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Jan’s career in social work began in 1975 as Deputy Matron of a 12 bedded children’s home. Here she gained an early understanding of the need for early intervention for families and also encountered children waiting for adoptive families. Both experiences influenced her passion for support to prevent family breakdown as well as ensuring Looked After Children were given the best opportunity to experience the loving environment of a family and to thrive. Jan has a broad experience at senior levels in both Local Authority and Charitable sectors, joining PACT in 2008 as CEO. She is also a Board member of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies advising and influencing government policy on radical reform of adoption services. Jan lives with her husband Ian in a village outside High Wycombe. She enjoys family time with her three adult sons, their partners and three grandsons, walking in the Chilterns, cultivating (and sitting in) the garden and travel. Qualifications: CQSW, MPA
Head of Adoption,
Shirley has more than 25 years experience working with children and families in both the voluntary and statutory sector.
Shirley worked for Hampshire County Council as a social worker, Family Centre Manager and Permanence Team Manager (the last post for 10 years) before moving to Coram to manage the projects in the Midlands.
Shirley joined PACT in the summer of 2012. She has recently moved to Reading with her family and is getting to know the local area. She has two grown up children and two step-children, and enjoys going to the theatre and to concerts when family commitments allow.
Qualifications: MSc in Social Work, Dip Social Work, BA in Sociology and Anthropology, NVQ4 in Management, Cert. in Health & Social Care Management
Natausha van Vliet
Director of Business Development,
Natausha joined PACT in June 2013. Her diverse professional background has included several senior and influential roles, including over 10 years working in the commercial music industry as well as more recently working in the children and young people’s voluntary and community sector.
Not only is Natausha a Montessori early years teacher as well as a Co-Active development coach, she is also a Trustee for Women's Breakout. She is passionate about helping people to help themselves and improving the outcomes for families, children and young people.
She is married with two children, has two rescue dogs and is the chair for her local scout group, regularly supporting her local community. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music and running.
Qualifications: Mont. Dip. Early Years 3-6, Certified Prince 2 Practitioner