Meet the Team

Our team is committed to providing only the highest levels of care and excellent opportunities for young people in a safe and supportive environment, from which they can meet their full potential.

In order for us to achieve positive outcomes, all staff are trained to create and maintain a safe environment, using a therapeutic approach to ensure that children are provided with opportunities for longer term development, growth, and aspirations for their future. Learn more about our team below.

Karim Lalani

Chief Executive

Karim has over 40 years’ experience of founding and running successful businesses with prudent fiscal management and capitalisation, from start-ups, to retail and healthcare. He strives to help vulnerable groups in society wherever possible. The Beeches is run as a controlled multi-site growth programme to develop high quality education in Peterborough and regionally respected Ofsted regulated children’s care services across the UK.

Rebecca Ouellani

Director of Operations

Rebecca has worked in children’s care for over 14 years and has held several positions within this sector, including residential care specialising in supporting children with emotional difficulties, learning disabilities, and challenging behaviours. She has a range of qualifications including Diploma 5 NVQ 4 in Management, and NVQ 4 in Health and Social Care, ILM Level 5, and BTEC Level 4 in Education and Training.


Greg Lapham

Corporate Development Director

Greg has over 20 years of experience in adult and children’s specialist services at executive level. He has an extensive background of developing new business, and is experienced in creating and enhancing brands with a primary focus on exceeding expectations for service delivery, whilst ensuring optimum commercial performance, growth, and most importantly, improving outcomes for young people.

Shazia Lalani

Marketing Director

Shazia has a broad range of B2B and B2C Marketing experience gained from several years of working across companies in professional services and retail. She has a Professional Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and is skilled in digital marketing, end-to-end campaign project management, PR, events, and client relationship management.

Dionne Lee-Chang

Head of Operations

Dionne has many years of experience within children, young people, and adult social care. She was previously the Regional Head of Compliance and Operations at Blue Bird Care where she led on several initiatives including a restructure following the recession caused by the Covid period. Her qualifications include Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children & Young People’s Services, and Designated Safeguarding Lead Level 3.

Michelle Robinson

Head of Operations and Responsible Individual

Michelle has worked in childcare settings for over 13 years, working with children with EBD and Learning Difficulties. Michelle has worked in several positions within residential children’s homes, including assurance. She has a range of qualifications including Level 5 Diploma Leadership and Management, Level 1 DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychology) and Level 4 Train the Trainer.

Debbie Briggs

Debbie Briggs

Registered Manager (The Cedars & Cherry Blossom House)

Debbie has worked within the childcare industry for the last 17 years. She has completed several qualifications including NVQ Level 3 in Play Work and Management, Diploma 18 Level 3 for Residential Childcare, and Diploma Level 5 in Leadership and Management.

Jane Twaite

Registered Manager (The Willows)

Jane has worked in a variety of care settings for several years before becoming a Registered Manager, and holds the following qualifications: Level 5 Diploma Leadership and Management (Children and Young People), Level 4 Diploma Leadership and Management for Care Services, Level 4 Diploma Health and Social Care (Children and Young People), Level 3 QCF Health and Social Care (Adults), and Level 3 NVQ Health and Social Care (Children and Young People).

Paula Pearson

Registered Manager (The Maples)

Paula came to The Beeches with over 20 years’ experience in the care industry including six years in the residential childcare sector. She has completed her DDP Level 1 which is the theory to the PACE model, and uses this within her home. Paula also holds her Level 5 Diploma Leadership and Management (Children and Young People), Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People Workforce, and Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care.

Joanna Payne

Registered Manager

Joanna has worked with young people for approximately 18 years in residential care. She progressed from Care Worker to senior and deputy roles, before becoming a Registered Manager where she predominantly works with young people involved in or vulnerable to CSE/CCE and associated risks. She also spent time within the Youth Justice system and two years with supported living for young adults. Her current qualifications include Level 4 and 5 Diploma Children and Young People, Level 4 Training and Education, and also an ILM Level 5 in Management.

Martyn Neale

Martyn Neale

Deputy Manager (Small Acres)

Martyn has worked with children for over 20 years in education and care settings. He joined The Beeches as a Residential Care Worker and progressed to Team Leader, Deputy Manager, and now to Registered Manager at our Small Acres home. Martyn holds his Level 3 Diploma Children and Young Peoples Workforce, and HLTA qualification, and is currently completing his Level 5 Diploma Leadership and Management (Children and Young People).

Samantha Thompson

Samantha Thompson

Deputy Manager (The Maples)

Samantha has worked in the childcare industry for over 25 years, including as a Nursery Manager and Operations Manager with children 0 to 19 years old. She joined The Beeches as a Deputy Manager and has progressed quickly to Registered Manager. Sam has completed her Level 3 and 4 Practitioners in Childcare, Level 3 in Child Care, and Level 5 Diploma Leadership and Management (Children and Young People).

Abigail Brown

Abigail Brown

Head of Education – Beeches Independent School

Abigail has always had a great passion for working with children and wanting to have a positive impact on their lives, which led her to study Education and Psychology at university. She then went straight into teaching, and her love for teaching and guiding young people’s futures has never dwindled ever since. Abigail has continuously worked hard and demonstrated a determination to enrich her pupils’ lives, resulting in her becoming Head of Education at The Beeches Independent School.

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Abs Latif

Head of HR & Payroll

Abs has over 15 years’ experience in developing, recruiting, inducting, training, and leading teams. His expertise spans the entire HR lifecycle, from recruitment and onboarding, to talent development and employee engagement. His qualifications include a Degree in Computer Communication and IT, HR Management – Advance, and GDPR Practitioner.

Helen Copeland

Helen Copeland

HR Advisor

Helen joined The Beeches team in November 2021 as an HR Advisor, having had over 25 years’ experience across Management and HR functions, including recruitment, induction, writing and delivering training, and development and leading of teams. She holds various qualifications including Diploma – Human Resources, ILM – Leadership and Management, and CPD – Safer Recruitment.

Dr Kamal Khan

Head of Quality & Service Management

Kamal has extensive experience in developing and establishing quality management systems, based on a variety of national and international accreditation standards. He was previously an internal auditor and science teacher, and has a Doctorate in Finance, BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, and Masters in Business Administration & Quality Management System.

Ganesh Kandiapillai

Finance Manager

Ganesh is a highly qualified Accountant with over 25 years of retail and industry experience. He is skilled in managing the complete accounting cycle of control, planning, budgeting, and reporting of companies. He qualifications include CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, and BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance.