David has enjoyed a long and successful career in business and holds a number of directorships in companies in which he has a financial interest. He is invested in other privately owned schools but has no executive responsibility other than in Our Place Group and its associated companies.
Lena has worked in the Independent Residential and Educational sector for over 19 years, and holds a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management.
Lena has been with Our Place as part of the Senior Leadership Team for over 9 years and joined during the very early days of the formation of the first Home and School. During this time, she has shown a palpable passion for improving the lives of the young people we care for, has embedded the family culture we are so very proud of, and has gained significant experience in opening and leading high quality children’s service provisions.
Lena was instrumental in the successful opening of Lakeside in 2020. She is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Our Place Group and is registered with Ofsted as the Responsible Individual for our residential homes
Jo had been working in the HR arena (for a national large retail organisation) at a senior level for over 10 years, before she joined Our Place in 2018.
She is a qualified CIPD Member, brings a demonstrable level of experience in organisational leadership and has copious amounts of experience in managing complex employee relation caseloads, Since joining us Jo has transformed our people proposition and strives in leading the group in achieving ‘the great place to work’ status.
Jo recently stepped into the Commercial Director role within Our Place and has been instrumental in creating the Our Place Group, Jo’s business acumen has led to significant advancements in our infrastructure ensuring we are well equipped to begin the next step on our Group journey.
Sarah started her career as a support worker within a children’s residential home since then Sarah has progressed her way through the management roles within Children’s Care including Registered Manager and Designated Safeguarding lead status at ‘The Orchard’.
(Sarah currently has a dual role of Registered Manager at The Orchard @ Our Place and is also Director of Safeguarding and Compliance, Sarah is supported operationally by Kuba Poturalski who is the Head of Care at ‘The Orchard’.)
All of these roles have given Sarah a thorough and workable understanding of the needs of the children we care for, their families and staff.
As part of her director role, Sarah also sits within the Senior Strategic Team and leads the group in its approach to quality assurance, safeguarding and compliance and is instrumental in ensuring we work in a partnership with our regulators and key compliance stakeholders and for raising the standards of care and education across the Our Place Group.
Martin is the newest recruit to the Senior Strategic Team joining the organisation in January 2021 as our Director of Finance. Prior to this Martin has worked within the Health and Social Care sector for 11 years. Martin is a qualified ACMA Accountant and has worked in the arena for over 25 years.
Martin leads the finance team and works closely with our external financial and investor stakeholders. Martin has extensive commercial and financial experience and in his previous role steered the business through a period of significant growth.
Lauren qualified as a teacher in 2010 and since 2013 has been teaching in Residential Special Education Needs schools. During this time she developed the skills and experience needed to progress through middle leader to lead teacher to Senior Deputy Head. Since September 2019, Lauren has been Head of Education here at Our Place School. Lauren also holds the following qualifications BSc Sports Studies and PE (Hons) and a PGCE, and has completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (HPQH).
Nic heads up the Safety Team with responsibilities covering both Safeguarding and Health & Safety.
His 30 years served within the fire service gives him the knowledge and experience to ensure the Our Place Group delivers a safe environment for our Young People, Staff and Visitors.
Nic’s qualifications include the NEBOSH General Certificate, IOSH Managing Safely, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS), Edexel Level 3 in Assessing Candidates. Nic is also an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).
Day to day Nic and his team work to ensure the Our Place Group remains fully compliant, adhering to all relevant legislation and guidance.
Darron has been with Our Place for a number of years, beginning his time with us as a contractor, whilst running a successful construction company and then joining the team in 2019.Darron and his team ensure that all of our facility enhancement projects are well planned and have been instrumental in ensuring the facilities we have to offer our young people are first class.