Meet the Staff

Dean Barnshaw has been involved in social care since 1998, and as a qualified social worker has held a variety of senior positions across children and adult settings. Dean joined an Independent scheme in 2006 and since this time has generated a real passion and understanding for Shared Lives, which he views just as much as a philosophy, than as a delivery of service, with emphasis on community networking, citizenship and maximising independence. Always curious, Dean has over the years been at the forefront of diversifying the model of Shared Lives, not only in providing support to people of differing abilities and complex needs, but also in building ‘wrap around’ community services, so as to maintain the longevity and success of each Arrangement.

Dean joined CVT in November 2016 as the Head of Service, to lead on the development of the new Shared Lives Scheme. He is excited by the challenge, which he believes will re-enforce CVT’s position, as a contemporary provider of innovative services in an ever-changing social care environment. Dean is an avid supporter of Sunderland Football Club and he likes to try and stay fit when he can, by competing in Olympic standard triathlons, open water swimming events and cycling sportives.

Kate Morgan who joined the service in June 2017 is the Shared Lives Registered Manager for the West Midlands area. Kate has been involved with Shared Lives since 2006, both in the Local Authority and voluntary sector and has a great passion for the service and its benefits.

Kate has experience of Shared Lives Carer recruitment, development, monitoring and matching arrangements with the people we support from 18 - 100 years of age. Kate has particular knowledge of supporting Shared Lives Arrangements for people with early onset dementia, autism and transitions from children's services.

Kate enjoys working with the people who use the service to witness the achievements and independence such a bespoke service can bring. Kate has a keen interest in reading and enjoys activities such as yoga to relax and unwind when she can after busy days and family time with her husband and young daughter.