Father Hudson’s Care is the social care agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 512992), a private company limited by guarantee (no. 1653388), a fostering agency and adoption support agency regulated by Ofsted, and a care provider regulated by the Care Quality Commission. We take our responsibilities seriously and have appointed a team of trustees and staff with the breadth and depth of experience to carry forward our mission. A small selection of these are listed below.
Chair of Trustees
Kevin Caffrey MBE is the Chair of the Board of Trustees, a post he has held since June 2013. He previously served as Director of Father Hudson’s Society for 20 years from 1991 to 2011.
Kevin is qualified as a social worker and worked as a practioner and in senior management prior to joining Father Hudson’s. He has particular experience in safeguarding, having been a member of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission and chaired the Archdiocese of Birmingham Safeguarding Commission for a number of years. Kevin is also a trustee of a Midlands charity concerned with adoption. His academic qualifications include a BA honours degree in Politics, a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) and an MA in Human Resource Management.
Anthony Broom has been associated with Father Hudson’s for 22 years, serving mainly on the Finance and Land side of the charity. Married for over 56 years, he has five children and nine great grandchildren. He is a Chartered Accountant and worked as Finance Director of a major multinational engineering company with factories all over the world. Anthony is a Trustee of the seminary St Mary’s College, Oscott, and has also been a trustee of a number of Birmingham Diocesan charities. In 2006, he was made a Papal Knight when he was installed as a Knight of St Gregory.
Jessica Moore lives in Coventry and joined Father Hudson’s Board of Trustees in 2006. As a qualified teacher, she has worked in local mainstream primary schools and secondary special schools. Her experience also includes leading local authority teams of professionals supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities. She has a particular interest in mental health.
Jessica has extensive experience of working with head teachers, school governors and teachers on improving pupil learning and personal development.
After an engineering student apprenticeship in a major machine tool company, John Barley worked for two years in its subsidiary company in India, involved in sales and with commercial responsibilities.
On his return to the UK in 1970, John embarked on a career in export, working for several manufacturing companies over some 30 years, heading up the export departments at manager and then board director level. This was followed by ten years working independently in the export field, developing overseas markets for client companies.
After spending some 25% of his time over so many years visiting and working in a total of around 110 countries, he retired, but then got involved in charitable work, including as a Trustee of Father Hudson’s. His commercial background is useful in helping to guide the work of Father Hudson’s Care.
Fr Michael Gamble
Michael Gamble worked for Massey Ferguson in business and finance for eight years before training to become a priest at St Mary’s College, Oscott. He was ordained in 1996 in Coventry. After serving for just over two years as an assistant priest at St John Fisher, Coventry, Fr Michael was appointed to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Bulkington, as Parish Priest. In 2013 in addition he became the Parish Priest of St Francis of Assisi Bedworth. In 2014 he was appointed Dean of the Rugby Deanery. Until 2014, Fr Michael was Chair and Trustee of the Pastoral Care Project. He is also part of the CSAN Older Person’s Forum in London.
Andy Quinn became the CEO in April 2015. For the previous ten years he had worked as Father Hudson’s Head of Community Projects and Development. In that time he supported the three long-standing projects (Anawim, Brushstrokes and Hope), helped the New Heights and Maryvale projects from their early stages and, in 2013, did the groundwork ahead of piloting the North Staffordshire older people’s project, Young at Heart. During this time he was also responsible for developing and managing the Family Support in Schools project, before the appointment of the Schools’ Manager and its more recent integration into the Children and Families Department. He took on responsibility for the Fundraising Department, having spent much of his first seven years securing funding for the community projects and schools work. From 2012 onwards he worked closely with Tim Bradford, the previous CEO, assisting in the Archdiocese in developing the Diocesan Caritas Network.
Before coming to Father Hudson’s Care, Andy was for four years the Sure Start manager in Ladywood, Birmingham, and worked at Acorns Children’s Hospice for eight years, latterly as the Community Team manager.
Head of Fostering and Schools’ Family Support
Anna Rooney is the Head of Fostering (for which she is the registered manager) and the Schools’ Family Support project. Anna is a qualified social worker and started her career in local authority children’s services. She specialised in fostering when she moved to Father Hudson’s in 2001 and has over 14 years of experience in this field. Since April 2015, Anna has taken on the role of overseeing the Schools’ Family Support project which offers much needed intervention and support for children experiencing problems within the school and working with the family in their homes.
Human Resources Manager
Donna and the Human Resources team are responsible for recruitment, training and employee relations of all employees and volunteers of Father Hudson’s Care and the community projects. A chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, before joining Father Hudson’s Care Donna’s career history has included over 15 years in Human Resource Management positions in the private sector and, more recently, as an HR Consultant with clients in the third sector.
Head of Community Projects
Joanne started her role with Father Hudson’s Care as the Head of Community Projects at the beginning of September 2015. She has over ten years’ experience as a manager in the voluntary sector, previously working for Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) as the Head of North Region for Community Services and for Birmingham Carers as the Carers Centre Manager. Joanne is a Politics and Sociology graduate from Westminster University and is also a Prince 2 Qualified Project Management Practitioner. Joanne is responsible for strategically leading, developing and supporting existing and potential community projects linked to Father Hudson’s Care, as well as being Father Hudson’s representative on the Archdiocese of Birmingham Caritas Network.
Noel is a law graduate of the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has 40 years’ experience in the accountancy profession, industry and commerce. Noel’s responsibilities cover finance, information technology, estates and risk management. Noel is also the Secretary to the Trustees of Father Hudson’s staff pension scheme.
Fundraising, Communications & Marketing Manager
William is responsible for maximising voluntary income, enabling Father Hudson’s Care to develop new work across the Archdiocese. Equally important is the publicity work, sharing the charity’s caring philosophy with schoolchildren, parishioners and the general public. William studied political science at Essex University and joined Father Hudson’s Care in April 2015, having worked in the charity sector since the mid-1990s.
Father Hudson’s Care
St George’s House
Birmingham B46 3FG
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