Paula Braynion

Paula Braynion

Managing Director.
Has been Director of Operations over in-patient and community services since 2010.  Worked as a Nurse Therapist and Nurse Consultant in medium and low secure care for a number of years. Moved to Pennine Care as Deputy Director of Nursing and was appointed as Service Director, Specialist Services in rehabilitation and high support, CAMHS and drug and alcohol services in 2007.

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Andy Alcock

Director of Operations 

Andy has worked within community settings for the past 25 years within health, local authority and the independent sector. For ten years he led a specialist support team and since 2000 has been the area manager for a rapidly growing independent organisation. He is a qualified nurse who also holds the DMS and qualifications in developing community support and forensic learning disability. Andy has a real passion to provide quality support in ways that are values-based and person-centred.

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Alan Jefferson

Alan Jefferson

Chair of Future Directions CIC

A qualified social worker, worked for Lancashire Social Services for almost 30 years, the last 10 of which he was an Assistant Director of Social Services. He then moved on to become the North West Director of the Care Quality Commission and of its two predecessor bodies. For the last 15 years has been associated with the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and was appointed its Chair in 2010.

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Sharon Costello

Director of Finance

Sharon has over 25 years experience working within both public sector and commercially focused business environments.  She is a CIMA qualified accountant and has been operating at a strategic managment level since 2001.  She has significant people management experience and is passionate about developing stakeholder relationships.  Prior to joining Future Directions, Sharon was Deputy Group Finance Director within a large group of Not-for-Profit companies who operated across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and South Yorkshire.




Ken Talbot

Non-executive Director
Qualifying as a social worker Ken has spent most of his career as not only as a director but also a consultant within the private sector working with a range of businesses and sectors. His later career has been within housing associations and he is currently a non-executive director of a large housing provider. He is very pleased to be a board member in a customer focussed organisation like Future Directions CIC with such committed and professional staff.

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