Find out more about our leadership team at Yarrow:
John Crawford – Chief Executive
John joined Yarrow as CEO in November 2014. From a human rights and community development background, John began working in health and social care over thirty years ago. In the 1980’s he was part of the ‘Bringing People Back Home’ movement which saw the closure of long stay institutions and the development of Care in the Community. John’s early work was very much focused on developing a new paradigm for social care and he was a key player in designing and implementing new models of support – putting people with learning disabilities in the driving seat for the first time. Throughout his career in the Third Sector, John has designed, developed and directed a wide range of innovative services including: housing, respite care, day services, employment and social enterprise.
Diana Cadogan – Director of Organisational Development
Diana joined Yarrow in 1992 having previously worked in the NHS and in the charitable sector. Diana is a qualified HR professional who joined Yarrow to set up its HR and Development Department at the point at which they were establishing the organisation as a provider of care and support to people who had previously lived primarily in long stay institutions. She has gone on to lead a diverse career in Yarrow, spending time managing each of Yarrow’s departmental functions in turn as well as leading on a number of key organisational projects. Diana has remained inspired by Yarrow’s values and the work that it does and continues to enjoy the variety her role affords her. She has represented Yarrow at a range of external forums throughout her career including as Chair of Skills for Care North West London Workforce Development Network. She is a qualified Counsellor and MBTI practitioner.
Raj Mungur – Director, Care and Support
Raj joined Yarrow in 2002 to head the care and support team and in 2015 he was promoted to Director of Care and Support. Raj has worked in both the NHS and the voluntary sector having started his career as a qualified nurse for people with learning disabilities with a keen interest in resettlement work. In the early 80’s Raj took the lead role in moving a group of young people from an institutional setting into an ordinary house in the community and was later part of a larger resettlement project which involved moving 55 people out of a long stay hospital into ordinary living in Guildford. Raj has developed, established and managed community-based services for people with a range of support needs including complex needs. Since the closure of hospitals, he has seen many shifts in approaches from normalisation, social role valorisation to person-centred support and now personalisation, and throughout these changes his guiding principle has been to see people take their rightful place in society and not be marginalised.
Darren Kirby – ISF Development Manager
Darren joined Yarrow in 2000 initially managing a residential service before becoming a service Manager in 2004. Darren has over 30 years’ experience of working for charitable or not for profit organisations including homelessness and physical disabilities and an extensive background working with people with a learning disability and complex behaviours. Darren is an accredited safeguarding trainer for the organisation as well as leading Yarrow’s behaviour support team in supporting our services to manage people with complex behaviours. Darren’s recent work has been to develop services under an Individual Service Fund, transferring them from an existing block contract into personal budgets allowing people the greater opportunity to choose the services they want.
Joan Sterling – Service Manager
Joan has more than 25 years’ experience working within Yarrow, since joining as a Registered Care manager in 1993. Her role here was focused on bringing people back into their communities following the closure of long stay institutions such as Leavesden and Cell Barnes. Joan was instrumental in developing an accessible sexuality policy in 2002, developed the first accessible business plan for Yarrow in 2003, and has been leading the Supported Living Managers’ Group since 2005. Since 2007 she has been Yarrow’s Registered Domiciliary manager, which currently supports 74 people, and was awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission in 2019.
Sonia Simon – Service Manager
Sonia has worked with people with learning disabilities since 1986. She joined Yarrow in 1993 working to bring people back into their communities from long stay hospitals. Sonia is passionate about supporting people to develop, flourish and fulfil their aspirations. She has been the lead on a number of projects including deregistering the first set of registered care services to become supported living services. She was also the facilitator of Yarrow’s Have Your Say group and has recently worked with the Open University on a project to give women with learning disabilities better support using contraception. Sonia is a member of the Beyond Autism Committee Advisory Board. Her current role includes overseeing and developing support for people with a range of needs.
Martyne O’Reilly – Service Manager
Martyne joined Yarrow in 1996. She has a Learning Disability Nursing qualification and extensive practical experience of working in the health and social care sector. She is also an accredited medication and manual handling trainer for the Yarrow, and set up the organisation’s Acquired Brain Injury service. She mentors and assesses student learning disabilities nurses during placements within Yarrow. She has also recently devised a medication auditing tool for Yarrow to ensure that systems and practices are safe and in line with legislation and CQC requirements. Martyne is passionate about reducing over medication and supporting people with learning disabilities to live their own lives, ensuring that the support they receive is of the highest quality.
Olubode Olatunji – HR Manager
Ola joined Yarrow in 2015 and has more than 21 years’ of broad-ranging experience as a Human Resources and development professional. Ola has worked at senior levels in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has an MBA in Business Administration and achieved Chartered Manager designation in 2006. Ola is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development. Her areas of expertise include strategic HR formulation, Employment Law and Employee Relations. She brings a wealth of practical and professional experience to Yarrow.
Eni Ogun – Housing Service Manager
Eni has more than 20 years’ experience working in social housing, both in frontline services and in a management capacity. She has managed support and accommodation-based services for a variety of organisations, including in the mental health and homelessness sectors, as well as working in tenancy sustainment and floating support and flexi-care community services. Eni has a dynamic, enthusiastic, organised and motivated approach. She has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of housing management and is a strong believer in an holistic approach to support and service delivery.
Jabirhussein Premji – Finance Manager
Jabirhussein joined Yarrow in Nov 2018 bringing over 20 years’ experience of working in the private sector. This experience includes working in companies with a focus on: IT, Manufacturing, B2B Distribution and Investment Trusts. He is a qualified accountant and has proven experience of systems implementation and he is driven by his ambition to support companies to improve their bottom line. Since joining Yarrow, Jabirhussein has been at forefront of developing new accounting systems to support the management of personal budgets, as well as improving the efficiency of our financial systems across the organisation.