Cath leads a portfolio of large scale innovation projects across the Innovation Unit’s children’s social care and health & social care consultancy work. Cath also leads a consultancy team and oversees the quality and impact of our project work.
Cath has been the project lead for the DfE’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, supporting and challenging close to 60 projects across the country to deliver programmes with the potential to transform the children’s social care sector. She is currently working on a year long project with Wigan Council to create an asset-based children’s social care system for Looked After Children, as well as contributing to our end of life and mental health initiatives.
Cath’s background is diverse: a registered social worker, Cath has led transformation and change across a number of health, social care and community organisations large and small. Cath joined Innovation Unit in early 2016 from social enterprise Participle, having spent three years as a director building and delivering big strategic innovation partnership projects with a focus on scaling and spreading independent social enterprises focussed on ageing and families in chronic crisis. The golden thread running throughout Cath’s career being the belief in the ability for connections, relationships and networks of support to help bring about lasting change for people and communities.
Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme
The care system can be transformative, giving young people and their families the support they need at the most difficult points in their lives. But too many young people have a poor experience of the system and poor long-term outcomes, leaving care without the skills, relationships or emotional stability to ready them for adulthood.
Scale and innovation in early years – roundtable discussion
On Thursday 25th May 2017 we’ll be holding a roundtable event in London for a select group of early years leaders, innovators and experts.
Remind me — what is it that you do?
Innovation Unit creates new solutions for thriving societies. To be clear about what this means we need to be clear about the impact we hope and expect to see in the world.