Convention 2012 – Promoting Delivery: Enabling Change Contributors’ Biographies Carol Stone, Chair CHYPSCarol Stone started out as a youth worker in Sheffield many years ago,having accidentally stumbled across a youth and community work coursewhilst looking for something different. She has worked in youth andcommunity work, and community/adult education in a number of localauthorities, and has managed services in Manchester, Wigan and latterly,Calderdale. Carol has evolved during the last year, and is now an EarlyIntervention Service Manager for Calderdale Council, bringing togetherpreventative services for children, young people and families in one areaof the borough. She also has responsibility for youth work, and childrenand young people’s Voice and Influence. She lives in Manchester, and iscurrently on a personal mission to make more use of its culturalopportunities. She was, of course, right to be concerned aboutManchester City!Jayne Ludlam, Interim Executive Director, Sheffield City Council Jayne Ludlam is the Interim Executive Director of Children, Young People and Families Portfolio in Sheffield. Previous to this, Jayne was Director of Children and Family Services in Sheffield for 4 years, 1 of which she was Deputy Executive Director. Jayne has worked in senior positions in the voluntary and community sector and in Local Government. Jayne found her passion for working with children as a part time Youth Worker whilst training in industry to be an Accountant. Jayne is a qualified Social Worker and was privileged to be part ofthe Professional Development Group to devise the NICE Guidance for working with looked afterchildren. Jayne has a particular interest in vulnerable families and is passionate about the healthand wellbeing of children and their families.
Young Advisors & Young InspectorsJordan Sheppard and Hassan Ahmed are part of the YoungInspectors project. The Young Inspectors are a trained group ofyoung people that inspect leisure activities, services and venuesthroughout Sheffield to assess how fun, inclusive and user-friendly they are. The Young Inspectors have devised a set ofassessment criteria which they are using to review the leisure provision for young people in the city.They are undertaking ‘mystery shop’ type inspections to assess services against their criteria andaward them with a star rating accordingly.Olivia McLeod, Director, DfE Olivia McLeod joined the Department for Education as Director, Supporting Delivery Group in December 2009. She has recently returned to this role following maternity leave and her responsibilities include overseeing delivery of the Children, Young People and Families Directorate programme, youth policy, partnership with health and local government, relationship with the voluntary and community sector, managing the department’s legislative programme and strategy, research and analysis. Previously, Olivia led on looked after children and youth justice for the Scottish Government. During a career which began in the Home Office, Olivia has worked in the No 10 Policy Directorate, in the British Embassy, Washington DC and as Head of Crime Reduction in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Mark Carriline, ADCS & DirectorMark began his career as a maths teacher before joiningRochdale Education Department in 1987. He then worked inWigan, Salford and Bradford, where he was Assistant ChiefExecutive responsible for education, community developmentand social care. He moved to Bury in 2007 as Assistant Director(Prevention & Partnerships). He has been Director since January2011. Mark sits on the ADCS Children, Families and Young PeoplePolicy Committee. Mark lives in Stockport and is a single parentto three children aged 20, 17 and 11. He enjoys going to the gym,watching football and live music.
Peter Mucklow, National Director, Education Funding AgencyPeter is National Director for Young People at the EFA in the Departmentof Education. He leads on funding all publicly-funded 16-19 learning inEngland, funding learners with learning difficulties and disabilities fromage 19-25, the funding of bursaries for 16-18 year olds and the YouthContract. Peter was formerly Deputy Director for youth policy at DfE.Prior to that he was Director of Planning, Performance and Partnershipsin Sheffield City Council’s Children and Young People’s Service. In theearly 2000s Peter was Deputy Director for FE Funding and Policy in thethen DfEE and led on developing the Success for All Strategy, and prior tothat he led the setting up of the Learning and Skills Council. Peter ismarried with two teenage daughters and lives in Sheffield and hishobbies include dog walking, hill walking and playing football.Tony Tweedy, Director, Sheffield City Council Tony Tweedy is Director of Lifelong Learning, Skills and Communities in Sheffield City Council. He is responsible for all aspects of policy and development for Integrated Youth Support, including the Youth Service and the Youth Offending Service;, 14-19, including 16-19 planning, the raising of the age of participation; Foundation Learning and vocational education for schools and academies,;Employment and Skills for young people and adults, including apprenticeships; Adult and CommunityLearning; Community Cohesion.He has a background in schools, colleges and HE where he has taught every age group from 11 to 75and at every level from Basic Skills to degrees. His management roles in FE and local governmenthave included adult learning, community regeneration, curriculum development, external funding,quality assurance and inspection. He is the chair of the citys Youth Strategy Group, the 14-19Learning for Life Partnership and the Prince’s Trust Board for South Yorkshire. He is also the leadofficer for the Sheffield Employment and Skills Delivery Partnership, and a supporting officer for theskills work stream of the Sheffield City Region LEPTBA – 24/10 Karen Buck MP, Shadow Education MinisterKaren Buck is Member of Parliament for Westminster North andShadow Education Minister. Karen leads on the Labour Party policyreview on services for young people. She has served on the SelectCommittee for Home Affairs and a member of the Select Committeefor Children, Schools and Families. Karen was named Child PovertyAction Groups MP of the Year in recognition of her work to alleviateconditions of young families living in poverty.
Tony Gallagher, National Adviser, OfstedOfsted national adviser on youth support, Tony’s previous workincludes the management of Ofsteds national programme ofinspections of local authority youth services, leadership of JointArea Reviews (JARS) of Childrens Services, as well as inspectionsof FE, adult and community education, Connexions, youth work,the voluntary and community sector and 14-19 provision. He hasalso been engaged in national surveys covering areas such ascitizenship education, PSHE, extended services, childrenscentres, alternative education, information advice and guidanceand integrated youth support. Tony has published eight nationalsurvey reports for Ofsted the last entitled Approaches toCommissioning Young People’s Services.Karen Turner, Deputy Director, NHS Karen Turner has wide experience working in the health sector with 20 years in NHS Management. She has spent the last 10 years in the Department of Health working on children & young people’s policy. She is now Deputy Director within the Children, Families & Maternity branch responsible for delivery in children’s emotional and physical health. Dr John Coleman, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford UniversityDr John Coleman is a clinical and developmentalpsychologist. He was for many years the Director of theTrust for the Study of Adolescence (TSA), and since October2006 he has been a Senior Research Fellow in theDepartment of Education at Oxford University. He is theauthor of numerous books, including “The nature ofadolescence” (Routledge, 2011), now in its fourth edition.He has worked closely with government, and has been a Senior Policy Advisor in the Department ofHealth, where he worked on emotional health and well-being in children and young people. He is theChair of the Association for Young People’s Health and a Trustee of Parenting UK, and of the Familyand Parenting Institute. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to youth justice.
Barbara Rayment, Director, Youth Access Barbara Rayment is Director of Youth Access, the national membership association for young people’s information, advice, counselling and support services. She has over 30 years experience of working in services for young people. Over the years, she has been a member of various national forums and committees and a number of Government advisory and working groups. Her current work includes: Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition and membership of the DH’s Expert Group on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies to Children and Young People. Louise Casey, Head of the Troubled Families Unit, Communities & Local GovernmentLouise Casey is Director General of the TroubledFamilies programme at the Department ofCommunities & Local Government. She is workingto the Secretary of State on the Prime Minister’scommitment to turn around the lives of 120,000 ofthe country’s most troubled families. She took uppost in November 2011.Louise was formerly the first independentCommissioner for Victims and Witnesses, acting topromote the interests of victims and witnesses in Whitehall, the Criminal Justice System and beyond.Previously Louise was Director General in the Home Office, heading up the Neighbourhood Crimeand Justice Group. Prior to that, she carried out an independent review from the Cabinet Officewhich took a detailed look at the public’s view on crime and how to engage them in tackling it. In2005, Louise was appointed as the head of the cross-government Respect Task Force which workedto tackle anti-social behaviour by getting to its causes through programmes such as parenting andintervention and support for problematic families. Before that, she was the Director of the HomeOffice’s Anti-social Behaviour Unit.Louise also led the successful strategy to reduce the number of people sleeping rough andestablished the Homelessness Directorate in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Between 1992and 1999, Louise was Deputy Director of Homelessness Charity Shelter and, prior to that, held anumber of posts in the social welfare sector.Louise was awarded the Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) in the Queen’s birthday honours list,2008.
David Wright, CEO, CHYS David Wright has been the Chief Executive of CHYPS since March 2010. He began his career in 1981 with a voluntary organisation in East London, moving into local government first in Norwich, and then joining Sandwell in 1998. There he managed an ever-changing and diverse service that included Residential Education Centres, Healthy Schools and the Drugs Education and Treatment team (DECCA) that won 2 “Children & Young People Now Awards”. Throughout he’s been responsible for Sandwell Youth Service leading it through a successful OfSTED in 2006. Rosina St James, Chair, British Youth Council22-year-old Rosina St James became Chair of theBritish Youth Council in September 2012, afterserving for one year on the BYC Board as Vice Chairof Participation & Development.Rosina has spent the past five years as a part timeYouth Participation Support Worker in Croydon. Sheis currently a Youth Ambassador for Safer LondonFoundation in which she helps to supportMetropolitan Polices Children & Young PeoplesStrategy, and is also a trustee for vinspired. At 17 years old, Rosina started her own social enterprise;TIA (The Inner Attitude) which works with young women in order to help develop self-esteem,confidence, and identity during a 13-week course; leading to a theatrical performance. Rosinarecently received a Rare Rising Star Award for being a one of the top ten most outstanding blackstudents in the UK.James Cathcart, CEO, British Youth Council James joined BYC as CEO in Jan 2008 having worked ten years at The Princes Trust HQ. Hes done lots of different jobs with young people, as a Probation Officer, a social worker, a youth worker and a mentor- but started it all as a community volunteer, building an adventure playground!
Sue Quinn - NYASue joined the National Youth Agency in 2004 and is anexperienced National Programme Manager with anextensive background in services for young people. Hercurrent role with the Agency is National ProgrammeManager on the LGA Routes to Success and the BritishCouncil Youth in Action programme. Routes to Success is aquality, improvement and support programme designedto support councils with their young people’s services andincludes a knowledge hub, national conferences, and a number of Tailored Support consultancies.Her previous roles with the Agency include National Programme Manager for quality andimprovement, responsible for a number of quality developments which include the National YouthAgency Quality Mark and National Award, as well as a diverse portfolio including the 14-19 Agenda,and the improvement, quality and integration developments within Integrated Youth SupportServices. Previously Sue was Youth Service Manager in the Merseyside and has more than twentyfive years experience in an extensive range of roles in both the voluntary and statutory youth sectorsmanaging a variety of young people’s services.Tim Eyres - CHYPS Currently employed as the Head of 11-19 Strategy & Commissioning within Children’s Services, Tim operates as one of two ‘age and stage’ commissioners. This involves him working closely with my 0-11 counterpart, specialist commissioners and external partners. Tim’s professional background is local authority youth & community work, having been involved in youth work since the early 1980’s and in Norfolk since 1997. In 2005 as Children’s Services was developed, he moved from being the Operations Manager of the Youth Service to an area service manager responsible foroperationally managing different professional teams. Tim moved into his current role in 2010. Tim Leaman - ASDANASDAN Education is a charitable social enterprise, helping youngpeople and adults of all abilities to achieve more through explicitlydeveloping skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.The ASDAN network stretches over 6000 centres across the UK, witha growing international portfolio.Tim is the National Development Co-ordinator, Non-FormalLearning: Head of Community Volunteering Qualifications (CVQ),Personal and Social Development (PSD) Qualifications (QCF), ShortCourses and the non-formal education sector (covering LAYP, youngpeoples services and more recently offender learning). Tim is also Vice-chair of Awards Network(formerly NfAYPA).
Paul Oginsky – Adviser, Cabinet Office Born and still living in Liverpool, Paul Oginsky is the government advisor on National Citizen Service and Personal and Social Development and the Chief Executive of the Personal Development Point organisation. A founder of two youth charities Weston Spirit and The Young Adult Trust, Paul speaks extensively on the concept of personal and social development. Paul advises political parties, charitable trustees, local governments and large cooperate organisations on effective youth development. “Paul Oginsky has a fantastic track record of inspiring a generation of young people to live lives of purpose and achievement,” Prime Minister Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP. He once won £20,000 on a TV game show, he has run 10 marathons and parachuted 84 times. He is happily married and has a son Lee (19) and daughter Siobhan aged 17 years. Susan Blishen - Mental Health FoundationSusan Blishen is the Project Manager for Right Here, a £6m joint initiativebetween Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation toimprove young people’s mental health and well-being. Susan has extensiveproject development and management experience, having set up andmanaged three special initiatives for Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s SocialJustice Programme, including Right Here. Prior to joining Paul HamlynFoundation, Susan worked in publishing and literature promotion.Successful projects which she initiated and ran during this time include thepublishing industry’s first World Book Day.Lester Vaughan, Head of Youth Support Service, Enfield Lester has been Head of Youth Support Service at the London Borough of Enfield for the last five years and is a qualified Youth & Community Worker. Lester was brought up and educated in Scotland, before moving down to Enfield in the mid - eighties to take up post as a full-time youth worker for Enfield Council. In the late eighties Lester moved job to work in Hertfordshire for The County Council working for Hertfordshire Youth Service and Hertfordshire Connexions before moving back to work for Enfield Council in 2008 as Head of Service. Lester recently became a Director for Chyps and sits on the Board representing the London region.
Tim Crabbe, Chair, SubstanceTim Crabbe is a founder member and Chair of the socialresearch co-operative Substance. He has a wealth of experiencepicked up from a variety of roles in academia, campaigning,media, sports development and manual labour. He enjoyed adistinguished academic career and was Professor of Sociologyat Sheffield Hallam University before helping to foundSubstance where he has led on a series of key projectsincluding the data, tools and systems strand of the InspiringImpact programme; development of a shared impactmeasurement model for the sport for development sector; evaluation of the national PositiveFutures programme; delivery of the Information and Signposting Project for the DfE; and thestrategic development of the Views project management and impact reporting platform. He also saton the Advisory Board for the Catalyst Outcome Framework for the Youth Sector and the QualityStandards for Positive Activities Expert Support Group for the DfE. Born and bred in south London,Tim is a lifelong Crystal Palace fan who also fondly remembers his days as a binman with the LondonBorough of Bromley.Cllr Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for CYP&F, LL&S, Sheffield City Council Jackie is currently Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Families, Lifelong Learning & Skills of Sheffield City Council. She has been a Councillor for the Burngreave Ward, where she lives, for the past 14 years. She was Lord Mayor of Sheffield 2006-2007 and is a trustee of South Yorkshire Community Foundation and the JG Graves Trust. She worked in Primary, Further and Higher Education and Community Development for over 25 years. Jackie has just been appointed as one of the 6 “Champions” for Reducing Infant Death in Sheffield. Don Stewart, Chair, NYADon’s career spanned over forty years of experience in the publicsector.He worked in a number of different Whitehall Departments as well asGovernment Offices in the North West and Yorkshire.He was a founding Director of Yorkshire Forward and Special ProjectsDirector of Welcome to Yorkshire where amongst other things heworked on the London 2012 Olympics.He is a member of the Yorkshire Regional Council of the Princes’ Trust;a member of the Screen Heritage UK Programme Board and also represents NYA on the Board ofYouth Access.
Cllr David Simmonds, LGA David is chair of the Local Government Association Children and Young People’s board. A Councillor for Ickenham since 2002, he serves as Deputy Leader of Hillingdon London Borough Council and is responsible for education and childrens services. David is also Vice-Chair of the National Employer’s Organisation for School Teachers as well as Treasurer of the Conservative Councillor’s Association and serves as an associate non-executive director in his local NHS and as a magistrate in the London Borough of Brent. When welcoming the new MYP’s for Hillingdon, David said "These are young people with lots tosay. Their drive and determination to make their voices heard and raise the issues affecting their agegroup show that the future of our borough will be in safe hands” Kate Chester, AmbitionKate has 10 years of experience in the social regeneration and educationalfield. She is the author of the published report, ‘Apprenticeships within theHousing Sector’ which was commissioned by the National HousingFederation. Her career to date includes designing a wide range of pre-employment programmes for socially excluded communities and managinglarge funded personal and social development programmes for youngpeople in youth clubs. Kate joined Ambition in 2010 and she is currently inthe process of replicating, for the first time in the UK, an American youthprogramme called Skills for Adolescence.Jim Minton, London Youth His background is in strategic communications, and he has worked in senior roles in government, covering immigration, crime and policing, in corporate social responsibility and for a number of UK based voluntary organisation. He has also been a specialist consultant leading strategic communications for development programmes in Africa, the middle east and the UK. Jim is chair of governors for a community school in East London for children with behavioural difficulties. He has an MBA from London Business School, and a degree from the University of York.
Jeremy Wyatt, Hall AitkenJeremy currently leads the team supporting the £280 millionmyplace programme involving 63 new youth centres aroundEngland. This includes supporting capital, viability and youthempowerment. His particular interest is in performanceimprovement and impact evaluation. He is a member of theSocial Return on Investment (SROI) Network’s methodologysub-committee and Chair of the UK Network Council .He started out as a volunteer and then employee with theScout Association. Since then he has worked in seniormanagement roles in public, private and third sectors. During15 years of consultancy his focus has been on improving the effectiveness of public and third sectorinterventions. Jeremy holds an MBA, is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development and a Certified Professional Facilitator.Ian Cruise-Taylor, Chair, Myplace Network Ian has been working with and for young people for over 40 years. He worked for the careers service in the midlands, where he was also involved in establishing a charitable counselling service for young people and also in developing early versions of youth opportunities programmes. The introduction of Connexions saw Ian working in the West Country, until he moved back to the Midlands to lead the Black Country Connexions Partnership. More recently he helped Walsall Council integrate its young people’s services, before taking responsibility for developing Walsall Myplace in 2010. Ian is currently the chair of the Myplace Network Steering Group. Dominic Cotton, Director of Communications, UK YouthDominic joined UK Youth in 2011 as the Director of Communications andBusiness Development. He is a former BBC journalist who has worked for arange of other national charities. Outside of work Dominic is a keen cyclist,having completed both The London- Paris bike ride and the Alpine Challengein 2012.United Futures brings together businesses with youth organisations, to offerwork placements, volunteers, mentors, fundraisers and product donationsas well as financial backing. This project is led by a group of nationalcharities with relevant expertise - Business in the Community, National Childrens Bureau and UKYouth. Having also run his own social enterprise Dominic has a keen interest in this subject area.
Angela Taylor - Sheffield Young Council & UKYP Angela has worked for the Children’s Involvement Team (Sheffield City Council) for the past four years and has been leading on the Young Inspectors project since it began in 2010. The Children’s Involvement Team works to ensure that children and young people have a say on issues that affect them and their community. We offer a range of services that include: bespoke child friendly consultations, training around children’s involvement, producing our own resources including publications, toolkits and DVDs , strategic guidance for organisations and general help and support with involving children and young people. We also co-ordinate and support Sheffield’s Young Inspectors. Clare Humberstone – Children’s Involvement ManagerClare has managed the Children’s Involvement Team (Sheffield CityCouncil) since the project began eleven years ago.The Children’s Involvement Team works to ensure that children and youngpeople have a say on issues that affect them and their community. Weoffer a range of services that include: bespoke child friendly consultations,training around children’s involvement, producing our own resourcesincluding publications, toolkits and DVDs , strategic guidance fororganisations and general help and support with involving children andyoung people. We also co-ordinate and support Sheffield’s YoungInspectors.Young Advisors, Sheffield Sheffield Young Advisors are young people aged between 16 and 19 (up to 25yrs for young people with additional needs) who show community leaders and decision makers how to engage young people in community life. They make sure Young People are given the chance to be involved in decision making and influencing change, regenerationand renewal.Young Advisors are trained and employed young consultants who guide local authorities and otherlocal partners about what it is like for a young person to live, work, learn and play in their area. Theyare specialists in advising agencies and services on how best to engage with young people.
David Blunkett MP, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough David was elected as a councillor in Sheffield at the age of 22, becoming leader of the Council and later elected to Parliament in 1987. After serving on the Shadow Cabinet, he became Education and Employment Secretary in 1997, Home Secretary in 2001, and Work and Pensions Secretary in 2005. Since leaving government, in addition to completing his diaries, “The Blunkett Tapes”, David has undertaken a series of major pieces of work, including on anti poverty, affordable credit and social mobility, a review of the future role of the community and voluntary sector; chaired a major review of dedicated school transport; undertaken a review of police accountability for the Home Office which helped shape a subsequent Government White Paper; and served on the Speaker’s Conferencewhich recommended substantial changes to improve representation in the House of Commons.As well as working on behalf of his constituency and contributing to a number of voluntary and not-for-profit organisations, David is now being a constructive thorn in the side of the coalitiongovernment. Indeed, following publication of National Volunteer Programme, a blueprint for a large-scale youth volunteering initiative, he founded the Future For Youth Foundation, a new charity thatwill create meaningful, supported eight-month volunteering and social action placements for youngpeople out of work, education or training. In September 2012 he published In Defence of PoliticsRevisited, where he set out a range of proposals to increase faith in, and improve the working of,democratic politics. Most recently he was awarded status as an Academician of the Academy ofSocial Sciences. ______________________________ CHYPS HAS BEEN SUPPORTED WITH ORGANSATION OF THIS YEAR’S CONVENTION BY CITADEL POLICY & COMMUNCATIONS Specialists in public policy and communications, Citadel brings together high-level political insight with media and marketing communications, for public affairs campaigns, with expertise in education, social inclusion and policies for young people. This includes building partnerships, managing events and youth participation.www.citadelcomms.co.uk