Professors

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 […]

Mihai Calin Bica

Roma Support Group

Mihai Calin Bica is a bi-lingual Romanian Roma advocate and activist. He qualified as a social worker in July 2009, and has graduated from the West University Timisoara, Sociology and Psychology Faculty, Social Work department. Between 2008 and 2011, Mihai worked for FEMROM in Romania, he coordinated a regional project, training and supporting Roma women […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dr Mary Tilki

Dr Mary Tilki is a nurse by background and latterly a university lecturer teaching and researching health and social care. Mary has a particular interest in ethnic health inequalities, especially those affecting older people and has researched and published several articles over the last 20 years.  She has been active in the Irish voluntary sector […]

Martin Lennon

Senior Policy and Public Affairs Analyst, Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Martin Lennon is the project lead on Growing Up North report and the north/south divide  

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