Meet the Apex Team

At Apex Fostering Agency, we are driven by a profound commitment to providing nurturing homes for children in need. Our dedicated team of compassionate professionals works tirelessly to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young individuals. With a focus on empathy and support, we strive to create safe and loving environments where children can thrive and flourish. Here at Apex Fostering Agency, we believe that every child deserves a chance for a bright future, and we are honored to be a part of their journey towards stability and happiness.

Sali Walker

Sali Walker

Business Manager

As an ex-care leaver, Sali began life in and out of care due to their own mother’s mental health issues. This resulted in moving an enormous 88 times and the upheaval of attending 26 different schools. But that didn’t set Sali back, as Sali proudly holds five degrees!

Sali has always worked with children and is both a qualified teacher and regional director for a children’s charity.

It was by pure accident that Sali obtained a job at a fostering agency, but soon realised the company lacked any ethical standards and prioritised profits to Sali’s disgust. This propelled Sali to set up a value driven fostering agency – one that cares.

Sali has brought together a wonderful team, and leads them to work together successfully, with each member focusing on the welfare of our children and support and training for all carers. “…We do everything we can to support our carers, whether it’s respite, counselling or similar”.

Sali wants to make sure that every child that comes to Apex feels secure and loved, and tirelessly works to level the playing field so that all our children have the best chances academically, and to grow-up able to form great relationships.

Sali is so passionate about finding the right homes for our children, that they do all the initial home visits and selects potential Foster Carers themselves. “I want them to know, that the person that owns the company, actually cares about them. I love meeting new carers and helping to place children with a perfect match. Every morning when I wake up, I realise I am so lucky doing the job I do, where I am able to help to change people’s lives”.

Sali has four grown children, and loves being a parent, and has also been a foster parent and a host parent taking in LGBTQI+ kids that have sadly been thrown out of their family home. “This area of difficulty is very dear to my heart”.

Sali simply loves life and is quite the daredevil! Not only has Sali achieved a 3 Dan in Ju-Jitsu, but it also a level two weapons expert and keen white water rafter. On a gentler note, Sali also loves to travel and has ventured far and wide: South America, Europe, USA, and Canada. It’s no wonder that Sali loves people and different cultures, and particularly enjoys various vegetarian dishes – yum!

Louise Ridley

Louise Ridley

Registered Manager

Louise comes from a background predominantly working in fostering teams in various roles over the years including Assessing and Supervising Social Worker, Trainer, Fostering Reviewing Officer, Quality Improvement Manager and Fostering Panel Advisor. As a new member to the team, Louise is excited to contribute her experience to the team and is eager to collaborate, and contribute to Apex’s collective goals in promoting the best outcomes for our children and young people.

Apart from her professional experience, Louise also brings a positive, warm and approachable attitude and a strong commitment to teamwork. “I believe in fostering an inclusive and supportive environment where everyone’s contributions are valued and everyone’s voice is heard.”

Kerry Lintott

Kerry Lintott

Area Manager Northside

Kerry began working with children and families in 1997 whilst employed as a drug and alcohol support worker. She went back to university as part of her role and gained her Social Work qualification in 2001.
Working with children with complex trauma sparked Kerry’s special interests in attachment, trauma and therapeutic parenting and she is adept at assessing babies, children and young people and using attachment theories to inform practice.
Working for LAs, agencies & courts has given Kerry a wealth of experience in areas from Children in Need to Child Protection & Care Experienced Children.
Kerry enjoys special days with her sons and their families, and loves walks on the beach with her two dogs. She helps her local area to foster, rehome or release animals.

Stacey Ihenacho

Stacey Ihenacho

Area Manager Southside

Stacey has worked within the health and social care field for the past 10 years. In 2020, she earned her qualification as a Social Worker, following the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Studies and a Master’s degree in Social Work.

Her journey in social work has been deeply rooted in supporting children and families, particularly those facing vulnerable circumstances. Stacey has focused on the needs of looked after children and unaccompanied asylum seekers between the ages of 16-18. From roles on a leaving and aftercare team to assessments team spanning infancy to 18 years old.

Her passion lies in nurturing positive family dynamics. 

She cherishes moments spent with my own family, exploring new destinations through travel and watching movies.

Clare Tebbutt

Clare Tebbutt

Social Worker Northside

Clare joined Apex Fostering in April 2023 as an experienced SSW. Previously she worked for a local authority for 25 years. Clare qualified as a Social Worker in 2004 and has been part of a fostering service since 2008.
15 years has given her a vast amount of knowledge, training and experience in the areas of children in care, fostering/special guardianship and adoption. 
Clare is passionate about supporting foster carers, their families and the children they care for, with a focus on providing therapeutic support, and is committed to safe and nurturing environments, allow families to flourish.
Wife and mum of two children, she likes to travel with her family and do outdoor activities and  long walks. She also enjoys gardening and horse riding!

Laura Casey

Laura Casey

Compliance Officer

Laura has been working in business administrative roles since leaving university, and takes great pride in her work; being both accurate and highly efficient. She has a great eye for detail and ensures everything that needs doing, gets done!

Laura is also planning to foster children herself in the future, and believes that a strong support network is key. She is extremely proud to be part of Apex Fostering, where providing homes where children thrive is our daily focus.

In Laura’s spare time, she enjoys listening to live music and going to concerts, cooking meals from different ethnic backgrounds and is very creative with knitting – where she successfully makes her own clothes! She also loves exploring new places with her fiancée.

Vicki Stringer

Vicki Stringer

Family Matching Coordinator

Vicki joined Apex as the Family Matching Coordinator/Admin in February 2023, she wanted to combine admin experience with fostering to make a difference to other people’s lives. Vicki has worked in administration for the last six years, where she started in finance administration and moved up to managing an admin team, as well as having a couple of years as a wedding coordinator! She excels at being organised, having a high attention to detail and staying calm under pressure.
Vicki and her partner welcomed a beautiful baby girl in summer 2023. She has a cheeky miniature dachshund too. She loves spending time with my family, going on walks, taking her little girl swimming, to the beach and exploring new places especially on the water, on their paddleboards/kayaks! Vicki has a passion for photography and fashion, and after completing an Art and Design course at college.
Joann Pomphrett-Brown

Joann Pomphrett-Brown

Family Matching Coordinator

Jo recently joined the Apex Team, but has been involved with fostering for a number of years. Jo’s day-to-day role is admin support, where she thoroughly enjoys being highly efficient and getting things done!

Jo recently retired from fostering, but had previously been a foster carer looking after teenage boys with very complex needs, a role she was extremely devoted to. Her experience and kind nature is invaluable to our team. Furthermore, Jo has been an independent panel member for two different fostering agencies.

For the past 25 years, Jo has been a part-time yoga teacher and has now focused her attention on meditation and relaxation for the promotion of mental wellness. In her spare time, Jo is very passionate about the art of classical dressage training and spends as much time as she can with her beautiful horses.

FOSTERING LOCATIONS

Fostering in Bedfordshire
Fostering in Buckinghamshire
Fostering in Cambridgeshire
Fostering in Essex
Fostering in Hertfordshire
Fostering in Lincolnshire
Fostering in Northamptonshire
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