Meet the Team

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’ plus experience in the childcare arena and has been a qualified Social Worker for 25 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.


Mick Jillions – Business Services Director

Michael has been employed in a variety of financial institutions for over 30 years, the last 20 of which have been in senior management positions.

Michael’s role lies in business 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).


Sarah Godfrey – Senior Practitioner

Sarah has been a social worker for 28 years, having obtained the Diploma in Social Science and CQSW in 1990, from Bristol Polytechnic University, later obtaining a BA honours degree in Social Work and Post Qualifying Award in Social Work in 2004 obtained from Anglia Ruskin University.  Sarah has previously worked for the Local Authority, her roles including Children and Families Senior Social Worker, Assistant Manager of a children’s home for children between the ages of 12 and 18 years and Manager of a Short break unit for children with a learning disability.  More recently Sarah has been working for the Local Authority and working in the Fostering Department as a Consultant Social Worker for Family Finding and then Senior Practitioner with the Connected Persons team., before joining Little Acorns in May 2021.

Sarah also holds the Practice Teaching Award from Anglia Ruskin University and NVQ Level 4 in Management (ILM)


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.