Meet the team

Read about our Directors & Managers

When you read about our directors and managers we’re sure you will agree that The FCC has a highly qualified team with a wealth of relevant experience.

Les Kinmond - Chairman

Les is a highly experienced Chief Executive, Chair and Board Member. His particular areas of expertise, in addition to the management of large organisations, are strategy and policy, financial management and partnership working across sectors with funders and key stakeholders. Les also has 7 years’ experience working in the charity sector – and undertakes a number of voluntary activities within his local community. Les joined FCC in 2015.

Laurie Gregory - Honorary President and Founder

Qualified Social Worker and Manager with over 30 years’ experience of Local Government Social Services Departments, Laurie’s experience ranged from Social Worker to Deputy Director. He previously fostered a child with disabilities for a total of 13 years and has considerable involvement in a number of charities. Laurie previously worked with several independent fostering agencies before founding The FCC in 1999. He was Executive Director for the first ten years of the agency’s life.

Sam Ram - Chief Executive Officer

Sam has over 25 years’ experience of operational leadership at CEO and Director levels. She started as a community worker for many years, working in deprived areas to help re-build and strengthen communities. Her focus has been on achieving positive outcomes for children, their families and the wider community. She has had the opportunity see the impact of her work - particularly on the children she has helped to succeed.

Steve Field - Director of Child Care England & Wales

Steve qualified in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Social Work from Gloucestershire University and achieved his post qualifying award in social work in 2009. He has 11 years experience within a variety of different Local Authority settings including Looked After Children, Care Leavers and Safeguarding. His most recent role has been within a senior leadership team as a Group Manager, overseeing four safeguarding teams and a Looked After Team.

Angela Tobin - Operational Manager North England

Angela gained her Dip/SW/DipHE in 2000. Prior to that she had a background in Children and Families settings. Following qualification Angela worked in Children and Families LA fieldwork teams and for a number of years worked as Registered Manager of two private sector children’s homes. She joined FCC in January 2007 as a social worker and then became Principal Social Worker for the North West region.

Helen Underwood

Helen Underwood - Operational Manager South England

Helen gained a CQSW in 1980 and at that time was the youngest qualified Social Worker in Britain. Helen has experience working in a generic local authority team, an intake team and with children with disabilities and their families. In 2004 she gained a Bsc. Hons. in Social Work and a Post Qualifying Award in Social Work whilst working as a Senior Practitioner in a Local Authority Fostering Team. She joined FCC in 2005 as a social worker before becoming Operational Manager for South England.