Senior Executive Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Mac commenced work with Fair Ways as a Bank Support Worker in 1999 when it was a department in another organisation, prior to breaking off to form Fair Ways. With over 20 years experience working in multiple children’s homes, as well as secondments to the Local Authority where he worked as a Social Worker. Mac has been a Director since 2005 when the organisation had fewer than 20 employees and took over the running of the company in 2012.
My Why – I believe that if you give individuals time, respect and support – invest in their future – that they and you will receive the only dividends that really make people happy.
Chief Operating Officer
Gareth joined Fair Ways in 2005 as a Residential Support Worker and rose through the organisation, before being appointed as Chief Operating Officer in November 2018. He has obtained both an Msc in Education, Leadership and Management, as well as a Bsc in Health and Social Care. In his spare time, Gareth enjoys spending time with his family, relaxing on a beach and setting new personal bests in the gym.
My Why – My passion is to create and deliver outstanding services, care, education and support to all of our service users; because they deserve the very best!
Chief Financial Officer
Vivien joined Fair Ways in 2005 and has been a director for 13 years. She became a Chartered Accountant in her early 20’s and more recently obtained an MBA. In her spare time Vivien enjoys spending time with her family, tennis, walking and travelling.
My Why – I feel privileged to be part of Fair Ways. This has been the greatest length of time that I have worked anywhere; I have stayed because I believe strongly in what we do and in the company values and culture. I am continually inspired by our amazing committed staff.
Director of Residential & Supported Living Services
Jonathan joined Fair Ways in 2015 from Southampton City Council, where he worked predominantly with children in care and care leavers. Jonathan has worked in various departments within Fair Ways prior to his appointment as a Director in 2018. Outside of work, Jonathan is kept busy by his 2 young children and their arrivals meant that he now has less time for his interests in football and golf.
My Why – Many of the young people we work with have not been afforded the opportunities provided to their peers and have to overcome many barriers in order to succeed. This injustice has not allowed our young people a level playing field from which to experience their childhood. Above everything else, it must be our daily mission to support them to fulfil their potential, ensure positive outcomes and prepare them for an adult life in which they thrive.
Director of Family Services
Dan joined Fair Ways in 2013, having been a qualified Social Worker for nearly twenty years and working mostly for Local Authorities. These have included children’s homes, mental health services and teams for looked after children and care leavers. Dan worked on the ‘front line’ and held several management positions at different levels, before being appointed as a Director in 2014.
My Why – After nearly 20 years in social work, I have seen countless examples of decisions and practice that are not child centred and been frustrated at children getting lost in a system which has forgotten why it’s there. I believe that there is a different way, a better way and at Fair Ways we have a great opportunity to give children and young people a better future.
Director of Health
Caroline joined Fair Ways in 2019 having worked as a Registered Nurse for 25 years; working in a variety of roles both in the NHS and the private sector. She previously worked as a Senior Nurse and Director for acute health care; including CAHMS Tier 4 L&D inpatient services, in addition to Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Justice Services.
Outside of work, Caroline is dedicated to her family and can regularly be found having a Harry Potter film marathon.
My Why – As a caring and compassionate person, I believe in supporting and developing young people, giving them opportunities to enable them to thrive and lead successful, happy lives. Investing time and patience in the welfare and wellbeing of others is at the forefront of everything I do, and with good role modelling and positive trustworthy professional relationships, we can encourage and guide the young people in Fair Ways to believe in themselves and aim higher.
Director of IT & Communications
Paul joined Fair Ways in 2013. His background is in Banking and Finance, and funded Healthcare projects across the UK for over 20 years. His primary degree is in Finance and Marketing.
Outside of work Paul is frequently found on a bike, playing golf, dog walking and following the trials and tribulations of UK and Irish sport and politics.
My Why – Having worked in profits driven environments Fair Ways approach was completely different with compelling vision and values and committed people. I am proud to work for this extraordinary company.
Director of Human Resources
Jane joined Fair Ways in 2019, having had over 20 years working in the HR field at a senior level, most recently working as HR Director in the leisure sector and Head of Personnel Development for Liz Earle skincare.
Jane is a qualified member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).
My Why – I believe that it is people that make the real difference, great people create a great organisation. Our HR function must play a key role in looking after our people ensuring we recruit, recognise, reward and retain them so they in turn can look after our service users and provide them with a service that exceeds expectation.
Wayne Okell MBE
Director of Talent & Performance
Wayne joined Fair Ways in 2017 after a 30 year military career, a former international sports coach, he specialises in leadership development, health and outdoor education. He strongly believes that we need daring leaders to make a difference in the world today and they must genuinely care for, and be connected to the people they lead.
Outside of work, Wayne is a dedicated family man and will find any opportunity to start a conversation around coaching or health and fitness.
My Why – To create the highest possible operating standards, developing the character of our people and a courageous culture, so that we can help them realise and release their true potential over time to be the very best they can possibly be.