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Our team

Kirstie O'Connor

Director of Safeguarding,
Support and Accommodation

Amanda Gregory

Director of Quality
Assurance and Improvement

Shane Farrant

Business Development
and Social Value

Hannah Greening

Area Manager

QCF level 5 in Health and Social Care, Certificate in Counselling and a Business Management HND Safeguarding Leadership

Kirstie has been working with children and young people in social care for the past 23 years, starting her career at a very young age as a volunteer in a school for differently abled young people in Gloucestershire. Kirstie went on to work with Shelter and Glofysh supporting homeless young people aged 16 - 25 with housing advice and support. Later, Kirstie worked with young adults who had been made homeless and supported them to gain qualifications and employment whilst living in supported accommodation.

Kirstie went on to manage some of the highest levels of supported accommodation in Gloucester over a six year period. This housing accommodated homeless and disadvantaged young people from under-resourced areas within the city. Kirstie became a team manager, transitioning into an operations manager within a year, successfully developing supported housing placements across the South West. Kirstie then started to support struggling therapeutic childrens' homes, offering a consultancy service to create recovery plans which ensure standards are raised so gradings of 'good' and 'outstanding' can be achieved. Kirstie strongly believes being part of the lives of these young people is a privileged position, and that every child and young person must be given the best opportunities in life, no matter where their starting point.

Finance and Administration qualification, Safer recruitment, Core training units, Child protection, Working towards Level 5 Health and Social care

Amanda has successfully improved quality practices for a leading bank. She has always had a passion for supporting young people, and is trained in domestic violence support. She volunteers for a charity in Gloucester, providing support and training in a counselling group. Amanda has a wealth of knowledge in forensics and spent over three years working full time at Victim Support. Amanda's passion is empowering people.

Various building certificates

Shane Farrant has a building and development background, specialising in eco-friendly practice. Shane has over 20 years’ experience, starting out as a carpenter and continuing on to successfully establish two companies (a building firm and a property management company). With a portfolio of over 26 properties, he has successfully provided high quality premises for students and private lets. With a passion to develop and grow opportunities for students, he will lead on business development and social impact. He will also provide cost effective and high quality properties.

Hannah has over 10 years’ experience working with children and adults within therapeutic services who display a range of challenging behaviour including attachment disorder, autism, self-harm, personality disorder and learning disabilities. Hannah has a proven track record of achieving and maintaining a stable staff team and leading as a model home within an organisation. She is working towards a level 5 in Health and Social Care. Hannah has vast experience of admissions, transitions and working in close partnership with a vast number of Local Authorities, CQC and Ofsted.

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