Meet the team

Carol Stickland


Hi I'm Carol Stickland. My two colleagues, Joanne and Katie, and I are Directors of Ivy House Fostering Agency.


I am a social worker who has always worked with children and young people in various settings. I champion the hard work and commitment our foster carers assume. I qualified as a social worker many years ago and have always worked in children’s service setting. I worked in a Local Authority Fostering service for  17 years where I managed, supervised, recruited, assessed and trained as well as working in specialist schemes within fostering

When I'm not at work, I like walking, swimming and yoga. I have three adult children and one adult foster son, plus a  foster daughter in law and foster grandchildren 🤩! .


I love my work. I believe in what I do and I’m very excited and proud to be part of Ivy House Fostering Agency.❤❤

Joanne Nutton


Hello I'm Joanne Nutton. I have always worked with children and young people, I have been a nanny for new born triplets, worked in a day nursery and then in Local Authority children’s services as a support worker for many years before I qualified as a social worker. I have spent 17 years as a social worker in a Local Authority fostering team and my passion is working with children, young people and fostering families and plan to continue to do this for many years with Ivy House Fostering Agency.


I am an owner/operator at Ivy House, we have a small welcoming team where everyone is valued for the individual qualities that they bring and is an exciting place to work.


In my spare time I love baking, yoga and holidays!

Katie Duffield


Hi I'm Katie Duffield. I have been a Social Worker for 18 years and have worked with children and their families throughout my career in South Yorkshire and overseas.

For the last 11 years I have worked as a Social Worker within fostering services training, recruiting and supporting fostering families and the children and young people they provide care to.

I love my job as a Social worker and know that I am very lucky to work every day with amazing people and families who come forward to undertake the special role of providing care, support and protection to our most vulnerable children.

I am excited about being part of Ivy House and our vision of developing quality relationship based care to our fostering community.

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