About Us

The Spark Foundation was formally known as The ISP Children's Foundation. It was established in 2003 and changed its name in 2015 as it no longer has formal links with ISP.

The Trustees of Spark  are as follows.

Irene Hall (Chair)
Until recently Irene was a development manager in London with the charity Citizens Advice.  Previously she was the Manager of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Swale. Currently she is retired but doing pro bono work for a number of charities.

Brian Bishop
Brian is a qualified Social Worker with 45 years of experience across London and, more recently, East Sussex and Kent, as a Children's Guardian for the Children and Families Court Service. He was  a board member and Non-Executive Director of Integrated Services Program (ISP) for over 10 years and is a trustee/committee member of several other organisations associated with families and children.

Danny Chesterman
Danny had his first career in personnel management before becoming a coach and management consultant specialising in public services, especially health and social care. Much of his work has involved helping individuals, teams and communities achieve more of their potential and lead others in challenging circumstances.

Kirsty Ginn
Kirsty was fostered with ISP for over 5 years and worked as a teaching assistant within the ISP school system. She received a grant from the Spark Foundation which helped her achieve her goals. She would like to extend this help to others so they can achieve their full potential.

Sheila Patel
Sheila has been a foster carer for 20 years. As well as being a foster carer Sheila's other role is Principal Advisor for Foster Care in the Integrated Services Programme (ISP). Sheila feels that good communication and liaising with professionals is one of the best methods of helping a child to thrive. Sheila and her husband have fostered over 100 children in this period of time and still have contact with most of them today. They continue to attend weddings, Christenings, birthdays and Christmas together.

Wendy Simpson-Brown
Originally from a financial services background, Wendy is an Administration Officer for a large independent Children’s Centre in East Kent.  Part of her role is to liaise with partner organisations such as the Princes Trust to offer opportunities for young people to develop.

Tracey Sorrel
Tracey is the Principal Advisor for Health and Leaving Care at the Integrated Services Programme (ISP) Central Office. Tracey has worked as a Residential Social Worker within a therapeutic community setting and is a qualified Further Education teacher.