing pupils for adulthood. I feel privileged to work for an organisation with so much passion and dedication for improving the quality of life for children and young people with a disability.
Catherine Davies Head of Service Birtenshaw School Merseyside
Clare Foster Head of Service Birtenshaw College Bio
Role: Head of Service – Birtenshaw College
Expertise / Specialism: English, Geography
Additional skills and knowledge: Trained in TEACHH, Signalong, Positive Handling, Animal Care
Qualifications: BA(QTS) Hons 2:1, MA in Special Educational Needs
I have had 26 years leadership and management experience in school settings and as a Programme Co-ordinator for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. I consider myself to be community-facing and firmly believe that schools and colleges cannot improve educational engagement alone; they must be outward facing and develop sustainable partnerships and networks if they hope to make a real difference to aspiration, achievement and lifelong learning for all members of the community. I believe that Birtenshaw is such an organisation and I am proud to be part of the team. As a mother of a young person on the autistic spectrum, I am passionate about ensuring that learners at Birtenshaw College are supported to have a voice and to be fully involved in the choices they make as they prepare for adulthood. I am looking forward to my new role as Head Of Service for Birtenshaw College.
Expertise / Specialism: Ensuring positive outcomes for young people
Additional skills and knowledge: Evidence Based Research Practices, Train the Trainer
Qualifications: City and Guilds – Family and Community Care, NVQ4 – Leadership and Management in Care, Diploma level 5 in leadership for health and social care, Level 3 Safeguarding
Starting with Birtenshaw in 2002, I was a dinner lady and an evening support worker. Birtenshaw has supported me massively to develop my career. I have undergone continuous training and skills development allowing me to progress to the position of Registered Manager at Barley Brook Meadow Children’s Home, enabling me to have a greater impact in brightening the lives of the young people we support.
After a further development into the role of Deputy Services Manager, where I supported the Service Managers in overseeing all the Children’s Homes while continuing to manage Barley Brook Meadow Children’s Home. In early 2018 I have been promoted to Head of Service Children’s Care.
Lisa Booth Head of Service Adult Services and Enrichment Bio
Role: Head of Service – Adult Services and Enrichment
Expertise / Specialism: Adults Services
Additional skills and knowledge: CQC Regulations and Key Lines of Enquiry. Person Centred Care Planning
Qualifications: NVQ 2 Business/Administration, NVQ 3 Business/Administration, NVQ 2 Health and Social Care, Level 5 Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
I have worked in Adult Sector since 2007, and started at Birtenshaw in 2018 as the Registered Manager of the Adult Supported Tenancies. In Dec 2018 I was promoted to Head of Service – Adult Services responsible for Supported Tenancies and Enrichment.