Who we are
Camilla Ford is a senior manager with over 20 years of experience of improving outcomes for children and families. Originally trained as an occupational therapist, Camilla quickly moved into management and strategic roles working across health, education and social care funded settings, in both the public and voluntary sector. This unusually broad experience has given Camilla useful insight into the differing cultures and priorities of diverse sectors enabling her to secure excellent outcomes for service users through multi-agency partnership work. Working in rural Uganda and Asia as well as inner city London reflects Camilla’s love of challenge and her desire for working within diverse communities and she has had considerable success in reaching communities and delivering provision which creatively meets their needs. As the first Director of the 1st Place Children and Parents Centre, a complex, multi stranded charity serving the Aylesbury Estate in SE London, Camilla proudly led a strong and diverse staff team which went on to achieve four Outstanding Ofsted judgements. Now enjoying life with her own young family Camilla remains committed to achieving equality of opportunity for those experiencing disadvantage and developing services to achieve this.
Debbie Harrison began work as Head of PR and marketing for Essex Radio, moving on to theatre and radio where she worked on stage, in presenting and production. She specialised in Theatre in Education, production, and presenting for BBC Education and commercial radio. During this time Debbie was also Director of a successful radio production company. With a particular interest in community education, Debbie went on to lead pioneering work for a new Surrey based Christian charity supporting children and young people from a range of ethnic and social backgrounds, to develop their personal, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Debbie further extended her work in community wellbeing, focussing on multi specialist community development, often working out of schools as well as in the faith sector, and has successfully brought together residents of all ages, as well as public, private and third sector partners, to create the best possible life chances for those most disadvantaged in society. Initiating and developing numerous ventures in the voluntary, community and faith sector, Debbie specialises in education and parental engagement –establishing learning strategies which enable families to break the cycle of poverty and reach their potential. Debbie’s passion is to see those who are disadvantaged realise their potential and actively contribute their gifts and talents to civil society.
Lynne Martin is an experienced senior manager of front line public services, cultural change programmes, community partnerships and shared service initiatives. She started her career managing neighbourhood libraries, working in Nottinghamshire, inner city east Manchester and Hertfordshire, but has since had a variety of roles in the wider public sector. These have included managing HR change programmes, corporate policy and area-wide services in Surrey including community safety and support for disadvantaged communities, working with a range of partners and organisations to deliver real and sustainable community impacts on the ground. Lynne has managed local government area committees and supported councillors at a local level, and understands the importance of the political dimension in making things happen. Lynne believes strongly in the value of excellent communication and people management skills and has a track record of building, motivating and leading highly effective teams. Lynne works on a voluntary basis with the family support charity Home-Start and is currently Chair of the Home-Start Surrey’s Director Board. With an aptitude for problem-solving and decision-making, Lynne is always driven to the issues that will improve life chances and opportunity for everyone, and is delighted that her Prosper role enables her to further develop this.