Professors

Diane Palmer

Diane Palmer is a qualified nurse, social worker and therapist who has specialised in veterans’ health. She is now an independent mental health specialist. She co-founded the North Essex Veterans Mental Health Network which led to funding from the Department of Health to set up a specialist mental health service in the NHS for veterans. […]

Marianna Odysseos

Marianna Odysseos is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years experience working in the field of trauma and with over 10 years working with military and Veterans population. After graduating in 1998 in South Africa, Marianna set up in Private Practice, specialising in working with children and families who had survived hijacking and […]

Dr Carlene Firmin

Dr Carlene Firmin MBE is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, where she leads their Contextual Safeguarding and peer-on-peer abuse research programmes. Carlene has spent the past 10 years researching young people’s experiences of community and group-based violence and advocated for comprehensive approaches that keep young people safe in public places, schools […]

Dr Lauren Wroe

Dr Lauren Wroe is a Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire within the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking. As a member of the Contextual Safeguarding team, she works on two research projects; a contextual safeguarding evaluation of the MOPAC funded pan-London project ‘Rescue and Response: Improving the identification and response […]

Evan Jones

Head of Community Services, St Giles Trust

Evan has worked in homelessness and offender services since the late 80s both in the statutory and voluntary sectors; he has worked for: Westminster Council, Carr Gomm, North Lambeth Day Centre, Broadway, Southwark Council and St Giles Trust. His roles have included resettlement, shared housing management, floating support, street outreach, housing allocation and now at […]

Phil Mitchell

Phil is a counsellor and psychotherapist specialising in working with boys and men affected by various form of recent and/or historic sexual abuse/exploitation. Phil has over 14 years’ experience working with male victims of abuse across a variety of settings, including nine yeas managing a male only sexual abuse/CSE service. As an experienced trainer and […]

Jo Sharpen

AVA

Jo Sharpen is a qualified youth worker with person centred counselling training, a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a MA in Women and Child Abuse. She also holds a certificate and diploma in online counselling. She has worked for AVA – Against Violence and Abuse (www.avaproject.org.uk) for 10 years, managing the children and young people’s […]

Junior Smart

Business Development Manager and Head of SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust

Junior Smart joined St Giles Trust in 2006 upon his release from prison from where he was given a 10-year sentence for a drug and gang related offence. With support from St Giles Trust he set up and developed the award-winning SOS Gangs project, London’s largest ex-offender gangs exit programme. Now covering 13 London boroughs and […]

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