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.

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Grainne Siggins

Executive Director – Strategic Commissioning

Grainne is the Executive Director for Strategic Commissioning for the London Borough of Newham, which includes statutory responsibility for both adults and children’s services. She is responsible for the ongoing transformation of adult social care, children’s services, homelessness and public health and is working with health partners in Newham to establish the local Integrated Care System and associated joint structures.

Beverley Halligan

Head of Social Work Improvement

Beverley has been the Principal Social Worker, in Newham for three years. She began her career in the borough as a social worker. She has contributed to the development of the chosen practice model and continues to support innovative approaches to domestic abuse. She is now working with partner agencies to develop a Complex Safeguarding Hub.


Steve Chaplin
Practice leader

Steve has been working as a practice leader in Newham’s Leaving Care Team for almost two years. He has undertaken and completed a Diploma in Systemic Supervision and is also currently completing the Firstline Leadership Development Programme.

Gareth Batley
Advanced practitioner

Gareth has been working as an advanced social work practitioner in Newham’s assessment team. He has been a social worker for 18 years and has been with Newham 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.

Arpantacha Yuktanonda
Practice leader

Arpantacha has been working as a practice leader in Newham's Central Assessment Team since 2016. She started her career in a statutory service as a social worker in Newham's Child In Need Team. 

Social Workers

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Kiran Flynn

Social worker/family therapist

Kiran has worked for Newham for almost two years as a social worker and trainee family therapist in the Central Intervention Team. During her time at Newham, she has been supported to deliver therapeutic interventions in her social work role whilst completing years 3 and 4 training in systemic and family psychotherapy.


Omobosola Aderibigbe

Social worker

Omobosola has been working as a social worker in the Looked After Children’s Team since 2016 when she started as an agency worker. She chose to become a permanent member of staff a year later as a result of the stability and support she received.

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