Our staff

The My Choice Management Team

Alex Hyland


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

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Peter Kazmarski


Peter has over 20 years experience working with older adults with neuro-disabilities and…

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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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Lisa Lawrence

Policy & Development Manager

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

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Debbie Woodgate

Practice Manager

Debbie has over 14 years experience working within residential child care services which…

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Ed Glaves

West Team Area Manager

Ed has over 5 years experience working within residential childcare services. Ed has…

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Sandra Whyte

East Team Manager

Sandra is an experienced and professional child care practitioner. Sandra has worked in the social care field for over twenty years…

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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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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 from…

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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…

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Steve Williams

Recruitment Manager

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

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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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Diploma Assessor

Claire Griffin

Care Manager – Ocean Pearl

Claire is the Care Manager at Ocean Pearl, working with Ed Glaves the West Team’s Area Manager. Claire has…

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Pauline Gunnell

Care Manager at Kingfisher View

Pauline Commenced her role as Registered Care Manager at Kingfisher View on 2nd May 2017…

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Michelle Allen

Care Manager at Pebble House

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

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Stuart Halsey

Care Manager at Ivy Cottage

Stuart commenced his role as Care Manager at Ivy Cottage on 2nd May 2017…

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Theo Barclay

Care Manager at Neptune House

Theo has worked within residential services for young people for over six years. Previous…

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Polly Bayne

Care Manager at Kestrel House

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

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Declan Lola

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

Care Manager – Maple House

Kate was the Deputy Manager at Maple House since November 2014, previous to her current…

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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…

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Bethany Sjostedt

Care Manager – 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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