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Meet the Team

Martin has been a qualified Social Worker since 1998 with extensive experience in Local Authorities and working with Children Looked After (CLA). For many years Martin has worked in managing services for CLA, the Independent Reviewing Officers, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and Child Protection.

With three children of his own, Martin understands the importance of ensuring children have the best care and opportunities to have a happy and fulfilling childhood to grow into successful adults. The motivation to become involved in opening a foster care agency came from his drive and passion to deliver an outstanding service to Foster Carers and looked after children and young people.

Martin Birch

Managing Director

Louise qualified as a Social Worker in 1994.  She has worked in various Local Authority Teams, including Child Protection and Children Looked After.  Louise has also undertaken the roles of Deputy Manager of a Children’s Home and Manager of a Leaving Care Team.

Louise has vast experience of fostering, having worked for a Local Authority’s Connected Person’s Team, Independent Fostering Agencies (in both Practitioner and Management roles) and as Registered Manager of a Foster Care Charity.

Her drive to establish a small agency was that of wanting to be part of a small Management Team, who have overall say over the type of Foster Carers recruited.  The direct experience that she has gained over the years has highlighted what type of placements work best for different children and how important the right family is.  She believes it is essential to employ Foster Carers who will give it their all, be open to training and have an open door policy when a child leaves their care.

Louise has been part of a group that have taken some of our young people to Romania, Bulgaria and Poland.  She wants to continue offering opportunities and encouraging young people to experience as much as they can.  She is a strong advocate for children in the looked after system and those making the transition to semi-independent living.

Louise Devlin

Senior Supervising Social Worker

Jenny qualified as a Social Worker in 2013, and since then has worked as a Supervising Social Worker in the Fostering field.

Jenny is passionate about children in the care system being afforded the same opportunities as their peers to enjoy a happy and successful life.

Jenny’s role at Tutis Foster Care is to support carers to provide consistency, care and guidance to Children Looked After placed in their care, enabling them to achieve positive outcomes. Drawing on her own life experience as a parent and knowledge from various roles in the industry, this has enabled Jenny to deliver outstanding support to all the foster families who work with Tutis Foster Care.

Jenny thoroughly enjoys her work, and looks forward to each challenging yet rewarding day, knowing she is working to better the lives of children in the care system. Jenny is proud to work at Tutis Foster Care alongside a fantastic team who share the same ethos and work collaboratively, supporting carers in innovative ways. It is a rewarding and fulfilling job, and she is always inspired by the children and carers she has the opportunity to work with.

Jenny Beddows

Senior Supervising Social Worker

Linda has worked at Tutis Foster Care since January 2017 as our Child and Family Support Worker. She brings almost 20 years of professionally qualified experience in supporting children and young people. Linda completed her training at St Martin’s University, Carlisle then began her career as a Youth Worker with Cumbria County Council and then as a Professional and Personal Adviser working with Connexions Cumbria then Inspira Cumbria. She has a wealth of experience and skills  working with children looked after and their carers, teen parents, and a broad range of the most vulnerable young people

Linda Clark

Support Worker

Emma Leeder
Administration and Business Manager

Emma has worked in Administration for more than 25 years in various industries, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience that has helped her to develop her career.

For over 10 years, Emma has worked in the fostering sector which has given her vast knowledge of the industry which is helping to support Tutis Foster Care grow and deliver excellent service to Foster Carers and young people in Cumbria.

Emma understands the importance of ensuring that the best care possible is given to children and young people who are in the looked after system. She knows that this is best attained by ensuring that Foster Carers have all the tools they need to achieve in this very demanding role.

Robin Lovegrove
Responsible Individual and Agency Decision Maker