The Shires is owned and operated by Hopscotch Solutions Limited.
Hopscotch Solutions Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of Acorn Care and Education Limited, which is part of Outcomes First Group, a provider of children’s services in the UK.
The Shires leadership team comprises of Principal, two heads of school with responsibility for education and three registered managers who lead the care teams across the four residential sites. The management team is complemented by Group support functions covering Quality and Compliance, Admissions and Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and IT.
Oversight of the school management is provided through four Assistant Directors of Education, who are employees of Acorn Care and Education, responsible to the divisional Managing Director, Richard Power and divisional Finance Director, Helen Lecky.
The Finance Director is a statutory Director of Hopscotch Solutions Limited, in conjunction with David Leatherbarrow, Chief Executive Officer of Outcomes First Group and Jean-Luc Janet, Chief Financial Officer of NFA Group.
Key decisions are referred to Outcomes First Group’s Board, consisting of Outcomes First Group CEO and CFO, an independent Chairman and three Non-Executive Directors. In addition, the Group continues its robust governance through two established compliance-based sub committees with remits for Quality and Audit respectively and whose members are independent to the Group’s management team.