Senior Leadership Team

CEO and Head of Education

Ross Evans

Operations Director

Nina Livermore

Director of Children's Services

Anton Clarke


Director of Children's Services

Anton Clarke

I joined CF Social as a Support Worker and worked my way up to Senior Education Manager, and was invited to become a director in November 2022.

I feel supported in my role and have a team around me that share my views approach to helping children achieve their goals and to be the very best version of themselves.

I feel proud that the company continues to grow and that I am a part of this in the present and the plans for the future.

The different departments of the company make every day different with unique challenges whilst allowing staff to further their careers in different directions if they wish.

Education Manager

Gemma Catania

I have worked within mainstream Primary education for many years, providing support to students to enable them to thrive. I am passionate and committed to providing all children with an opportunity to succeed and achieve their aspirations.

Working at CF Education provides me with a fulfilling and rewarding role, as we truly make a difference to those we support.

Peer relationships and opportunities lead

James Robinson

I am big fan of getting out of the classroom and into nature. I have always had a real passion for outdoor learning and alternative education. I have worked within education and youth services for many years now and still love it ! I am a big sports fan (in particular football) and unfortunately I support Manchester United.

Senior Education Tutor

Joel Andrews

A qualified English Teacher at Secondary level – with a background in Sports Journalism from University. I was initially involved teaching in various mainstream schools where I covered a range of subjects alongside English, particularly with pupils who had significant barriers to learning.

I have many years of experience teaching in alternative provisions and Pupil Referral Units as well as time spent as a one-to-one tutor for pupils who couldn’t function in a mainstream environment. The flexible approach I’m now able to offer is key in giving every young person that I work with an opportunity to succeed.

SEND lead

Paula Silke-Cooper

I have worked in Education as both a Primary School Teacher and a SENDCo. I have extensive experience in coordinating provision and working with individuals with diverse special educational needs including: speech, language and communication needs, autism, learning difficulties, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, ADHD and social, emotional and mental health needs.

I am dedicated to providing compassionate support for positive educational outcomes for children and young people. I believe strongly in a person-centred approach through listening to children's views, hopes and aspirations. It is a privilege to be part of their journey, to empower them to succeed and achieve their full potential.

Senior Tutor and Exploitation Lead

Rocco Viscito

I have over 13 years' experience of working with young people across a number of different fields involving schools/colleges, mental health hospitals and children’s homes. I have a huge passion to make a difference and I am a big believer of 'with a positive, resilient attitude anything can be done'.

I feel very privileged to be on the CF team and I am looking forward to growing with the company

Senior Tutor & Well-being Lead

Owen Spooner

I have been working in Education for a number of years, several of which have been at CF. I have always been incredibly motivated to support the education and wellbeing of children and young people, and to support their future goals. I feel really lucky to work for CF and I really enjoy my job.

Senior Mentor and AQA Lead

Gemma Holland

I joined CF in 2020 and was given the opportunity to carry out various roles within the company before finding my passion in the Education Team. I believe all children and young people thrive when they spend time with positive role models, alongside the opportunity to have fun through education and to be able to express themselves in a safe environment.
I am proud to be a mentor and to offer this support to our children and young people - seeing first-hand the difference we can make as a team to their lives is something that drives us all.

Education administrator

Sherrie Butler

Hi, I am Sherrie and I work on the education side of the company making sure that all the sessions start and finish on time and look after the attendance reporting to referrers and the Local Authority. I really enjoy my job and finding out what the young people are doing and like working for CF as we all work together to provide a good service.

Education administrator

Tina Catalanotto

I have worked for many years within mainstream Primary education. I am dedicated and have a positive and calming attitude and believe that every child is an individual and unique in their own way. They will learn at their own pace and together with the right support, they can achieve their aspirations.

I also have experience in Speech and Language, Lego therapy, Drawing and Talking and the Thrive Approach which offer different learning support to the children.

Working for CF gives me the opportunity to make a difference to the children that we work with and support.

Senior Education Manager

Cathy Cook

I have worked in a large mainstream secondary school for many years working my way up from newly qualified teacher to Assistant Principal. My specialist subjects are PE and PSHE and my key areas of responsibility in my Assistant Principal role were Safeguarding, Behaviour and liaison with Alternative Providers.

I am passionate about education and firmly believe that the bespoke packages offered by CF really do allow our children and young people to thrive. The team here at CF have a wealth of experience, with each member, putting the young person at the heart of everything they do.

Education tutor and mentor

Christopher Barrow

I have been working with the company for over two years and thoroughly enjoy the job I do.

Previously I was working supporting young people in supported/sheltered housing and doing youth social action work in the community.

I come with a wealth of lived experience and also a BA (Hons) in childhood and youth studies, but more importantly, a huge passion for helping young people make choices that can have positive effects on their future.

I feel education is something that plays a vital role in young people having chances to achieve at a pace that is right for them.

Since my first day at the company I have been made to feel valued and supported in all I’ve done. The staff here all have the same values and this makes for a great workplace and one I’m proud to be a part of.

Head office

Recruitment and Compliance Coordinator

Peter Masters

I came to work in the marketing department of CFSW based on the many years of success I had working in Marketing here in the UK and internationally, however, I was soon offered a logistics post in the Social Work Assistant department that I just couldn’t refuse. And, a few years later, based on learning exactly the kind of workers we need, I was offered an opportunity to move into recruitment and compliance.

Compliance and QA Manager

Natalie Scutcher - Assocc CIPD

I have worked within recruitment and HR for more years than I care to remember, mainly within the social care environment. I enjoy working in an environment where I am helping others make a difference to people’s lives, as I feel this is very rewarding. I love working for CF as it is a small team where everyone is working together to achieve the best outcomes for children.

Operations Director

Nina Livermore

I have had the privilege of working with children, young people and families for numerous years in a variety of settings.

Within the community I have worked with highly mobile Traveller families supporting access to school and within young people's prison as a teacher and then developing the family services offer within the establishment before moving on to manage the county drug and alcohol services for young people.

My career experience enables me to provide social care and safeguarding expertise – I thoroughly enjoy my role with CF and am lucky to work alongside some exceptional individuals, supporting development and change for children, young people, and families, providing high-quality services for all.

CEO and Head of Education

Ross Evans

After working in mainstream education, I joined CF Social Work and developed our Education service. I wholeheartedly believe in ‘Every Child Matters’ and it has been amazing to see how this service has made such a positive impact on the academic journey and overall well-being of the young people we support.
I am very proud to work alongside such a passionate, dedicated and highly skilled team who work tirelessly to provide the very best support to the children and families within our services. Together we have developed a range of services and interventions and continue to be forward-thinking in our approach to new ideas. The varied backgrounds, qualifications and experiences of our management team is a real strength and helps to create an environment where individuals are encouraged, supported but also challenged.

Finance Manager

Chris Beckett

I have worked in Accounts and Finance most of my adult working life in large corporate international companies to small family businesses, mainly in the building industry or farming sector. I became a qualified MAAT member when I was in my thirties and have never looked back, I enjoy designing spreadsheets and anything involving numbers.

Management accountant

Karolina Klimkiewicz

HR and Compliance Officer

Cherise Farmer

Based on experience in a similar role across a number of years, I began working with CF Social Work initially on a temporary contract to help set up the new HR system, however, I was delighted to then be offered a permanent position as HR and Compliance Officer.

I am enjoying my role within the recruitment and compliance office, helping to recruit staff to our children’s homes. The whole team at CF Social Work, across all departments, have been very welcoming and supportive.

The whole team at CF Social Work are committed to working together to support children, young people and families across all areas of the business.

Social work and assessment

Project Manager, ISW and Psychological Assessment Service

Diana Houlder

I have been working with our network of clients, Independent Social Workers and Psychologists to complete a wide range of child protection assessments for court and private family law. No case is ever the same and I love working with clients and assessors who bring their own expertise and unique ways of working with children and families. I completed my degree in Social Anthropology in 2004 and have worked in the UK and abroad for organisations that support, educate, and protect vulnerable women, children, and families since.

Social Work Service Manager

Joe Manning

Since qualifying as a social worker, I have been fortunate to work with families from all backgrounds across a number of Local Authorities. I am passionate about high quality relationships with families as I believe this always leads to the best interventions and outcomes for children. I have worked across Children’s Services, from those children at the point of initial referral, right the way through their journey to care planning for their long term permanence. I strongly believe in the notion of ‘connect before correct’, and that families are most likely to feel supported and be willing to change when they feel safe with their practitioners.

Prior to joining CF Social Work, I was a Team Manager in a busy London Authority, leading a long term Child Protection and Court team. My career so far has given me experience of completing and overseeing court based assessments which have driven a passion for getting things right for children.

Since joining CF Social Work, I have been impressed by the passion and dedication of practitioners across the services, and I love that despite being a private company, the focus remains on doing what is in the best interest of children. I am excited to work with my colleagues to continue to build innovative and exciting services to support and assess families.

SWA Project

CQC Registered Manager and SWA Project Manager

Janine Johnson

I began my journey with CF Social Work in 2009 as an Independent Family Support Practitioner and very soon into this role I found a passion in making a positive difference to the lives of young people and their families. My role has progressed over the years to CQC Registered Manager and I manage the SWA team, where I thoroughly enjoy assisting other individuals develop and strengthen their own skills, I am very passionate about this role and providing a high level of support to the families we work with. As a collective team I am very proud of the positive changes we have been able to support families to achieve.

SWA Project Officer

Danielle Rowe

I have worked for CF for a number of years, both in the office and in the field, which gives me a good insight into the challenges that workers face and means I can provide support and encouragement to them whilst in my present role, allocating work and keeping people updated when there are changes in the needs of children and families. I enjoy working for CF and find the work rewarding and the team positive in their outlook.

Children’s Homes

Ofsted Registered Manager – Tutum House

Rhi Clarke

I have over 10 years of experience of working in children’s residential and community services for the local authority and for private companies – I am passionate about creating and maintaining the most positive environment for children and young people so that they can thrive and am excited to work for CF who I feel align with my own ethos and belief systems. Tutum House is a beautiful home and I have a committed and enthusiastic team who work together in the bests interests of the young people who live there.