Contact Us:

Ryancare Fostering Ltd
5A Wellington Rd, London
E11 2AN
020 8989 4970 (9AM – 5PM)

Lesley Ward

Lesley Ward, Director of The Next Step Group (which encompasses Ryancare Fostering) is a qualified Social Worker and holds the Executive Diploma in Business Management. Lesley has been The Responsible Individual for Ryancare since 2008 and continues to lead and direct the Next Step Fostering Group along with the Senior Management Team, overseeing Ryancare Fostering, Next Step Fostering and Safehouses Fostering.

Bridget Bradley

Registered Manager
Bridget is a qualified Social Worker of 32 years and holds a post Graduate Certificate in Social Services Management so brings with her a wealth of experience in both fostering and senior management.

Linda Charlemagne

Senior Practitioner
Linda Charlemagne is a Senior Practitioner at Ryancare having joined the team from Barnado’s in April 2016. Linda has over 20 years’ experience in both fostering and adoption.

Michelle Batchelor

Children’s Champion
Unlike other Foster agencies, the Next Step Group has a dedicated Children’s Champion, who advocates for all our children making sure that their views, wishes and feelings are heard. Michelle, a qualified Social Worker in her own right, works with both looked after and birth children gathering a range of feedback and views to help us improve our service for all our children. She also arranges fun activities during the school holidays and co-ordinates our involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. Find out more in her hello from our Children’s Champion.

Social Workers

Irena Tafa and Fatheha Ahmed complete our team of Supervising Social Workers, and have a vast amount of Fostering experience.

Administration Team

Leah Congdon, Senior Administrator, supervises our administration team of Rasneet Litt and Katerina Gerasimova.