MEET THE TEAM
Meet our training team: the very best practitioners with many years experience in delivering to schools and local authorities. Their expertise in attendance, punctuality, advocacy and safeguarding, bring you high quality training and practical solutions. New for this year is our session on funding for schools. See below for details of our newest member of the team:
Company Director of PACT with more than 25 years in HR, Training and Publishing, Wendy has for the past 18 years delivered a full and comprehensive programme of attendance training for school staff in a number of local authorities and brings with her to the PACT group, experience of soft skills training to support the attendance expertise of her team.
Dr. Maureen Winn-Oakley.
A lawyer and children’s rights advocate, Maureen has extensive experience in safeguarding. As a Children’s Commissioner, she has been at the forefront of safeguarding good practice: her PhD focused Domestic Abuse. Maureen has published widely on child protection and children’s rights, working at the highest levels of national government. She presently lectures at Newman University and works with local authorities and safeguarding groups to improve the quality of delivery of services at every level.
A qualified social worker and senior manager with Birmingham Local Authority, Edwina holds the strategic lead on attendance. She also manages the Education Legal Intervention Team, advising throughout the Authority on attendance and related safeguarding matters. Her insight and experience in leading schools through process and policymaking on attendance makes any time spent with her very valuable indeed. Edwina has recently refined and streamlined Birmingham's Fast-Track legal process for non-attendance at school and works extensively with Early Help services in her local authority to ensure effective and sufficient support for both schools and families.
Chrissie's vast experience with community safety partnerships and local police initiatives enhances an already impressive portfolio of work with the largest authority in Europe. She was instrumental in the setting up of Birmingham's oft-copied city-wide 'truancy' patrols to ensure the safety of children found to be not attending school and has taken the lead on attendance and safeguarding in a variety of projects at local and national level. Her training experience ranges from early years programmes to managing attendance at post-16 (RPA).
Clare is a well-respected and experienced senior social worker with a particular interest in Care Proceedings. She holds a law degree and an MA in Social Work, and has experienced child protection and legal proceedings in many different Local Authorities including Coventry, Stoke, Birmingham and as far afield as the Channel Islands. Clare is passionate about supporting social workers in their role and developing social care practice for the benefit of children, young people and families.n She has recently developed a full-day training course for schools who need to support students and their families through Family Court.
Kevin specialises in leadership skills for senior managers, coaching leaders to be the very best they can be. With over 30 years of experience in leadership Kevin has led people in high risk situations, with significant experience as a leader at a strategic and operational level. An excellent communicator, Kevin's wise, honest and upfront counsel will ignite your leaders, helping them to discover how they can play to their strengths, improving working relationships that will increase staff engagement, and ultimately the performance of your organisation.
Sharon is our newest team member and a bid-writing expert, with over 30 years’ experience of delivering high quality training to business development teams and bid writers. She is a multi-award winning freelance bid writer, with first-hand experience of working in Birmingham schools. This background gives insight into funding needs. Her interactive training style simplifies bid writing and enables attendees to articulate why they should be awarded funding.