Our Team

We're always striving to be the best we can possibly be and we share the same ambition for the families we work with.

Through adopting a systemic practice model and the importance of relationship building, smaller neighbourhood teams, providing the right tools to support mobile working and developing innovative approaches to tackling domestic abuse and complex safeguarding we are delivering social work interventions that help families.

Tim Aldridge

Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services

Tim is the Corporate Director of Children’s Services for the London Borough of Newham. Recently, Tim led the team that took Havering on a journey from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’. Tim chairs the North East London Commissioning Partnership Residential Innovation Board. He is the lead DCS for sector-led improvement for the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS). He chairs the North-East London Teaching Partnership. Tim is a trustee on the board of Frontline.

Tim is a qualified social worker, and has been working in Children’s Social Care for over twenty years, starting out as a residential care worker. Tim is particularly interested in the role organisational culture plays in setting the right environment for good practice to evolve and thrive. Tim has a keen interest in Early Help and Early Intervention, and the role this plays in managing demand for services.

Tim Aldridge
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Róisín Madden

Director of Operations Children’s Social Care & Safeguarding

Róisín is the Director of Operations for Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding in Newham. She is the Practice Leader for Newham responsible for all statutory social work services provided to children and their families.

Róisín is a qualified social worker who trained in systemic practice 20 years ago to add therapeutic intervention to her practice as a social worker. With substantial experience of practice in London and rural authorities Róisín has led the development and implantation of practice models to put the relationship work at the forefront of social work. Róisín has a particular interest in the training of social workers through creating a culture where social workers can be specialists in their field.

Beverley Halligan

Principal Social Worker, Children and Families, Assistant Director of Professional Standards

Beverley has been the Principal Social Worker, in Newham for five years. She began her career in the borough as a social worker. She continues to contribute to the development of the chosen practice model and innovative approaches to domestic abuse. Herself and the senior leadership team are committed to creating a culture in Newham where social work can flourish.


Steve Chaplin
Acting Service Manager

Steve has been working in the leaving care service since 2016 as a practice leader.

Steve has completed a diploma in systemic supervision whilst at Newham and has also recently completed the First Line leadership programme which is designed to help managers further develop the skills they need to support their staff and implement change to achieve the delivery of excellent services for children.


Gareth Batley
Advanced practitioner

Gareth has been working as an advanced practitioner in the  assessment service.  He has been a social worker for over 18 years and been with the council for five years. During this time he has undertaken a variety of roles, including a secondment to a project to develop a new social work case management system.

Gareth has undertaken his Diploma in Systemic Practice.

He is currently working within the complex safeguarding hub focussing on the risks relating to missing children, cse (child sexual exploitation) and cce (child criminal exploitation).