Meet the People Behind the Work

Meet Our Steering Support Group 

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Isabelle Kirkham

Care Experienced Activist/Campaigner, Graduate of Royal Central School of Speech & Drama; First Class Honours Degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. Co-Founder of Reclaim Care Collective. A 20/21 National Voice Ambassador. Project Worker with Care Experienced Young People within. Big Sister. LGBTQ+

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Jimmy Paul

Jimmy Paul is the Director at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland, which works to deliver a Wellbeing Economy, one which is in service of people and planet (rather than growth at all costs). Jimmy has worked in a range of leadership roles across health & social care for nearly ten years. He was latterly a Consultant at the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and was a co-chair at the world-leading Independent Care Review in Scotland. He is an executive coach, a fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts and has represented Scotland internationally through leadership initiatives at the World Economic Forum and the British Council. He is particularly passionate about participation and the creative, meaningful involvement of communities which would benefit most from change. He is also a trustee at Lumos, a charity seeking to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.

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Helen Lee

Im care-experienced, having spent the majority of my childhood in the care system. I’m now a senior leader at a charity, working to improve social care practice by putting children's experience at the centre whilst allowing practitioners to learn and develop inclusive care.


Previously, I  worked at one of the largest foster care providers and before that I worked for 17 years at Ofsted regulating and visiting a variety of social care provisions for children, including fostering, children’s homes and local authorities.


I’m interested in helping to build the movement I could have benefited from as a child. A movement that amplifies the care experienced narrative and celebrates the care experienced community.

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Shaunna Devine

Hey, I am Shaunna. I am 24 years old, and care experienced. Graduated in 2019 from Liverpool John Moores University with a First-Class degree in Psychology. I became one of the first care experienced person from my local authority to complete a Masters, graduating with a distinction in Brain and Behaviour (Neuroscience) Masters in 2020
from Liverpool John Moores University. I am currently undertake a three-year PhD in psychology and neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, titled “Pathways to Social- Connectedness in Care Experienced People”. Alongside my PhD, I am a keen activist and advocate for children’s rights, I regularly support and campaign
for children in care.

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Mark Ormerod

Studying Politics at University of Sheffield. Previously worked for Lancashire County Council and Barnardo's. Worked with CRAE on UN Report 2015 into children’s rights in the UK. Children’s rights expert at the Open Gov Partnership conference in Tbilisi in 2018.  

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Louise Wallwein

Louise Wallwein MBE 

Poet/Playwright/Lyricist

Her work has been performed on shorelines, the sea, the streets, on the wing of a WWII Shackleton aircraft and in theatres across the UK and the Globe   Produced by BBC Radio 3 and 4, BBC One, Contact, Red Ladder, National Theatre Wales, Royal Exchange, Walk The Plank, BAC, Z Arts, HOME, Manchester Camerata, Psappha,  the BBC Philharmonic and MIF.

GLUE her acclaimed, theatre demolishing one-woman show is published by SmithDoorstop. 

She works in communities, working with thousands of people to develop their voice. 

Her approach is fearless. 

 

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Purchase Glue here

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David O Akinsanya

Former journalist, he is currently the Lead for Equalities in Suffolk & North East Essex. Campaigner for social care and ex-offenders. Former NAYPIC Rep & Development, founder Black and In Care.

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Annalisa Toccara

Annalisa (She/Her) is an award-winning cultural producer, communications and marketing consultant, and journalist. 

Charity Communications & PR Manager • PhD Researcher to be at Sheffield University
CEO of Adoptee futures and Our Mel.

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Carrie Harrop

MA in Childhood youth and social policy

Doctorate Research in Social policy and Care leaver finance 
at Loughborough University Consultant for The Care Leavers Association 
 Director for IFCO International Foster Care Organisation 

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Saira-Jayne Jones

Co-founder & director of Artifacts CEP CIC & One of a team of directors at Your Life Your Story. I am an artist, poet, trainer, consultant, qualified registered social worker with a BA First Class Honours from The University of Birmingham and lived experience practitioner. I hold casual worker roles at Coventry University, Birmingham City University and The University of Birmingham, and am a member of a lived experience group working alongside West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership.