Dr Michael Walters (Chair)

Michael holds a PhD in his chosen science subject. He has a wealth of experience in the educational field and brings that experience to the panel. 

He has recently retired from his current work placement which included teaching both English and overseas young people as well as mature students to GCSE and to A level in Science.

Helen Gray (Vice Chair)

Helen is our panel medical advisor. Helen is a registered nurse of over 25 years experience and currently works as a diabetes specialist nurse within the local community. She is also a foster parent along with her husband for an independent therapeutic foster agency. She and her husband also have an adopted daughter.

Emily Brearley

Emily is a qualified dance / music therapist. Has worked in counsellimg prcactices, mental health agencies and addiction centres. Emily has a heart to use her training creatively as a therapist for children and adults from all walks of life.

Miri Burnett (Decision Maker)

Miri is a social worker with us at PCC and is very much busy in our Supported Housing Department. Miri has worker with us since 2012 and has always brought a creative positive edge to teaching life skills and progressing the lives of the young people in Supported Housing.

Stuart Lindsell

Stuart and his wife Jayne are Supported Lodgings Providers and have a long history of involvement with charities and the voluntary sector. Stuart is also a co-facilitator in delivering training in Social Pedagogy and its application to fostering, child care and Social work.

Ronke Coote

Ronke is a qualified solicitor and is a former foster carer for Phoenix Community Care with her husband. Ronke brings understanding of the law and legislation. Also she bring expereience of her foster caring history.

Adrian Hawkes

Adrian is the PCC company representative on the panel, he is a Director of the company, but he and his wife also Fostered for a local borough for 15 years for 30+ children.  Adrian also chaired the local borough Foster Care association. As chair he was the first on call when foster carers had accusations made against them by their placements. Adrian contributes the company’s thinking into the assessment before recommendations are made to the decision Maker.

Lisa Denton

Lisa was one of our first set of student social workers with us back in 2011.  Lisa was very thorough and in her time with she began to get a real heart for contact centres which, after qualified as a social worker,  she eventually went on to manage a contact center.  Lisa came back to work with PCC as one of our supervising social workers in 2018.

Sara Arain

Sara is our panel independent Social Worker and in 2021 was a student social worker in our foster care department. In that time Sara completed a F form and was a tremendous support to our foster care department. Sara also has a seven-year experience working with children and families in different settings and currently works as a Supervising Social Worker in an independent fostering agency.

Lisa Veness

Lisa is a supervising social worker with West Sussex County Council.

Kenan Nderede

Kenan was a fostered unaccompanied asylum seeker when he came in the country as child from Uganda. Kenan is now a sports coach and is currently studying a masters in psychology.