Founder & CEO
A qualified social worker with over 30 years experience, Mick has worked in child protection, fostering and adoption. The former coal miner spent a year in Brazil with his wife Brenda, volunteering in an orphanage, an experience which led to the establishment of SFAC in 2002. He's also worked in children's homes in the UK. He loves spending time with his children and grandchildren and is an avid Leeds United supporter.
Head of Training & Social Work
Dan has over 15 years experience working as a qualified social worker. He worked in child protection and court teams where he represented children in family cases. He is an award-winning practice teacher and has worked with SFAC since 2009. He even met his wife, Caitlin, on an SFAC training trip! Dan is a Northampton Town (who?!) fan and loves to drink milk.
Head of Business
With a background in higher education and marketing communications as well as 20 years working as a pastor in the UK and US, Hannah has extensive experience in co-ordinating teams, finding finance for work she's passionate about and promoting the best interests of those she works with. In her spare time Hannah co-pastors a church with her husband, acts as taxi driver to their three children and runs marathons!
Dr Caitlin Lance Hope
Therapeutic Team Manager
Caitlin trained as a clinical psychologist and has worked in Australia, India and Kenya. She is also a qualified trainer and Protective Behaviours practitioner. Caitlin met her husband Dan when he was visiting India with SFAC. She recently started to experiment with drawing and illustration so you might see her creations popping up on social media and in our resources from time to time.
Judy brings many years of experience in financial record keeping and budget support, as well as in payroll and VAT administration. She has worked in the charity sector for a dance organisation and in the private sector in property management and for a software development organisation. Despite all this, she remains of sound mind and cheerful disposition!
Contractors and Volunteers
Social Work Team
Walter is SFAC's longest serving volunteer and tallest staff member! Co-founder of not-for-profit foster care organisation, Team Fostering, Walter has worked with SFAC in the UK, Morocco, Romania, Iraq, Colombia and Myanmar. It has been suggested that he has the largest collection of music known to humankind!
Tory is an experienced therapeutic worker with particular focus on attachment, trauma and life-story work. She has worked with looked after children in Cambodia and the UK. She is a current foster carer and adoptive parent. Her personal experiences ensure her training is practical and accessible. She loves long walks and watching action films!
A deputy district judge and lawyer specialising in children and family, Ranjit was awarded Advocate of the Year in 2016. He has been on a number of trips to Brazil and Paraguay with SFAC and regularly trains in Uganda with Huddersfield-Uganda Law Society. Ranjit is a Liverpool fan and marathon runner.
John Swift - Chair
John is married with four children and seven grandchildren. He has over four decades of experience working in various public health roles in local government and in the National Health Service and is now retired. He is also the founder and trustee of a small UK charity focussed on education in Kenya.
Philip Cotterill, OBE
Philip has worked in social care since 1971, including working in East Africa with large international charities. He joined Kirklees Social Services department in 1986 and was the Director of Social Services for over a decade. He has also worked as a consultant across the UK and been on the UK Trustee Board of the European Social Network, the major network for social services across Europe for 15 years.
Jane began her career in the Probation Service and moved into mainstream social work a few years later. With over 40 years of experience in social work and related activities, her focus has been on children's social care, predominantly child protection. She has held a number of senior management roles, retiring in 2010 from her role as Deputy Director of Cafcass. She currently acts as Chair of the Safeguarding Boards in Rochdale and Lancashire.