'I am extremely honoured to be supporting the Footesteps charity. The work they do to ensure safe working conditions for nighttime, health and social care workers is not only important but needed'.
I have worked in Health and Social Care most of my life. I am a clinician by background but soon went into senior management in the NHS managing Hospitals, Community services and Specialist services in Tertiary centres. In the late 90s, I led a pilot children's trust across health and social care for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It was a very large service, but tried for the first time to put the child at the centre by bringing health and social care together under 'one roof'. I led the re-design of the services which added value by being more integrated and providing a one-stop shop for children and their families.
I moved to Hertfordshire to be nearer my Sister so that we could better support our ageing parents. After several NHS roles, I decided to take a break from the public sector and became deputy CEO of SAFFA supporting the armed forces and their families. I led the clinical services that provided health and social care to the military in 14 countries. I learnt a great deal about the charity sector and have continued to support my local Hospice as a Trustee responsible for clinical care for the last 6 years.
I have also worked in private health and social care companies. Again these included hospitals and community services. I have considerable experience with elderly care and ongoing support for those living with a disability and mental health challenges.
My husband and I have 5 children between us, some are also night workers as we have both been in our past careers. We have two dogs and three grand dogs which makes life very busy when they all come to stay! Less trouble are my bees and chickens. They reward me with lovely fresh eggs each morning and make a lot less noise. I like to spend as much time in the garden as I can when the weather permits and in winter I spend time cooking and knitting for grandchildren I don't have yet - one day.
Our Jenny was a conscientious, determined, compassionate and loving person who loved her work and being part of a great team that cared for others. It only seems natural to honour Jenny and her colleagues that work hard in this caring vocation by having a charity that supports the work that they do.
As Jenny’s brother, I was inspired and honoured to be part of a great team of people who want to be part of ‘Footesteps’, in the name of Jenny and the family.
I have spent most of my career as a police officer investigating violent crime and homicide and managing risk to individuals and communities, so it was quite ironic for me and my family to be bereaved victims of crime in such tragic circumstances.
Since retiring and the subsequent death of Jenny I have been engaged as a trustee supporting bereaved families who have lost loved ones through mental health homicide.
I’m now in education, teaching the police degree to Metropolitan Police recruits. I believe my previous skills and experience will add value to our charity and maintain Jenny’s legacy, something I think Jenny would have wanted.
My working life has been in the adult social care sector, starting in Camden where I supported people with Learning Disabilities to live meaningful lives outside of hospital.
My career has enabled me to develop a range of specialist services including one of the first services for unaccompanied young people fleeing war torn countries, gender specific mental health services and 24 hour mental health services with onsite clinical teams.
I have trained in and lectured on Relational Security, Trauma Informed Practice and Shifting Settings of Care.
I have spent time in Nepal helping villages recover from the ravages of poverty and dispossession after the earthquake.
I am proud to be part of ‘Footesteps’ and to work alongside Jenny’s devoted family and friends to support the promotion and development of training and safety features for night time health and social care staff.
The loss of Jenny had a devastating impact on our family and we are determined that her death will not be in vain. I am so privileged to be part of a team of family, friends and professionals hoping to make a difference to those working in nighttime health and social care.
I have previously worked in childcare as a childminder before working in a primary school as a Teacher Assistant, specialising in Speech and Language and 1:1 with SEN children mostly ASD. I have implemented support groups for parents and their children to learn and improve their social skills. In addition, I have taught teachers and TA’s the benefits of Lego therapy.
I intend to use my skills and experience to work as a volunteer for MOSAC, an organisation that provides support to non-abusive parents and carers of sexual abused children. I run my own wrap around childcare business and summer holiday club and I am working with the HAF programme to support children in need.
I am a qualified senior social worker specialising in mental health practice. I am also an Approved Mental Health Professional, assessing people under the Mental Health Act 1983.
In addition to my social work career, I completed a Graduate Diploma in Law. My interest in law grew and I decided to embark on the Bar Training Course, part-time, which I am currently doing.
As well as studying and working, I have a 5-year-old daughter who keeps me very busy!
As one of Jenny’s best friends, I know she also enjoyed working in mental health, alongside social workers supporting clients to become empowered. She was dedicated and committed to improving the lives of vulnerable people, in her day and night role as a project worker. This passion led to her completing a degree in social work, sadly just before she was taken from us.
Being part of Jenny’s legacy as a Trustee in ‘Footesteps’ allows me to contribute to the development of an organisation that aims to facilitate the wellbeing of health and social care staff working at night.
I am a solicitor in London and specialise in advising companies and individuals who are being investigated or prosecuted by regulators such as the Health and Safety Executive. Much of my time is spent dealing with accidents in the health and social care sector and their tragic aftermath so it was a real privilege to be asked to become a Trustee of this pioneering charity which will help make night-time support work safer. Outside of work I enjoy trying to keep up with my two young children, playing tennis and supporting Ipswich Town.
My diverse career has helped me develop a wide range of skills and has greatly assisted my progress in law. It has also introduced me to some wonderful people, including Michael Foote, who became a client after the tragic death of Jenny. Michael has now become a good friend and I am immensely proud and honoured that he invited me to become a Trustee of this wonderful charity which will aim to assist nighttime health and social care staff.
As one of Jenny’s best friends, I am honoured to be involved as a trustee of Footsteps which has been set up in her memory. I sincerely hope Footsteps develops and grows as a fitting tribute to her.
I’m a mother of 2 children and have been working part time since the birth of my first child. I’m AAT qualified and prior to my career change, I worked in the accounting industry for over 10 years for a few accounting practices and corporate companies. In light of my career change and to grow my knowledge, I completed the NFOPP Residential lettings and property Management professional qualification. This was to further aid my career within the property sector for which I now work.
I am a practising solicitor based in Bromley and whilst I cover most areas, I now mainly specialise in Mental Health Homicides. This is a very niche area but it has enabled me to assist families that are affected by this and who have no idea who to turn to and it is one of the reasons why I am involved with this wonderful Foundation and how I was first introduced to Michael Foote. I came into law late in life as prior to this I worked in the world of finance. Outside of work, I am kept busy with two grown up children and the misery of following West Ham United.
I feel very honoured to have been invited to be a Trustee of this important charity and I hope that I can continue to assist the charity as their aim to assist night-time carers is a special cause and is very close to my heart.