IOD Director of the Year Awards

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Josh Stamp profile


Strategic Director
The Esland Group Ltd

Josh’s role as strategic director gave him responsibility for the merger of eight failing children’s homes, for which he delivered a complete restructuring and re-branding to form ‘The Esland Group’, standing for: Eat, Sleep, Learn, Achieve, Nurture, Dream.

Since then, its performances have improved dramatically, particularly in terms of Ofsted ratings, which are now ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ across all homes.

In addition, the customer base has grown from only four local authorities to now working with 119 of the 122 authorities across England, and it has achieved the ‘Investors in People’ accreditation.

The Esland Group are a high quality provider of residential child care, education and associated provisions that offers bespoke, specialist services to local authorities in England. They strive to achieve outstanding outcomes for looked after children through providing stability, developing resilience and facilitating transition.

The group recognise that the way young people deal with difficult situations is often underpinned by their life experiences, which ultimately affect their level of resilience.


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