Welcome to The Centre for Adoption Support and Education


The Centre has 10 core staff members who are professionally qualified. They have specialist training in the activities they provide, and have considerable experience of working with adopted and looked after children and their families.

Depending on the activities you take part in, you will meet various members of staff at The Centre. Many of the staff have worked there for a long time and enjoy taking the time to get to know the children, young people and families well.

In addition to its core staff, The Centre engages more than 20 part-time, self-employed professional people who are involved in a wide variety of therapeutic, artistic, athletic and medical disciplines. They comprise a diverse group of talents, ethnic backgrounds, special interests and adoption/fostering experiences.

All staff members have enhanced DBS checks, as do those who help us in children’s activities.

Maggie Pitts

Maggie is the CEO of The Centre and Clifton Children’s Society. Maggie has worked in adoption for over 35 years and is excited and passionate about Adoption Support Services and making “The Centre”, a Centre of Excellence.

Emma Simpson

Head of Adoption

Emma is an experienced Adoption Team Manager who supports the staff in the day to day running of the services and activities at The Centre.

Steven Williamson

Office Manager

Steven has been the Office Manager for The Centre and CCS Adoption since July 2015. He is in charge of managing the administration teams for both organisations, along with the day to day running of the building.

Andrew Lister

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Having done sessional work at CCS for the past 20 years,  Andrew joined The Centre in January 2017 to deliver and lead the development of the clinical services. He also continues to work part time in the NHS where he has largely specialised in Foster Care for over 22 years.

Louisa Hebb

Adoption Support Therapist

Louisa joined The Centre in April 2017 to set up the Specialist Therapeutic Services for adoptive families. Louisa is really looking forward to using her skills to work together with families and their networks to achieve successful long-term therapeutic outcomes.

Ally Britton

The Centre Supervisor
Manages the day to day activities of The Centre and all the activities happening there. She has over 10 years experience supporting and helping adopted children and their families.

Andy Taylor

Children’s Activity Worker
Andy is a professional Artist and Musician who has been providing collaborative, fun workshops and weekly creative play/music sessions for tots, after school and teenage groups at the Centre for the last 4 years.  

Jade Laing-Strachan

Children’s Activity Worker
Jade began working at the Centre almost 10 years ago. With a community Arts background and personal experience of a successful adoption she continues to offer meaningful, child centred Arts & Crafts activities and face-painting.

Joss Cole

Children’s Activity Worker

Joss experienced growing up in care and is committed to working with fostered and adopted children. She runs the after school club, helping with arts, craft, cooking, playing and various projects.

Fran Smith

Children’s Activity Worker
Fran has worked for a number of charities and as a children’s social worker prior to becoming a mum to three adopted children. She is a former user of the toddler sessions and now forms part of the team delivering the tots group.
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Alicia Williams

Children’s Activity Worker

Alicia has previously worked as a Nursery Nurse in various settings and having been adopted herself has an understanding of the complexities and challenges of adoption.

Rachel Lines

Centre Administrator

Rachel is an experienced administrator and joined The Centre team in November 2016. Rachel is the first point of contact when you email or telephone The Centre.

Siobhan Flynn

Marketing Officer

Siobhan worked for 20 years in sales, marketing and PR, mostly in the publishing industry, before joining CCS and The Centre in January 2017. She is an adoptive parent and former user of the toddler group.

Our Trustees

John Barnes (Chair)
Sally Lockwood (Dep. Chair)
Stephen Allen (Secretary)

Celia Balbernie
Julie Cooke
John Evans

Peter Golding
Ian Mackenzie

Nik Thompson
Richard Tidswell

Lorraine Vivian