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Our team

Our adoption team is made up of dedicated and highly skilled professionals who have many years’ experience working with vulnerable children in care and their families. We are a learning agency, striving for excellence, and believe that by investing in our team now we are investing in our society. 

We provide diplomatic, sensitive and comprehensive support for our adopters and their children and we pride ourselves on offering a warm, friendly and personalised service.

All our social workers are registered with the Social Work England and subscribe to their high standards of practice.
We have an education specialist who can provide a one-off meeting with adopters to offer advice and support about education.

Our administration team is based at our head office in Kent Space, Chatham.


Diagrama Adoption has a flat governance structure. We are a part of friendly and people-oriented organisation where the Chief Executive’s door is always open.

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees meet quarterly to review the organisation’s work and services, and to agree the strategic goals for the charity. The Board also reviews its own operation, effectiveness and governance annually.

The Chief Executive

The Trustees appoint, support and monitor the Chief Executive and delegate day-to-day management of the charity to the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive has overall responsibility for all the operational matters and reports directly to the Trustees regularly. The Chief Executive is David McGuire. You can find more information about David on the Diagrama Foundation website. The Chief Executive is assisted by a senior management team comprising: Finance manager, Human Resources manager and Head of Children’s Services.

Adoption leadership team

Our adoption service is led by Kate Patel who is supported by team managers Lauren Ingram, Margaret Gardiner and panel advisor Liselle Harrold. They are all seasoned professionals within the field of adoption and fostering can be contacted at: Diagrama Adoption, Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 0XZ. Tel: 020 8668 2181. Email: adoption@diagrama.org.

The Agency supports families to a high standard in promoting children's progress in relation to health, education and emotional wellbeing both pre and post placement.
Ofsted, 2024