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John has worked in the Social Care sector since graduating in 1969. He joined the staff of the Cotswold Community, a pioneering therapeutic community that helped emotionally unintegrated boys, in 1972.
John took over from Richard Balbernie as Principal in 1985 and continued in that role until 1999. He worked alongside the consultants to the CC during those years, Barbara Dockar-Drysdale, Isabel Menzies-Lyth and Dr Eric Miller and learnt a great deal from them. John also did the Advanced Residential Work course at Bristol University under the direction of Chris Beedell and trained as a Group-Analytic Psychotherapist, qualifying in 1984. In 1999 John moved to ISP (Integrated Services Programme) as the CEO and later Managing Director. ISP was the first independent fostering provider in the UK and provides a multi-disciplinary wraparound service for children in need of specialist therapeutic services. John plans to retire later this year and has published several papers over the years and given lectures in the UK and other European countries. John has also developed a website to act as a digital library of material relevant to the therapeutic care of children www.johnwhitwell.co.uk
Michael Sarrington is a new trustee and comes from a business background. He has worked for a number of global organisations in the steel and gases industry both in the UK and overseas.
In the latter part of his corporate career he specialised in marketing and communications. Michael currently runs his own business offering consultancy advice and training services. He has delivered psychological education programmes for adults with mental health problems. Michael is also the chair of governors at a primary school.
Mark Thomas has worked in Social Care since graduating from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1988. He spent his first 5 years at the Cotswold Community as a Residential Social Worker and Household Manager gaining a Diploma in Therapeutic Childcare.
Mark then joined the West Swindon Family and Community Project as Project Co-ordinator and was part of developing services for families in this newly created part of Swindon. In 1999 he completed his MSc in Group Relations at the University of the West of England. Mark worked as a Consultant to newly developing organisations in the Charity and Not for Profit sectors within Wiltshire. Mark joined ISP Foster Care in 2000 as Centre Manager of the new Centre in Watford. He is still at ISP and is the Registered Manager for the Buckinghamshire Centres of Chesham and Milton Keynes and responsible for the development of new areas in Cambridgeshire and the West Midlands.
Following a sociology degree, Margaret undertook a professional training in psychodynamic casework and qualified as a Medical Social Worker at the Institute of Medical Social Work.
Generic social work followed, then time off to raise a family. She returned to work on a research project looking at social work interventions to help physically damaged drinkers before spending 10 years in psychological medicine working with people who attempted deliberate self-harm. During this time she took a basic family therapy qualification and a year’s course in CBT. She also acted as an Approved Social Worker.
In 1998 Margaret joined the then Family Team at the Mulberry Bush working with the parents and foster carers of children at The Bush, where she remained until retirement in 2011.
Barry Armstrong brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in Education with particular expertise in Safeguarding.
Before joining Nord Anglia Education in 2016 as the Assistant Director, Head of Safeguarding, Barry worked for Oxfordshire County Council as the lead for Safeguarding in Education working across all education settings.
Barry has extensive leadership experience working in and with a range of organisations, both public and private as well as governing bodies and staff groups. In addition to taking the lead for Safeguarding in Education, Barry has also acted as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for two UK local authorities (including Oxfordshire). Barry held this role since its inception in 2003. As a result, Barry has substantial experience in managing allegations and concerns to do with professional conduct in schools.
Savy comes from marketing and finance background. She has also been involved in startups in area of personal development, gender parity and inclusiveness where she worked in creating marketing strategy, product branding and raising investments.
She has always been interested and eager to work with organisation taking care of children of special needs. She is professional, hard working, has high integrity standards and is eager to make a different at the highest level.
She has been involved with an institute in India for adults with learning disabilities in expanding & collaborating with organisations and supported them in raising funds and helping them in their employment journey.