Meet the Team

Our Team of Professional Associates

Sue Rastall

Sue was instrumental in setting up the first Family Intervention Project in the Midlands in 2004. She went on to become a National Advisor for the Department for Education Families at Risk Division responsible for advising Local Authorities on Family Intervention and overseeing the training of 800 key workers. Sue has supported a number of Local Authorities in implementing the Troubled Families Programme, designing models of intervention and helping Troubled Families Coordinators get to where they need to be. Sue is the Director of Train to Equip.

Lisa walkerLisa Walker

Lisa is a qualified Social Worker and has spent the last two years as Head of Service for Targeted Intervention Services, Prevent and Early Help for a local authority in the South West.  Lisa has experience of successful service design and operational development using evidence based practice in Intensive Family Support and Intervention for complex families. Lisa has worked to develop front line best practice approaches in the South West and across London advising Local Authorities on behalf of the Department for Education. Lisa has over five years’ experience delivering training to key workers nationally and developing accredited training programmes for a range of services across the Child’s Journey.

Maxine ClarkMaxine Clark

Maxine has written and delivered evidence based training materials which led her to winning a Regional Adult Learners Award for Learning and Development in May 2013. She has a Diploma to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) specialising in parenting including education and personal development. Maxine has also worked as a practitioner in the field of family intervention to overseeing a Family Intervention Service in the West Midlands and has a sound understanding of evidenced based family intervention methodology that she is able to teach in a way that is credible and meaningful for practitioners who work with families.

Shelley Nicholson

With over 13 years’ experience of working with vulnerable adults and children, Shelley has gained a real passion for improving outcomes for children and families, especially in the fields of child sexual exploitation self-harm, bereavement, sexually harmful behaviours and trauma .Shelley has written educational CSE programmes and developed tailored training packages that are designed for professionals who work with families who are at risk of CSE. Shelley is licenced to deliver ‘Just Whistle’ training tools, which allows her to train front line practitioners in basic and intermediate levels of CSE. Through extensive training in Psychology, Shelley possess an in-depth knowledge of the criminal law framework and have vast experience of attending CSE panels and Local Safeguarding Board (LCSB) meetings; allowing her to develop an insight into areas requiring improvement and the necessary skills needed to bring services together