Nigel Turner, Social Care Director
I joined the Frances Taylor Foundation in 2010, having previously led a large London-based not for profit enterprise which supports people with learning disabilities and people with mental health support needs. I hold a Masters degree in social and economic studies, and the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
With my Directorate Team colleagues, the dedicated commitment of so many energetic and inspirational managers and staff throughout FTF, and the support of the Trustees, we have modernised and improved our services. We now hold a portfolio of services of which any provider would be proud.
In our most recent Investors in People assessment, we performed better than the care industry average in all nine indicators, and did best of all in “living the organisation’s values and behaviours”. The reflects the strong value base, and the commitment to achieving our Vision that people lead life to the full, with their dignity respected, independence supported and uniqueness valued.
Outside of FTF, I am 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 around 15 years, I have trekked annually to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. This has taken me to Everest Base Camp in Tibet, the Sahara Desert, and the summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – challenges of a very different nature from those we face in the world of social care.
Helen Sowa, Deputy Social Care Director
I joined the FTF 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.
I have worked in the social care sector since 1991 in various front line and management roles, working with people with a learning disability and mental health issues. This has included managing registered care, supported housing, community support, extra care and forensic services.
My qualifications include the NVQ Assessors and Management Diploma, awarded by the Institute for Leadership and Management [ILM].
Over the last 5 years or so, we have seen many positive changes. In particular I am especially proud that we have managed to achieve 100% Good ratings for all of our Registered Services, this is a real achievement for all involved and there are very few providers out there that can boast of this achievement!
This year we were awarded the Investors in People Silver award, another great achievement for FTF, we are positive that we can continue to invest in all and hope to work over the next 3 years to gain Gold.
I am as ever passionate and enthusiastic about the services we provide and look forward to being part of FTF as we embark on new chapters and a bright future.
Heather Todd, Deputy Social Care Director
I started my career with The Frances Taylor Foundation in 2002, having previously worked within Health and Social Care in a variety of roles including Service Co-ordinator at Scope, a national based charity, managing a community based service and day centre. Prior to this I worked for 7 years for Crossroads Caring for Carers. Much of my career has therefore been spent working in the voluntary sector managing and developing services to people who have learning and physical disabilities.
I hold QCF level 7 in Management, and am Internal Verifier and Assessor. I believe strongly in Continuous Professional Development and I have been managing the FTF Training Service for a number of years. As well as being able to offer Edexcel training to our staff teams, we are now able to offer entry level qualifications to the people we support within our services. This is an exciting initiative which I believe values the uniqueness of the people we support.
I have a strong commitment to the values and ethos of the Congregation. I believe this is evident in my managerial approach, and how I work with others outside of FTF.
I started in the role of Deputy Director in 2011. I have been keen to work collaboratively with other agencies, and to see combined knowledge and experience used to its full potential. I believe as a team the Frances Taylor Foundation has been successful in developing high quality services for the people we support, and genuinely places individuals at the heart of the support they receive.
Yolaine Bech, Human Resources Manager
Yolaine joined PSMG/FTF as interim Human Resources Manager in July 2017. She provides an HR Management Service for the Charity in the UK.