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Foster Care Panel (South)

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Tom Gormley, Panel Chair

Tom joined the panel in 2015 and became Chair in 2016. He retired from The Children's Family Trust in 2015 after 10 years as their Chief Executive. He qualified as a social worker in 1975 and has worked as an adoption social worker and a Children's Guardian in the Inner London courts during his career. He also managed the Guardian ad Litem Panel for Hampshire and was involved in the establishment of one of the very first Independent Fostering Agencies. In addition to his social work qualifications, he also has an MSc in Organisation Development gained from Sheffield Hallam University.

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Pam Norrington, Panel Vice Chair

Pam joined the panel in 2015 as an Independent Panel Member and then was appointed Vice Chair in 2016. She qualified as a Social Worker in 1975 and has worked for Local Authority social service departments in a variety of posts and settings. She has been an independent Social Worker since October 2001 specialising in adoption and fostering work of all kinds.

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Jo Tetley, Panel Member

Jo has been a Panel member since 2003. She worked in education for twenty years, involved with a wide range of activities involving young people, families and schools. She now works part-time as a Student and Family Support Worker in a Secondary School, working directly with students, their families, school staff and other agencies.

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Adele Owen, Panel Member

Adele has been the Director of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) since 2002 and in that role she has worked with individuals and families from over a hundred different countries with widely varying experiences. Adele joined the Panel in 2011 and has particular experience of working with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, many of whom have been placed in foster care, some with Community Foster Care. 

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Andy Arnold, Panel Member

Andy joined the Panel in 2016. Prior to retiring he was the Medical Director at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, a post he’d held for three years and before that he was a consultant urological surgeon in Birmingham. He is married and has two children: one is a teacher in Shrewsbury and the other works for Price Waterhouse in London. His wife is an Anglican Priest in Birmingham.

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Karen Bugbird-Wood, Panel Member

Karen and her husband have been foster carers for over 16 years and have worked with both the Local Authority and an independent agency. As an experienced foster carer, Karen appreciates the value of regular training as this can only improve good practice as there is always something new to learn about the fostering task. Karen also works as a Family Support Worker at a Parenting Assessment Unit and finds that she uses skills and strategies learned through fostering to offer guidance to the families.

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Joanna Jansen, Panel Member

Joanna and her husband fostered children from 1981 through to 2014, looking after one long term placement and close to thirty emergency or respite placements. Joanna was Carer Representative on the Board of Trustees for a number of years but when she retired from fostering, she became a trustee on the boards of both Community Foster Care and Community Family Care. She joined the Foster Care Panel in 2016 as an independent member.

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Sasha Hart, Panel Member

Sasha is the Manager of our sister charity, Community Family Care, which provides early intervention family support services. She studied at Cardiff University where she gained her degree in Psychology in 2008 and since then she has worked with children and young people in children’s centres, schools and in a youth work setting. She also worked at Cafcass where she focused on enabling the voice of the child to be heard in family law proceedings. Sasha joined the Panel in 2017 and is an independent member.

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Lyn Taylor, Panel Advisor

Lyn is our Registered Manager of the Fostering Service for the South and provides advice to the Panel regarding legislation and procedural issues. Lyn has been a social worker for many years and has a wealth of experience in the field.

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Sarah Hilton, Panel Member/Senior Practitioner

Sarah is a qualified social worker who looks after CFC's foster carers in Gloucestershire, and the children placed with them. She also undertakes support work with teenage girls.

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Jane Franklin, Panel Member/Supervising Social Worker

Jane Franklin took up social work when her two daughters were teenagers. She trained as a social worker at the University of Gloucestershire and qualified in 2008. She went on to qualify as a counseller a few years later.

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Kathy O'Keeffe, Panel Administrator

Kathy provides administrative support to help the Panel run smoothly. She ensures that all applicants attending the Panel have a brochure beforehand with photographs and a summary of each Panel member and also sends out questionnaires on a regular basis in order that we continually monitor the service.

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Mariana Straton, Agency Decision Maker

After each meeting, the Chair of the Panel will make recommendations to Community Foster Care's Decision Maker who will make the decision regarding approval of foster carers. Mariana then has a number of days, as set out in the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, to inform the applicants of the decision.