We are delighted to welcome Ruth Marriott as the new Chief Executive Officer at Families for Children.
Having worked with young people for over 25 years, Ruth joins the charity with extensive experience in developing services to support young people who have had challenging backgrounds. She is passionate about young people benefitting from services to help them grow into adulthood and sees stable families as a key way to encourage them to reach their potential.
She hopes to build on the legacy left by former CEO, Caroline Davis and continue to grow the Agency, delivering adoption support services that are second to none.
Ruth joins us from Social Care in Action (SCiA) based in Southampton where she was Group CEO for 3 years. Under her leadership the organisation grew in income and scope of the work they carried out. They delivered social care services for older people, those with learning disabilities and mental health; provided community transport for day services and Dial-A-Rode; provided dentistry across Hampshire and Dorset; delivered counselling specifically for this with Gambling issues; took on a Library from Southampton City Council and an old hospital in the New Forest as well as programme managing strategic public health initiatives, i.e. behaviour change management.
Prior to this Ruth worked for Catch22 in London managing the first BIG Lottery programme outsourced to the VCSE, called Realising Ambition a £26m UK wide programme .
Ruth joined Cathc22 from Core Assets where she was the South West Regional Manager. There services included Foster Care Associates; they worked with local authorities to support families and children on the edge of care.
Before this Ruth was CEO at The Zone in Plymouth where she set up Insight (an early intervention for psychosis service), Icebreak (an emerging personality disorder service) and was one of 11 Multi Systemic Therapy sites in 2008, as well as supporting young homeless, providing a comprehensive sexual health service, advocacy, outdoor activities.
Ruth began her career as a Detached Youth Work Team Leader in Mount Wise, Devonport. She undertook a Bsc in Social Policy and Community Work and whilst CEO at The Zone completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
She has two adult children and 5 grandchildren and lives with her husband in Cornwall. In her spare time she plays clarinet, alto and soprano saxophone, paints, and knits and enjoys reading.