Meet the Team

Ian Soars

CEO

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Ian joined Fegans in July 2014 with a remit to bring transformation and growth. Ian came to Fegans from Hays plc having worked with them for almost 20 years as the UK Delivery Director working with high profile organisations to design, evaluate and implement complex large volume national recruitment programs. Ian has been married to Nicky for 25 years and together they have 3 daughters, Jemima 11 and Gabriella and Olivia, both 9. Ian is a passionate Christian whose driver is to see Fegans demonstrate the goodness and love of God through expert, qualified care and compassion to vulnerable children and families across the UK.

Linden Sanders

Operations Director

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Linden’s experience in the charity sector began in 1996, and has included work in France, Africa and the UK in a range of fields as diverse as international development, homelessness, substance misuse, youth work, community development, and social care & health. He has a degree in French & Sociology and before joining Fegans was Manager of Karis Neighbour Scheme in Birmingham for seven years. He is married to Hilary, has two young children and lives in East Sussex. “I am excited about enabling people and organisations to develop and flourish, and my role at Fegans is doing just that. The ultimate reward is seeing how this makes us more effective in our mission to ‘transform the nation one child at a time".

Jenny Cole

Head of Finance

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Jenny is the Head of Finance in Fegans. She is responsible for the financial management of the organisation. She has 20 years’ experience of financial roles in all sectors but predominantly in the charity sector with UK and international organisations, including Oasis Global, OMF International and Tearfund. She qualified as a Public Finance Accountant (CIPFA) with the National Audit Office where her initial audits included UK Housing Associations and the United Nations in New York. She is married to Nick; they have two teenage children and attend Tonbridge Baptist Church.

Mary Fowlie

Head of Counselling

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Mary joined Fegans in 2004 and has over 12 years counselling experience working with children and adults. Alongside her client work, Mary offers supervision to counsellors and play therapists. Mary also has responsibility for establishing and maintaining best practice amongst Fegans counselling team as new counsellors are recruited, so that we can offer our services to as many children as possible.

Ann-Marie Fisher

Head of Communications and Partnerships

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Ann-Marie has fifteen years marketing experience in both private and not-for profit organisations, including Waterstones in the UK and Universities in Asia. Ann-Marie has an Msc in Marketing as well as a teaching certificate, and is also an active member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Ann-Marie lives with her husband and two children in West Kent and loves her job. “Fegans makes a real difference to the lives of the children and families they support. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work in such an amazing organisation and help Fegans to grow and reach more families”

Sarah Ingram

Head of Growth and Development

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Sarah Ingram has been involved in Family Support for the past 10 years, running a project in Greenwich. She has been working for Fegans for the past two years as a Family Support worker, and as West Kent Area Manager from January. Sarah has a masters in Youth and Community Work and Applied Anthropology and really enjoys supporting parents and putting her faith into action by working for a Christian organisation. “I love being out in the community and meeting people from all walks of life, and am really excited about the developing work of Fegans”.

Jennie Worthley

People and Culture Manager

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Jennie has a wide range of experience including intensive community based youth work, healthcare and work with the homeless. She is passionate about seeing communities transformed by standing side by side with those most in need. Having previously worked within Fegans as a youth mentor and schools worker Jennie is really excited to be able to use her hands on experience in a more strategic role, working to make Fegans the very best place for people to work. Jennie has a degree in Psychology and is working towards a Masters in Human Resource Management. She lives in Tunbridge Wells and enjoys being a part of the thriving music scene by occasionally performing and also running a local festival.

Tia Barham

Partnership Manager

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After graduating from university Tia spent 16 years working for commercial organisations in recruitment. At the beginning of 2016 she took a leap into the unknown by moving to the charity sector and joining Fegans. “Joining Fegans has been a brilliant experience for me. I am able to use and develop my recruitment background in a sector that is new to me and the work brings me tremendous satisfaction and pleasure to know that we are all combining our skills to make a difference to the lives of children across the UK” Tia lives in rural East Sussex with her husband and two young children.

Jo Wild

Supporter Development Manager

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Following a masters degree in economic development, Jo worked for Tearfund. She then spent 7 years fundraising for Save the Children, heading up their regional legacy team and helping to develop their supporter development strategy. Jo joined Fegans in May 2015. "It is a privilege to be a part of such a worthwhile organisation. Working to raise the profile of Fegans, together we can help improve the lives of more children and their families." Jo is married with two teenage boys and lives in West Kent.

Sonia Winifred

Lambeth Team Manager

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Sonia is a local Councillor in Lambeth so has very good knowledge of the community and its growing concerns. Prior to joining Fegans, Sonia was a community Librarian working with local special needs groups in Lambeth, such as Brixton Prison, elderly residential homes and mental health. Sonia is also a qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in a private practice in Lambeth. She also works closely with Diabetes UK and set up the very first Diabetes Support Group for young people living with Type1 Diabetes in Lambeth.

Maggie Phillips

East Sussex Area Manager

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Maggie is a qualified Person Centred Counsellor who has loyally worked for Fegans for 30 years.  Maggie's experience is vast and is a real asset to the Fegans team.  In addition to supporting many children over the years as a qualified counsellor, Maggie's previous roles within Fegans have been as an Early Years Practitioner and a Family Worker. Now Maggie draws upon her vast experience and skills to support her team as an Area Manager for East Sussex. Maggie lives with her husband in East Sussex and has two children and three grandchildren.  In her spare time she enjoys playing golf.

Jane Cekic

East Kent Area Manager

Vacancy

West Kent Area Manager

David Bishop

Head of Technology

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David has been working for Fegans since 2015 as Head of Technology. He has been involved with IT for over 10 years and was brought in with a remit to modernise Fegans' IT infrastructure. David recently moved back to Eastbourne from London with his wife Rachael. They both worship at St Michael and All Angels church in Eastbourne. “I love working for Fegans. it’s such a great charity that makes a real difference to the lives of children and their families. It’s great to be able to use my love of computers for God's glory”

Esther Green

Safeguarding Lead

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Esther Green oversees safeguarding at Fegans. She has a Masters Degree in Children & Families Social Work and was a local authority child protection Social Worker for a number of years. Esther is one of the founders of Little Rascals Nurseries in Tunbridge Wells and has Early Years Professional Status. Esther is also an associate trainer for the Kent Safeguarding Children's Board. Esther lives near Tunbridge Wells with her husband and two children.