It is our people who make Pebbles such a special organisation
Chris has been employed in Education and children’s services all of his working life within numerous roles. Most recently he has worked at two of the largest organisations in the UK as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Children’s Services. Outside of work Chris enjoys spending time with his family either watching or taking part in numerous sports.
Pebbles’ directors lead the growth and innovation of our company by setting strategic objectives and plans and ensuring they are consistently met.
Julie’s first career was in financial services, where she founded and ran her own wealth management consultancy for over 15 years.
After a twenty year career in Cumbria Police Mark decided to take up a career in Children’s Social Care. Mark has worked in the sector for 16 years now in various senior management roles.
Since joining the Pebbles family in 2019, Grant has advanced from Finance Controller to Head of Finance and now holds the role of Finance Director. As a fully qualified ACCA accountant, Grant brings a wealth of expertise to our team and has introduced innovative systems and processes, significantly enhancing efficiency and productivity across the business.
A graduate of Glasgow and Napier University, Valerie has worked for over 25 years in human resources. Valerie has worked in lots of different sectors including hospitality, technology financial services, retail, engineering, oil and gas and most recently social care.
We have a skilled and cohesive operations team that ensures we go above and beyond to meet the highest standards of care.
Joy is a highly motivated and dedicated manager who can demonstrate a proven track record in leading teams to support positive outcomes for children and young people.
Dave has worked in residential childcare for 11 years in various leadership roles, with a proven track record as a successful Registered Manager, achieving an outstanding feature in Leadership and Management.
Maureen has over 25 years experience working within residential child care in both Scotland and England. She is a qualified Social Worker and Registered Manager who has extensive knowledge and experience of trauma informed care.
Annette has 20 years’ experience in working with children and young people, 12 of these was as a Registered manager of Residential homes for children.
Sheena holds her SVQ 3 in Social Care, the HNC in Social Care, the SVQ 4 in Leadership and Management Children and Young People, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Residential Child Care.
Luke has five years’ experience working within social care, starting with Pebbles Care, where he has progressed throughout the company thanks to his passion and desire to improve the lives of children and young people.
Zoe has nearly 30 years of experience working with different young people in care and care leavers, all with a variety of needs, helping them make progress and achieve the best they possibly can.
Helen has worked in children’s residential care for nine years, progressing through the roles within Pebbles Care. She has experience of mentoring others in our therapeutic parenting approach to provide them with the skills to support our children to reach the best of their abilities.
Simon has been involved in residential child care since 2005, he is level 5 qualified and was previously the manager of one of our Pebbles homes for 6 years before becoming Area Manager for the North East and Yorkshire homes.
Donna has held various management roles within the health care sector, is passionate about quality and Level 5 qualified. As Resource Manager, Donna oversees the company’s Rota Management System, provides managers with support and undertakes projects to improve the company resources and processes.
Formed by the commissioning and marketing departments, this team builds strong relationships with local authorities by finding the best placements for young people and supports the growth of the company.
Karen has worked for Pebbles Care for nearly 10 years, working as part of the commissioning team. Karen provides relationship focused support to all the Yorkshire local authorities and those within the district of Greater London.
Michael’s academic background required qualitative research into the issues many young people face within contemporary society, such as mental health issues, poverty, and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences. These experiences have led him to the belief that all children possess infinite and often unlocked potential, and therefore, the onus lies on us to ensure that regardless of the hand of cards each child has been dealt, they should have equal opportunities to unlock their potential, and ultimately, flourish.
Lauren studied psychology for six years. Her academic background focused on childhood development, mental health, and psychological and physical abuse. Lauren was awarded with a master’s in psychology and decided to put the theory into practice at one of our Pebbles’ homes. She gained hands on experience working with our young people as a residential childcare worker before joining the commissioning team.
Aimee studied psychology and criminology at university then went on to work as a therapeutic support worker where she progressed up to team leader. Following maternity leave, Aimee worked in an administration role before becoming a full time referrals officer in 2017 and joined Pebbles’ commissioning team in 2024.
Ileana joined Pebbles as Marketing Manager at the end of 2021, creating and overseeing the whole marketing function. She was promoted to Head of Marketing at the beginning of 2024. Part of her job is implementing effective strategies and ensuring that the perception of the company reflects the genuine interest that everyone shares in improving young people’s lives and innovating our practices.
Dionne joined Pebbles at the beginning of 2023 and brings over 10 years of marketing experience to her role. Dionne supports the Head of Marketing in implementing the marketing strategy and has a particular love for content marketing; creating and sharing case studies, news pieces and newsletters and managing Pebbles’ social media presence.
Pebbles’ talent acquisition team strives to attract and hire only the most talented individuals and plays a vital role in creating our thriving family.
Hazel joined the Pebbles family three years ago, initially helping out with admin before making her move into the recruitment team. She has a wealth of experience in people management and recruitment, having previously worked as a field manager for a logistics company where she was responsible for the recruitment process, training and performance management of employees. Hazel is currently studying for her CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management.
Our passionate education team loves empowering young people who experienced early years adversities to access life-changing learning opportunities.
Glenn has 15 years’ experience in education and built upon his original foundation as a PE teacher by moving into a pastoral care role before spending three years as a Curriculum Leader in residential child care education. He then furthered his career by becoming Principal Teacher of an Additional Support department in Fife before moving on as Principal Teacher of the Learning Support faculty in Perth.
Sandra has 30 years in education. She holds three degrees, two of which are in education with one specialising in Inclusive and Special Needs Education. Sandra has taught across all key stages, lectured teacher trainers and held various management positions for specialist subjects, including specialist provision and Academic Development. Sandra founded and developed nationally accredited training materials for educators and schools to bring them in line with statutory and legislative requirements for inclusive education; her passion, to effect change for those marginalised so ALL children experiencing barriers can access the curriculum and reach their full potential.
A specialist team of in-house forensic psychologists supports the development of our people as trauma informed practitioners, offering healing therapeutic journeys.
Volunteering in residential childcare shaped Sharron’s professional career. Bewildered by the behaviours and saddened by the difficulties that some young people face sparked an interest for both understanding and intervention.
Our learning and development team is responsible for developing the learning programmes that allow us to achieve outstanding levels of support for young people.
Michelle is our Learning and Development Manager for England. She has extensive knowledge and experience of providing outstanding people development programmes for many employees in both the public and private sector.
Over the past 17 years, Tracey has worked in various roles within the health care sector and found her vocation in training and supporting others to develop their skills and understanding. Tracey has spent many years supporting others to achieve their SVQ qualifications, along with resourcing, designing specific training programmes for the needs of the people being supported.
Charles has worked in the care sector for 15 years, 10 of those years in Residential Child Care working in various roles from, RCCW, Deputy Manager and Registered Manager. Charles has been part of the Pebbles family for 9 years and currently works as part of the Learning & Development Team, facilitating training to new and existing employees.
Josh has been part of the Pebbles family for 6 years, beginning his journey as a Residential Childcare Worker and working his way up to Deputy and then Acting Manager. As he transitioned into his current role, he carried with him the invaluable experiences gained from working within the children’s homes. Now, Josh’s focus is on sharing those experiences to inspire and educate both new and existing employees.
Charlotte has worked in Health and Social Care for almost 20 years in various roles, with the last four years being spent in education and training (Adult apprenticeships). She is brand new to Children’s Residential Care but already finding her role so rewarding in terms of seeing staff develop in knowledge and confidence.
The Compliance Team ensures that each of our services, as well as the organisation as a whole, is made accountable for delivering the highest standards of care and support.
A qualified social worker with extensive residential childcare experience coupled with 14 years employment with Ofsted as a Children’s Social Care Regulatory Inspector, Russell has worked in and around children’s homes for over 35 years. His role includes oversight of the independent visitor team, ensuring that all our homes receive an independent visit each month. Russell has a constant supporting presence and impact in our homes, challenging managers to provide outstanding care for the children we look after.
All our homes are aligned with a robust health and safety structure and documentation thanks to the efforts of our health and safety team, that works on making Pebbles a safe place for all.
Derek is a NEBOSH qualified Health and Safety manager and a technical member of IOSH.
People team is a constant source of assistance in our employees’ careers, ensuring that Pebbles remains an inclusive, fair, and progressive employer.
Jo is a CIPD qualified HR professional with a passion for people, supporting both the business and individuals.
Our Finance Team ensures that Pebbles, as a forward-looking company, remains sustainable, as well as ambitious in its mission to make a difference for young people.
Our dedicated Maintenance Team is always on hand to make all our residential services feel like warm and welcoming homes.
Ian has been with Pebbles since it was founded, and in the first two years with us, he progressed from residential child care worker to home manager, obtaining his NVQ Level 4 in Children and Young People, and a Level 4 in Leadership and Management.
There are a range of exciting opportunities to join us. Why not discover through which of our roles you would thrive and make a positive impact on the lives of our children and young people? We would love to receive your application.