Leadership

The Trustees of the charity, The Poor Servants of the Mother of God, direct and oversee the social care work carried out by the Frances Taylor Foundation in the UK. They ensure that all the work undertaken by the organisation - known as the Congregation - throughout the world, is delivered in ways which reflect the underlying values and spirit of care and respect for the individual.

In recognition of the specialist nature of much of the FTF's work in the UK within the changing and challenging social care field, the Trustees have established an Advisory Board, drawing upon internal and external expertise.

FTF employs a directorate team, consisting of a Social Care Director and two Deputies, who lead the managers and staff in working with the people we support to achieve their wishes, respect their preferences, and to ensure that their day-to-day needs are met.

  • Social Care Directorate
  • Advisory Board

Nigel Turner, Social Care Director

Nigel joined FTF in 2010, having previously lead a large London-based not for profit enterprise which supports people with learning disabilities and people with mental health support needs. He has a Masters degree in social and economic studies, and the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.

Attracted by its national remit, range of services, and deep commitment to dignity and respect of individuals, Nigel remains keen to build further on the success and innovation found within FTF.

Nigel is a trustee of a grant-making charity tackling health inequalities, and a non-executive director of a company providing social care and housing services. For a number of years he has trekked to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, and joined FTF "fresh" from an expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Helen Sowa, Deputy Social Care Director

Helen joined the Directorate Team in 2013, having previously worked for a housing association, managing care and supported housing services for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues, across Hertfordshire.

Helen has worked in the social care sector since 1991 in various front line and management roles. Working with service users with a learning disability and mental health issues, this has included managing registered care, supported housing, community support, extra care and forensic services.

Helen has various qualifications including NVQ Assessors and Management Diploma awarded by the Institute for Leadership and Management [ILM].

Helen is very excited to have joined FTF and hopes her skills, knowledge and experience will help build further on the success of FTF services and future developments. 

Heather Todd, Deputy Social Care Director

Heather joined the Frances Taylor Foundation in 2002 having previously worked at Scope, a national based charity, managing a community based service and day centre. Much of Heather's career has been spent working in the voluntary sector managing and developing services to people who have learning and physical disabilities. Heather holds NVQ level 5 in Management, is an Internal Verifier and Assessor. She believes strongly in Continuous Professional Development and has been managing the FTF Assessment Centre.

Heather was instrumental in introducing and implementing person centred planning throughout the Foundation. She has a strong commitment to the values and ethos of the Congregation and this is evident in her managerial approach. Heather is committed to demonstrating to others outside of the FTF, the high quality services and respect based on The Frances Taylor Mission Statement.

Heather started in the role of Deputy Director in February 2011, keen to work collaboratively with other agencies, and to see combined knowledge and experience used to its full potential.

Sr. Mary Whelan, SMG, Superior General, Chair of Trustees

Sister Mary Whelan is Superior General of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Congregation and Charity since 2007.  She is responsible for the members of the Congregation as well as all the social care, education, nursing and pastoral care work carried out in their name throughout the world.

Sister Mary has a nursing background and has held senior posts in financial administration within the charity's hospitals. She held the post of responsibility for the training of new members of the Congregation for a number of years. She is a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Therapist with specialist training in couple and relationship counselling.  She has worked extensively with families as Director of St. Joseph's Family Centre for ten years up to 2007, striving to promote the dignity and sacredness of family life, whatever its shape. She continues to be a member of the Board of Trustees of St Joseph's. She was a national trainer and Trustee of Seasons for Growth, which deals with loss, grief and bereavement for children and adults and introduced the programme in the NW of England.

Sister Mary sees the work and spirit of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God and their Foundress Mother Magdalen Taylor being continued in the UK social care services provided by the charity through the Frances Taylor Foundation. Thus fulfilling one of Mother Magdalen's sayings "Serve God always but not always in the same way."  This maxim continues to inspire and challenge Sr. Mary in her own life of mission and ministry.

Phillip Jukes, Chair of Advisory Board

Phillip Jukes is Director of Phillip Jukes Consultants, providing a range of services to Religious and other charities. He works with trustees on a range of issues ranging from schools, retirement funding, care home development and strategic planning.
Phillip is a Charity Trustee and has had lengthy experience as a Governor in both Catholic Independent and Voluntary Aided schools.

Tony Barratt, Chief Executive, Healthcare Management Trust

Sr. Jacinta Boland, RSCJ, recently a Trustee of St Joseph's Hospice, Hackney