Independent Staff and Panel Members

Independent Staff and Panel Members

We also employ Independent Staff/Panel Members to carry out the functions that require a level of impartiality.

Chris BChris Blake
Panel Chair
Chris is a qualified Social Worker (C.Q.S.W) and has worked in social care for over 40 years, most of these years in management. Chris has also acted as a Panel Advisor and assessed families for fostering and adoption. He has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Children’s social work which we really appreciate.

Honor Gordon
Agency Decision Maker
Honor is a qualified Social Worker (C.Q.S.W) with over 35 years experience and a background in Fostering Management, Quality Assurance and Recruitment. Her knowledge and experience is greatly appreciated.


Karen Lee
Independent Panel Member & Vice Chair
Karen is a qualified Counsellor/ Independent Visitor, she is also Vice Chair in our Fostering Panel. Karen has worked with us for nearly 5 years now and continues to offer her valuable insight into working with children in care.

MonicaMonica Hibbert
Independent Panel Member & Education Specialist 
Monica qualified as a teacher in 1979 and she has extensive experience working in a school setting.



June Ardrey
Children with Disabilities Specialist 
June runs parent support groups for parents of children with disabilities and she is a Parent Governor.


Stephen Lowe
Foster Carer
Stephen has been approved as a long term Foster Carer and understands the qualities required to undertake the role.


Karen Canty 
Foster Carer
Karen is an experienced Local Authority Foster Carer and is familiar with the fostering process and the issues faced by Foster Carers.


Christopher Canty
Foster Carer 
Christopher is an experienced Foster Carer for a Local Authority, he understands the assessment and review process and the role of a Foster Carer.


MiaMia Brandon
Panel Administrator
Mia’s organisational ability and administration skills contribute to the smooth running of the panel.

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