Meet the team

Naj

Job Title: Managing Director / Agency Decision Maker

Brief Description:  I have worked in Social Care since 1987 for various agencies which include Manchester City Council, The Children’s Society and Barnardo’s in positions from Social Worker through to Regional Manager.  My introduction to fostering was as an Assessor for prospective carers before starting up Fostering Ltd with my business partner Caroline Larkin 7 years later. 

Most likely to say:   It’s too expensive!!
Least likely to say:    Go ahead and buy it….
Favourite shows to binge watch:   Gogglebox, Game of Thrones,  Killing Eve, Graham Norton Show 
Tea or Coffee?    Tea with goats milk
Muffin, Barm or other?     Chip Butty

Caroline

Job Title : Fostering Director

Bio: I have been a qualified social worker since 2001 and have worked in fostering and adoption for 15 years. I was a foster carer for over 14 years and cared for 67 children. I have five daughters, three of whom are adopted. 

Most likely to say:  it will be alright
Least likely to say: we can’t do that.
Favourite show to binge watch: Bull
Tea or Coffee? Either 
Muffin, Barm or other? Breadroll.

Jennifer Luwaji

Job Title: Team Manager

Bio: 

Jen joined Fostering Ltd end of May 2020 as a team manager and is delighted to be supporting a dedicated team who are passionate about supporting children and young people to achieve positive outcomes.

Jen has over 20 years experience in social care including 12 years working within fostering with small and large fostering agencies including 7 of these at Registered/Fostering Manager level where she has been responsible for leading on safeguarding matters, quality assurance of work produced, performance management, improving standards of practice and ensuring compliance with policy and legislation, directly managing and supporting business growth, management of contract monitoring and compliance, and the development and delivery of new services and support packages to meet customer needs and ultimately the delivery quality of services and excellent outcomes for children and young people in order to support them to recognise, aspire to and fulfil their potential.

Jen also has personal experience of being part of a fostering family where she observed first hand the importance of fostering in providing stability and transforming the lives for children and young people and also provided her with valuable insight of the experiences of being part of a fostering family as an adult birth child.

Most likely to say: Did I tell you I'm a runner??
Least likely to say: I don't think that's possible
Favourite show to binge watch: Can't sit down long enough to binge watch anything!
Tea or Coffee? Both...
Barm or Muffin? None! A muffin is a cake, a barm is a bread cake

Sarahjayne

Job Title: Supervising Social Worker / Senior Practioner

Bio: I joined fostering in 2013 after studying at Manchester University. Prior to this I had worked with children in the community on youth projects, as a panel member for the Youth offending service and then as a residential care work.

Most likely to say: Tidy up
Least likely to say: I fancy a steak  
Favourite show to binge watch: Something Special – Mr Tumble 
Tea or Coffee? Tea always with a biscuit or slice of cake
Muffin, Barm or other? Neither

Sharla 

Job Title: Supervising Social Worker

Bio: Sharla began working for Fostering Ltd in 2016 after studying a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Manchester. Prior to this Sharla completed a degree in psychology and counselling and worked as a support worker in a mental health setting. 

Most likely to say: Yea, I’ll do it…
Least likely to say: No bumps on my car today!
Favourite show to binge watch: Love Island 
Tea or Coffee? Tea 
Muffin, Barm or other? Muffin!

Claire

Job Title: Supervising Social Worker

Bio: I qualified as a social worker in 2012 when I completed the Masters at Uclan in Preston. After this I worked as an intensive family support worker before moving into fostering roles. I have worked in another foster care agency, a fostering team for the local authority and also in an adoption team. Prior to my social work studies I worked as a support worker for young people with learning and communication difficulties in a residential setting.

Most likely to say: Yes to a brew!
Least likely to say: I had a lie in this morning
Favourite show to binge watch: Coronation Street, Stranger Things, Peaky Blinders, Making a Murderer and anything more light hearted and funny – Friends, Vicar of Dibley…(although I hardly get the time!)
Tea or Coffee? Coffee with milk and a big sugar
Muffin, Barm or other? Chip muffin and barm cake!

Raida   

Job Title: Supervising Social Worker

Bio:

I qualified in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Salford University. I have over 20 years of experience working with children and families in all areas and capacities in both the voluntary and statutory sector as well as having the experience of working within school settings and the wider community. For example I have been a teaching assistant for both children and adults, I have worked as a support worker for a women’s refuge centre; in addition I have been a Health Engagement officer where I was based in GP practices as well as Children Centres.

Most likely to say: Where are my glasses?
Least likely to say: 
Favourite show to binge watch: I don't watch TV
Tea or Coffee? Coffee, lots of milk with 1 sugar.
Muffin, Barm or other? Don't mind, I'm more or a sweet tooth and prefer fresh cream cakes!

Rachel

Job Title: Office Manager

Bio: I have worked in administration for 16 years and specifically Fostering Administration for the last 5 years. I have a BTEC National Diploma in Business Administration and I am qualified in Panel Administration, Computerised Accounts and First Aid at Work. 

Most likely to say: I will
Least likely to say: I can't 
Favourite show to binge watch: Game of Thrones
Tea or Coffee: Tea
Muffin, Barm or other: Barm

Tania

Job Title: Office Administrator

Bio: I Started working at Fostering Ltd in May if 2019 and have previously worked in a similar role in schools. I have recently made the move up North after previously living in London and Essex.

Most likely to say: "What, I can't hear you!"
Least likely to say: No
Favourite show to binge watch: The OA
Tea or Coffee: Tea
Muffin, Barm or other: Roll

Ann

Job Title: Management Accountant

Bio: Joined Fostering before incorporation.

Most likely to say: HOW MUCH!
Least likely to say: THAT’S CHEAP!
Favourite show to binge watch: Don’t have time to watch TV..
Tea or Coffee? Tea or Hot Chocolate (don’t know why that’s not shown)
Muffin, Barm or other?  Definitely Muffin!!!

Chris

Job Title: Marketing Support

Brief Description: Joined Fostering Ltd in 2016 to help on all things digital marketing.

Most likely to say: Smile for the camera!
Least likely to say: I've not brought my camera.
Favourite shows to binge watch: The Good Place, Modern Family, Black Mirror, X-Files
Tea or Coffee? Coffee, coffee, coffee!
Muffin, Barm or other?  Barm! (A muffin is a cake!)