Leah Overend

Divisional Manager - Social Care (maternity leave)

Leah Overend

My specialisms:

  • Managing Children's services, Adult social care & Public health
  • Service Improvement/ Development & Ofsted
  • LAC & Leaving care
  • Front Door (CP/CIN/ Assessment)
  • Fostering, Adoption & Corporate Parenting
  • Safeguarding & QA
  • Commissioning
  • Disabilities (Physical/Mental/ Learning)
  • Early Help / Youth Services / Troubled Families
  • Transformation, Programme and Project management

Who are you and what is your purpose?

I’m the Manager for our Social Care division. I’m driven daily by my family and friends. Over my years in the recruitment industry, I’ve changed sector several times but I find myself now in a position working where I contribute to a field where the people are truly making a difference to our communities. Those closest to me know this and share pride in my work. Being able to support my loved ones falls to the centre of everything I do but celebrating success together makes it a joy!

What has been your greatest achievement (personal or professional)?

Being promoted into the Divisional Manager role last year was phenomenal and after what was a roller coaster year through 2021, both on a personal and professional level, to still achieve a best ever year personally; whilst also seeing our 2 new Consultants thrive has been incredible!

What advice would you give other leaders out there?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, not just from those who lead and inspire you but from your team – trust is a two-way street. The biggest thing I’ve learnt this year though is that the greatest tool you’ll have as a manager is listening.

Who inspires you? And why?

I have 2 incredible women in my life – my Mum and Sister. Mum’s one hell of a tough cookie and isn’t afraid to be vulnerable. She has endless love for her family. My sister is the most incredible mother to my gorgeous Niece, everything about her is a testament to how she puts others first and you’d struggle to find someone better out there at what she does, regardless of what it is!

Favourite Food

Asian fusion, places like Seven Lucky Gods in Bristol are my mecca.

What’s your leadership superpower?

Grit and hard work.