FtSE Member News: Community Foster Care - Chief Executive Becky is a finalist in Women in Business Awards
The Chief Executive of Community Foster Care, Becky Pearson, is a finalist in the Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards 2014.
She has won a place in the Woman of the Year category of the competition which shines the spotlight on women who make a difference and celebrates those whose determination and success help to drive the local economy.
Becky joined Community Foster Care in 2007. Under her leadership, the independent agency has gone from strength to strength, tripling the number of children it cares for and winning a string of accolades.
The agency, based in Staunton, gained preferred provider status with most providers of foster care in the North West, South West and the West Midlands. It won two contracts for Emergency Placements with Gloucestershire, as well as accreditation for Parent & Child Assessment Placements.
In 2009 it became the first foster care charity to receive the Social Enterprise mark.
Its sister organisation, Community Family Care, was launched in 2012 to support families and shares its HQ in Hawthorns Lane, Staunton.
Becky began her career as a social worker and became a probation officer at the age of 27. She then moved into family placement. After gaining an MBA at the age of 40, she was appointed National Fostering Director of the Sedgemoor group before taking up the reins at CFC.
She is delighted with her nomination as Woman of the Year 2014 and paid tribute to the team who have supported her on CFC’s journey to success.
“My time at Community Foster Care has been hugely rewarding. We have achieved much and made a big difference to the lives of hundreds of children. That would not have been possible without truly dedicated staff, supportive trustees and absolutely fantastic carers,” she said.
A spokesperson for CFC’s trustees said: "Becky has led our organisation to a leadership position, enabling CFC to deliver the best to our carers and our looked-after children. She is an inspiration to our staff and carers. This recognition of her wisdom, energy and achievements is richly deserved."
The awards take place at a glittering ceremony at the Hatherley Manor Hotel near Gloucester on 20 March 2014.
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