Mark Williams – Head of Service
Mark commenced his role as Head of Service of Kinsale in July 2013. Prior to arriving at Options, Mark had managed and operated Children’s Homes and Schools in the independent sector at a senior level for 10 years. Mark started working in children’s social care after having led a successful 20 year career in the police service. He has a wide range of experience and skills in managing care and education services for looked after children with complex needs. Since starting at Kinsale Mark has been instrumental in the continued development of the school and care provision the service offers young people.
Lydia Swinton – Head Teacher
Lydia took up the post of Head Teacher at Kinsale in November 2019, following working for the service since July 2019 as an education consultant. Lydia has 19 years experience in working in special education, including 10 years at management level. She has a BSc in Psychology, QTS, an MA in Special and Inclusive Education, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Research and Professional Studies in Education.
Becky Farmer – Registered Manager
Becky has worked at Options Kinsale for 8 years; she has held the post of Deputy Manager for 15 months and leads the Autism Practice within the service.
Becky holds qualifications in Early Childhood Studies, NVQ 3 Health and Social Care, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant and Becky is currently undertaking a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Mel Ramm – Admin Manager
Mel joined Options in 2007 during the development stages of Options Kinsale and has been influential in the development of the service. She has over 20 years experience within the Administration/Training and Business Management sectors. Mel holds qualifications in ILM Management Level 5 and the CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Practice Level 3.
Our own on site clinical team, includes: Clinical Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist, Assistant Psychologist.