Meet the team
The team at Foster Care Values consists of a group of committed and motivated individuals who bring over 70 years' of experience and expertise to the agency.
Having left school at 18, Mick worked in a local hospital and Barclays Bank before completing a degree in history in 1985.
Mick qualified as a social worker in 1990, and subsequently worked for Wirral Social Services, Clwyd County Council and Denbighshire Social Services.
In 2005 Mick moved on to join the largest independent fostering agency in the UK, becoming a Group Director in 2009.
Mick always believed there was a clear need for a responsive value based local fostering agency here in North Wales. In 2013 he took the opportunity to set up Foster Care Values with his business partner, Ian Jones.
Mick has lived in the Colwyn Bay area with his wife, Gwyneth and their three grown up children, for the best part of two decades.
Outside a hectic family life, Mick can often be seen jogging along the prom in Colwyn Bay and has recently completed a number of marathons.
Chief executive officer
After leaving school at 16 to work on the ships in his home town of Holyhead, Ian returned to study in 1983 going onto complete a degree in Social Administration and qualify as a social worker in 1990.
Ian started his social work career in Clwyd Social Services and later moved to Denbighshire spending over a decade as a manager in the children’s services department.
Ian joined one of the leading independent fostering agencies in 2011 and after two enjoyable years’ reconnecting with foster carers, decided to set up FCV with co-director, Mick Sams.
Ian is married to Sandy with one grown up son and lives in a village in Denbighshire.
When out of the office, Ian enjoys sport - although he’s taken to watching it rather than playing! He also enjoys playing guitar, badly, but still harbours a dream of one day being discovered!
Although not born in Wales, Tracey moved to the area at the age of six. She completed a commercial studies course at Llandrillo College, before entering employment as a Valuation Clerk.
From there, Tracey spent 12 years working within an education setting as a secretary and support worker. In 2004, she moved to a fostering agency eventually being appointed as Placements Manager for the whole of Wales.
Tracey is now the General Manager at FCV and will be the first point of call for local authorities and foster carers.
Tracey is married with three children, and lives in Colwyn Bay.
As a keen sports person, you can usually find her on the netball court or walking the dog along the beach.
Born in Ireland Ursula left school in 1996 to take up her studies at Bangor University, completing a degree in social administration.
After qualifying as a social worker in 2001, Ursula has worked in variety of roles within the local authority and the independent sector.
Following early experience in child protection and child care, Ursula’s main focus shifted to fostering in 2004, when she joined the UK’s largest independent fostering agency.
In 2013, Ursula decided to join FCV and take on the role of senior supervising social worker.
In her spare time, Ursula enjoys a variety of activities.
From exploring the world (particularly the wine growing regions!), to spending an afternoon with her head in a book or volunteering with animals.
Senior supervising social worker
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We believe we have chosen a talented group of professionals from the local area who have the individual qualities and the value driven approach that will help us forge FCV’s philosophy of care as the agency develops.
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