Sarah Milan (UK)
Sarah Milan is a qualified social worker in the UK. She worked with the Local Authority in Southwark, London for almost 10 years. During this time Sarah worked in Child Protection, Adoption and Permanence and Looked After Children’s teams. In 2012 she took a year sabbatical and completed an MSc in Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education. Her dissertation was based on the development of foster care in Bulgaria and she spent 3 months at For Our Children in Bulgaria during that time. In 2013, Mrs Milan took the role of Development Director for Rees Foundation (previously Core Assets Foundation). She was involved in the creation and launch of this charity for care leavers in the UK, and is currently a Director of Rees Foundation working on the implementation of project work and growing the charity. Since 2013, Sarah has also completed the academic modules on a MA in Charity Management with the dissertation to complete in 2016.
"I would like to contribute to the work of IFCO and feel that I have valuable experience at a practical (social work) and organisational (as a manager and director of a charity) level to offer the board. I have good interpersonal skills which are essential to working as a part of a team; I am able to use technology I feel I have the time available to offer to the role.
My grandmother was a foster carer, this influence contributed to me wanting to work with children, as I gained professional knowledge and skills I wanted to work alongside foster carers and in the services that offer this essential alternative to children.
I have lead the development of Rees Foundation with our board of trustees, this has a transition from social work practitioner to leader of an ambitious charity. I have learnt about governance, management and balancing this with the needs of those we want to help most. I have lead on the strategic direction of the organisation and worked with the staff team to develop project work.
Due to my current work I have a particular interest in leaving care and after care services, but maintain a commitment to the importance of family-based care. There is a great challenge to develop this across the world and across cultures but I believe it is possible with the needs of the children at the heart of what we do.
I believe strongly organisations like IFCO because of the difference networks of people can make to the lives of children around the world, sharing knowledge, skills as well as exploring our ideas and assumptions is essential for the children of a modern and changing world.
Therefore my priorities would be excellence in strategic direction and its implementation, building communication streams and professional networks and focus on leaving care services."