David LeatherbarrowChief Executive OfficerWhat I enjoy most about working at OFG Group:"Having the opportunity to lead and inspire an organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people as a real privilege and a truly humbling experience. Working every day with talented people who care about this as much as I do makes my work a real pleasure."David joined OFG Group as CEO in August 2018, arriving from Bupa Dental UK where he held an MD position. David has extensive experience working with local authorities during his time in the healthcare industry, which also includes spending just under six years as COO at Oasis Dental Care. Prior to joining Oasis, David held senior operations roles at leading brands in both the leisure and retail sectors.
Jane WorsleyManaging Director, OptionsWhat I enjoy most about working at OFG Group:"I have worked in the health and social care sector for 37 years, starting my career as a nurse, then a midwife, then opening my first care home in 1990. I am very proud and passionate about working for the Group and fortunate to work with truly inspiring people across the country. I am looking forward to the future in this new role and getting to know everyone in the wider group "Jane has responsibility for all our adult services and education as well as continuing to develop our whole life strategy for those we support.
Jean-Luc JanetChief Finance OfficerWhat I enjoy most about working at OFG Group:"OFG Group is the leader in children’s service in the UK and it leads the way on a number of very exciting projects such as developing some amazing new schools or care facilities which make a real difference to communities or creating some fantastic adventures for the children in its care. Working with over 2,200 colleagues achieving every day great outcomes for vulnerable young people is very motivating and a privilege."Jean-Luc joined OFG Group in 2012, initially as CFO of Acorn which was acquired by the Group in 2016 when he became Group CFO. Prior to joining OFG Group, Jean-Luc worked in different senior management functions in the medical and care industry for over 12 years, including as an adviser to the NHS and Government on investment projects.
Mike BlakeyQuality DirectorWhat I enjoy most about working at OFG Group:"I joined the OFG Group because I wanted to be able to positively influence the care and education of thousands of young people. No two days are the same in this job and I love the passion and commitment of our staff."Mike is our Group Director overseeing the quality of our fostering, schools and residential services. Mike is a former inspector of schools, children’s centres and teacher training and he previously worked on behalf of Ofsted and several overseas inspectorates. Mike is a leader of education and children’s services with a proven track record of rapid service and school improvement. Mike’s experience spans education and children’s services in local government, health and social care in the statutory, private and third sectors. Mike holds a private helicopter pilot’s license and loves flying and for the past 25 years he’s been a member of one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the UK.
Richard CookeGroup Commercial DirectorWhat I enjoy most about working at OFG Group:"The services we provide and the support we deliver to vulnerable young people and the impact that this has. This enables them to get on the right path towards a happy and fulfilling life."Richard has over 15 years’ experience of working within the care, education and mental health sectors both in the UK and globally. Prior to joining Outcomes First Group in March 2016, he was the Business Development Director at Options Group and has also previously worked for Priory Group. Throughout his career to date, Richard’s focus has been on developing businesses through organic growth and acquisitions within the industry. As well as business development, Richard’s experience also includes strategy development, marketing and project management.
Richard PowerChief Operating Officer for EducationWhat I enjoy most about working at OFG Group:"The people! I can hand on my heart say that people working for OFG Group want to do the right thing, treat each other well and genuinely care for the young people and adults we support. This, coupled with the days where you get to visit a service to see the hard work taking place, resulting in young people thriving and progressing, always allows me to end the week on an incredibly positive reflective note. We help make a difference!"Richard Power joined the OFG Group in 2018, previously having worked in sectors ranging from healthcare to financial services spanning both UK and global companies. His interests tend to revolve around, sport, food and travelling with his wife.
Sharon PlattsChief People OfficerWhat I enjoy most about working at OFG Group"I wanted to join the Group because the opportunity to add value to an organisation that makes a real difference to vulnerable people was compelling; and I'm looking forward to working with the exec team and talented people across the Group. "A separate Learning and Talent department has been created, which will be led by Sharon, who will work to create a world-class training function as well as ensuring we are able to support all our colleagues to realise their career aspirations within OFG.
Steve ChristieManaging Director - FosteringWhat I enjoy most about working at OFG Group:"Children are our future and being involved in a business which has such a positive impact on the lives of so many vulnerable children is an incredible privilege. The talented and energetic team at OFG group are highly motivated to increase the numbers of children and young people we look after and to continue to strive to improve the outcomes for those children. When you consider the impact that each child has on the world during their lifetime, that is making a huge difference. Each day brings heart-warming stories about positive outcomes for children, such that it is a pleasure to go to work."Steve has worked at senior level across a number of sectors, the last six years being involved in Healthcare. He also spent six years working with local authorities providing critical services and support. He joined OFG in 2019 to head the Fostering Division.
Tim Loughton (MP)Quality CommitteeTim has held various positions during his time in Parliament. He was Shadow Minister for Environment from 2000, Shadow Minister for Health and Children from 2003 during the Conservative Party’s time in opposition. He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Children and Families following the 2010 General Election until 2012 leading on several areas of successful reform in child protection, child sexual exploitation and adoption in particular. Tim Co-Chairs the APPGs for Mindfulness and Children. He is Vice Chairman of the All Party Groups on Youth and Care Leavers.
Baroness Mary WatkinsQuality ComitteeBaroness Watkins of Tavistock is a British Professor of Nursing. She currently is emeritus professor of healthcare leadership at Plymouth University and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university. She trained at the Wolfson School of Nursing, Westminster Hospital (RGN, 1976) and at South London and Maudsley Nursing School (RMN, 1979). She obtained her PhD from King’s College London in 1985. She was nominated for life peerage by the House of Lords Appointments Commission and was created Baroness Watkins of Tavistock, of Buckland Monachorum in the County of Devon, on 2 November 2015.
Barry CarpenterAdvisory BoardBarry has been awarded an OBE and CBE by the Queen for services to children with Special Needs. Barry is the UK’s first Professor in Mental Health in Education. He is Honorary Professor at a number of national and international universities. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford and was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching, for his leadership of the Education field during the pandemic. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Headteacher, Principal, Academic Director, Chief Executive and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project following which he co-authored a book on this topic.
Francesca HappéAdvisory BoardFrancesca was awarded a CBE for her services to the study of autism. Francesca Happé is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. She completed her BA (HONS) in Experimental Psychology at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, and then held an MRC studentship to complete her PhD at the MRC Cognitive Development Unit. Francesca currently works at MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, at the Institute of Psychiatry where her research focuses on autism. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences, a past-President of the International Society for Autism Research, and has received the British Psychological Society (BPS) Spearman Medal, Experimental Psychology Society Prize, Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and the BPS President’s Award.