Our Team



Trustee/Director

Glenn Tomison

Role:Trustee


Ryan Armitage

Role:Chair of the Board of Trustees


James Pilkington

Role:Trustee


Kathryn Brown

Role:Trustee


Michael Walmsley

Role:Trustee


Deborah Sidebottom

Role:Trustee


Tony Long

Role:Trustee


Helen Kirk

Role:Trustee


Chief Executive

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David Reid

Role:Chief Executive
Expertise / Specialism:Leadership and Management, Safeguarding Children and Young Adults
Additional skills and knowledge:Qualified Social Worker, Social Care, Local Authority Work, Disability Services, Human Resources
Qualifications:FCMI, MA, PG Cert Safeguarding, BA (Hons ) First Class, Dip SW

I have worked in children’s services for almost 30 years. During that time I have worked for three North West Local Authorities and a number of charitable organisations both in front line work and in management roles.

I am passionate about providing quality services that actually improve the quality of disabled people’s lives.

I was appointed as the Chief Executive at Birtenshaw in July 2006. Back then the organisation had been in decline for a long time and was on the brink of closing down.

I am delighted that with the dedication and hard work of the team the organisation has grown in size by almost 300% over recent years: we have increased the number of sites we operate from and now support more children, young people and young adults that at any time in the organisation’s long history.  Of course, this means we have also created over 250 new jobs in the local area.



Deputy Chief Executive

Julie Barnes

Role:Deputy Chief Executive Operations
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 since 1990.  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

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 20 years. My key responsibility is leading and managing an effective finance function by maintaining strong financial management and effective financial controls.
I have responsibility for Birtenshaws 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.



Assistant Director

Mark Foster

Role:Assistant Director - Education
Expertise / Specialism:Leadership and Management, SEND, Autism, positive behaviour management, attendance, pastoral care.
Additional skills and knowledge:Outstanding Facilitator Programme (OFP), Pupil Premium Reviewer Training, NPQSL Coach, NPQML Coach
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.



Julie Burnett Julie Burnett

Julie Burnett

Role:Assistant Director - Care
Expertise / Specialism:Leadership and management within social care
Additional skills and knowledge:Train the Trainer
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 since 2000, starting my career as a support worker before receiving a number of promotions, including Registered Manager. in 2015, I was appointed Head of Service: Care Services, 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 empathetic and positive leadership strategies and support to ensure that the young people live life to the full.



Heads of Service

Nikki Butterworth French

Role:Head of Service - Finance
Expertise / Specialism:Financial Reporting and Performance Management
Additional skills and knowledge:Excel and Sage Line 50 Accounts
Qualifications:ACCA Part Qualified

I have worked in the Accountancy profession since 2011, with previous experience of working in Residential Childcare services since 2014. I joined Birtenshaw in November 2017 as Assistant Management Accountant and was promoted to Head of Service – Finance in January 2019. Working for Birtenshaw is a rewarding experience, being valued being part of a team and I feel as if I am able to make a difference.



Steve Lloyd

Role:Head of Service: Transport and Sites Bolton
Expertise / Specialism:Fleet vehicle management
Additional skills and knowledge:MiDAS Driver, Assessor and Trainer
Qualifications:CPC International Diploma in Logistics and Transportation, CMI Diploma in Management, NEBOSH General Certification, Environmental Management, Fire safety and Risk Management

Having worked as a Transport Manager for the British Army for 26 years, I have gained valuable and extensive knowledge of running and coordinating fleets of vehicles. Broadly, this includes managing and coordinating drivers and transport routes and planning the servicing and maintenance of  vehicles.

I enjoy a challenge and the variety that my role at Birtenshaw provides. There’s not one day the same which means my team and I have to work together to adapt to the evolving nature of the needs of our children and young adults. The transport team play an important part in ensuring our pupils can attend Birtenshaw enabling them to lead fulfilling educational lives.



Richard Steen

Role:Head of Service - Transport and Site Merseyside
Expertise / Specialism:Logistical challenges dealing with health and safety matters, vehicle maintenance and purchases
Additional skills and knowledge:Qualified Driving Instructor providing driver training from learner drivers to advanced and defensive techniques
Qualifications:Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), Institute of Advanced Motorists & MiDAS

Having previously run a busy off road driving company, Birtenshaw is an exciting new challenge which is rewarding in a number of different ways.



Karen White

Role:Head of Service Corporate Services
Expertise / Specialism:Business Administration
Additional skills and knowledge:Customer Services, NVQ Assessor
Qualifications:ILM, NVQ 3 Business Administration,. NVQ 3 Customer Service, D31/D32 Assessor

My background is Business Administration. I have achieved qualifications in Business Administration, Customer Service and NVQ Assessor. These qualifications were gained in previous employment. I have also gained Managerial Qualifications. I have been at Birtenshaw since August 2013, when I commenced employment as Assistant Administration Manager. The role has progressed and my job title is now Head of Service, Corporate Services. The role is very varied offering administrative support across the organisation and managing a team of Administration Assistants at Birtenshaw School Bolton and Birtenshaw College.



Kerry Sayers

Role:Head of Service : Human Resources
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, 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.

 

 



Managers

Andy Bishop

Role:Manager - Sports Team


J P Night

Role:Referrals and Placements Manager


Jennifer Greenhough

Role:Recruitment Manager


Deputy Managers

Adam Farrell

Role:Assistant Manager - Sports Team


Jodie Brown

Role:HR Advisor


Heads of Service

Kaylie Crompton

Role:Head of Service Bolton School
Expertise / Specialism:Secondary Design and Technology
Additional skills and knowledge:Managing Challenging Behaviour
Qualifications:BSc Product Design (Honours), PGCE Secondary Education with QTS

I started at Birtenshaw in 2013 and after working as a Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher at Birtenshaw School, 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 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.



Teachers

Joe Penketh

Role:Teacher


Caroline Turner

Role:Teacher


Rebecca Taylor

Role:Teacher


Emily Hetherington

Role:Teacher


Leah Kemp

Role:Teacher


Amy Standish

Role:Teacher


Shaihzad Khan

Role:Teacher


Elizabeth Burke

Role:Teacher


Leanne Taylor

Role:Teacher


Senior Learning Support Assistant

Nicola Aherne

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Jennifer Jackson

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Rachael Green

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Hafsa Maju

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Cara Slater

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Louise Kilburn

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Paige Broadhurst

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Shona Keane

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Gym and Activities Instructor

Lisa Davies

Role:Gym and Activities Instructor, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Outdoor Recreation Lead


Heads of Service

Ewa Diezek

Role:Head of Service - Birtenshaw College
Expertise / Specialism:Post 16 Education, SEND and Autism
Additional skills and knowledge:PE teacher, Lifeguard, Inclusive Sport and Horticulture
Qualifications:MA Physical Education and Sport for Disabled People, Post Graduate Studies European Integration and Agribusiness and Rural Areas

I am a passionate and experienced teacher employed by Birtenshaw since 2008. I was initially appointed as a teacher at Birtenshaw School. In 2014 I was directed to teach at Birtenshaw College as a Lead Educationalist. In September 2017 I was appointed as a Head of Service. During my time as Lead Educationalist and Head of Service I have developed a number of initiatives which include, work experience placements, horticulture studies, animal care, life skills and inclusive sport activities to enable students to reach their full potential both academically and vocationally.



Teachers

Samantha Haslam

Role:Teacher


Rebecca Hawksworth

Role:Teacher


James Grant

Role:Teacher


Clare Foster

Role:Teacher


Paul Ridgley

Role:Teacher - Group 5
Expertise / Specialism:Secondary KS3, KS4, KS5 Design & Technology, Resistant Materials, Systems and Controls, Hospitality & Catering. SEND, EBD.
Additional skills and knowledge:Managing challenging behaviour
Qualifications:BSc (Hons) Design & Technology with Secondary QTS

Prior to starting work at Birtenshaw College in December 2017, over the last 30 years I have spent the majority of my educational career within a variety of settings. Initially starting within Bolton’s Pupil Referral Service, working for 9 years with pupils excluded from mainstream education delivering vocational skills, developing and implementing strategies that would allow pupils to re-engage with learning, either within a mainstream setting or alternative educational provision. Following this I worked with the Behaviour Support Service for three years, before returning to teaching Design & Technology within a secondary mainstream school for four years. Following this I made a successful transition into a secondary SEND mainstream school, with responsibilities for development of the food technology curriculum, teaching KS3, KS4, and KS5.



Senior Learning Support Assistant

Nicola McEwan

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Vinesh Fatania

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Salma Matadar

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Carrie Webber

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Lovewell Msimanga

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Heads of Service

Julian Ruddick

Role:Head of Service - Birtenshaw School Merseyside
Expertise / Specialism:Secondary Education, Physical Education, French, SEND.
Additional skills and knowledge:Primary Education, Post 16 Education, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Inclusive Sport.
Qualifications:Bachelor of Education Honours Degree. PRINCE2 Project Management Award

I have worked within children’s services since graduating from university in 1995, gaining invaluable, diverse experience in both the care and education sectors. As a qualified teacher, I have benefited from working within both mainstream and SEND schools. My senior leadership experience since 2010 has included setting up and leading new provisions.



Teachers

Heather Wilson

Role:Teacher


Laura Barbour

Role:Teacher


James Ingham

Role:Teacher


Rachael Mathews

Role:Teacher


Carl Pierce

Role:Teacher


Michael Price

Role:Teacher


Senior Learning Support Assistant

Pauline Jones

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Bridie Phillips

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Jakub Paja

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant


Heads of Service

Karen Shepherd

Role:Head of Service - Care Services
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, NVQ IV – 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.



Mark Brennan

Role:Head of Service - Care Services
Expertise / Specialism:Mental Health, Train the Trainer
Additional skills and knowledge:SEND Provision
Qualifications:Diploma 5 Leadership and Management

I have worked at Harley Avenue since 2013 and appointed registered manager in 2016. I started working for Birtenshaw as a Support Worker and steadily progressed to manage the service. More recently I have been supported to successfully apply to become Head of Service: Care services, I am enjoying this new challenge.

My previous experiences includes 12 years in mental health service.



Registered Children's Homes Managers

Kerry Smith

Role:Registered Manager


Joanne Grime

Role:Registered Manager


John Pickup

Role:Registered Manager


John Akpodiete

Role:Registered Manager


Penny Meah

Role:Registered Manager


Sabrina Morrow

Role:Registered Manager


Marie Dorsey

Role:Registered Manager


Registered Manager Designate

Tanya Lees

Role:Deputy Manager


Craig Parkinson

Role:Deputy Manager


Rachel Taylor

Role:Deputy Manager


Monica Borja

Role:Deputy Manager


Sangeeta Thomas

Role:Deputy Manager


Claire Thorpe

Role:Deputy Manager


Heads of Service

Lisa Booth

Role:Head of Sevices - Adult Services
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 & Social Care, Level 5 Leadership and Management in Health & Social Care.

I have worked in Adult Sector since 2007, and have recently started at Birtenshaw as the Registered Manager of the Adult Supported Tenancies. In Dec 2018 I was promoted to Head of Service – Adult Services



Managers

Victoria Hilton

Role:Enrichment Manager


Deputy Managers

Lisa Kearns

Role:Deputy Manager


Chris Powell

Role:Deputy Manager


Bola Shodipe

Role:Deputy Manager - Linden Walk


Mandy Peters

Role:Deputy Manager - Crompton Way


Finance Team

Michelle Rostron

Role:Finance Admin Assistant


Elaine Kennedy

Role:Finance Supervisor
Expertise / Specialism:Cash management, budgeting, forecasting
Additional skills and knowledge:Training

With 35 year’s experience in Finance I joined the staff at Birtenshaw on the 01st August 2015. I was previously employed by Antler Luggage, based in my home town of Bury.

I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of working at Birtenshaw , which is proving to be a challenging, and rewarding change.



Administrative Team

Joanne Taylor

Role:Administrator College


Lisa Percival

Role:Recruitment Administrator


Sean Barrett

Role:Fundraiser


Janet Bracey

Role:Human Resources Administrator


Stephanie Shawcross

Role:Administrator


Christopher Dawson

Role:Administrator


Susan Wynne

Role:Senior Administrator


Joanne Hobson

Role:Payroll Administrator


Clare Whitlow

Role:Administrator


Georgina Jarrold

Role:Senior Administrator Merseyside




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