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Bev Maymond

Registered Manager

Hi, I’m Bev Maymond and I am the Registered Manager at Excel Fostering. I started my career in 1981 having firstly trained as a teacher and became a social worker initially by accident. I have worked in the Local Authority for 34 years before joining the agency working briefly with the elderly but predominantly with children and families in various districts of Lancashire.

I have been a frontline social worker for children in need, on child protection plans and for those who are looked after and I have also been a supervising social worker before managing both services and then becoming a senior manager later in my career. I thought I was going to retire when I left the Local Authority but missed the pleasure and excitement of working with children and families so much. I feel fortunate to be able to work with an agency that really wants to support carers and help children achieve their aspirations. So here I am still feeling every day is a school day, full of exciting things to learn and wonderful people to meet.

Carol Fortune

Supervising Social Worker

Hi, I’m Carol Fortune and I am a Supervising Social Worker for Excel Fostering based in the North West of England. I began my career in 2008 as a Supervising Social Worker with the local authority working alongside Foster Carers. My role at that time was to support Foster Carers and Children Looked After on a specialist fostering scheme which provided placements for children with complex needs. In 2009 I transferred to a Recruitment and Assessment Team for the local authority, gaining 8 years’ experience in the recruitment, training and assessment of foster carers and adopters. In 2016 I returned to the Supervising Social Worker role within the local authority, as I have always enjoyed the supportive role and working alongside Foster Carers who do an amazing job.

I moved to Excel Fostering in 2018, which has been a positive move and I am really enjoying my role as a Supervising Social Worker working with Foster Carers again. Foster Carers face many challenges in caring for the children and I feel great satisfaction working alongside the carers who make such a difference in children’s lives.

Catherine Doyle

Supervising Social Worker

I’m Catherine, I have worked here for 8 years, initially working in admin and childcare support whilst undertaking my social work degree. I have been a qualified social worker for 3 years now and enjoy my role, I also oversee the monitoring of young people who may be at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation and also Missing From Home episodes.

Before coming to work at Excel, I worked in early years education. I also have experience of working with teams supporting homeless adults, drug and alcohol misuse and domestic violence. I have also spent time volunteering abroad with Syrian refugees and this is something I am passionate about.

Melanie Uttley

HR, QA & Business Development Manager

I’m Mel and I am the HR, QA and Business Development Manager (what a mouthful) here at Excel. Previous roles have been HR and Operations Manager for Delphi Medical, Head of Offender Management at a young offenders prison, immigration case worker and specialist marriage interviewer to name just a few. I like to think I bring to Excel lots of varied experience and enthusiasm to my role here.

I joined the team in February 2016 with three main focus areas, managing, guiding and developing all things staff related; developing our business by working on the marketing strategy, improving our profile, achieving sustainable growth in foster carer applications and supporting tender applications; and quality assurance, working to ensure that all the work we undertake is to the highest of standards and meets all regulatory requirements.

To say my job is varied is an understatement, I do love it though. It has a great mix of people, structure and challenge.

I love that we make a real difference in children’s lives and an added bonus is I get to work with amazing people every day.

Emma Miller

Senior Practitioner & Supervising Social Worker

My name is Emma, I am the senior practitioner for Excel Fostering. I have been with Excel since June 2014 having previously been a student with the team. I was impressed with how enthusiastic and motivated the team were to support Foster Carers, Children and Young People to achieve positive outcomes.

Prior to joining Excel I have worked in the Local Authority in initial assessment and child protection team which brought me into contact with Foster Carers helping me to realise what a valuable role they do.

Francesca Hacking

Panel Administrator

My name is Francesca and I have worked for Excel Fostering as their Panel Administrator for two years.

Before I came to Excel I worked in the childcare sector for eight years, including managing a busy children’s nursery. I really enjoy my job at Excel, particularly getting to meet the Foster Carers and hearing about their different experiences. I also like helping to organise events and activities for our Foster Carers and the children that we support.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and I’m hoping to run the London Marathon in 2019!

Hannah Smith

Supervising Social Worker

Hi, I’m Hannah. I have graduated from university with a social work degree in July 2018. I completed my final year placement with Excel Fostering in September 2018 and joined Excel Fostering as a Supervising Social Worker in May 2018. I enjoy my role working with foster carers supporting children and young people in their care aiming to provide positive experiences and helping them achieve their aspirations.

Before working at Excel, I have gained experience of working with adults who may be experiencing social isolation, mild mental health and difficult circumstances in their lives supporting them to develop independence and positive outcomes over one-to-one sessions. Also, I have volunteered at a local youth club supporting children and young people with additional needs and disabilities to promote social inclusion and educational opportunities which I am passionate about.

James Harrington

Business & Finance Manager

Hi, I ‘m James. I have been with Excel since it started and I have seen the agency grow and evolve into the successful business it is now. I oversee the finance and business functions of the agency along with IT, Marketing, Procurement, Health & Safety, GDPR and a variety of other tasks.

I enjoy my role immensely and I am very proud to be part of an amazing team of staff and to work alongside our fantastic group of foster carers. I am looking forward to new challenges and exciting times ahead.

Jenny Walker

PA/HR Support

My name is Jenny Walker and my job role is PA to the directors and HR support I have worked at Excel for 4 years.

My previous experience was working within the childcare sector as a Deputy Manager of a nursery. I took the decision on a career change with Excel and have never looked back. I worked within the Admin team as Panel administrator before gaining a promotion to PA to the directors, within this role I also provide HR support.

Krysia Hamer

Quality Assurance Administrator

Hi, my name is Krysia. I have worked for Excel Fostering for over 4 years. I have previously worked across all parts of the admin team from panel, training, placements and referrals but currently, my role is Quality Assurance. My background is working with children. I hold a diploma in childcare and previously worked in a nursery for 9 years. I feel humbled to be part of an organisation which is helping to improve the lives of vulnerable children.

Rachel Sweeney - Foster Support Worker

Rachel Sweeney

Foster Support Worker

Hi, I’m Rachel and I work for Excel as a Foster Support Worker. I started in July 2019, based in Burnley and I support foster carers, children and young people. I am responsible for direct support, group work and organising events. I am also involved in the newsletter which keeps foster carers and their family up to date with the latest news.

I have spent the past 4 years working in early intervention and running nurture groups, family massage and pet therapy in schools. I graduated from UCLAN with a degree in deaf studies with law and volunteered for the National Deaf Children Society for 5 years. I am passionate about working with vulnerable children and young people, supporting them through difficult and emotional times.

Lucy Pollitt

Supervising Social Worker

My name is Lucy Pollitt and I am a Form F Assessor for Excel Fostering. I qualified as a social worker in 2008 where I worked for a Local Authority as a Children’s Social Worker for four years. I then began working as a Social Worker for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in the Prevention Department.

In 2014 I joined Excel Fostering and began working as a Form F Assessor and enjoy this role. I love working for a fostering agency and assessing people in order for them to become great foster carers.

Mandy Robson

Referrals & Placements

Hi, I’m Mandy, I deal with the Referrals for Excel Fostering. My role is to match the incoming referrals with our available carers, I work closely with the duty social worker to make sure we find the best possible match for both the carer and the young person, I have a strong working relationship with our local authorities, carers and colleagues along with a strong commitment to our young people.

I have been with the company since April 2014 and have also undertaken various administration tasks within the agency.

Outside of work, I enjoy socialising with my family and friends and I have also been a Cub leader for 13 years.

Emma Egan

Supervising Social Worker

I’m Emma and I work for Excel as a Supervising Social Worker, I have worked here for over 2 years and enjoy my role supporting foster carers, children and young people.

I qualified as a social worker in 2012 and before joining Excel I worked as a social worker at the NSPCC for 4 years.

Throughout my training I gained experience of working within adult mental health teams, childrens safeguarding teams and within the voluntary sector.

Samantha McNair

Referrals & Placements

Hi, my name is Samantha McNair, and I have been with the company since May 2018.  I work on the Referrals and Placements team and I absolutely love my role!  I have worked in the Finance sector for the last 24 years, and 1 year in childcare, gaining my Level 3 Teaching & Supporting children in school.

I find my job at Excel so rewarding, and I am looking forward to learning all the skills I can to be the best I can be in my new role.

Sharon Wall

Supervising Social Worker

Hi, my name is Sharon Wall. I qualified as a social worker in 2009. I have been a Supervising Social Worker for Excel fostering for four years. I have always worked within a supporting children and families’ role as this is all I have ever wanted to do.

I have various responsibilities within Excel alongside my role as a Supervising Social Worker to foster carers. I am the Placement Supervisor for our students which I enjoy very much. I also run Excel’s Children’s Council and facilitate ‘mini skills to foster’. I also facilitate Excels ‘Parent and Child’ training for foster carers and staff.

I have had previous experience of working for Barnardo’ as a Teenage Parent Worker. I later progressed to become a ‘Statutory Parenting Specialist’ for the Youth Offending Team. Prior to Excel I spent 3 years within the ‘Children with Disabilities’ Team. This role certainly enhanced my communication skills to allow me to support families and children with very complex needs.I was sad to leave this role but having experienced working with foster families throughout my other roles I developed a keen interest in working within the fostering environment. I love the variety of work within my role and never will get tired of seeing that first time a troubled child smile’s.

My way to relax is to go out with my close friends and had some laughter filled nights. I go to the Lakes often, if I am by a river I am happy!! I Have two amazing sons who am I lucky to say still enjoy my company so we do as much as we can together.

Stacey Smith

Supervising Social Worker

Hi, I’m Stacey. I joined the Excel Fostering team in February 2018 as a Student Social Worker for my final placement. I finished my Placement in July 2018 and was lucky enough to carry on within the team as a Supervising Social Worker.

I love being part of the Fostering team as the drive is very much child centred and they are understanding of the outcomes children need in order to thrive within their life. I’m passionate about helping children succeed in their life when not able to live at home and a firm believer in that everyone deserves a chance at life.

Recruitment & Marketing Coordinator

Parvis Iqbal

Recruitment & Marketing Coordinator

Hi, I’m Parvis Iqbal, I am the Recruitment & Marketing Co-ordinator here at Excel Fostering. If you enquire about fostering with Excel I am usually the first person you will speak to.

I started work for Excel in January 2019, bringing with me many years of fostering recruitment and marketing experience.

The team here at Excel are brilliant and have been very welcoming which has certainly made it easier for me to settle into this exciting new role.

You will most probably see me out and about at our recruitment events throughout the year. I love meeting people from all walks of life and learning about their experiences.

If you have thought about fostering or just want some more information I would love to hear from you.

Foster Support Worker

Karen Barlow

Fostering Support Worker

Hi my name is Karen, I started my role as Fostering Support Worker at Excel in January 2019.

My role is to support our children, young people and foster carers by offering 1:1 direct work, support groups and organising social events.

My experience includes 12 years working in support roles with both children and adults across a range of settings including schools, charities, local authorities and in the community. In previous roles, I have worked with children and young people with complex needs, physical disabilities and challenging behaviour.

I love being part of the Excel family and I’m passionate about working with foster families, providing the support and care needed in what sometimes can be difficult and challenging circumstances. I believe that with a little help, a little love and someone who believes in them, our children and young people can flourish.

Panel Administrator

Rachel Burns

Panel Administrator

Hi I’m Rachel, I am one of the Panel Administrators here at Excel. I am also the administrator for all DBS applications.

I started working for the agency in November 2018. When starting at Excel I had recently moved to Lancashire from Sheffield where I completed my degree in Sociology and Criminology which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Originally from Yorkshire I have now made my way up to the North West which I love! Working for Excel is my greatest job yet and everyday I find the role rewarding knowing the work we do is helping change and support children’s lives.

Social Worker

Kaley Vaughton

Supervising Social Worker

Hi, I’m Kaley Vaughton and I am a Supervising Social Worker at Excel Fostering based in Cumbria.

My love of social work began when I was 10 years old as my parents became foster carers. Being part of a fostering family I had the privilege to live with some of the most amazing young people. Watching the positive ways fostering impacted on their lives inspired me in 2001 to train as a social worker.

My career has been varied, I have worked for the local authority with children in need, those on child protection plans and with those who were looked after or being placed for adoption. I have worked for fostering agencies as a senior practitioner, sat on fostering panels and written Form E and Form F assessments. For 3 years I provided the safeguarding service for the Church of England in Lancashire before becoming an independent social worker and practice educator. In 2016, I began working for the Church of England in Cumbria, training hundreds of Church employees and volunteers in safeguarding.

I started working for Excel fostering in 2019, returning to a role that allows me time to spend with families who foster, as a supervising social worker I am passionate about engaging with birth children ensuring that their voices are heard and that they love being a child who fosters as much as I did. I am still in touch with many of the people my parents offered a home to and there are many whom I still consider my family.

Aside from my husband and children my greatest joy in life is walking on the beach outside of my home with my gorgeous 4 huge hairy Lurcher dogs.

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