Louise Parrott-Bates – Pure Insight Chair starting 10th October 2013
Louise is the CEO of Pure Innovations Charity – working towards disadvantaged people having good lives with purpose and meaning.
Louise trained as a Social Worker and spent all her career working with people to improve their independence, skills and wellbeing.
Responsible for over 200 staff and a budget in excess of five million – she is driven to implement change in services and systems to ensure disadvantaged people have improved lives.
Leadership skills and a passion in not settling for “good enough” drives her enthusiasm to continually improve the culture that reflects the values and behaviours of Pure Innovations.
Louise is also chair of two other charities – Smart Works and Pure Insight. She utilises her experience and knowledge to ensure these charities are financially sustainable, aspirational for growth with an infrastructure to realise its potential. Risk, governance and compliance are managed with and thru the board and senior managers.
Oliver Gardner – member since 1st April 2016
As a practising solicitor, specialising in criminal defence and other legally aided work, my work, over 20 years has brought me into contact with many children and young people. Early on, I became conscious of the disproportionate number of looked after children entering the criminal justice system and as I gained experience, I grew totally frustrated by the woeful lack of provision for so many of these children.
It started to occur to me that many looked after children were being failed by the very system intended to help them and as a direct consequence of this failure many such children were falling into the criminal justice system. Through my work, as is often the case, I built relationships with many of my young clients. Although, my role in their lives was for a specific purpose, I came to appreciate the positive effect of the relationship on the young person. It also occurred to me how very much a positive type of relationship was missing from so many of my young clients’ lives.
Feeling somewhat constrained by the nature of my relationship as their solicitor, I decided to train as a ChildLine counsellor and then went on to study counselling and psychotherapy to level 3 in the hope that I could work more closely and more positively impact the lives of children young people within the care system. In fact, it was whilst I was training as a counsellor that a friend, also on the course recommended the mentoring programme at Pure Insight. I completed the programme and then having seen first-hand the huge benefits of it and the other work undertaken by Pure I wanted to help the charity to a greater extent and so through my efforts I was then invited to join the board of Trustees which I readily and with great pride accepted.
As a solicitor I consider my ability to make objective judgements based on the processing of information a key skill from which the organisation can benefit. My knowledge and experience of the criminal justice system is also a useful. Resource from which the charity can draw.
As a trained counsellor, I would hope that my ability to listen, express non-judgemental advice and offer positive regard to the young people we work with will be considered a useful asset.
Ed Nixon – member since 10th September 2016
I am a social worker who has worked with children and their families for over forty years. Initially I worked for a Local Authority (Sefton MBC) as social worker, Senior Social Worker and then Area Manager leading a fieldwork team covering everything to do with Children and Families social work. Before leaving the Local Authority, after 27 years, I had become Service Manager for Looked After Children managing everything from Children’s homes to Adoption with Fostering, Leaving Care and a team working to avoid children coming into care as part of my brief.
I then transferred across to the Independent Sector– as the Group Operations Manager and subsequently CEO for an independent provider where we eventually delivered residential child care, fostering, education and therapeutic services to children with a whole spectrum of needs. Everything was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted and not yet ‘Good Enough’ by me and my colleagues. I was made redundant in 2015 after a change of ownership and I would say (well I would wouldn’t I?) of ethos too.
Since then I have worked independently supporting residential and fostering providers and undertaking commissions from (variously) the Independent Children’s Homes Association, the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care and ‘Action for Children’.
I have been involved in the Every Child Leaving Care Matters campaign since day 1 (December 2013)and plan to be there on whatever day it is that we achieve the right for all children in residential care to ‘Stay Put’ if they so choose.
I am proud to be a trustee of Pure Insight and hope that my Local Authority, Private sector and more recently voluntary work has enabled me to develop some knowledge and a degree of expertise to bring to the table.
Caroline Jones - member since 2018
I am currently a Tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University on the Early Years and Childhood Studies Programme which is a part of the Education Faculty and have been teaching in Higher Education for the past 5 years on Health and Social Care and Children and Young People Degrees. Prior to this I have worked across local authorities, charities and private businesses within a range of children and young people roles. These roles include; Childminder, Out of School Club Manager, Childcare Support Officer, Sure Start Adviser, Children’s Centre Development Worker and Governor Support Officer (Education).
I joined the Pure Insight Trustee Board in early 2018 after getting involved with the Christmas Dinner project and being inspired by Sarah and the Team at Pure Insight’s ethos, values, vision and mission. I feel honoured to be a part of this fantastic charity who is dedicated to improving the lives of young care leavers.