David Gee – Responsible Individual and Chairman
David is the Responsible Individual and Chairman of Little Acorns and ensures we maintain our standards of services within the regulatory framework.
David has a career spanning 46 years as director/founder of several companies including publicly quoted plc’s. David is also a Justice of the Peace, a magistrate with particular duties in Family Proceedings, is Chair of the Hillingdon Family Proceedings court and on the London Executive Family Panel.
Cheryl Jillions – Registered Manager and Operations Director
Cheryl has complete oversight of the agency and is responsible for the development of the fostering service and recruitment of fostering families ensuring our standards and reputation are not only preserved but enhanced.
Cheryl has 30 years’ experience in the childcare arena and has been a qualified Social Worker for 20 years. Cheryl has extensive experience as an Area Manager and Registered Manager for Independent Fostering Agencies. Cheryl holds the DipSW/HE after studying at the University of the West of England and also holds a diploma in ILM Level 5 Management and Leadership.
Michael Jillions – Business Services Director
Michael has been employed in a variety of financial institutions for 28 years, the last 20 of which have been in senior management positions.
Michael’s role in Little Acorns lies in corporate affairs ensuring the accounting and finance, IT and back-office management is properly controlled.
Nicol Robinson – Senior Practitioner
Nicol is responsible for Little Acorns governance and quality control and supports the Fostering Team in their everyday endeavours to support and supervise our Foster Carers. She also holds a small caseload herself, supervising Foster Carers.
Nicol obtained the DIPSW/ HE in Social Work 20 years ago from Nottingham Trent University and has a BA honours degree in Social Work. She has previously worked in Children’s Services, including setting up and managing a remand fostering project, working with young people involved in the Criminal Justice system and as a practice manager for a London Youth offending service. More recently Nicol has worked independently as a Practice Educator for MA and BA Social work students from the universities of Kingston, Suffolk and East Anglia and for an independent fostering agency.
Nicol holds the Post Qualifying Award in Child Care, a Post-graduate certificate in professional childcare studies and in Education and Training in human services as well as the Practice Teaching award from Kingston University and the introductory diploma in management (ILM).
Lorrain Harding – Supervising Social Worker
Lorraine (aka Rai) has over 15 years’ experience of working for the Local Authority as well as being an Independent Form F Assessor for fostering agencies located nationwide.
In 2011 Lorraine obtained her BA Hons degree in Social Work at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Bhanuben Dhodakia – Supervising Social Worker
Bhanu has over 20 years’ experience working with children and their families in Bolton. She qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1992 and worked in this role for 9 1/2 years. She then worked as a Family Support Worker for six years, working with vulnerable children and their families.
Bhanu obtained her BA Hons degree in Social Work in 2008 at the University of Salford and worked as a front-line social worker, for nine years continuing her work with vulnerable children and their families, working in the Court, Child Protection, Child in Need and Looked after Children arena.
Bhanu holds a Post Qualifying Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Child Care (2015), a Practice Educating Training and Assessment Stage 1 (2015), a Higher National Certificate in Early Childhood Education (2003) and is NNEB (1992) qualified.
Lisa Miller – Business Support Co-ordinator
Lisa joined the team in May 2019 as our Business Support Coordinator, she supports the Supervising Social Workers and Business Services Director with all administrative duties and other general office tasks.
Lisa previously worked within the NHS for the East of England Ambulance Trust and has gained a wide range of skills from the 10 Years experience there, including an NVQ in Business Administration, Minute Taking, How to use Mindfulness in the Workplace, Safeguarding Young People and Children and Equality & Diversity.