Our Team

 

Who’s who in Daybreak

Our Board of Trustees:

 

Claire Ryan, Chair of our board & Chair of Business Subcommittee.  She is a Product Manager working in the IT industry looking at solutions for the Oil & Gas and Utilities industry.  She brings an MBA and experience of working within management positions in a Global organisation to the trustee roles.  When not working Claire can be seen on the tennis court.

Max Bullough is the Deputy Chair of our Board, He is retired from his role as Head Teacher of The Hayling College (11-16 mixed comprehensive on Hayling Island). He has had experience as a Director of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership (six years), as a Director and then a Trustee, on attaining charitable status, of the Central Southern Connexions Service (four years) and has served as a member of the Corporation of Havant College for some ten years. He has been an experienced facilitator for the British Council’s International Programme for Headteachers. He is now a qualified facilitator for the National College of School Leadership’s International Leadership Learning Programme. He also works for the Hampshire Teacher and Learning College as a facilitator for their Future Changemakers’ programme and as an assessor for their Leadership Assessment Centres. Max teaches a range of modules in the National Professional Qualification for Headship programme run by the premier provider in the Central South of England Region, QTL.

Dr Sohail Husain, Trustee and Chair of the Research & Evaluation Sub-Committee, is Director of Analytica Consulting, a provider of research and advocacy services on community safety, violence reduction and justice reform.  From 1976-89 he was Lecturer in Geography at Southampton University, leaving to join Crime Concern, a new UK charity promoting social crime prevention. Here he led its research and technical assistance programmes and was Deputy CEO from 2001-5.  Since setting up Analytica he has undertaken assignments across the world for governments and international organisations to promote effective action, conduct research and evaluate interventions.  His work and publications have informed professional practice and influenced government policy in the UK and many other countries. Recent assignments have focused primarily on preventing violence against women and girls.  He was lead evaluator of the UN-funded Gender Inclusive Cities Programme and Senior Evaluation Adviser to UN Women’s Global Initiative for Safe Cities For Women and Girls, both of which involved projects across four continents.  He is currently Evaluation Director for the Madhya Pradesh (India) Safe Cities Programme.

Judith Style, Trustee, retired from 40+ years in local authority social work in 2012. She started her career in a child care area office, then became a generic social worker and then moved back into child care. Frontline duty and intake work has been my main interest and she managed a duty team dealing with all new referrals and child protection investigations.  Alongside this she managed the out of hours generic emergency duty team providing a service for all client groups including those with mental health issues.   Judith has a wide experience of all aspects of social work and has worked through many of the changes that have come about – in particular the involvement of children and families and the importance of multi-agency working stand out.

Caroline Pickering, Trustee, has worked for over 30 years in Social Housing. She was the first director of Circle 33 Housing Trust and then she was recruited into the Government department for Social Housing. She was appointed to head up the London Office of the Housing Corporation where she was responsible for the largest direct Government funding of housing associations. 5 years later she was appointed to be a Director at the Housing Corporation where she was responsible for the registration and supervision of all housing associations in the UK and worked directly with the Chief Executive. She retired from the Housing Corporation in 1991 and became an independent housing consultant. She was appointed as interim chief executive to a number of leading housing associations and charities including Peabody Housing Trust and Crisis the charity for homeless people. She was appointed to Chair Stonebridge Housing Action Trust by the Minister of Housing in 2002 to lead the transformation of one of the country’s worst housing estates into a stable and popular housing community after the demolition of the tower blocks and the provision of streets of houses with gardens, an award-winning nursery and a community centre. Following this she was appointed to head up the agency for improving the standards in the private rented housing sector. She also chaired a rural housing group in East Anglia.

Dr Vic Stenning, Trustee, is an independent consultant specialising in business change. He has advised many organisations world-wide, both private and public sector, including Lufthansa, Rolls-Royce, the European Commission and the UK Ministry of Defence. His work has covered all levels of change, from management of individual projects to formulation and execution of business strategy. He was for twelve years a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and for nine years a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton.

Geoff Millard, Trustee is our Trustee Treasurer

 

Our Daybreak Programme Managers:

 

Lis Gohrisch – Programme Manager for our child welfare work in Portsmouth. She is a qualified social worker and practice teacher. She has been involved in FGCs since the early nineties as a practitioner, trainer and manager. She also has experience of working with FGCs and domestic violence.

Alison Powney – Programme Manager for child welfare programmes in Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset and Southampton City.  Alison has many years’ experience in work to address domestic violence and abuse. She is leading the development of our training in this field, and has a Daybreak wide remit for consultancy about FGCs and domestic violence. She has a qualification in adult teaching and for the past 5 years has been leading on the implementation and development of Daybreak’s FGC Accredited Training provision. She has also, for the three years, been leading in the recruitment, training, support and development of our volunteer teams.

Stephanie Bogosian – Programme Manager for Southwark, Hillingdon, Bromley and Lambeth. She joined Daybreak in July 2013. Stephanie was previously employed by Welcare, where she was the FGC deputy/service manager covering various London boroughs for 7 years.

Katrina Blatchford is Programme Manager in child welfare for Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire Adults programme. Katrina became involved with Family Group Conferencing back in Sep 2006 as a ‘Family Coordinator’ and ‘Child and Adult Advocate’.She has also case managed Restorative Justice Conferences within the Police, bringing Victims and offenders together following the same principles similar to those of the FGC. Katrina worked a role of ‘Project leadership’ in developing a new Victim focused Unit alongside the role of ‘Advocating for Victims of crime’. Katrina is looking forward to expanding and progressing FGC opportunities within Daybreak.

Alex Baldwin is Programme Manager for Brighton in child welfare. She previously had been employed with Daybreak as a Senior Practitioner for the Portsmouth programme.

 

Our team at Head Office:

 

Marilyn Taylor is the co-founder and CEO of Daybreak. She has qualifications in social work and probation, in Voluntary Sector organisation, and in adult training. She has been employed as a practitioner, manager and trainer in social work and in family group conferencing in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. She has worked in England and in Canada.

She has been involved with family group conferences since 1992 as an independent co-ordinator, trainer and manager, and is an accredited FGC coordinator from the university of Chester. She has presented at many Conferences for FGCs in this country, Europe and the USA.

Richard Chalmers is the Deputy CEO of Daybreak. Richard comes to us with experience in the world of commerce, and also in residential social work. He is a very experienced FGC coordinator, as well as manager and trainer, and has a special interest in advocacy to ensure that the voices of children are heard in their meeting. Richard has set up and established FGC programmes in 10 local authorities across England and has great deal of experience of working with local authority commissioners and senior managers.

Andy Pease is our Finance Manager. Andy is an experienced financial accountant, and has experience at a high level in the charity sector. He also volunteers with a debt relief charity.

 

Administration Team:

Anna Coad is our Office & Communications Manager. She has been with Daybreak for the past three years and prior to that, whilst bringing up her 3 children, volunteered as a School Governor and was Treasurer of her children’s school PTA. She has undertaken the FGC Coordinator course.

Kate Cable is our Administrative Assistant based at our Head Office. She has worked within the admin/finance area for about 12 years before joining Daybreak in 2009. She has two young boys, who certainly help keep her busy. She has responsibility for our coordinator and volunteer training, coordinator register.

Jenny Beauchamp is our Administrative Assistant based at our Head Office. Jenny has over 10 years’ experience working within Social Care, with the last 7 years working with adults with learning disabilities in both care and home living. In her spare time she enjoys looking after her ex-racehorse.

 

Coordinator and Senior Practitioner Team:

Julie Ellis is a Senior Practitioner based in Portsmouth. She has a wide range of secretarial and administrative experience, and has experience of running her own business which complements her interest in all things equine.   She was trained as an FGC coordinator in 2009, and has 5 years’ experience working as an Independent Coordinator for Daybreak and moving to the role of Senior Practitioner in October 2014.

Dennis McGarthy is a Senior Practitioner for Wiltshire, based in Salisbury. He is a very experienced coordinator who prior to being employed by Daybreak worked as an independent coordinator in Wessex and also in the Dove and Bluebird Projects. Dennis is also a trained advocate Dennis has considerable experience outside of Daybreak of working in the child protection and paedophile arena.

Anita Mansell is a Senior Practitioner based in North Wiltshire, her career has been spent working with families in different arenas including homelessness, mental health and midwifery. Anita gained her FGC experience in Bristol and North Somerset before moving to Daybreak.

Angela Copeland is a Senior Practitioner based in London. She has a wide range of administrative experience within the corporate sector. Angela commenced employment with Daybreak on 4 May 2014 after working as an independent coordinator for us since 2008.

Becky Bevis is an Employed Coordinator based in Brighton, after years of working in London as an Events Coordinator, Becky joined Daybreak in 2008 as a Brighton Administrator.  She then went on to also become an FGC Coordinator, becoming an Employed Coordinator in 2013

Alwyn James is an Employed Coordinator based in Southwark, Bromley, Lambeth & Hillingdon, he started his employment with Daybreak on 1 June 2014 after working on a self-employed basis as an independent coordinator.

 

Our New Innovation Fund Team:

Angela Archer is our Innovation Project Manager, based at Head Office. Having worked in local government as a service manager for the last nine years, Angela has joined us to lead our new Innovation Project. She is an experienced project manager and has led the implementation of several large scale research projects working with a range of academics and practitioners.

Rachael Isaac is our Volunteer Coordinator based in Wiltshire. Rachael comes to us with 25 years’ experience of working within the Court Service. Initially she worked as an administrator within the County and Family Proceeding Courts, moving on to become a Clerk within the Crown Court and then latterly she worked as Service Coordinator for the Victim Support’s Witness Service. Her 13 years of working for Victim Support means that she is very experienced in managing volunteer teams as well as directly supporting vulnerable people attending court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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