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Our People

Our staff group is committed to providing a high quality of service to meet the needs of young people.

Head of  Operations – Sara Lovelock

I joined Carolina House Trust in February 2016 after 23 years working in local authority social work services.

I started my social work career in a Fife child care team and after 8 years moved to work with Perth and Kinross as the Team Leader for the Child Protection and Duty Service. I then took up the post of Child Protection and Child Health Planning Officer which included being the Lead Officer for Perth and Kinross Child Protection Committee. In 2006 I took the job as the Lead Officer for Clackmannanshire and Stirling Child Protection Committees and in 2008 became the Service Manager for Child Protection and Quality Improvement with Clackmannanshire Council. From 2011 -2014 the Service Manager Post expanded to cover Stirling Council and included Youth Justice, Out of Hours and Duty Services. My most recent post was back with Perth and Kinross Council as the Quality Assurance Manager for Community Care.

I am a philosophy graduate and conducted post-graduate research into Buddhist ethics.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, spending time pottering about my garden, walking and watching a daily helping of an Australian soap opera.

Head of Support Services – Joy Anderson

I joined Carolina House Trust in March 2016 after 20 years working in finance services within local government.

I am a graduate of the University of Abertay Dundee with an honours degree in Accountancy. I then completed my professional qualification in 2000 when I gained full membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

I started my career as a trainee accountant at Tayside Regional Council in 1995 and then transferred to Angus Council in April 1996 as a result of the re-organisation of local government. I have undertaken a wide variety of roles within the local authority finance function, including various Accountant roles before moving into the post of Senior Auditor in 2004. I was then appointed to the post of Finance Service Manager in 2007 with primary responsibility for supporting services including Education, Roads, Planning and Economic Development, as well as responsibility for co-ordinating the council’s revenue budget process.  Latterly, I was appointed to the post of Finance Service Manager supporting the People Directorate, which comprised all education and social work services.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading and travel.

Team Leader – Fostering & Continuing Care – Gillian Merrett

I joined Carolina House Trust in February 2014 as a Supervising Social Worker, having had 6 years of social work experience. After 6 months I came off on maternity to have my first child. I came back to work in June 2015, as Team Leader and shocked everyone by announcing I was expecting my second child in October 2015. I returned to work in August 2016 to resume my position as Team Leader.

I graduated from Dundee University in 2008 with an Honours Degree in Social Work and moved to London where I worked as a front line social worker in a children’s and families team for just over a year in Hammersmith and Fulham Local Authority. I then moved to Australia and worked in a voluntary organisation supervising support workers, undertaking direct work with young people and being part of a reunification team, supporting children being rehabilitated back with their families. This included high-level safety planning with child protection, birth families and foster carers.  After 2 years I came back to Scotland and undertook agency work in Dundee, doing various roles in children and families teams. I then worked in Angus Council, working in child protection, supporting looked after children and undertaking initial assessments. I have loved having the opportunity to work in the statutory and voluntary sectors in different countries and local authorities.

I love spending time with my family and friends and have a passion for travelling.

Residential Services Leader – Kathleen Mulvey

I have spent the majority of my career over the last 20 years working with children and young people who are struggling to find their way in life and impacted by their earlier experiences. For me, the environment that I feel most able to connect with young people is in the residential care environment where we journey together from strangers to connection. From 2014 to 2019 I first cut my teeth as a residential manager in a therapeutic residential childcare service. As the registered manager, we achieved grade 6 from the Care Inspectorate for management and leadership and we were also excelling in care and support. 

Having spent a year with the Foster Care Team at CHT as a Supervising Social Worker covering leave, the opportunity to lead Tarvit re-ignited my first love – creating a healing home and caring for a team so that they can be extraordinary in the lives of our young people. 

Some of my work outwith the 9-5 for residential care has included: leading the SRCCWA (Scottish Residential Childcare Workers Association); advising as a Director of a Community Interest Company, KA Care In Ayrshire; representation as a residential services worker into Historic Abuse in Scotland; and contribution to the Working Group into Level 9 Qualification for Residential Workers.  

I am powered by my Christian faith and enjoy connecting with  Taize (, a place I spent some years in my early 20s and return to when I need to recharge. I also watch far too many psychological thrillers and police programmes. I’m also a keen sports fan and will watch anything but cricket.


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