CoramBAAF is governed by an independent Board of Directors. It is a medium-sized organisation, divided into three teams: the Policy, Research and Development Team, the Publications and Membership Team, and the Training, Consultancy and Professional Development Team.
Kevin Lowe, Managing Director
Kevin Lowe was appointed Managing Director in February 2020 after 2 ½ years managing CoramBAAF’s policy, research and development team. He has 40 years’ experience in work with and for children and young people. He began his career working in a children’s home and then as a qualified (generic) social worker in London and subsequently had senior posts in three national charities. He has managed major research, practice development and training projects on a wide range to topics including foster carer training, young fathers, young people in custody and accident prevention for under-fives.
Most recently, he led CoramBAAF’s work in the UK developing an international training programme for foster carers looking after unaccompanied migrant children as part of the six country EU funded project – Fostering Across Borders.
Policy, Research and Development
Dr John Simmonds OBE, Director of Policy, Research and Development
John is a qualified social worker and has substantial experience in child protection, family placement and residential care settings. He is currently responsible for CoramBAAF’s contribution to the development of policy and practice in social work, health, the law and research. John’s recent research has focused on unaccompanied asylum seeking children in foster care with the Universities of York and Bedfordshire, a study of 100 women adopted from Hong Kong into the U.K. in the 1960s with the Institute of Psychiatry and a DfE funded study on Special Guardianship with York University. John sits on the Adoption Leadership Board and the DfE’s Advisory Group on Adoption Support. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list 2015.
Paul Adams, Fostering Development Consultant
Paul Adams qualified as a social worker in 1993 and has a background in local authority social work practice and management, and as an independent panel chair, trainer and consultant. He joined BAAF as a Fostering Development Consultant in 2010, and has experience as a foster carer and adopter. He has developed a number of the CoramBAAF forms, spoken at conferences in the UK and abroad, and published a range of good practice guides on subjects such as: Parent and Child fostering, Contact in permanent placements, Social Work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, Dogs and pets in Fostering and Adoption, Undertaking a foster carer review, Undertaking a connected person assessment and Undertaking checks and references in adoption and fostering assessments.
Elaine Dibben, Adoption Development Consultant
Elaine has over 30 years' experience of working in adoption and fostering and joined BAAF in 2004 to become manager of the Independent Review Mechanism, which she set up and ran until 2009 when she moved to take on a wider role in BAAF as a Fostering and Adoption Development Consultant. She has written several books published by BAAF/CoramBAAF - Devising a placement plan, Preparing to adopt, Undertaking an adoption assessment in England, The Role of Fostering for Adoption in Achieving Early Permanence for Children and Completing a child's permanence report. Elaine is also a Panel Chair for both adoption and fostering panels as well as performing her wider role at CoramBAAF as a trainer/consultant.
Ellie Johnson, Health Group Development Officer
Ellie graduated from Manchester University with a nursing degree and worked as a nurse, midwife, health visitor and specialist public health practitioner in the NHS for 25 years. She was a designated nurse for looked after children for 14 years and chaired a regional LAC nursing network. During this time she was also involved in a joint project with the National Children's Bureau focusing on inequalities in health experienced by looked after children. Ellie joined CoramBAAF in 2017.
Dr Louise Sims, Kinship Care and Fostering Consultant
Louise joined CoramBAAF in 2020 in a new role, specialising in Kinship Care and Fostering. With more children than ever before being placed with family and friends’ carers, Louise will offer further support to the work of CoramBAAF members in developing best practice and influencing policy.
Louise qualified as a social worker in 2003 and worked as a practitioner specialising in fostering and adoption for 10 years before undertaking her doctorate exploring matching practices. She has taught on a range of social work graduate, postgraduate and CPD courses at the University of Sussex. Her research includes DfE evaluations of innovation projects and co-produced evaluations of practice initiatives through the South East Teaching Partnership. Louise has recently worked with colleagues at West Sussex County Council developing policy systems and as a facilitator for the Practice Supervisor Development Program.
Publications & Membership
Michelle Bell, Head of Membership Services
Richard Noble, Membership and Database Manager
Jo Francis, Publishing Manager
Charlie Hore, Publications sales & Electronic forms licensing Manager
Miranda Davies, Adoption & Fostering Journal Managing Editor
Training, Consultancy and Professional Development
Kay Mirza, Training and Conferences