Practical Strategies for Safeguarding in Education - Speakers

Tuesday 26 Feb 2019
ILEC Conference Centre, London

Kay Joel, Senior Consultant (Education), NSPCC Consultancy Service (Chair)

Kay has been a Senior Consultant for safeguarding in education at NSPCC for 7 years with over 20 years’ experience working in primary and special education. She works directly with the education sector carrying out safeguarding reviews. Within the NSPCC, Kay has developed the Education Self- Assessment Tool, a free, online tool for schools to audit their safeguarding provision which is now used by over 7000 schools. 


Andrew Lord, Solicitor, Leigh Day

Andrew Lord is a solicitor at Leigh Day who represents survivors of abuse in personal injury and public law proceedings. In recent years he has worked with a number of families whose children have been victim of peer-on-peer assaults, including cases in which it has been argued that investigative failures have led to a breach of his clients’ human rights. Andrew is regularly requested to comment on matters of child abuse in national and local press, and has featured on BBC news, ITV news and LBC radio amongst others.

Clare Erasmus, Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Brighton Hill Community School

Clare is currently Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing & Head of the Technology Faculty at Brighton Hill Community School. She has a real interest  in cross curricular work and challenging her students to embrace new media and technology in tackling social issues pertinent to them. Together with her students she has worked with Gaia technologies and created a  bespoke mental health & wellbeing app called 'Brighton Hill TeenMind.'  The app has now been nominated for a BETT 2019 IMPACT award for its innovation and contribution to education. 

Denise Kriens, Director of HR, The Rodillian Multi-Academy Trust

Denise was appointed as the Director of HR with the Rodillian Academy in 2013, and when the Multi Academy Trust was formed she joined the Central Team to lead HR across the Trust.  She is also lead on Safeguarding within the organisation. Denise is a trained Designated Lead Child Protection Officer, a certified trainer for Safer Recruitment, and a member of the national organisation CAPE (Child Protection in Education).

Ella Savell-Boss, Director of Safeguarding and Safeguarding Consultant, Shireland Collegiate Academy

For the past 14 years, Ella’s work at Shireland Collegiate Academy has involved direct work with children and families, particularly in relation to safeguarding issues. Increasingly, Ella has been delivering direct and essential training for staff at over 30 schools, including governors and other organisations. Ella offers a consultancy package of safeguarding support, best practice and quality assurance, and is also commissioned to deliver in-house training.

Georg Ell, CEO, Smoothwall

Smoothwall is a Leeds-based global business that aims to be the most trusted provider of Digital Safety software in the world. Prior to Smoothwall, Georg was Director for Western Europe at Tesla where he led teams in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg on a combined mission to accelerate the world’s shift towards sustainable energy.

Joanna Feast, Education Consultant, Clean Well-Being

Joanna Feast is a teacher, trainer and consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the field of health education. She believes that wellbeing can be achieved and maintained by utilising solution-focused thinking, emotional literacy and assertiveness skills. Joanna runs her own wellbeing and fitness business, Clean Well-Being.

Martin Baker QPM, Managing Director, One Team Logic 

Martin Baker is the Managing Director of One Team Logic (the makers of MyConcern). Martin is also an experienced school governor and a Director of a Multi-Academy Trust. Martin served in five UK police forces (including the Metropolitan Police). During his career he was responsible for all aspects of safeguarding and child protection.

Pam Stallard, Head of Languages, Longhill High School

Pam Stallard is currently head of MFL at Longhill High School in Brighton. In July 2018, she led a series of assemblies on LGBTQ+ appropriate language and homophobic bullying, which lead to several press appearances and a debate on Good Morning Britain about whether teachers should be 'out' to their students.

Suzanne Skeete, Director, Tappy Twins and Teenline Founder of Courageous Kids Awards

Known for her infectious enthusiasm, energy and ability to help others to be exactly whom and what they want to be. Through Tappy Twins, over the years, Suzanne has worked with a huge range of clients, from entrepreneurs to primary school children. Now she dedicates all of her time, with her team, working within schools and colleges; whilst tirelessly developing Tappy Twins to ensure that the young people that need support nationally get just that.

Tony Saggers, Director of StraTac Logical Ltd.

Tony completed a 30 year law enforcement career in 2017 as the NCA Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence, including a leading role in the national response to the threat from County Lines, delivering ministerial briefings and working closely with Home Office and NPCC Leads. He is now a consultant and Director of Stratac Logical, with multiple commitments to Gangs and County Lines. He designed and delivers a unique course for police drug expert witnesses on these topics, addressing drug supply and exploitation. 

Emma Parker, Primary School Teacher, National Education Union Executive

Emma is a primary school teacher, curator and founder of the SENDhelp conference and parent of a child with SEND. She is an executive of the National Education Union and has worked alongside the Schoolcuts campaign, campaigning for children's rights and fair funding to ensure all children have access to suitable inclusive education.