Meet The Team

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Meet the Team

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The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Childrens Commissioning team was created in 2017. The team structure chart shows the make up of the team. The structure chart is up to date as of July 2022.

Helene Carr – Head of Service Children’s Commissioning Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
Helene is the head of Children’s Commissioning at Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.  Helene leads the strategic programme of commissioning for children and families, driving innovation to deliver better outcomes and financial efficiencies.  Helene leads a large team with a variety of commissioning portfolios.

Children’s Commissioners

Lucy Loia – Senior Commissioning Manager
Lucy leads the SEND Commissioning team and commissioning activities that are shaping and delivery of improved outcomes for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  across both authorities. Lucy works closely with partners and providers to create integrated commissioning strategies that support SEND  and the development of new models of service delivery.
Lucy manages the SEND Commissioning team, and the SEND Access to Resources Team.
Lucy is CIPS qualified and applies this to ensure we are commissioning safe, effective with quality provision for children, young people and adults with SEND.

Sam Nash – Senior Commissioning Manager
Sam is the Commissioner for Children in Care across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, primarily focusing on Cambridgeshire. Sam’s commissioning activities include: independent foster care, residential children’s homes and supported accommodation services for Children and Young People in Care.
Sam says I am passionate about ensuring that participation and the voice of the child is embedded in our commissioning approaches.

Zoe Redfern-Nichols – Commissioning Manager
Zoe’s focus is on commissioning for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, primarily those children in Social Care and education. Within Zoe’s portfolio is the Community Short Breaks Services within Peterborough and the Short Breaks offer across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
Zoe says she is passionate about ensuring that children with disabilities and complex needs receive personalised and flexible support.

Andrew Jones – Commissioning Manager
Andrew has worked for CCC for 11 years, managing a number of front line services supporting adults and young people. These include residential, supported living as well as outreach services. His roles have required him to have regulatory responsibility for services so he is committed to providing the best possible outcomes for people and ensuring that quality and value for money are paramount. During this time Andrew has developed a keen interest in the implementation of PROACT SCIP in services to support people in managing behaviours of concern and minimising the use of restrictive interventions. This has brought him a large number of contacts, both internally an externally, and crossing a number of different support/service areas. I am looking forward to using and developing these contacts in my role as Commissioning Manager

David Rhodes – Commissioning Manager
My background for the past 25 years has been in the world of Special Educational Needs.  I have been a Teacher, Adviser and more recently a manager within the SEN teams at both Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.  I am looking forward to taking up my position in the Commissioning Team as this will be an opportunity for me to develop and use my knowledge and experience to improve the provision for children and young people with SEN.  I am excited to be part of this team and look forward to securing the services required within this role to help enrich their lives.

Jarryd Anthony – Quality and Performance Officer
Jarryd’s role is to support the team through data management and analysis. He joined children’s commissioning in March 2020, having joined the council in January 2020, when he briefly worked in corporate information management. Jarryd comes from a criminal justice background and has worked as a researcher for the Northamptonshire Constabulary, a casework officer for the Hampshire Constabulary, and a crime analyst for the New York City Police Department. Jarryd went to Nottingham Trent where he studied criminology and psychology and hopes to put his skills to good use within the public sector.

Pam Setterfield – Commissioning Manager
Pam’s commissioning brief falls into the scope of “Children and Families” commissioning. The commissioning and procurement activities in her brief are in partnership with a number of County Council and City Council teams including Early Help and Public Health as well as with organisations such as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a number of voluntary sector organisations. Included in Pam’s portfolio is work in relation to Children’s Centres, working in partnership in developing Best Start in Life Programme and evidence based parenting programmes, including young parents, although there are other contracts Pam is responsible for.

Helen Andrews – Commissioning Manager
Helen’s commissioning brief is also within the Children and Families commissioning. Helen’s portfolio includes jointly working with a range of partners from Youth Offending Services, Strengthening Communities, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Constabulary and the Voluntary and Community Sector.
Helen is always looking for innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking. Commissioners works with people, social problems and systems. We know organisations want to provide bespoke responses and that commissioners want to help local systems produce better outcomes. Commissioners are therefore key to understanding systems, creating collaborations and conditions for people to achieve better outcomes.

Joanne Leggett – Commissioning Manager (Acting-up)
Prior to working for Cambridgeshire County Council Jo worked for 12 years as a locality manager responsible for managing 4 supported living services for adults with learning disabilities, autism and very complex health/medical needs. Since joining Cambridgeshire County Council in 2017 Jo has worked within the contracts team and the Access to Resources Team, where she built  relationships with providers and gained a comprehensive understanding of legislation and processes for Children in Care. Jo is passionate about making a difference in the lives of Children and Young People.

Gavin Mullin – Senior Commissioning Officer
Gavin works on Early Help projects which is where his passion lies having previously worked with Cambridgeshire’s Troubled Families programme within Early Help. Gavin manages a range of contracts and activities including  advocacy services for children in care, Young Carers services, Cambridgeshire’s Local Assistance Scheme, Mental health services for children and young people and website development.

Laura Fordham – Senior Commissioning Officer
Laura joined the Children’s Commissioning team in August 2019 following a 12 years working in the Recruitment industry.  Laura support Pam managing Children Centres, Parenting Programmes, Family Information Service and the Outdoor Education Advisor Service.

Isobel Thomson – Commissioning Officer
Since April 2021 Isobel has been a Commissioning Officer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Isobels portfolio focuses on the Community Short Breaks offer across Peterborough, as well as monitoring SEND services and working with Health Colleagues in relation to join commissioning.
Following completing her MSc in Psychology in 2019, Isobel is passionate about ensuring young people recieve the support required to enable them to live their life to the fullest, while providing their families with the respite they need.

Simone Murray – Commissioning Officer
Simone has been working and supporting Children and Families for the last 13 years and started in the team in September 2021. Simone is looking forward to working in partnership with members of the Community and Providers to continue to build and develop services that offer our Children and Young People with Special Education Needs and Disabilities the Best Start in Life across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Sarah Bottoms – Commissioning Officer 
Sarah has been a Commissioning Officer for the Children in Care Team since November 2021, following 14 years as a qualified primary school teacher. Sarah is passionate about securing the best outcomes for all children, enabling them to thrive and prosper now and throughout their futures. In her teaching role, she was a champion for the voice of the child and is keen to work collaboratively with children, families and other professionals when commissioning services. 

Nicola Dawes – Commissioning Officer
Nicola joined the team in June 2022 after working for 10 years in education settings and is keen to use her experiences to obtain and retain quality supportive services for children. During her time in education, Nicola supported a range of children to successfully navigate and access all aspects of school life, and is passionate about working collaboratively to support children within Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Sadia Khan – Commissioning Officer
Sadia joined the Children’s Commissioning team in June 2022. Sadia has worked for 14 years in a Sexual Assault Referral Centre and has first hand experience of supporting Adults and Children in acute circumstances, as well as developing pathways and processes. Sadia is passionate about improving services for the vulnerable in our communities by working collaboratively with providers and partner organisations, to improve service delivery and create the best possible outcomes for children and families, when commissioning services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Access to Resources: Children in Care (CiC)

Access to Resources Team (ART) is a team within Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are responsible for sourcing fostering, residential and leaving care placements for our children in care and children with SEND, including post 16. Access to Resources broker different types of placements for children and young people. This includes:

  • Independent Fostering Agencies (Short term, long term, emergency, bridging and respite)
  • Residential Children’s Homes
  • Supported Accommodation for 16 – 18 year olds
  • Housing related support accommodation for young people preparing for independence
  • Secure Welfare placements
  • Supported Living

ART work closely with our In House Fostering Teams, Social Care Teams and SEND and Children in Care Commissioners.

ART also support the management of contracts with monitoring visits of placements and make a valuable contribution to the shaping of future commissioned services for children in care.

Tahmina Hussain – Placement Officer
Tahmina has been a placement Officer for almost three years. Tahmina says she has always had a passion to work with children and make a positive difference to their lives, which she feels she is achieving in her current role.

Gina Dixon -Resource Officer
Gina is a Resource Officer within the Access to Resources Team and has worked as part of the duty team in identifying placements for Children in Care since 2018. Since this time she has been able to further her knowledge around the different types of placements, working primarily in identifying fostering, residential and semi-independent placements. Prior to joining the team, Gina had recently graduated University with a degree in Criminology, however she has always had an interest in working with children and a desire to make a positive change to young people’s lives.

Annabel Oldham – Placement Officer
Annabel has been a part of the team since August 2019 when she started the role, initially as a Resource Officer. Since January 2021 she has stepped us as a placement officer on secondment. Within the Access to Resources team Annabel helps find placements for looked after children, including fostering, residential, supported accommodation and supported living placements.
Annabel loves being part of the team and thoroughly enjoys her role and being able to support our young people in identifying the best possible placements for a safe and secure home, which she finds very rewarding.

Rachel Hickmott – Art Officer
Rachel facilitates the process of referrals for Independent Special Education Provisions and supports with Residential Placements required for Children in Care. Rachel has previously worked within the Fostering and Adoption team.

Fliss Burge – Resourse Officer
Fliss joined the team as a Resource Officer in February 2022 having previosuly worked in adoption.

Heather Murray – ART Assistant Officer
Heather is the newest member of the team. She says she has been interested in Children’s Social Care for a long time as her family have much experience of providing respite care for children with complex needs.

Ros Anderson – ART Support Officer
Ros works closely with the Access to Resources Team providing support with a variety of tasks. These include issuing child contracts for placement, contracts to provider and ensuring statutory documents are submitted on time such as the REg 44. Ros is expert with LiquidLogic and its new finance tool, ContrOCC. Ros supports the team with LiquidLogic queries.  She says it has been a learning curve for all.

Access to Resources: Independent Special Educational Provision (ISEPS)

In a very small number of cases, it may not be possible to meet a child’s special educational and care needs within Local Authority maintained educational provision in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough. In these cases, children may attend an Independent Special School. The ISEPS team are part of the process identifying suitable placements and providing support for placement stability.

This Team work closely work closely with the Statutory Assessment Team, Social Care teams, the NHS Continuing Care, Commissioners and other professionals.

The team also helps with contract management, undertaking monitoring visits of placements and contributing to the shaping a recommissioning of future service provision.

Okailey Dua – Senior Placement Officer, Independent Special Education Provisions (ISEPs)

Okailey manages a team of Placement Officers and Resources Officers identifying independent special schools for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). Okailey broadened her knowledge from finding placements for Children in Care to children with SEND. In 2018, Okailey took over the responsibility of referrals for ISEPs and has been developing practices and process within the ISEPs team.

Vicki Ashford – Placement Officer
Vicki joined the team recently and brings much experience as a principle instructor training staff in positive approaches to behaviour management of children and young people in education an care settings.

Megan Alexander – Resource Officer
Megan facilitates the process of referrals for Independent Special Education Provisions for children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). Megan says her passion lies within helping those in need and giving them the best educational package that suits their ability whilst helping them to maintain a safe and stable environment for them to live in.

Laura Caldbeck – Resource Officer
In June 2021 Laura began her role as a Resource Officer to source, match and initially quality assure placements and services for children either in care and/or children and young people with an EHCP. She relishes the opportunity to be a part of and contribute to supporting children and young people to achieve better outcomes. Prior to joining the Children’s Commissioning Team, Laura worked on the front line with Specialist Support Service for another Local Authority. She has a background of studying Child and Youth Studies, Psychology and working with those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in mainstream schools and nurseries

Amy Claypole – Community Support Co-ordinator
Amy joined the ISEPs team in September 2021 following an internal realocation of her post. Amy has worked in the Community Support Service for over 15 years and moved into Procurement of external providers in 2014. Amy has a wealth of experience working with internal and external providers and has established excellent working relationships with many providers. Amy is excited about her move to the ISEPs team and believes this will enable her passion for making good quality referrals to continue in addition to continuing to monitor ongoing provision of services to ensure consistently high standards of support is delivered to vulnerable Children and Young People through the service.

Finance Team

Gill McConville – Finance Manager
Gill has been working for Cambridgeshire County Council for over 35 years primarily in financial roles and has been the manager of the Children’s Commissioning finance team since 2017. Her role is to be the link between the Children’s Commissioning team and the Corporate finance team and to manage and monitor delegated budgets within the directorate. The Team’s main priority is ensuring that all Providers invoices are paid on time.

Manju Mathew – Finance Officer
Manju  has been working for Cambridgeshire County Council for over 17 years. She is now the Finance Officer for the Children’s Commissioning Team.

Louise Douglas – Finance Assistant
Louise  has been working for Cambridgeshire County Council for over 6 years and has much experience with the Commissioning  team, Statutory Assessment Tea and SEND services. She says she is now back where she started, with Commissioning team! It’s funny how things work out.

Charlotte Manning – Finance Assistant
Charlotte has recently joined the Children’s Commissioning finance team for Cambridgeshire County Council having just completed her law degree at the University of Leeds.

Business Support

Pippa Hayward – Business Support Officer
Pippa started working in CCC business support for Helene Carr and the wider team in September 2018. Pippa is the key that keeps the Commissioning team running smoothly.

Rhia Collings – Business Officer
Rhia joined the Children’s Commissioning and Access to Resources Team as a Business Officer in December 2020. In her role she is responsible for undertaking administrative duties and providing business support, ensuring that tasks are carried out quickly and efficiently in order to enable the two teams to concentrate on the urgent and essential matters. This is her first role for CCC and Rhia is looking forward to developing her skillset and expanding her knowledge. She is passionate about making a difference and is excited to aid in the incredible work that is currently being done here.