Our Team

Andre-PalmerAndre Palmer – Director

“I qualified as a social worker in 1997 after a career in the private sector. I worked within a children’s assessment team and then as a senior practitioner within child protection for Essex County Council. In 2000 I became a Child Protection Officer with the NSPCC and later acted as manager of a specialist unit working with children and families.

I hold an MA in Applied Systemic Theory from the Tavistock Centre, a BA in Professional Social Work Practice, a PQ Award in Childcare and an Advanced Award in Social Work. In 2002 I became Manager of therapeutic services at Kites Children’s Services and in 2008 I became a Director and co-owner of the organisation.

In 2004 I jointly founded WillisPalmer an independent organisation which provides an a national network of independent social workers, consultant psychologists and qualified therapists. Then in 2009 Roz and myself started Mosaic Foster Care to complement Kites fostering service by offering long term foster placements utilising the same tried and tested integrated treatment methodology for a wider client group.”

Roz Parsons – DirectorRoz-Parsons, Kites Childrens Services

“I began my career during 1985 as a founder member of the Accommodation Project, which was set up to respond to the closures of Psychiatric Institutions. The tasks include identifying alternative placements for clients who had been living in these hospitals receiving long term care.

After qualifying as a social worker in 1992, I was employed as a Deputy Manager at a Local AuthorityProject specialising in working with adolescents which consisted of a Residential Service and Field Work Provisions. I became Project Manager for the residential component in 1993 and was involved with two other Residential Homes in advisory, development and supportive capacities. Also during this time I worked as a College Lecturer.

In 1995 I created Kites Children’s Services. This private company provides residential, outreach, training and consultation services to young people, placement providers and agencies working with adolescents and their families. I pioneered the development of the specialism – working with adolescents who display harmful sexual behaviour in 2000.

During 2005, I founded a Fostering Service within Kites Children’s Services whic integrated with the Residential, Education and Therapeutic provisions to provide alternatives for users. In 2009 myself and Andre started Mosaic Foster Care to complement Kites fostering service by offering long term foster placements utilising the same tried and tested integrated treatment methodology for a wider client group”.

Pete Thomason – Therapy Manager

“As Therapy Manager, my primary function is to ensure that the young people benefit from a high standard of therapy during their placement at Kites.  I do this by liaising with all disciplines on a general basis and via participation in weekly Case Discussion Groups.  It is also part of my role keep myself informed about contemporary research findings in relation to this specific area of work and consider these with regard to the overall development and provision of therapeutic services.  In addition, I provide therapy for young people and I oversee the development of Kites therapeutic support plans”.

tony-hockley Tony Hockley – Safeguarding Manager

“I work with the residential teams and young people in creating strategies that ensure our young people are kept safe from harm and that their behaviour does not cause harm to other vulnerable people, especially children. The process is designed to encourage our young people to take incremental steps towards managing their own behaviour, and to be able to discuss difficult feelings openly. To this end the Safeguarding protocol is fully integrated with the Therapeutic programme, underpinned by the multi-disciplinary Case Discussion/Safeguarding Meeting, which I chair and which includes the Therapist, Key worker, Social Worker and homes managers. Where appropriate the Meeting will involve the participation of the young person and other primary figures involved with their care”.

Kerry Williams – Business Manager

“One of my roles as Business Manager involves dealing with incoming referrals from Local Authorities. Reviewing profiles of young people, liaising with both Local Authorities and Foster Carers and finding suitable placements makes this part of my role very rewarding. I also co-ordinate, manage and oversee accounts and finance, advertising and marketing, Director support and HR for staff and suppliers.”