Our Team



Trustee/Director

Glenn Tomison

Role:Trustee


Ryan Armitage

Role:Chair of the Board of Trustees


James Pilkington

Role:Trustee


Kathryn Brown

Role:Trustee


Michael Walmsley

Role:Trustee


Deborah Sidebottom

Role:Trustee


Anthony Long

Role:Trustee


Helen Kirk

Role:Trustee


Chief Executive

David Reid David Reid David Reid

David Reid

Role:Chief Executive
Expertise / Specialism:Leadership and Management, Safeguarding Children and Young Adults
Additional skills and knowledge:Qualified Social Worker, Social Care, Local Authority Work, Disability Services, Human Resources
Qualifications:FCMI, MA, PG Cert Safeguarding, BA (Hons ) First Class, Dip SW

I have worked in children’s services for almost 30 years. During that time I have worked for three North West Local Authorities and a number of charitable organisations both in front line work and in management roles.

I am passionate about providing quality services that actually improve the quality of disabled people’s lives.

I was appointed as the Chief Executive at Birtenshaw in July 2006. Back then the organisation had been in decline for a long time and was on the brink of closing down.

I am delighted that with the dedication and hard work of the team the organisation has grown in size by almost 300% over recent years: we have increased the number of sites we operate from and now support more children, young people and young adults that at any time in the organisation’s long history.  Of course, this means we have also created over 250 new jobs in the local area.



Deputy Chief Executive

Julie Barnes

Role:Deputy Chief Executive Operations
Expertise / Specialism:Leadership and Management, Special Education
Additional skills and knowledge:Care Services, Positive Behaviour Management
Qualifications:CMgr FCMI, M.Ed, NPQH, PGCE, BA (Hons

I have worked in children’s services since 1990.  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 Birtenshaw 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 Birtenshaw’s Directorate Management 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.



Michelle Hinselwood

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 20 years. My key responsibility is leading and managing an effective finance function by maintaining strong financial management and effective financial controls.
I have responsibility for Birtenshaws resource and asset base, these being money, people, property and information technology. These need to be managed to ensure the priorities of Birtenshaw are appropriately resourced.



Heads of Service

Lisa Booth

Role:Head of Sevices - Adult Services
Expertise / Specialism:Adults Services
Additional skills and knowledge:CQC Regulations and Key Lines of Enquiry. Person Centred Care Planning.
Qualifications:NVQ 2 Business/Administration, NVQ 3 Business/Administration, NVQ 2 Health & Social Care, Level 5 Leadership and Management in Health & Social Care.

I have worked in Adult Sector since 2007, and have recently started at Birtenshaw as the Registered Manager of the Adult Supported Tenancies.



Steve Lloyd

Role:Head of Service: Transport and Sites Bolton
Expertise / Specialism:Fleet vehicle management
Additional skills and knowledge:MiDAS Driver, Assessor and Trainer
Qualifications:CPC International Diploma in Logistics and Transportation, CMI Diploma in Management, NEBOSH General Certification, Environmental Management, Fire safety and Risk Management

Having worked as a Transport Manager for the British Army for 26 years, I have gained valuable and extensive knowledge of running and coordinating fleets of vehicles. Broadly, this includes managing and coordinating drivers and transport routes and planning the servicing and maintenance of  vehicles.

I enjoy a challenge and the variety that my role at Birtenshaw provides. There’s not one day the same which means my team and I have to work together to adapt to the evolving nature of the needs of our children and young adults. The transport team play an important part in ensuring our pupils can attend Birtenshaw enabling them to lead fulfilling educational lives.



Richard Steen

Role:Head of Service - Transport and Site Merseyside
Expertise / Specialism:Logistical challenges dealing with health and safety matters, vehicle maintenance and purchases
Additional skills and knowledge:Qualified Driving Instructor providing driver training from learner drivers to advanced and defensive techniques
Qualifications:Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), Institute of Advanced Motorists & MiDAS

Having previously run a busy off road driving company, Birtenshaw is an exciting new challenge which is rewarding in a number of different ways.



Karen White

Role:Head of Service Corporate Services
Expertise / Specialism:Business Administration
Additional skills and knowledge:Customer Services, NVQ Assessor
Qualifications:ILM, NVQ 3 Business Administration,. NVQ 3 Customer Service, D31/D32 Assessor

My background is Business Administration. I have achieved qualifications in Business Administration, Customer Service and NVQ Assessor. These qualifications were gained in previous employment. I have also gained Managerial Qualifications. I have been at Birtenshaw since August 2013, when I commenced employment as Assistant Administration Manager. The role has progressed and my job title is now Head of Service, Corporate Services. The role is very varied offering administrative support across the organisation and managing a team of Administration Assistants at Birtenshaw School Bolton and Birtenshaw College.



Kaylie Crompton

Role:Head of Service Bolton School
Expertise / Specialism:Secondary Design and Technology
Additional skills and knowledge:Managing Challenging Behaviour
Qualifications:BSc Product Design (Honours), PGCE Secondary Education with QTS

I started at Birtenshaw in 2013 and after working as a Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher at Birtenshaw School, I was honoured to progress onto the role of Head of School in June 2017. Although I do miss being in the classroom and teaching pupils day to day, I now have the wonderful opportunity to spend time with all the pupils and staff who make Birtenshaw School the amazing school it is. I am passionate about providing a quality and engaging curriculum for pupils with a focus on developing independence and preparing pupils for adulthood. I feel privileged to work for an organisation with so much passion and dedication for improving the quality of life for children and young people with a disability.



Ewa Diezek

Role:Head of Service Birtenshaw College
Expertise / Specialism:Post 16 Education, SEND and Autism
Additional skills and knowledge:PE teacher, Lifeguard, Inclusive Sport and Horticulture
Qualifications:MA Physical Education and Sport for Disabled People, Post Graduate Studies European Integration and Agribusiness and Rural Areas

I am a passionate and experienced teacher employed by Birtenshaw since 2008. I was initially appointed as a teacher at Birtenshaw School. In 2014 I was directed to teach at Birtenshaw College as a Lead Educationalist. In September 2017 I was appointed as a Head of Service. During my time as Lead Educationalist and Head of Service I have developed a number of initiatives which include, work experience placements, horticulture studies, animal care, life skills and inclusive sport activities to enable students to reach their full potential both academically and vocationally.



Julie Burnett Julie Burnett

Julie Burnett

Role:Head of Service Care Services
Expertise / Specialism:Leadership and management within social care
Additional skills and knowledge:Train the Trainer
Qualifications:Diploma 5 in Leadership and Management, Safeguarding Level 3 & BSc Psychology and Law

I have previously cared for both my parents at the end of their lives and this has given me an invaluable insight into social care from a family perspective.

I have been employed by Birtenshaw since 2000, starting my career as a support worker before receiving a number of promotions, including Registered Manager. in 2015, I was appointed Head of Service: Care Services, overseeing Children and Adult Care Services.

Birtenshaw has enabled me to develop and expand my knowledge, passion and understanding regarding residential care which has led to my ability to provide empathetic and positive leadership strategies and support to ensure that the young people live life to the full.



Karen Shepherd

Role:Head of Service - Care Services
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, NVQ IV – 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.



Kerry Sayers

Role:Head of Service : Human Resources
Expertise / Specialism:Human Resources Policy and Procedure
Additional skills and knowledge:People Management, Training, Employee Relations, Customer Service Qualifications
Qualifications:BA (Hons), CIPD Level 5 in Human Resources, CIPD member

Prior to joining Birtenshaw in 2016, 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 Birtenshaw 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 Birtenshaw’s exciting and rewarding future.

I continue to pursue personal career development opportunities and have recently completed a Level 5 Diploma in Human Resources Management.

 

 



Mark Brennan

Role:Head of Service - Care Services
Expertise / Specialism:Mental Health, Train the Trainer
Additional skills and knowledge:SEND Provision
Qualifications:Diploma 5 Leadership and Management

I have worked at Harley Avenue since 2013 and appointed registered manager in 2016. I started working for Birtenshaw as a Support Worker and steadily progressed to manage the service. More recently I have been supported to successfully apply to become Head of Service: Care services, I am enjoying this new challenge.

My previous experiences includes 12 years in mental health service.



Managers

J P Night

Role:Referrals and Placements Manager
Expertise / Specialism:Referral Direction
Additional skills and knowledge:Customer Retention. Relationship Management. Matching protocols.

I joined Birtenshaw in September 2017. Most of my career has been spent within the Health and Social Care sector with involvement in Children’s services. Working across large Independent Fostering Agencies managing referrals and placements regionally. Being able to be part of the team that achieve positive outcomes for young people is what drives my passion for my role.



Jennifer Greenhough

Role:Recruitment Manager
Expertise / Specialism:Recruitment, Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment
Additional skills and knowledge:Human Resources Policy and Procedure, Employee Engagement, Marketing
Qualifications:MSc HRM, BSc Business Management

Having gained valuable experience during my eight years working within a busy Human Resources Department within a Local Authority I decided to further my HR skills and knowledge so I undertook a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management.

My experience of managing the recruitment process for a busy children’s services department has enabled me to develop an excellent understanding of the requirements in ensuring Birtenshaw complies with Safer Recruitment Practice.

I strongly believe that the success of any organisation is very much dependent upon the team of people it employs which is where my desire to work within recruitment stems from. I very much enjoy working within a team of people who are dedicated to achieving Birtenshaws vision of ‘Brightening Lives and Building Futures’.



Heads of Service

Kaylie Crompton

Role:Head of Service Bolton School
Expertise / Specialism:Secondary Design and Technology
Additional skills and knowledge:Managing Challenging Behaviour
Qualifications:BSc Product Design (Honours), PGCE Secondary Education with QTS

I started at Birtenshaw in 2013 and after working as a Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher at Birtenshaw School, I was honoured to progress onto the role of Head of School in June 2017. Although I do miss being in the classroom and teaching pupils day to day, I now have the wonderful opportunity to spend time with all the pupils and staff who make Birtenshaw School the amazing school it is. I am passionate about providing a quality and engaging curriculum for pupils with a focus on developing independence and preparing pupils for adulthood. I feel privileged to work for an organisation with so much passion and dedication for improving the quality of life for children and young people with a disability.



Teachers

Caroline Turner

Role:Teacher - Ospreys
Expertise / Specialism:SEN and Behaviour Management
Additional skills and knowledge:Numeracy 11-16
Qualifications:BA Hons Early Childhood Studies and Education Studies & QTS Assessment Route Only

I Joined Birtenshaw as a Learning Support Assistant in September 2012. I qualified as a Teacher in September 2017 and have been the class teacher of Ospreys ever since. I love working at Birtenshaw and waking up each morning wondering what the day will bring, as two days are never the same. I enjoy watching the young people strive and achieve their goals as well as working alongside a great team.

 



Rebecca Taylor

Role:Teacher of Kestrels
Expertise / Specialism:Performing Arts
Additional skills and knowledge:SEN and Spanish
Qualifications:BA Hons in Creative and Performing Arts; PGCE in Performing Arts.

I joined Birtenshaw in September 2016 and I teach Kestrels class. I was a secondary drama teacher for 7 years, but I always had a passion to work with children with SEND. Since joining Birtenshaw I have realised this is definitely the right place for me. I use my background in drama to ensure that my lessons are creative, fun and as engaging as possible – seeing each child reach their potential is amazing.
The best thing about Birtenshaw is the fantastic team that I work with; there is never a dull moment and there is always someone to lend a hand. Also the fantastic students who make every day different. Seeing them achieve and try new challenges each day is so rewarding.



Elizabeth Ashton

Role:Teacher of Merlins
Expertise / Specialism:Modern Foreign Languages
Additional skills and knowledge:Phonics lead
Qualifications:Honours degree in Education and Inclusion; PGCE Primary Modern Languages Education with Qualified Teacher Status

In June 2016 I became Merlins class teacher at Birtenshaw school in Bolton. I enjoy planning creative and engaging lessons for the children I teach. I love watching the progress the young people make each day. Being part of a strong, positive team makes Birtenshaw an inspiring place to teach.



Emily Hetherington

Role:Teacher of Buzzards
Expertise / Specialism:Early Years
Additional skills and knowledge:Special Education
Qualifications:BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS

I started at Birtenshaw in September 2016 as an NQT in Buzzards Class. I trained as an Early Years teacher but have always had a passion for working in Special Education and have been involved in working with SEN from a young age. I absolutely love my role at Birtenshaw, the team is fantastic and the young people make every day amazing.



Leah Kemp

Role:Teacher of Goshawks
Expertise / Specialism:Primary Education
Additional skills and knowledge:Special Education Needs
Qualifications:BA (Hons) - Primary Education with QTS

My ambition has always been to teach those with Special Educational Needs. I joined the team at Birtenshaw in January 2016 as an NQT. My work at Birtenshaw is exciting and I love that every day is different. My job is extremely rewarding and my favourite part is seeing the young people achieve their goals and working amongst such a strong and dedicated team. I feel that working at Birtenshaw is more than a job, it is like having a second family.



Amy Standish

Role:Teacher of Kites
Expertise / Specialism:Literacy and Dance. NQT Professional Mentor
Additional skills and knowledge:Performing Arts
Qualifications:BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, BA Hons Degree in Dance, PGCE, QTS Secondary English

I joined Birtenshaw as a Learning Support Assistant in October 2012. I qualified as a Teacher in July 2015 through the School Direct Programme and have been teaching the wonderful Kites Class ever since. I do my best to make my lessons as creative as possible, often dressing up as different characters and having fun in order to keep pupils engaged. I have a degree in dance, so I also teach whole school sessions, which work towards our amazing school productions. I started a new role in 2017 as a Teacher Trainee and NQT Professional Mentor. I enjoy supporting new teachers and sharing ideas with them. I find this helps me with my teaching and progression as well. No two days are ever the same and that’s why I love it so much!



Shaihzad Khan

Role:Teacher of Owls
Expertise / Specialism:Sports
Additional skills and knowledge:Special Education Needs and Science
Qualifications:BA Hons in Sports and leisure Management, PGCE in Sports with QTLS

I joined Birtenshaw school as a Learning Support Assistant in November 2015. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to become the teacher of Owls class in February 2016. My favourite thing about teaching at Birtenshaw is seeing the young people make amazing progress on a daily basis. I am also very grateful for the staff team I have working with me in Owls class.



Elizabeth Burke

Role:Teacher of Sparrows
Expertise / Specialism:Primary Education
Additional skills and knowledge:Numeracy lead and SEN
Qualifications:BA Hons Community Studies, PGCE Primary Education

I started at Birtenshaw in 2014 as an NQT. I qualified in 2015 and teach Sparrows class. I originally trained as a primary school teacher but I jumped at the opportunity to work at Birtenshaw and have never looked back. My favourite thing about Birtenshaw School is working with the young people and seeing them achieve amazing things everyday.



Leanne Taylor

Role:Trainee Teacher - Kestrels


Senior Learning Support Assistant

Rachael Green

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Merlins


Hafsa Maju

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Sparrows


Cara Slater

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Owls


Louise Kilburn

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Ospreys


Paige Broadhurst

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Kites


Shona Keane

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Goshawks


Tanya McBride

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Buzzards


Leanne Taylor

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Kestrels


Gym and Activities Instructor

Lisa Davies

Role:Gym and Activities Instructor, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Outdoor Recreation Lead


Heads of Service

Ewa Diezek

Role:Head of Service Birtenshaw College
Expertise / Specialism:Post 16 Education, SEND and Autism
Additional skills and knowledge:PE teacher, Lifeguard, Inclusive Sport and Horticulture
Qualifications:MA Physical Education and Sport for Disabled People, Post Graduate Studies European Integration and Agribusiness and Rural Areas

I am a passionate and experienced teacher employed by Birtenshaw since 2008. I was initially appointed as a teacher at Birtenshaw School. In 2014 I was directed to teach at Birtenshaw College as a Lead Educationalist. In September 2017 I was appointed as a Head of Service. During my time as Lead Educationalist and Head of Service I have developed a number of initiatives which include, work experience placements, horticulture studies, animal care, life skills and inclusive sport activities to enable students to reach their full potential both academically and vocationally.



Teachers

Samantha Haslam

Role:Teacher - Group 1
Expertise / Specialism:Complex Needs and SEND
Additional skills and knowledge:Nursing and Learners with Additional Needs
Qualifications:PGCE Teaching learners with additional needs 14 plus and BSc Hons Health Studies

I originally trained as a nurse at Edge Hill university. My medical placements included Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where I worked on the transplant ward and transitional care unit. I was also lucky enough to work in a range of special educational needs schools within the Northwest area. I then went on to study teaching learners with additional needs where I specialised in complex needs. I joined Birtenshaw College in October 2016 and look forward to making a difference in the future.



Rebecca Hawksworth

Role:Teacher - Group 2
Expertise / Specialism:SEND Education 14 plus
Additional skills and knowledge:Special Education Needs
Qualifications:BRE, BA Hons in Education Study and PGCE Teaching Learners with Additional Needs 14 plus

I started at Birtenshaw College in September 2016 as a class teacher in group 4. Working at Birtenshaw College has been a wonderful experience and we are forging  ahead into an exciting and exhilarating future. We are working together  to develop and support the learners into their adulthood as they progress through their journey at Birtenshaw College.



James Grant

Role:Teacher - Group 3
Expertise / Specialism:ICT, NEET, EBD, ASD, SEND, 14-25, Managing Challenging Behaviour
Additional skills and knowledge:Media, Cooking Skills, Health & Fitness, Nutrition
Qualifications:QTLS, DTLLS

Upon joining Birtenshaw College at Easter 2018, I had spent nearly 17 years teaching in a variety of settings. Twelve of those years I spent teaching IT (among other subjects) to NEET learners aged 16-21 in the East End of London, at an organisation called City Gateway. I taught their Entry & Apprenticeship courses to level 3. In September 2016 I successfully transitioned into SEND, specialising in teaching pupils with ASD and challenging behaviour.



Clare Foster

Role:Teacher - Group 4
Expertise / Specialism:English and Geography
Additional skills and knowledge:Trained in TEACHH, Signalong, Positive Handling and Animal Care
Qualifications:BA(QTS) Hons 2:1, MA in Special Educational Needs

I have had 25 years leadership and management experience in 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 Birtenshaw, who I joined in September 2017, 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.



Paul Ridgley

Role:Teacher - Group 5
Expertise / Specialism:Secondary KS3, KS4, KS5 Design & Technology, Resistant Materials, Systems and Controls, Hospitality & Catering. SEND, EBD.
Additional skills and knowledge:Managing challenging behaviour
Qualifications:BSc (Hons) Design & Technology with Secondary QTS

Prior to starting work at Birtenshaw College in December 2017, over the last 30 years I have spent the majority of my educational career within a variety of settings. Initially starting within Bolton’s Pupil Referral Service, working for 9 years with pupils excluded from mainstream education delivering vocational skills, developing and implementing strategies that would allow pupils to re-engage with learning, either within a mainstream setting or alternative educational provision. Following this I worked with the Behaviour Support Service for three years, before returning to teaching Design & Technology within a secondary mainstream school for four years. Following this I made a successful transition into a secondary SEND mainstream school, with responsibilities for development of the food technology curriculum, teaching KS3, KS4, and KS5.



Senior Learning Support Assistant

Nicola McEwan

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Group 1


Vinesh Fatania

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Group 2


Salma Matadar

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Group 3


Carrie Webber

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Group 4


Lovewell Msimanga

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant - Group 5


Heads of Service

Julie Barnes

Role:Deputy Chief Executive Operations
Expertise / Specialism:Leadership and Management, Special Education
Additional skills and knowledge:Care Services, Positive Behaviour Management
Qualifications:CMgr FCMI, M.Ed, NPQH, PGCE, BA (Hons

I have worked in children’s services since 1990.  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 Birtenshaw 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 Birtenshaw’s Directorate Management 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.



Richard Steen

Role:Head of Service - Transport and Site Merseyside
Expertise / Specialism:Logistical challenges dealing with health and safety matters, vehicle maintenance and purchases
Additional skills and knowledge:Qualified Driving Instructor providing driver training from learner drivers to advanced and defensive techniques
Qualifications:Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), Institute of Advanced Motorists & MiDAS

Having previously run a busy off road driving company, Birtenshaw is an exciting new challenge which is rewarding in a number of different ways.



Teachers

Carl Pierce

Role:Teacher - Pegasus
Expertise / Specialism:SEND and Physical Education
Additional skills and knowledge:History and Music
Qualifications:BA (Hons) PGCE(QTS)

My name is Carl Pierce, I am a teacher at Birtenshaw School Merseyside. I started working as an L.S.A (Learning Support Assistant) at Birtenshaw School Bolton, shortly after gaining my PGCE specialising in Sport. Whilst working at the school in Bolton I gained valuable experience working in different classroom settings with a variety of young people, which enhanced my ambition to progress within Birtenshaw to become a teacher. I was later offered a chance to develop my teaching at Birtenshaw School Merseyside. Prior to opening of the Merseyside School, I also worked as a teacher at Birtenshaw College, where I worked with 16+ students working on a variety of projects following the College Curriculum.



Michael Price

Role:Teacher - Orions
Expertise / Specialism:SEND, Maths, Behaviour Management and Autism
Additional skills and knowledge:Communication and Behaviour Support
Qualifications:BA (Hons) PGCE(QTS)

Hello, I’m Mike and I’m a teacher here at Birtenshaw School Merseyside. I’ve taught in Special Education since 2010 and I’m very excited to have joined the staff team here just as our new school is ready to accept pupils. My background is in Primary education, with a focus on Behavioural Support and Communication. I believe that this is an exciting and dynamic school (and team) to be part of, and I intend to fully utilise all of the exceptional facilities at the school, including the immersive technology and sensory spaces particularly within my daily teaching.



Senior Learning Support Assistant

Jakub Paja

Role:Senior Learning Support Assistant
Expertise / Specialism:SEND and Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Additional skills and knowledge:Communications and Polish language
Qualifications:NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care, Diploma of Social Work

My journey of working with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) started in 2008 ago when I started work with individuals with Autism, centred based and then within Community and Vocational Services. I joined Birtenshaw School Merseyside in December 2017. I think working with children and young adults with SEND will be a fantastic opportunity for me to retain and further extend the skill set I have built over the years. I am extremely proud and excited to be a part of the team at Birtenshaw School Merseyside and to work within Birtenshaw ethos of Brightening lives and Building futures.



Registered Children's Homes Managers

Kerry Smith

Role:Registered Manager - Harley Ave
Expertise / Specialism:Children’s Services
Additional skills and knowledge:Train the trainer in safe handling of medication
Qualifications:Level 5 in leadership and management, Diploma level 3 in Children’s and Young People’s Workforce

I have worked in the care sector for ten years and  I began working at Birtenshaw in January 2016. Initially I  started as Support Worker before being appointed Registered Manager Designate. Over this period of time I acquired a vast amount of knowledge and experience. In July 2018 I was registered with Ofsted as the Registered Manager of Harley Avenue Children’s Home.



Joanne Grime

Role:Registered Manager - Children's Short Breaks
Expertise / Specialism:Care Services
Additional skills and knowledge:Train the trainer in safe handling of medication
Qualifications:NVQ level 3 Health and social care & Level 5 in leadership and management

I started work at Birtenshaw in 2004 as a Support Worker in children’s services. Since then I have gained a wealth of knowledge alongside the senior management team and health professionals. Over the years I have been promoted to Shift Leader, Registered Manager Designate and finally in July 2018 I became a Registered Manager for Birtenshaw Children’s Short Breaks.



John Pickup

Role:Registered Manager - Aldercroft Ave
Expertise / Specialism:Supporting children and adults under the autistic spectrum
Additional skills and knowledge:Speech and Language training and Signalong
Qualifications:Diploma Level 3 in children and young people, Diploma Level 5 in management, Safeguarding qualification

Since leaving school I have worked in a factory from producing compact discs as a machine operative to the head of the printing department. Then I started working in children’s residential care in 2010 and gradually worked my way up, being promoted through different services to senior support and deputy manager. The role of registered manager is a role I am just starting to undertake at Birtenshaw from July 2018.

 



John Akpodiete

Role:Registered Manager - Hondwith Close
Expertise / Specialism:Learning Disability / Sensory Impairment
Additional skills and knowledge:IT skills. First Aid.
Qualifications:B.SC Political Science. Diploma Level 5. Leadership and Management. Diploma in Social and Community Care. BTEC Health and Social Care.

I have worked with Birtenshaw since 2012. I have had the opportunities to work with a number of young people and see them grow and develop since joining Birtenshaw. Supporting young people to develop and acquire new skills, as well as supporting them to achieve their potentials is my biggest motivation.

I joined Birtenshaw as a support worker and I have continued to develop and gain new skills and knowledge every day from the organisation that helps me support our young people better and make their experience at Birtenshaw a fulfilling and an empowering one. I currently manage one of Birtenshaw’s OFSTED rated outstanding homes and continuing to provide our young people the best experience in all areas of their care.

 



Penny Meah

Role:Registered Manager - Clarendon Gardens
Expertise / Specialism:Experience in residential childcare with young people.
Additional skills and knowledge:Safer Medication Administration and Train the Trainer
Qualifications:NVQ 2 Business/Administration, NVQ 3 Business/Administration, NVQ 2 Health & Social Care, NOCN Level 2 Working with families, Diploma 3 CYPW, Safeguarding City & Guilds Level 3, Diploma 5 Leadership and Management.

I began working at Birtenshaw in June 2010 as a night support worker, I held this role for six years before moving into the role of a day support worker and shift leader.  Six months later I was appointed Registered Manager Designate at Harley Avenue Children’s Home. In November 2016 I moved to Clarendon Gardens Children’s Home where in April 2017 I was registered with Ofsted as the Registered Manager.



Sabrina Morrow

Role:Registered Manager - Laburnum Park
Expertise / Specialism:Social Work
Additional skills and knowledge:8 Years experience at The Children's Society
Qualifications:BA (Hons) in social work studies

I originally trained as a Social Worker and graduated in 2011. I came to Birtenshaw in 2012 as an agency support worker. Since being at Birtenshaw I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and skills in a short period of time and have had the opportunity to develop and grow within the organisation.



Marie Dorsey

Role:Registered Manager - Denstone Crescent
Expertise / Specialism:Children's Services
Additional skills and knowledge:Train the Trainer, Train the Trainer in Safe Handling of Medication,Safeguarding level III & NVQ Assessors Award
Qualifications:NVQ II Direct Care, NVQ III Care, NVQ IV Health & Social Care, NVQ IV, Leadership & Management Diploma 5 in Leadership and Management

My Birtenshaw journey began in 1998, when I started as a support worker. In 1999 I was promoted to Head of Care Support, where I gained a wealth of knowledge working alongside the senior management team and health professionals. In 2005 I was promoted to Deputy Manager, since then I have worked at Harley Avenue Children’s Home as Deputy Manager and then Denstone Crescent Children’s Home, where I currently work as Registered Manager.



Deputy Managers

Chris Powell

Role:Deputy Manager - Mobberley Rd and Darwen Rd


Bola Shodipe

Role:Deputy Manager - Linden Walk


Mandy Peters

Role:Deputy Manager - Crompton Way


Finance Team

Nikki Butterworth

Role:Management Accountant


Michelle Rostron

Role:Finance Admin Assistant


Elaine Kennedy

Role:Finance Supervisor
Expertise / Specialism:Cash management, budgeting, forecasting
Additional skills and knowledge:Training

With 35 year’s experience in Finance I joined the staff at Birtenshaw on the 01st August 2015. I was previously employed by Antler Luggage, based in my home town of Bury.

I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of working at Birtenshaw , which is proving to be a challenging, and rewarding change.



Administrative Team

Janet Bracey

Role:Human Resources Administrator


Stephanie Shawcross

Role:Administrator


Christopher Dawson

Role:Administrator


Susan Wynne

Role:Senior Administrator


Joanne Hobson

Role:Payroll Administrator


Clare Whitlow

Role:Administrator


Georgina Jarrold

Role:Administrator Merseyside


Hollie Blears

Role:Training Administrator


Lindsay Pilling

Role:Administrator (College)




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