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Ofsted HMI Pen Portraits.

Ofsted HMI Pen Portraits.

East Midlands

Nick McMullen, Senior HMI, children’s social care

Nick McMullen is Senior Operational Lead for the East Midlands region. He is a qualified and registered social worker. Before joining Ofsted he held a number of senior management positions in local authorities, managing children’s social care services. These included operational management and lead roles in service improvement and quality assurance. Since becoming an HMI he has taken part in and led inspections of a range of children’s services, including inspections of local authority arrangements for the protection of children, and Cafcass, as well as contributing to a number of thematic survey inspections.

Rachel Griffiths, HMI, children’s social care

Rachel Griffiths is an HMI. Rachel is a qualified social worker, registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. She holds a Masters and Diploma in Social Work. Rachel has experience of inspecting regulated services, predominantly children’s home’s. This includes registration and compliance work. Before moving Ofsted, Rachel worked for a number of years across a broad range of children’s services, which include reception and assessment, children in need, children looked after, adoption and fostering, and court proceedings, before taking up employment with Children And Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS) as a family court advisor.

Julie Knight, HMI, children’s social care

Julie Knight is an HMI. Before working for Ofsted, she worked within a statutory local authority setting, holding senior management positions within disabled children’s services and procurement and commissioning for children and family services. She has generic social work training and practice within adult and children’s services and extensive experience of working within duty and assessment for children in need of help and protection. She has particular interest in safeguarding disabled children and young people, commissioning and compliance and equality and human rights. Julie is a qualified social worker, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Caroline Walsh, HMI, children’s social care

Caroline is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. She is a registered and qualified social worker and has a Master’s in Applied Social Studies. Before joining Ofsted, she gained social work experience in a range of local authority and health settings. Caroline has extensive experience working as a senior manager in a number of roles. She has led services in fostering, adoption, health visiting and school nursing. More recently she has led on the development and commissioning of Sure Start children’s centres and the early help offer. Caroline has particular expertise in service improvement and the commissioning and procurement of family services. Caroline held a public appointment for several years working as a Non-Executive Director in an acute health trust.

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