Senior Management Team

The senior management team are responsible for ensuring the organisation delivers the vision and priorities of the company. The team has a strong track record in delivering excellence and improvement and will lead on delivery of the priorities set out in the company's business plan.

  • Suzanne Carty, Acting Chief Executive
  • Simon Marshall, Director of Education
  • Debra Patterson, Director of Safeguarding
  • Karen Davison, Director of Early Help
  • Jayne Ivory, Director of Performance and Quality

Board of Directors

The Together for Children Board of Directors has a wide portfolio of expertise and knowledge in children’s services and commercial and financial disciplines. 

The Board provide support and challenge on the direction and strategy of the Company and comprises:


  • Chair Deborah Jenkins
  • 4 Non-executive Directors
    Prof Peter Fidler, Fiona Standfield, Mike Dillon and David Blake
  • 2 Together for Children Directors
    Sue Carty, Director of Quality and Performance, and David May, Director of Finance
  • 2 Council Representatives
    Paul Wilson, Head of Commercial Finance, and Sandra Mitchell, Head of Programmes


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Together for Children operates from a number of sites across Sunderland.

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