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, advocacy, social care and safeguarding, bring you high quality training and practical solutions. Everyone who delivers training for PACT has hands-on experience. It’s not just theory for our team - they have continued to work with schools and local authorities in their area of expertise, giving them insight and understanding about the situations and circumstances education and safeguarding professionals face each day.
Wendy is the CEO and Founder of PACT with more than 25 years in HR, Training and Publishing, For the past 20 years, Wendy has delivered a full and comprehensive programme of attendance training for school staff in a number of local authorities. Her portfolio includes the development of a full range of attendance resources for schools and local authorities, executing high level conference and training packages for local and national audiences. Wendy also has extensive experience in soft skills and management training, as well as workshop development programmes to support early years professionals working with parents and carers.
Graham joins us with a wealth of experience in social care, teaching, team management, research and consultancy. As head of Working with CYPF at Newman University, his portfolio of work included both undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Safeguarding, Working with Violence and Harm, Risk Vulnerability and Professional Judgement, and Global perspectives on childhood. Graham is a published author on a vast range of safeguarding topics, and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Applied Social Sciences in Ludwigsburg, Germany. We are delighted to welcome Graham to the 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, Edwina holds the strategic lead on attendance with Birmingham Local Authority, managing the Education Legal Intervention Team. She advises schools on attendance and related safeguarding matters and speaks nationally on a range of attendance issues. Edwina’s insight and experience in leading schools through process and policymaking on attendance makes any time spent with her very valuable indeed. She 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 support for both schools and families.
Chrissie's vast experience with community safety partnerships and local police initiatives enhances an already impressive portfolio of early years work with the largest authority in Europe. She was instrumental in the setting up of Birmingham's oft-copied city-wide ‘Pupil Watch’ patrols to ensure the safety of children found to be not attending school. She has taken the lead on attendance and safeguarding in a variety of projects at local and national level, and 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 experience of 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. 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 and mentoring leaders to be the very best they can be. Kevin’s 30 years of leadership experience, with significant input at strategic and operational level means high quality, focused training and support for anyone working at senior management 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, improve working relationships, increase staff engagement and ultimately, the performance of your organisation.
Sharon is 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 with Birmingham schools to secure funding for vital projects and school development. This background gives insight into your funding needs as educational professionals working with diminishing budgets and ever-increasing financial restrictions. Her interactive training style simplifies bid writing and enables attendees to articulate why they should be awarded funding.
Jo is co-director of Central School Attendance and Welfare Services (CSAWS), a team of proactive, passionate and committed Education Welfare Officers with collective Education Welfare and school experience of 70+ years and expert knowledge in all aspects of Education Welfare and Safeguarding. Prior to the founding of CSAWS, Jo held the role of Head of Education Welfare for Solihull Local Authority. Jo’s accessible training delivery of all things attendance related gives her (and us!) excellent feedback from sessions she delivers.