Who we are
|Emma Beresford |
Emma has over 25 years experience of developing work with parents as a teacher, governor and parent in primary and secondary schools. She worked for 15 years as an advisor/consultant on engaging parents, and as a senior education manager/strategy lead on parents for Manchester City Council.
She has initiated and developed best-selling practical resources for schools such as the PRIDE project; Partnerships with Parents in Practice (Learning from Newall Green Nursery and Infant School); and the Playclub resources (over 8000 packs sold nationally), and developed a Nuffield Foundation funded action research project on work with parents in secondary schools.
She has received an award for the Manchester Transition Project - training for staff to enable sustainable work with parents.
Emma has been a member of the National Home School Development Group for over 10 years, helped to develop work in Greater Manchester, been part of a DfES national advisory group,and run European training through a Socrates project.
Fiona O'Sullivan has 30 years' parenting experience as mother and step mother to 5 children. She has spent four years as academy principal in secondary schools in challenging circumstances. She has a total of 27 years teaching experience in greater Manchester across 4 local authorities, and 16 years senior leadership experience in secondary education settings. She is a also a qualified nurse and has worked for Children's services.
Dr Iyabo Fatimelehin
Dr Iyabo Fatimilehin is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 28 years' experience of working in the NHS and private sector in a variety of clinical, managerial and strategic roles. She is now director of Just Psychology CIC, a not-for-profit social enterprise providing services to address the psychological and mental health needs of children, adults and families, with particular emphasis on cultural diversity, cultural competence and social justice.
Erica has over 19 years' experience of developing practical work and promoting work with parents in primary schools and in the community.
As a trainer and writer
In the community
Janet has 30 years’ experience in teaching, managing and leading schools, settings and clusters across all phases. Janet strives to support and create inclusive learning communities which promote achievement for all.
Joanna has worked for PEN since it started in 2011. She designs PEN's Updates and resources for staff, parents and children.