Our staff

The My Choice Management Team

Alex Hyland

Director

Alex has over 25 years experience working with children who display emotional & challenging behaviour….

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Dawn Ives

Director and Responsible Individual

Dawn has over 16 years’ experience working in childcare and is qualified with the Registered…

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Debbie Woodgate

Operations Manager

Debbie has over 16 years experience working within residential child care services which…

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Lisa Lawrence

Policy & Development Manager

Lisa has a Diploma in Social Work with the Post Qualifying Year & Management Qualification…

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Annie Murphy

Head of Education, responsible for all My Choice Schools

Annie has a BSc (hons) in Experimental Psychology and a PGCE from the University of…

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Ed Glaves

Senior Team Manager

Ed has worked at My Choice for 11 years. Ed has developed his career with My Choice from Senior Residential Support…

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Jennifer Durlston-Powell

Head Teacher

Jen has a BA (Hons) QTS in English and Education which has enabled her to teach the entire age range …

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Steve Williams

Recruitment Manager

Steve is our Recruitment Manager and has over 15 years experience of working within Human Resources…

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Georgina Colgate

HR Manager

Georgina is our HR Manager and has worked at My Choice for over 15 years and for the majority of this time, as our HR Manager…

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Mark Kazmarski

IT Manager

Mark has over 20 years experience working in the IT industry. Mark has worked at My…

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Darren Widdows

Maintenance Manager

Darren has over 30 years experience working in the building trade including managing a…

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Pat Russell

Accounts Manager

Pat has over 40 years’ experience of working within the finance industry, 20 years at a senior/management…

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Laura Thornley

Learning and Development Manager

Laura has worked in children’s services for over ten years. Prior to joining My Choice she worked for two years …

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Pauline Gunnell

Registered Care Manager at Kingfisher View

Pauline has been employed at My Choice for over five years and progressed to Deputy Care Manager at Kestrel House…

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Tom Chilton

Registered Care Manager at Ocean Pearl

Tom started his career at My Choice in 2015 where he commenced employment in one of our 3 bedded Homes…

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Michelle Allen

Registered Care Manager at Pebble House

Michelle has worked within the care sector since 2002, roles including Social Care Assistant, Registered Domiciliary Care…

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Stuart Halsey

Registered Care Manager at Ivy Cottage

Stuart commenced his role as Care Manager at Ivy Cottage on 2nd May 2017. Stuart has been employed at My Choice for…

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Theo Barclay

Registered Care Manager at Neptune House

Theo has worked at My Choice for six years. Theo has been Acting Manager, progressing to his current position of …

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Polly Bayne

Registered Care Manager at Kestrel House

Polly has been employed at My Choice from April 2016, initially undertaking the role as Senior Residential Support Worker for…

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Declan Lola

Registered Care Manager at Oak House

Declan has over 15 years experience working with young people and their families, 8 years…

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Kate Kilford

Registered Care Manager at Maple House

Kate is the Registered Care Manager at Maple House. Kate has been employed at My Choice for over 5 years….

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Bethany Sjostedt

Registered Care Manager at Osprey House

Beth has been employed at My Choice for over four years, for the majority of this time she has worked as…

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