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.

Melanie Callaghan-Lewis – Head Teacher

Melanie Callaghan-Lewis joined the Company 16 months ago as Head Teacher for Trent Acres School. Melanie has over 16 years’ experience working in the education sector, across a variety of settings including independent special schools for young people experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties as well as young people with complex needs, ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome, further education colleges working with ESOL students and overseeing the education provision in a custodial setting for young males. Melanie is also an experienced School Improvement Partner having had national responsibility for a number of schools for young people for whom mainstream education was not an option. She continues to develop her skills and knowledge/qualifications and thoroughly enjoys her role working with young people to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Sonia Bennett – Operations Manager

Sonia Bennett joined the Company in October 2017 as the Operations Manager for Trent Acres School.  Sonia has over 15 years’ experience working in the sector of care for young people commencing her career as a care worker right through to being a Ofsted Registered Home Manager / Responsible Individual with the last 10 years as a Senior Manager.  Sonia’s experience includes managing solo bed Children’s Homes with dual registration which included Education Services and multi bedded Children’s Homes, supporting Young Children who have a range of complex behaviours.  Sonia has also managed a contact provision which supported Young People and their Families.

Sonia has developed and managed effective staff teams using a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure the best care is delivered to Young People thus ensuring a successful transition to adulthood.

She continues to develop her skills and knowledge/qualifications and she is very passionate about her continual professional development.