Mac Ornsby, Founding Director

My name is Mac, I started Kasper Fostering in 1997 to ensure that young people who could not live with their birth family still had the opportunity to live with people who could take care of them and give them the best chance of preparing for being adults.

I called the company Kasper after a young man in Austria who was fostered by a whole village.

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Kate Lovell, Director

My name is Kate, and I'm a director at Kasper. I was appointed Panel Chairperson in 2004 and became a director and Agency decision-maker in 2011.

I am a qualified Social Worker (CQSW) and have an MA in Social Work.. I've worked in many social work positions and very senior management and director positions for local authorities and independent agencies, I have also been involved with serious case reviews.

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Pete Johnstone, Registered Manager

Hello there, I’m Pete and am the Registered Manager for Kasper having started here in August 2016. My role is to provide the management of the organisation and ensure we provide the best possible opportunities to children and young people who arrive at Kasper. I have extensive experience working with children and young people in a variety of settings but most recently specialising in Foster Care as a Senior Manager in a Therapeutic Child Care organisation.

My qualifications include a BA(Hons) Degree in Performing Arts, Diploma in Social Work and Post Graduate Certificate in Management & Leadership. I feel really lucky to work in such an important yet fulfilling area of work. It is always so rewarding to see the progress children and young people make alongside their carers, families and staff that make up the community of Kasper.

 

Jacqui Nicholls, Practice Manager

I'm Jacqui and I joined Kasper Fostering in 2012 as a Supervising Social Worker in Kent supporting and working with our foster carers. In September 2015, I took on the role of Practice Supervisor and manage our team of Supervising Social Workers and Sessional staff in Kent, London and Essex. 

I love seeing the real difference foster carers make to the lives of the young people they care for. Before I joined Kasper, I worked in child protection, children and families and adult mental health.

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Shakila Emmanuel

Supervising Social Worker

My name is Shakila Emmanuel and I have worked as a social worker in fostering and adoption for nearly 14 years. Having had a very positive experience at my interview I am really pleased to have joined the Kasper team. Exploring the strength of family systems is a keen interest of mine, I do believe in the power of the family unit to heal. I am training to become a systemic practitioner and hope to bring my skills and expereince to benefit all at Kasper.

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Diane Manning, Finance Manager

My name is Diane, and I am Kasper's Finance Manager. I joined the Agency in 2014, having worked in the field of finance for over 20 years.

My previous roles have included Finance Manager for a small children’s charity called KCFN in Ashford, which merged to become part of CXK. Our work was largely centred on raising the aspirations of children and young people and engaging them in positive activities.

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Jayne Robinson, Supervising Social Worker

My name is Jayne, and I joined Kasper in 2009 as Practice Supervisor. I am now supporting our foster carers in Kent as a part-time Supervising Social Worker.

Before joining Kasper, I was instrumental in setting up and developing the 16+ service in Kent. I am passionate about supporting and guiding care leavers in their transition to adulthood.

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Leanne Sands, Supervising Social Worker

My name is Leanne and I work at Kasper as a Supervising Social Worker. I joined the Agency in 2012, and my role here is to support, supervise and develop our foster families living in Kent.

Before joining Kasper, I worked in a Local Authority for nine years in child protection and therapeutic practice as well as carrying out parent and child assessments.

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Rukhshanda Jabeen, Supervising Social Worker

Hi, my name is Rukhshanda Jabeen and I joined Kasper in October 2014 as a Supervising Social Worker covering the Essex region.  Prior to my current position I worked as an Independent Form F assessor completing fostering assessments for prospective foster carers for various private fostering agencies as well as being an approved foster carer myself. 

Previous to this I worked as a Senior Supervising Social Worker for Essex County Council since 2010.  My other experiences include working as a Supervising Social Worker for SWIIS Foster Care - a private fostering agency in Scotland and as a front line Social Worker in a busy Children and Family Team.  

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Sharn Bowley, Placements Officer

I’m Sharn and I am the dedicated Placements Officer at Kasper. I am responsible for matching children and young people referred to Kasper with our skilled carers in Kent, London and Essex. 

I have 15 years' experience working with children in care and care leavers alongside professionals, including residential therapeutic community, children’s rights and national leaving care projects which look to improve outcomes for young people.

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Amy Ansell, Administration Manager

My name is Amy, I'm the Administration Manager at Kasper. I joined the Agency in 2000, and have been the Panel Administrator for over 10 years. I hope that my experience allows me to effectively oversee the admin team and offer comprehensive support to our carers and young people.  

Recently I have been involved in developing a framework for foster carer reviews with BAAF, which I very much enjoyed. Before joining Kasper I worked for the East Kent Community NHS Trust in the Finance and Administration departments.

 

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Di Jeffers, Finance Assistant

Hi, my name is Di and I joined Kasper Fostering in November 2009 as Finance Assistant. My most important job (according to our Carers at least!) is making sure that our Foster Carers are paid correctly and on time. I also deal with invoicing and paying our suppliers.

Before I joined Kasper I worked for a recruitment agency, dealing with payroll for temporary workers and I also worked in retail for several years.

 

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Hayley Goodfellow, Administration Assistant

Hi, my name is Hayley and I’m an Administration Assistant at our Whitstable office. I joined Kasper in January 2014 and work part-time; my responsibilities include the administration of Foster Carer Reviews.

I have a vast experience in administration, built up over 15 years, and I really enjoy utilising this experience within the team at Kasper.

 

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Donna Keene, Administration Assistant

I’m Donna and I joined Kasper in 2007 as an Administration Assistant based at our Whitstable office. Amongst the many varied tasks I undertake at Kasper it is my job to record all the important events, milestones and achievements of our looked after children throughout their time in care. This enables the Agency to track and monitor their progress. 

Prior to joining Kasper I worked in a law firm and am currently studying for a law degree.

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