Our leadership team is a tight-knit group of individuals with three things in common:
- a passion for the welfare and safeguarding of vulnerable children
- an outstanding record in children’s services development and improvement
- a commitment to spreading best practice and sharing the benefit of our combined experience and proven leadership
Registered Social Worker
Sally joined Aidhour in 2014 from a local authority where she had held lead responsibility for Quality Assurance, the IRO service, Child Protection Conference service and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) since 2008. Previous to that in 2005-08, Sally set up and managed two Local Safeguarding Children Boards and worked as a qualified social worker and manager in both local authorities and the NSPCC.
Sally’s leadership was critical in the development of Aidhour from a company providing IRO and children’s advocacy to the diverse children’s services consultancy it is now. Shortlisted as Leader of the Year by the Guardian Newspaper’s Small Business Showcase competition in 2016, she was runner-up in the public vote.
Qualified in 1994, Sally Mortimore has worked in social care for more than 25 years. She holds a BA (Hons) in Social Policy & Social Work, an MA in Social Work from the University of East Anglia and an Inter-professional Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Teaching. She began her career as a graduate Youth & Community worker in Germany.
Registered Social Worker
Robert joined Aidhour in October 2014, having worked for local authorities since 1990 progressing from Residential Social Work to Head of Quality Assurance and Effectiveness in a local authority children’s services department.
Robert continues to do direct work with children as an IRO and to lead on Aidhour’s expanding social work and quality assurance operations. Robert has a particular interest in safeguarding and all elements of work with looked after children, family support and child protection. He managed child protection conferencing in the first local authority to apply Signs of Safety practice and has since worked with local authorities across the UK in the application of this model.
Robert holds a CQSW, Advanced Award in Social Work from Oxford University and has an MSc in Social Care Leadership and Management from Birmingham University.
Our Accounts Manager Angie Pickard has worked in Finance and Administration for nearly 30 years after completing a Diploma in Business Studies. She has a background in Accounts and Managerial positions in a variety of large corporate organisations and smaller commercial companies.
She has worked for Aidhour on a part-time basis since 2013.
Aidhour has over 70 associates across the UK. Here are a few of our team members.
Aidhour associates come from a variety of social care and social work management backgrounds enabling us to match consultants to assignments, meeting and often exceeding the statutory or practice requirements for each role. Aidhour associates are recruited under our rigorous safer recruitment policy and practice CVs can always be provided on request.
Nikki joined Aidhour in 2017 from her previous role as Assistant Director of Safeguarding and QA in a London Borough. She also has experience as an Assistant Director of Safeguarding and QA in a large County Council. Nikki has an MSc in Advanced Social Work Leadership and Management and has expertise in service and practice improvement, case and systems audit/diagnostic, IMR and learning review, improvement plan and coaching.
Daniel has been a qualified social worker for over 30 years with experience of managing front line Child Protection, Children Looked After and Children with Disabilities services. He was a Senior Commissioner for Adoption, Fostering and Residential children’s homes and joined Aidhour after reaching the level of Assistant Director of Children’s Services, handling large-scale change management for a Borough Council.
Penny joined Aidhour in 2001 as an independent social worker (ISW), IRO and Child Protection Conference Chair. Previously, Perry worked as an Assistant Director for a large children’s charity and held a number of different senior management and consultative roles in local authorities in the south west. She qualified in 1983 and is based in Sussex
Ria is London based and qualified as a social worker in 2008. He works part time as a Childrens Guardian with CAFCASS and part time with Aidhour as a quality assurance auditor, ISW and Child Protection Conference chair. He joined Aidhour in 2014. His background experience has always been in frontline child protection work and prior to becoming independent, he worked as an Advanced Practitioner in a busy London Borough.
Joan is an experienced manager, trainer and consultant in the field of regulation and inspection of residential health and social care services for both adults and children. She has held positions as head of inspection and compliance in both local authority and private residential care providers and spent 11 years as senior manager with Ofsted.
Clare is based in Bedfordshire and is an experienced social worker and IRO, specialising in the assessment and review of foster carers. She qualified in 1978 and worked in local authorities within fostering and family placement services until joining Aidhour in 2010.
Selam works with Aidhour as an advocate and specialises in work with Unaccompanied Minors and refugee children and their families within the care system. She is a qualified systemic psychotherapist and has worked in both charities and local authorities providing support and consultation to children and professionals at practice and strategic levels.
Andy joined Aidhour when it was a fledgling company in 1999. He is an experienced advocate with a particular interest in work with children in care who wish to pursue complaints relating to services they receive from statutory organisations and supporting unaccompanied minors during age assessments. Andy also provides contact supervision for families involved in both public and private law proceedings. He has a background of working in schools, providing one to one support to individual children and teaching art to disabled children.