We can help your school or setting to:

  • Effectively engage all parents, leading to increased achievement, improved attendance and better support for behaviour
  • Narrow the gap by reaching out to disadvantaged families
  • Meet Ofsted and EYFS requirements
  • Motivate and give staff the skills and confidence to develop creative and sustainable work
  • Tap into the skills and resources of your communities
  • Listen to parents’ views and develop a real partnership with them
  • Access a wide range of good practice and information – saving you time and money

We can also work directly with parents to:

  • ensure their views are represented
  • enable them to access information, training and resources to support their child’s learning and development and develop their own skills and access
Our structure and governance

There are currently three Directors. The Directors have conducted an annual review of their skills to inform the recruitment of future Directors and are currently exploring possible further Directors. The Directors are responsible for setting the aims and direction of the Foundation, but have delegated the day-to-day management to the Executive Director.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly. PEN employs 3 staff and other freelance workers. PEN’s governing document is the Memorandum of Association. You can download a copy of this here.

Meet the team


Emma Beresford – Director

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.

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Fiona O’Sullivan – Director

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 Fatimilehin – Director

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.

She has particular expertise in working with children and families with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and developmental problems. She has strong management and research skills, experience in project management, delivery of training and internationally recognised expertise in cross-cultural work.


Jill Tordoff – Associate

Jill Tordoff has extensive educational experience and her particular expertise is in raising the aspirations, access and achievement of underachieving pupils and working in partnership with parent/carers to help promote improved learning and well-being. Jill has had a wide range of roles as a teacher and leader in a range of schools and within Manchester local authority supporting school improvement. Currently Jill works as an independent education consultant.


Erica Splawnyk – Associate

Erica has worked as a Nursery Nurse at Hollingworth Primary School and St. Clement’s Primary school with responsibility for parental involvement. She developed and managed a Parent Teacher Association, Family Learning Projects and a variety of parenting courses (including those for families of children with special needs) in school and local children’s centres.

Erica has also worked for Manchester City Council managing the primary strand of the successful ‘Transition Project’. She has developed and delivered courses on engaging parents in their children’s learning (particularly vulnerable families) and has helped develop practical resources.

She worked for 4 years as a Parent Education tutor for Manchester Adult Education Services. Erica has also trained, mentored and supervised Parent Support Advisors and Outreach workers. She established Parental Engagement District Networks for staff, agencies and parents across Manchester.

In the community Erica has run a pre-school which involved recruiting and mentoring parents in voluntary work within the setting. She has run parenting courses within the community for staff at local pre-schools and parents/carers and grandparents. She is a community school governor at St. Mary’s Primary school in Stockport.


Janet Davies – Associate

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 Bricher – Officer Manager

Joanna has worked for PEN since it started in 2011. She designs PEN’s Updates and resources for staff, parents and children.


Helen Beswick – Administrator

Helen is PEN’s friendly administrator. She has experience of working for small charities and social enterprises in Greater Manchester.