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We have a team of highly qualified, professional and motivated staff headed up by our amazing group of directors. Find out more about why they do what they do.

Peter Battle

Peter Battle


Having recently joined FosterCare UK (part of Capstone Foster Care Group), I’m really excited about working with the experienced teams we have across the South East and London to make a genuine difference to children and young people’s lives.

I’ve worked in the social care sector for many years and my passion lies in providing fulfilment to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

We provide the highest quality training and ongoing support to our foster carers to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

The most satisfying part of my role is knowing our foster carers and staff continually go that extra mile to help children overcome challenges and become confident young adults ready to take on the world.

Outside of work, my wife and I have two daughters, who have me wrapped around their little fingers.

Steve Blackwood

Steve Blackwood

Area Director - South

I have worked within the fostering sector for over 31 years in the UK as well as internationally in America and Canada since qualifying as a social worker in 1994. I’m passionate about fostering and building brighter futures for vulnerable children.

As the Area Director I am extremely proud to have a fantastic group of foster carers and staff that work tirelessly to ensure that the children and young people placed with us have a positive experience and are able to live fulfilling lives, while ensuring we have fun along the way.

Our aim is to provide a high level, quality service and our teams work in partnership with all those involved in the lives of the children to enable the best possible outcome for them.

Outside of work, I enjoy leisure activities, travelling and spending time with my family.

Marta Salavera

Marta Salavera

Operational Manager

I graduated from Zaragoza University in 1992 and went on to work with Domestic Abuse and Children in Need until 2000, when I moved to the UK.  While working as a volunteer with Plymouth Probation service, I worked shifts in a young people’s care home.  The main tasks were supporting their housing and employment needs, as well as supporting them emotionally.  

Between 2006 to 2010, I was employed by Single Homeless Project in London.  There, I created a programme for people returning to employment after a long period of time in prison or when they were involved in drug abuse for many years.  After 4 years I moved to work for Kent County Council as a senior social worker in the Children in Need team and the Fostering service.  In my last year working for the Local Authority, I was a LADO, until I happily moved to join FosterCareUK’s big family in November 2018.

Jacci Kirkland

Jacci Kirkland

Director of Quality Assurance & Service Improvement

I qualified as a social worker in 2000 and since then my passion has always been in foster care.

My role is to ensure the service we offer our foster carers and children, helps them build the brightest of futures. I remain humbled by the amazing standards of care our foster carers offer children and young people.

The impact that a secure base and a professional team supporting a child can achieve demonstrates the positive impact that good quality care can offer. More recently, the launch of our therapeutic service has enabled us to support our carers as they help some of the most traumatised children.

In my spare time, I have applied the theory of natural horsemanship into my passion for supporting horses with difficulties and have had much success with rehabilitating horses deemed dangerous or damaged.

Annette Fairhurst

Annette Fairhurst

MATTS Director

As an Art Psychotherapist my journey working within the fostering sector began in 2009. Since then, my passion for working alongside children and fostering families has only grown. I feel privileged to support children and young people who have experienced trauma and adverse experiences.  I am humbled by the resilience our foster carers show in helping children develop a sense of belonging and safety. It is an honour to be able to support them alongside our social work teams and Clinicians to create longer term stability for children and young people.

My role is to ensure that our MATTS (Multi-disciplinary Assessment Treatment & Therapy Service) continues to provide  adaptive, responsive and flexible therapeutic input across all the regions in the Capstone Foster Care Group, with the children and fostering families at the centre of it all.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, playing out in training, triathlons and fell running.

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