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!
Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) Bio
Role: Deputy Chief Executive Operations
Expertise / Specialism: Leadership and Management, Special Education
Additional skills and knowledge: Strategic Planning, Project Management, Care Services, Positive Behaviour Management
Qualifications: CMgr FCMI, M.Ed, NPQH, PGCE, BA (Hons.)
I have worked in children’s services for 31 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 The Birtenshaw Group 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 The Birtenshaw Group Senior Executive 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.
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 23 years, I first joined The Birtenshaw Group 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 resources and asset base, these being money, people, property and information technology. These need to be managed to ensure the priorities of The Birtenshaw Group are appropriately resourced. I have played a lead role in The Birtenshaw Group new school building projects.
Qualifications: BA (Hons), PGCE, National SENCo Award, Leadership Pathways (NCSL), NVQ ‘Skills to Manage Medication in Schools’
I have been working for The Birtenshaw Group as Assistant Director – Education Services, since August 2018. My previous 25 years in education allowed me to gain a wide variety of experiences across a range of educational settings including Mainstream and Special Schools. My decision to focus and specialise within Special Education was primarily driven by my initial years as a parent of a disabled child; this had, and continues to have, the biggest and most significant impact on myself as an educator; 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 through a variety of leadership roles to my current role as Assistant Director –Education Services at The Birtenshaw Group. 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 The Birtenshaw Group. My role at The Birtenshaw Group continues to be an exciting challenge where I feel I am 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 The Birtenshaw Group.
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, Employment Law, Payroll
Qualifications: BA (Hons), CIPD Level 5 in Human Resources Management, CIPD member
Prior to joining The Birtenshaw Group in 2016 as a Human Resources Advisor, 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 The Birtenshaw Group 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 The Birtenshaw Group’s exciting and rewarding future.
I continue to pursue personal career development opportunities and most recently completed a Level 5 Diploma in Human Resources Management.
Transport and Facilities Bio
Role: Assistant Director – Transport and Facilities
Expertise / Specialism: Health and Safety, Planning and logistics, problem solving, delivering change, fleet management and acquisitions
Additional skills and knowledge: Qualified Driving Instructor (ADI) MiDAS (DAT) trainer, extensive knowledge and experience in driver training. Providing training for beginners, defensive driving through to advanced driving skills and techniques.
Qualifications: Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), MiDAS Driver Assessor Trainer (DAT) Institute of Advanced Motorists
Having joined The Birtenshaw Group in November 2017, I have worked across all the estates. Working with multiple third party stakeholders on the structural completion of Birtenshaw Merseyside and then working closely with education leaders to establish and grow the school. More recently having returned to Head Office in Bolton I have completed a number of reviews to ensure the fleet and estates infrastructure is prepared for continued growth and development of The Birtenshaw Group.
Role: Head of Service – Adult Services and Enrichment
Expertise / Specialism: Adults Services, Leadership and Management
Additional skills and knowledge: CQC Regulations and Key Lines of Enquiry. Person Centred Care Planning, IT skills and knowledge, Ofsted Regulations.
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 the Care Sector since 2007, and started at The Birtenshaw Group in 2018 as the Registered Manager of the Adult Supported Tenancies followed by a promotion to Head of Service: Care services in December 2018. Since then my role has expanded and developed and I was appointed as Assistant Director: Care Services in April 2021.
I am proud to work within The Birtenshaw Group Care services in a role that helps enhance and develop positive outcomes for the Young people and Adults in our Services.
Interim Head of Service
Birtenshaw School Bolton Bio
Role: Interim Head of Service – Birtenshaw School, Bolton
Expertise / Specialism: Managing challenging behaviour, Autism and Communication
Additional skills and knowledge: Arts Award- Dance and Drama. ASDAN PPQ lead
Qualifications: BA Hons Degree Performing Arts: Dance, PGCE Secondary English Literature, Team Teach Tutor
I have been at The Birtenshaw Group since October 2012 where I started as a Learning Support Assistant. In 2014 my teacher training was funded by the Birtenshaw Group, through the School’s Direct programme where I qualified and began teaching in September 2015. In February 2017 I became the Assistant Head of school. In March 2021 I have taken over as Acting Head of School to cover maternity leave. I oversee all of the strategic and operational functions of the school as well as leading The Birtenshaw Group’s vision of ‘Transforming Lives’ through everything that we do. I am extremely lucky to manage a team of eight exceptional class teachers who plan, deliver creative and inspirational lessons each and every day. I am privileged to work with a large team of people who are so talented and passionate about their jobs. Each and every member of staff are committed to transforming the lives of the pupils here and that is something for us all to be proud of.
I am enjoying my role and looking at things from a whole school strategic perspective. I feel supported by everyone I work with and am relishing the challenge and learning new skills. I am committed to providing a quality and engaging curriculum for pupils with a focus on developing independence and preparing pupils for adulthood. Many pupils at Birtenshaw School, Bolton have experienced multiple exclusions and have a negative outlook on education and what learning can look like. My role allows me to promote innovation and positive risk taking in a way that offers each child a completely person centred experience in school. This has helped to re-build their trust in education and to ensure that when they leave us; they have the best possible chance to experience an exceptionally high quality of life in adulthood.
Expertise / Specialism: Secondary Design Technology, Leadership and Management.
Additional skills and knowledge: Managing Challenging Behaviour Trainer.
Qualifications: BSc Hons Product Design, PGCE Secondary Education, National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
I have been at The Birtenshaw Group since September 2013 where I started as a class teacher, progressing to Deputy Head of Birtenshaw School, Bolton in 2016 and in my current post as Head of Service (Head Teacher) since June 2017.
I oversee all of the strategic and operational functions of the school as well as leading Birtenshaw’s vision of ‘Transforming Lives’ through everything that we do. I am extremely lucky to manage a team of exceptional class teachers who plan, deliver creative and inspirational lessons each and every day. Each time I step into a classroom I am surrounded by the laughter, passion and care between adults and children and I feel extraordinarily privileged to be part of this organisation.
I am committed to providing a quality and engaging curriculum for pupils with a focus on developing independence and preparing pupils for adulthood. Many pupils at Birtenshaw School, Bolton have experienced multiple exclusions and have a negative outlook on education and what learning can look like. My role allows me to promote innovation and positive risk taking in a way that offers each child a completely person centred experience in school, to re-build their trust in education and to ensure that when they leave, they have the best possible chance to lead a fulfilling adult life.
Head of Service
Birtenshaw School, Merseyside Bio
Role: Head of Service – Birtenshaw School, Merseyside
Expertise / Specialism: History and SEN Education
Additional skills and knowledge: Managing Challenging Behaviour. Learning Disability.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) History and Asian Studies with Japanese, PGCE History and SEN Education, Master Practitioner NLP
I have had 29 years leadership and management and teaching experience in mainstream and SEN settings. The guiding light in my practice is that school should be a fun and rewarding experience that gives all learners the building blocks they need for life. During my career I have worked in a variety of roles that have allowed me to champion the needs and build futures for those with additional needs.
I am privileged to say that I am now part of the Birtenshaw Team and its mission to Transform Lives of young people in Merseyside.
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
Qualifications: BA (QTS) Hons 2:1, MA in Special Educational Needs
I have had nearly 30 years leadership and management experience in mainstream and special 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 The Birtenshaw Group 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.
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.
Additional skills and knowledge: Person Centred Care planning.
Qualifications: BA Hons Education and SEN, NVQ 5 diploma in leadership for health and social care.
I have been with The Birtenshaw Group since October 2018 starting as the Enrichment manager before progressing to my current role of Head of Service: Adult Care Services in April 2021.
During my time in Enrichment I have worked to re-establish the service both internally and externally. Purposeful activities are provided for all the participants who attend.
Having worked with adults since 2003 I have a passion for ensuring everyone can access a person centred service. I feel extremely lucky to have found an organisation which shares my views and believes in ‘Transforming Lives’ in everything we do.
Moving into the position of Head of Service: Adult Care Service will enable me to have a bigger impact on the care all our supported adults receive. It will also allow me to work closely with Deputy Managers to ensure we are providing person centred care and purposeful activities for all our adults.
The Birtenshaw Group has enabled me to develop and expand my knowledge and understanding of Adult Care. This has enabled me to develop my ability to provide empathic and positive leadership strategies, to ensure that the people we support live life to the full.
Head of Service
Positive Activities Bio
Role: Head of Service – Positive Activities
Expertise / Specialism: Sport and Recreation, Outdoor Activities
Additional skills and knowledge: Nutrition in Sport, Fitness in Football
Qualifications: Uefa Qualified Football Coach, Youth Award modules 1-3, Fitness in Football, Qualified Football Referee. P.T Instructor
I started working for The Birtenshaw Group in October 2018 as a Learning Support Assistant, progressing to Manager of the Sports Team in 2019. I was promoted to Head of Service Positive Activities in April 2021.
I oversee all of the strategic and operational functions of the Sports Team and Enrichment Service as well as leading The Birtenshaw Group’s vision of ‘Transforming Lives’ through everything that we do. The Sports Team provides sports and recreational activities across all services including P.E, Hydrotherapy sessions and the Duke of Edinburgh awards. The Birtenshaw Group has a fully inclusive Gym and Activities Studio that can be accessed by all children, young people and young adults. Enrichment is a modern, dynamic day care service for disabled young adults. Each young adult has personalised plan built around hobbies, likes and interests. Whether it is arts and crafts or mountain climbing we can make it happen.
I am committed to providing a quality and engaging sports and activities programme for all, as well as promoting healthy lifestyles through positive activities.