Contact Us:

Ryancare Fostering Ltd
5A Wellington Rd
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.

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.   Michelle is currently on maternity leave, but if you have a question about the Children’s Champion role or any of the activities of events that we run, please contact

Social Workers

Vyrah Collins (Senior Practitioner) started out as a Youth Worker before training as a social worker.  With over 20 years of experience working with children with disabilities and children in need, Vyrah has spent the last 15 working in fostering (as a Senior Practitioner and Manager); working therapeutically with carers, children and young people. 

Fatheha Ahmed and Jayda Hoppie complete our Supervising Social Worker team, and comes with a vast amount of Fostering experience.

Administration Team

Leah Congdon, Senior Administrator and Rasneet Litt make up our administration team.