Amanda Naylor is Assistant Director of Impact at Barnardo’s leading the priority area of Child Sexual Abuse. Amanda is currently leading the See, Hear Respond DfE funded programme working with partners to provide much needed support to children who need it during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining Barnardo's Amanda built extensive experience within the third sector, international development and social care sector supporting and safeguarding disabled children, looked after children, young people subject to safeguarding procedures and young people in youth justice system.
Managing a wide range of national contracts including those commissioned by MOJ, Home Office, and DFE.
Superintendent Jo Doyle
Superintendent Jo Doyle is staff officer for the National Police Chief’s Council Child Protection and Abuse Investigations Working Group, led by the Chief Constable Simon Bailey. The group covers all aspects of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation across policing.
Rebecca Wilshire is the Strategic Lead for Help and Protection at Coventry City Council covering Early Help, Family Hubs, MASH, EDT, and Area Social Work Teams which cover all CIN, CP and court work, Child Exploitation Team and Youth Offending Service.
Jan Pickles OBE (interim chair)
Jan Pickles is an experienced social worker and has worked in the third sector, the probation service, the police, government and the NSPCC. Jan is a member of the National Independent Safeguarding Board of Wales and a non-executive Director for an NHS Trust.
Prof Simon Hackett
Simon Hackett is Professor of Applied Social Sciences and Principal of St Mary’s College, Durham University. He has been involved in the field of safeguarding for 25 years as a practitioner, manager and researcher.
Prof Julie Taylor
Julie Taylor [PhD; FRCN; RN; MSc; BSc (Hons)] is a nurse scientist specialising in child maltreatment. She is Professor of Child Protection in the School of Nursing at the University of Birmingham, in partnership with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Prof Todd E Hogue
Professor Hogue is a registered Forensic and Clinical Psychologist. He started his career in the British Prison Service working mainly with sexual offenders.
Louise Smith is the Senior Adviser on Children’s Social Care for the Local Government Association. Louise works closely with local authorities and their partners to support, promote and improve children’s services, while working with central government to ensure the voice of local government is heard in national policy making. Louise has more than ten years’ experience working for local government, including a range of roles across policy and communications at both local and national levels.
Zlakha Ahmed MBE
Zlakha Ahmed founded and is currently the CEO of Apna Haq, a survivor-led organisation that supports black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls in Rotherham, South Yorkshire who are experiencing any form of violence. She has over 30 years of experience developing and overseeing violence against women support services at a local level, while influencing strategy, policy and procedure at a regional, national, European and global level.
Dianne Whitfield is the Co-Chair of Rape Crisis England and Wales (RCEW), and is the Chief Officer of Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) which is one of the largest Rape Crisis centres in the country. She also sits as a Non-Executive Director on Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.