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Our Team

Meet the people behind Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership including our Directors, Practitioners, Trainers and Admin Team.

Julia Houlston Clark

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Julia Houlston Clark

Chief Executive/ Director

Julia Houlston Clark is Chief Executive of Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership. Julia has over 15 years’ formal restorative experience, although she has always been committed to positive relationship development and conflict resolution work throughout her life. She is proud to be a Restorative Justice Champion with the Restorative Justice Council. She is a widely experienced trainer and expert practitioner in an extensive range of restorative approaches, from prevention and early intervention in education and families, through to high end response work, including working with offenders and victims around the most serious harms.

Julia has been trained in a wide range of models and restorative practices over the years, and is highly committed to continuing professional development and learning. She is passionate about working ethically and co-operatively, and is committed to practicing and modelling being restorative, especially in the way WRAP develops and operates.

Julia has led and co-authored the design of several national and local restorative interventions, including the SORI programme of restorative prison interventions (Supporting Offenders thorugh Restoration Inside, approved by the National Offender Management Service) in prisons, with partners including Victim Support and Probation services; domestic abuse victim awareness programmes for offenders, in partnership with local women’s aid teams and Victim Support; offender led peer mentoring for Young Offenders, in partnership with Youth Offending Services and local hospital child health specialists. Julia enjoys co-producing bespoke interventions to respond to sector specific needs and issues, such as school and local authority service area and team mergers, workforce development, community consultation processes, and pupil transition work.

Julia was a restorative justice co-ordinator and champion in the prison service locally and nationally for 12 years. She has been a driver of restorative approaches development in local government collaborative cross sector partnerships, community safety, children’s services and residential care, and in whole family based restorative interventions. Julia also delivers conflict resolution facilitation and skills training in organisations and teams, and offers managers training in a values based restorative approach to leadership, relationship building, and problem solving. She has always been a passionate supporter of multi-agency collaborative projects across sectors and with service users, and believes in the ongoing active participation and scrutiny by ex-offenders, recovered victims, and all service users in interventions.

Consequently, Julia has a unique perspective to offer in terms of what works in partnerships, engagement and delivery, and ensuring the sustainable resourcing and embedding of restorative projects. Julia has had a usefully eclectic career, with qualifications and relevant experience in youth work, teaching and community education, environmental health and housing, pastoral care, and in prison and university chaplaincy, family based services, team work and leadership.

She has been a regular contributor to media coverage of restorative justice, and is a regular local and national conference and event speaker and organiser, which she very much enjoys. Julia was nominated for the Butler Trust Award and the Guardian Public Servant of the Year Award for her prison work, and has been awarded the Catholic Woman of the Year Award. Julia has enjoyed being a school governor for 15 years, which has brought valuable current knowledge and experience of the many challenges and opportunities facing schools, and those they serve. To keep her skills alive, Julia helps lead local church youth groups and music activities whenever she can, and attempts to parent restoratively, her lifetime work.

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Christine Williams

Christine Williams

Director

Christine has been enthusiastic about Restorative Justice for nearly a decade. She has been trained in several restorative methodologies, approaches and training models during this period. Her interest in Restorative Justice began when she was teaching in a further education college. Christine developed and taught modules in the psychology of crime, which attempt to address issues such as why do people commit crime? And how to treat those who are convicted of offending.

These huge topics caused her to consider societal attitudes and values with respect to those affected by or engaged in criminal behaviour. Another significant contribution to her interest was the opportunity to invite adults who were studying crime psychology in her classes to take part in a victim awareness programme and victim offender groups at Cardiff Prison. She was able to witness the transformative power of the SORI courses, as student participants related to her how their meeting with men who were convicted of crime had changed their emotions relating to their own experience of being a victim. Sometimes this led them to reconsider their attitudes and views about those who were convicted of crime.

Christine’s career has been based in education. After graduating with a degree in psychology and mathematics, and simultaneously qualifying as a ‘middle school’ teacher, she was employed in a secondary school. She felt she faced classes with little training in dealing with challenging behaviour.

Christine completed a Masters Degree in Education, completing a research thesis. During that time she was invited to teach students on B.Ed and PGCE courses, and introduction to teaching in Higher Education. She still teaches occasionally in university, in recent years this has been on the topic of research methods. Most of her teaching has been in further education, and for much of that time as subject leader.

Christine has had voluntary roles which included regularly assisting in local pre-school and primary school activities. She has also been treasurer of a local church for many years. She believes her Christian faith sits alongside restorative values very well and she enjoys the challenge of comparing ideas and beliefs.
The experience of SORI and of research came together in 2008 when she collated evidence to evaluate the Cardiff Prison Domestic Abuse Victim Awareness program for perpetrators and survivors of domestic abuse. Focus groups were conducted with women who had experience of being a victim of domestic abuse who participated on the course by attending the visitors afternoon and telling their stories. The memorable feedback continued to develop her view that restorative work was not only right in that personal accounts could be told and heard respectfully, it could be a turning point in the experience for both victims and for offenders.

Christine has most recently been engaged in literature research and manual development for WRAP and partners, around domestic abuse interventions with families.

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Leanne Morgan

Leanne Morgan

Finance & Internal Services Manager

Leanne has been the Finance Manager at Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership since November 2015. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Leanne is responsible for all aspects of the organisation’s finance activities.

Prior to joining the WRAP team, Leanne was the Head of Finance at Cardiff and Vale College. Leanne started working for Coleg Glan Hafren in 1993 and worked at the college for 20 years. During that time, she held various roles in the Finance department, working her way up from Purchase Ordering clerk and finally becoming the Head of Finance of the merged college, Cardiff and Vale college, in 2014.

During the time spent at the college, Leanne was responsible for various aspects of finance functions including; line management of staff, the payroll department, preparation of management accounts, preparation of yearend accounts, and liaising with internal and external stakeholders.

During this time, Leanne studied for the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification and achieved her Master’s Degree in Leadership & Management.

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Anthony Houlston Clark

Anthony Houlston Clark

Client Relationships Manager

Anthony Houlston Clark is the Lead Trainer and Practitioner with Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership, advising on strategic restorative development in education. He has nine years restorative experience in educational contexts, and is a trained trainer. Anthony has been trained in a variety of models and practices over the years, including restorative approaches and principles, mediation, conferencing, youth mentoring, non-violent communication, and most recently, domestic violence restorative family work. Anthony has completed his post graduate certificate in ‘Managing Educational Change and Management’.

Anthony has a 24 year long teaching career, that includes teaching and education team management in Cardiff, Essex, Hampshire and Boston, USA. Although his teaching and training experience spans all age groups, he specialises in secondary and further education, and social engagement with more challenged and challenging pupils and families. Anthony is currently working in partnership with several school and multi-agency organisations across South Wales, to help implement and develop practice with teachers and pupils, and embed a sustainable restorative culture within educational communities and local partnership working.

Anthony is also a trained and experienced youth worker, pastoral counsellor, and learning coach. As a Duke of Edinburgh assessor, Anthony has led several Duke of Edinburgh groups from Bronze to Gold award level in successful expeditions. Anthony has led in Welsh Baccalaureate curriculum development, supporting and challenging students in the volunteering elements. He has enjoyed leading on international student exchanges with Norwegian colleges and schools for several years.

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Lyn Richards

Lyn Richards

Director

Lyn is currently employed as a Restorative Officer with Eastern High School in Cardiff. In school Lyn arranges restorative meetings which take place between staff and pupils offering an opportunity to share and understand the restorative approach to resolving the issue and meeting each person’s needs.

Lyn was a civil servant, gaining promotion to an executive officer. After retirement in 1996 she has been engaged in different voluntary roles. 2009, she completed a Master of Arts Degree at Oxford University in Women’s Studies, following a foundation course at Cardiff University in Women into Public Life and Women into Management.

As a volunteer with victim support for 10 years, Lyn supported victims in the witness services, [attending court] and the visiting service. Lyn provided support for serious crime, which included murder, homicide, racial abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, anti- social behaviour and young people who are victims of bullying. Part of the support involved caring for the complete family as the ripple effect of crime required in depth understanding, which she was able to provide as part of her restorative approaches knowledge and training.

At Cardiff Prison Lyn was a tutor with the restorative team supporting offenders taking part in the SORI course. [Supporting Offenders Restoration Inside]. Lyn engaged with offenders of serious crime helping them to deal with the impact of their crime on their families and their victims.

Lyn works with young offenders as part of the Triage Team with Cardiff Police and Media Academy Cardiff – using restorative approaches and arranging a restorative meeting between victim and offender.

Lyn engaged with the Women Making a Difference Project, where she supported and mentored women from all backgrounds; women refugees, asylum seekers and women with low self-esteem encouraging them to return to their work place, society and engage with educational studies. Lyn arranged and organised visits with The British Council Exchange Scheme when visitors from Egypt, Jordan and Iran visited the United Kingdom.
Lyn has an accreditation certificate with Agored Cymru as part of the Integrated Family Support Service. She supports the Youth Offending Service and attended Greenhill School using restorative approaches to help young people understand the impact of their behaviour on others.

Since 2014 Lyn has been an active volunteer and each week supports callers of the Survivors Trust.

Lyn has engaged with restorative approaches since 2005 and her objective and aim is to support and help others to have a greater understanding how a restorative approach may provide and meet their needs.

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Vincent Sanderson

Vincent Sanderson

Trainer/Practitioner

Vincent Sanderson is a qualified secondary school teacher and experienced and trained restorative trainer and practitioner. He has been working intensively in the restorative field for over four years and provides expertise in restorative approaches within educational settings, as well as in youth justice and anti- social behaviour. Vince spent a number of years working for a Youth Offending Service, managing large caseloads of young people whilst working restoratively with each person. Throughout his time at the Youth Offending Service, he facilitated restorative meetings between young people and victims of crime, young people and families, and also neighbourhood disputes. Vince also spent three months on secondment working as the Victim Support and Liaison Officer, enabling him to work extensively with victims of anti-social behaviour and criminal activities, supporting them through the restorative process.

More recently Vince has become a full time Restorative Trainer and Practitioner with WRAP, delivering bespoke Restorative Approaches training to a multitude of services from schools, local authority services, and third sector organisations, giving him an excellent understanding of what is needed to embed and implement restorative approaches within a variety of settings. Vince has been co-working on developing and delivering bespoke training materials that are sector specific. This includes restorative skills training for staff working restoratively with families experiencing domestic abuse, as part of a holistic training programme. Vince is a key member of the team supporting the roll out of restorative approaches in Rhondda Cynon Taf schools and agencies. He has been enjoying facilitating restorative meetings in local schools in Cardiff with some of the more vulnerable and challenging pupils and their families, in partnership with Communities First.

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Denise Davies

Denise Davies

Bookkeeping and Payroll

Denise is currently working as an associate of Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership as the Payroll operator and bookkeeper. Alongside this current role Denise is running her own business as a self-employed Bookkeeper for small businesses and has been successfully running this business for the last 18 years.

Up until June 2015 Denise was working as a lecturer for Cardiff and Vale College, lecturing as part of the AAT team but also teaching additional part time courses in Computerised &Manual Bookkeeping as well as Computerised & Manual Payroll. This role lasted for 13 years. This role was introduced to her as a result of her experience in running Sage Accounting packages for her clients. At the start of this role her experience in teaching was non- existent so she took the initiative and approached the awarding body of the courses she was teaching and took on an additional role of moderating exam papers for OCR. This provided valuable experience for successfully delivering the courses. It was in the year 2005 that Denise successfully completed her Certificate in Education through Newport University, in order to develop her teaching skills.

At the age of six years old Denise’s ambition was always to be a nurse so her career had its start in general nursing when she successfully completed her three year training as a Registered General Nurse in the year 1985 at the University of Wales Hospital Cardiff. From this year until 2004 Denise worked in various departments within the NHS which included surgery and general medicine, but most of her time in this career was spent in nursing the terminally ill by working as a staff nurse, for eleven years in a Marie Curie hospice in Penarth. Her experience also included working as an agency staff nurse in various care homes in Portsmouth and Cardiff.

Using these skills as a nurse and working in a clinical environment opened up an opportunity to travel in the community delivering Infection Control courses to district nurses and carers in nursing homes and surgeries in and around Cardiff and the Vale. These courses were administered through Cardiff and Vale College from about 2001-2003.

At this present moment in time Denise is involved in delivering First Aid courses for Cardiff Council as part of adult education but has been delivering these courses for the last seven years through a voluntary organisation. Denise has also delivered first aid training to young people from difficult backgrounds with some behavioural issues through Cardiff and Vale College. While this was a challenging experience it was extremely rewarding, empowering young people with a valuable skill which not only equips them to save a life but helps them to develop the confidence to communicate and show kindness and compassion to others in need.

While working as a professional nurse and lecturer, Denise has tried many and varied jobs which have included stacking shelves in retail, telephone sales for a flooring company, telephone information service for an ink supplier for printers, providing a dog sitting service, even providing a cleaning service.

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Shelley  Farr

Shelley Farr

Director

Shelley has extensive experience of working with ex-offenders in a custody setting and within the community and has recently trained as restorative practitioner.

More recently Shelley has worked with ex-offenders in South Wales helping them break down barriers that to assist with reintegration into society. Work has included assisting with benefits, housing, substance misuse, mental health, education and employment.
Previously Shelley has done some work with Police and Social Services on Criminal diversion projects in mainstream schools and adolescent referral units.

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Ted Shiress

Ted Shiress

Volunteer/ Director

With a background in journalism and public speaking, Ted started volunteering for WRAP in 2016. As well as this experience, having Cerebral Palsy and having been on various disability panels, Ted has expertise in the field of accessibility. One of the tasks Ted is undertaking is to review and update our training materials in terms of how appropriate they are for children and adults with disabilities. It is his aim to make these activities inclusive rather than exclusive, working out how disabled and non-disabled children can play and learn together as we at Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership believe that achieves more.

Having studied Language and Communication and been published by various magazines Ted is a proficient writer, he blogs about current affairs and his own experiences for Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership, giving his own perspective on restorative themed issues. To help us reach a wider audience it is vital we have a variety of different voices and Ted is definitely one of them. Sharing his anecdotes of the obstacles he faces as a disabled person may help many gain a wider perspective on society which is core to the mindset of Restorative Approaches.

Ted has worked with computers all his life, studying ICT to A-Level and constantly maintaining his own web-presence, such skills are vital for keeping WRAP ahead of the curve in terms of its social media presence and how to reach a wider audience. We also have him updating our Twitter sometimes, which given he’s also a stand-up comedian is a privilege we hope we don’t regret!

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Rob Larkins

Rob Larkins

Director

Rob is the Chief Executive of Vision 21 (Cyfle Cymru) a Cardiff based charity and social enterprise that provides vocational training for adults with learning needs. Before Vision 21 he worked in Coleg Glan Hafren as Director of Finance, Assistant Principal and for the final three years as Acting Principal. When the college merged to become Cardiff and Vale College he decided it was time for a change, took a teaching qualification and ended up at Vision 21.

Rob has a degree in Economics, is a qualified accountant and also has a PGCE teaching qualification. He has taught on accounting courses, still teaches occasionally to students with learning needs and has taught maths to hairdressers! He is also a governor at Fairwater Primary school. He is a keen, but not very fast, runner, loves travel, the outdoors, nature, conservation and doing family stuff. He was a football fan but the demise of Leeds United has cured him.

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Rachie Williams

Rachie Williams

Director

Rachie studied most recently at the University of Glamorgan where she obtained MSc in Play and Therapeutic Play. She has extensive experience of working with children, volunteering with Barnados, Bryn y Berwyn and PAWB Wales through the medium of play.

Rachie is a survivor of sexual abuse. She wants all those working with children and young people to gain an understanding of the abnormal behaviour displayed as a result of this form of abuse.

She is inspired to see those who are suffering or survived sexual abuse to process this trauma at the earliest stage in life. To help reveal their full potential and become inspired towards their future.

Rachie is new to the role of director, inspired by Wales Restorative Approaches Partnerships’s values.

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Eleri Roberts

Eleri Roberts

Administrator

Eleri started working with Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership in November 2018, as full time administrator. Eleri carries out general administration duties, including scheduling meetings, writing reports, event planning and social media. Eleri is also fluent in Welsh and encourages bilingual conversations in her role.

Eleri is originally from North Wales but attended university in Cardiff. Eleri spent time gaining experience within different fields after graduating, including a visitor assistant, residential support worker and worked abroad as a resort representative. From this experience, Eleri wanted to pursue a career in administration as this was the element she enjoyed most in her previous roles.

Eleri has also volunteered in the past with Papworth Trust as a team leader and Barry Blind Club. She received an award as Cardiff Metropolitans ATHE Student of The Year from these experiences.

Eleri has a degree in International Tourism and Events Management, where she achieved a 1st class honours degree from Cardiff Metropolitan. Her dissertation explored the effects wellness tourism has on depression and anxiety.

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Pierre Codron

Associate

Pierre is a qualified secondary teacher and a trained restorative trainer and practitioner. For the last 15 years, He has been a head of year in a comprehensive school in Cardiff where the restorative ethos and policies have enhanced the school’s outcomes and the relationships between staff and pupils. Pierre has spent the last 6 years rolling out the restorative programme in school heading one of the expert teams.

Pierre is currently training as a person-centred and psychodynamic counsellor in UWE in Bristol and runs his own well-being practice in Cardiff. He will embark on a two year post graduate diploma in September 2017 studying Gestalt as well as deepening his knowledge of the other 2 theories.

Pierre has also experienced working in the prison setting as a mentor for PACT Through the Gate Mentoring in helping resettling ex-offenders into their community after completing their sentences at either HMPs Cardiff, Bridgend or Eastwood Park.

Recently, Pierre has taken a position at a local mentoring charity where he coordinates volunteer mentors and ensures a good match with potential vulnerable mentees from all backgrounds and aged between 5 and 28. He also provides induction and training for the volunteer mentors and assists them setting up their mentoring relationship. As part of the role, Pierre also regularly mentors vulnerable and challenging young people in Cardiff and the Vale.

At Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership, Pierre is an associate and delivers restorative training as well as working as a sensitive and complex cases practitioner.

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Sousila Pillay

Associate

Sousila gained a BA Hons in Sociology and Criminology, then qualified as a Counsellor where she used her skills within the Probation Service and set up a counselling service at St Davids Hospice, both located in North Wales. She was the first to be employed by Conwy County Borough Council as a Freelance Behaviour Lifestyle Consultant working on fitness and lifestyle programmes, and as a Disciplinary Behaviour Consultant working alongside individuals within the dismissal process.

Sousila then located to Cardiff where she was a Teaching Assistant for 5 years at Ty Gwyn Special School for complex needs, and has experience working with Autism and PMLD. Sousila also became the first telephone counsellor for Tenovus after spending years as a Childline Counsellor. Her Behaviour Consultancy work continued as she was asked to be lead trainer in delivering training in Effective Behaviour Change for ABUHB Public Health Wales in 2017. Her interest in Criminology continued, and Sousila embarked down the Restorative Justice path qualifying as a Practitioner at the end of 2017, and completing a Body Language Diploma in 2018.

In the past, she has been a Mental Health Advocate, has experience working with vulnerable young people and adults, as well as being a guest speaker, and for many years delivered one to one and group workshops in Well-Being, and has also participated in ITV programmes advising and offering well-being tips.

Sousila is currently waiting to hear if she has been accepted onto the Independent Monitoring Board for Cardiff Prison.

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Sadie  Hayes

Sadie Hayes

Associate

Sadie has extensive experience of working with a wide range of people and in particular young people. Sadie adopts a holistic approach to her work by implementing therapeutic elements to group and individual sessions which are underpinned by a wholly restorative approach.

Since 2013, Sadie has worked for the Widening Participation Department of CAVC and was an employee of the original Community Outreach Team managed by Lorna Baldry. This team designed and delivered methods of bespoke community learning to young people with complex needs who had disengaged from mainstream education. Sadie designed and delivered a needs based personal development programme, worked restoratively with individuals and in some cases their families and supported other tutors in their sessions.

Through a partnership with CAVC and Cardiff Council, Sadie currently supports looked after young people who are on a work trainee-ship scheme. She carries out bespoke education sessions based on individual needs. Embedding a restorative and therapeutic approach to these sessions is crucial to address the complex issues faced by the young people. Sadie also provides one to one intervention for young people struggling on engagement and mainstream courses.

Sadie qualified as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) practitioner in 2013. She has her own practice and works with individuals of all ages, couples, families and external organisations - one of these is Women Connect First (WCF). Since 2014, Sadie has designed and delivered a bespoke personal development programme for young parents at WCF. In addition to the group sessions, Sadie undertakes one to one, couples and family intervention sessions. She has also liaised with social workers, family support workers and solicitors - writing court reports for child protection and asylum seeking cases when required.

Through CAVC, her own practice and WCF Sadie works (and has worked) with complex and sensitive cases that include; domestic abuse, mental health, depression, anxiety, bullying, self-harming, suicide intervention, probation and offending cases, sexuality issues, childhood abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, child protection issues, post-natal depression, asylum seekers, forced marriage, FGM, rape and exploitation.

Between 2012 and 2015, Sadie volunteered at Safer Wales and was involved with a number of projects and individuals – all complex and sensitive. She delivered group and individual sessions to girls who had been exploited or were at risk of exploitation; designed and delivered group and individual sessions for women on probation; supported victims of domestic abuse and worked individually with street workers. Sadie worked wholly restoratively with groups and individuals.

For six years, Sadie worked at The Women’s Workshop Training Centre and led on a number of projects. One of the main projects involved working with young parents. Sadie designed and delivered needs based on personal development sessions, undertook group tutorials, one to one support sessions, liaised with external agencies for recruitment and additional support, implemented a buddy training (peer mentoring) programme and was responsible for the education timetable. Sadie also led on two other projects - supporting women with mental health to return to education and a programme promoting education and physical activity to ESOL learners by designing a healthy living module (linking physical activity and nutrition to positive mental health), undertaking one to one support sessions, delivering bespoke personal development sessions, delivering physical activity sessions. With such diversity in needs, cultures and religions, Sadie worked restoratively with individuals, groups, families and communities.

In 2001, Sadie undertook a PGCE (graduated in 2003) and subsequently a BA in Post Compulsory Education (graduated with honours in 2005). Sadie undertook these whilst working as a health and fitness instructor and personal trainer. She worked in this industry for 17 years and implemented programmes for large & small groups as well as individuals in private health clubs, community and school settings.

In 2016, Sadie became an Associate Trainer and Practitioner with Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership and has worked with the lead trainers on a number of projects. She is committed to extending and developing her experience with WRAP.

Sadie has a passion for working with people and believes in not just doing things right but doing the right things. This reflects her core values and qualities which she adopts in her professional and personal life.

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Ruth Smith

Associate

Ruth has over 25 years’ experience of working in the Further Education sector as a manager, teacher and assessor, including lecturing on and managing the Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Ruth has a Master’s degree in Education and has carried out research into teaching strategies which promote the transfer of skills taught in the classroom to the workplace. She strongly believes that the learner should be at the centre of the learning experience and teaching should be carried out in a supportive yet challenging environment.

Prior to this Ruth completed a Degree in Economics, Politics and Social Policy at the University of Leeds before training as a Commercial Underwriter with a major insurer in London. Ruth has written training materials and worked as an examiner, distance tutor and assessor for the Chartered Insurance Institute. She is a past President of the Insurance Institute of Cardiff and, currently, Young Achiever Officer.

More recently Ruth has completed Restorative Practices training and is an Associate with the Welsh Restorative Approaches Partnership.

Ruth is now an education consultant and trainer working in a range of sectors.

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Jo Harry

Jo Harry

Associate

Jo joined us in December 2018 as an associate trainer and practitioner. Jo’s passions are numerous, all focused around inclusion and equality. Over many years, Jo has worked with young people and adults who have faced difficulties because of their circumstances. Jo has worked for different charities in the secure estate across South Wales, supporting men and women, particularly those with experience of poor mental health, to develop confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. Since 2013 Jo has been using her restorative justice skills and commitment to restorative approaches to resolve conflict and repair harm across many services and settings at all levels. Jo brings this practical, restorative experience to us alongside much private and third sector project development and coordination experience.
Jo is a community volunteer and produces a weekly mental health show with an amazing team at Radio Cardiff. Jo is driven to empower people to be heard and to challenge injustice. Jo is a mother, a feminist and a fighter (words not weapons).

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Levi Rees

Levi Rees

Director

Levi joined the W.R.A.P. team as a director in June 2019. Levi Rees originates from Blackwood and is passionate about the concerns of looked after children. “I want to change the way looked after children are treated and make sure their views are listened to,” said Levi. An active footballer and under 7 coach with the Beaufort Colts, Levi heard about the Welsh Youth Parliament from a local candidate. The idea of campaigning worried him but he was able to get in touch with Youth Cymru who nominated him through their process with the British Irish Youth Parliament and he was elected and represents Caerphilly.
Now in the first Welsh Youth Parliament, Levi learnt about negotiating to get his concerns included in the agenda by advocating for looked after children as part of the issues related to mental health and emotional support. He is collecting evidence from looked after children through his work with National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and raising the issues, particularly with regards to Article 12 of the united nations convention Rights of the Child, which stated that children have a rights to express their views and to be independently represented when decisions are made about them. Being a member of the Youth Parliament already gives him access to senior council officials.
Levi, a remarkable 16 year old, who is himself looked after, and as a result missed part of his education, is now working and training to be a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Child Care Law. He would encourage every young person to get involved, “Everyone has an experience to share and its important that this goes into the political process.”

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Julia Houlston Clark

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Julia Houlston Clark

Chief Executive/ Director

Julia Houlston Clark is Chief Executive of Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership. Julia has over 15 years’ formal restorative experience, although she has always been committed to positive relationship development and conflict resolution work throughout her life. She is proud to be a Restorative Justice Champion with the Restorative Justice Council. She is a widely experienced trainer and expert practitioner in an extensive range of restorative approaches, from prevention and early intervention in education and families, through to high end response work, including working with offenders and victims around the most serious harms.

Julia has been trained in a wide range of models and restorative practices over the years, and is highly committed to continuing professional development and learning. She is passionate about working ethically and co-operatively, and is committed to practicing and modelling being restorative, especially in the way WRAP develops and operates.

Julia has led and co-authored the design of several national and local restorative interventions, including the SORI programme of restorative prison interventions (Supporting Offenders thorugh Restoration Inside, approved by the National Offender Management Service) in prisons, with partners including Victim Support and Probation services; domestic abuse victim awareness programmes for offenders, in partnership with local women’s aid teams and Victim Support; offender led peer mentoring for Young Offenders, in partnership with Youth Offending Services and local hospital child health specialists. Julia enjoys co-producing bespoke interventions to respond to sector specific needs and issues, such as school and local authority service area and team mergers, workforce development, community consultation processes, and pupil transition work.

Julia was a restorative justice co-ordinator and champion in the prison service locally and nationally for 12 years. She has been a driver of restorative approaches development in local government collaborative cross sector partnerships, community safety, children’s services and residential care, and in whole family based restorative interventions. Julia also delivers conflict resolution facilitation and skills training in organisations and teams, and offers managers training in a values based restorative approach to leadership, relationship building, and problem solving. She has always been a passionate supporter of multi-agency collaborative projects across sectors and with service users, and believes in the ongoing active participation and scrutiny by ex-offenders, recovered victims, and all service users in interventions.

Consequently, Julia has a unique perspective to offer in terms of what works in partnerships, engagement and delivery, and ensuring the sustainable resourcing and embedding of restorative projects. Julia has had a usefully eclectic career, with qualifications and relevant experience in youth work, teaching and community education, environmental health and housing, pastoral care, and in prison and university chaplaincy, family based services, team work and leadership.

She has been a regular contributor to media coverage of restorative justice, and is a regular local and national conference and event speaker and organiser, which she very much enjoys. Julia was nominated for the Butler Trust Award and the Guardian Public Servant of the Year Award for her prison work, and has been awarded the Catholic Woman of the Year Award. Julia has enjoyed being a school governor for 15 years, which has brought valuable current knowledge and experience of the many challenges and opportunities facing schools, and those they serve. To keep her skills alive, Julia helps lead local church youth groups and music activities whenever she can, and attempts to parent restoratively, her lifetime work.

Christine Williams

Christine Williams

Director

Christine has been enthusiastic about Restorative Justice for nearly a decade. She has been trained in several restorative methodologies, approaches and training models during this period. Her interest in Restorative Justice began when she was teaching in a further education college. Christine developed and taught modules in the psychology of crime, which attempt to address issues such as why do people commit crime? And how to treat those who are convicted of offending.

These huge topics caused her to consider societal attitudes and values with respect to those affected by or engaged in criminal behaviour. Another significant contribution to her interest was the opportunity to invite adults who were studying crime psychology in her classes to take part in a victim awareness programme and victim offender groups at Cardiff Prison. She was able to witness the transformative power of the SORI courses, as student participants related to her how their meeting with men who were convicted of crime had changed their emotions relating to their own experience of being a victim. Sometimes this led them to reconsider their attitudes and views about those who were convicted of crime.

Christine’s career has been based in education. After graduating with a degree in psychology and mathematics, and simultaneously qualifying as a ‘middle school’ teacher, she was employed in a secondary school. She felt she faced classes with little training in dealing with challenging behaviour.

Christine completed a Masters Degree in Education, completing a research thesis. During that time she was invited to teach students on B.Ed and PGCE courses, and introduction to teaching in Higher Education. She still teaches occasionally in university, in recent years this has been on the topic of research methods. Most of her teaching has been in further education, and for much of that time as subject leader.

Christine has had voluntary roles which included regularly assisting in local pre-school and primary school activities. She has also been treasurer of a local church for many years. She believes her Christian faith sits alongside restorative values very well and she enjoys the challenge of comparing ideas and beliefs.
The experience of SORI and of research came together in 2008 when she collated evidence to evaluate the Cardiff Prison Domestic Abuse Victim Awareness program for perpetrators and survivors of domestic abuse. Focus groups were conducted with women who had experience of being a victim of domestic abuse who participated on the course by attending the visitors afternoon and telling their stories. The memorable feedback continued to develop her view that restorative work was not only right in that personal accounts could be told and heard respectfully, it could be a turning point in the experience for both victims and for offenders.

Christine has most recently been engaged in literature research and manual development for WRAP and partners, around domestic abuse interventions with families.

Leanne Morgan

Leanne Morgan

Finance & Internal Services Manager

Leanne has been the Finance Manager at Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership since November 2015. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Leanne is responsible for all aspects of the organisation’s finance activities.

Prior to joining the WRAP team, Leanne was the Head of Finance at Cardiff and Vale College. Leanne started working for Coleg Glan Hafren in 1993 and worked at the college for 20 years. During that time, she held various roles in the Finance department, working her way up from Purchase Ordering clerk and finally becoming the Head of Finance of the merged college, Cardiff and Vale college, in 2014.

During the time spent at the college, Leanne was responsible for various aspects of finance functions including; line management of staff, the payroll department, preparation of management accounts, preparation of yearend accounts, and liaising with internal and external stakeholders.

During this time, Leanne studied for the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification and achieved her Master’s Degree in Leadership & Management.

Anthony Houlston Clark

Anthony Houlston Clark

Client Relationships Manager

Anthony Houlston Clark is the Lead Trainer and Practitioner with Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership, advising on strategic restorative development in education. He has nine years restorative experience in educational contexts, and is a trained trainer. Anthony has been trained in a variety of models and practices over the years, including restorative approaches and principles, mediation, conferencing, youth mentoring, non-violent communication, and most recently, domestic violence restorative family work. Anthony has completed his post graduate certificate in ‘Managing Educational Change and Management’.

Anthony has a 24 year long teaching career, that includes teaching and education team management in Cardiff, Essex, Hampshire and Boston, USA. Although his teaching and training experience spans all age groups, he specialises in secondary and further education, and social engagement with more challenged and challenging pupils and families. Anthony is currently working in partnership with several school and multi-agency organisations across South Wales, to help implement and develop practice with teachers and pupils, and embed a sustainable restorative culture within educational communities and local partnership working.

Anthony is also a trained and experienced youth worker, pastoral counsellor, and learning coach. As a Duke of Edinburgh assessor, Anthony has led several Duke of Edinburgh groups from Bronze to Gold award level in successful expeditions. Anthony has led in Welsh Baccalaureate curriculum development, supporting and challenging students in the volunteering elements. He has enjoyed leading on international student exchanges with Norwegian colleges and schools for several years.

Lyn Richards

Lyn Richards

Director

Lyn is currently employed as a Restorative Officer with Eastern High School in Cardiff. In school Lyn arranges restorative meetings which take place between staff and pupils offering an opportunity to share and understand the restorative approach to resolving the issue and meeting each person’s needs.

Lyn was a civil servant, gaining promotion to an executive officer. After retirement in 1996 she has been engaged in different voluntary roles. 2009, she completed a Master of Arts Degree at Oxford University in Women’s Studies, following a foundation course at Cardiff University in Women into Public Life and Women into Management.

As a volunteer with victim support for 10 years, Lyn supported victims in the witness services, [attending court] and the visiting service. Lyn provided support for serious crime, which included murder, homicide, racial abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, anti- social behaviour and young people who are victims of bullying. Part of the support involved caring for the complete family as the ripple effect of crime required in depth understanding, which she was able to provide as part of her restorative approaches knowledge and training.

At Cardiff Prison Lyn was a tutor with the restorative team supporting offenders taking part in the SORI course. [Supporting Offenders Restoration Inside]. Lyn engaged with offenders of serious crime helping them to deal with the impact of their crime on their families and their victims.

Lyn works with young offenders as part of the Triage Team with Cardiff Police and Media Academy Cardiff – using restorative approaches and arranging a restorative meeting between victim and offender.

Lyn engaged with the Women Making a Difference Project, where she supported and mentored women from all backgrounds; women refugees, asylum seekers and women with low self-esteem encouraging them to return to their work place, society and engage with educational studies. Lyn arranged and organised visits with The British Council Exchange Scheme when visitors from Egypt, Jordan and Iran visited the United Kingdom.
Lyn has an accreditation certificate with Agored Cymru as part of the Integrated Family Support Service. She supports the Youth Offending Service and attended Greenhill School using restorative approaches to help young people understand the impact of their behaviour on others.

Since 2014 Lyn has been an active volunteer and each week supports callers of the Survivors Trust.

Lyn has engaged with restorative approaches since 2005 and her objective and aim is to support and help others to have a greater understanding how a restorative approach may provide and meet their needs.

Vincent Sanderson

Vincent Sanderson

Trainer/Practitioner

Vincent Sanderson is a qualified secondary school teacher and experienced and trained restorative trainer and practitioner. He has been working intensively in the restorative field for over four years and provides expertise in restorative approaches within educational settings, as well as in youth justice and anti- social behaviour. Vince spent a number of years working for a Youth Offending Service, managing large caseloads of young people whilst working restoratively with each person. Throughout his time at the Youth Offending Service, he facilitated restorative meetings between young people and victims of crime, young people and families, and also neighbourhood disputes. Vince also spent three months on secondment working as the Victim Support and Liaison Officer, enabling him to work extensively with victims of anti-social behaviour and criminal activities, supporting them through the restorative process.

More recently Vince has become a full time Restorative Trainer and Practitioner with WRAP, delivering bespoke Restorative Approaches training to a multitude of services from schools, local authority services, and third sector organisations, giving him an excellent understanding of what is needed to embed and implement restorative approaches within a variety of settings. Vince has been co-working on developing and delivering bespoke training materials that are sector specific. This includes restorative skills training for staff working restoratively with families experiencing domestic abuse, as part of a holistic training programme. Vince is a key member of the team supporting the roll out of restorative approaches in Rhondda Cynon Taf schools and agencies. He has been enjoying facilitating restorative meetings in local schools in Cardiff with some of the more vulnerable and challenging pupils and their families, in partnership with Communities First.

Denise Davies

Denise Davies

Bookkeeping and Payroll

Denise is currently working as an associate of Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership as the Payroll operator and bookkeeper. Alongside this current role Denise is running her own business as a self-employed Bookkeeper for small businesses and has been successfully running this business for the last 18 years.

Up until June 2015 Denise was working as a lecturer for Cardiff and Vale College, lecturing as part of the AAT team but also teaching additional part time courses in Computerised &Manual Bookkeeping as well as Computerised & Manual Payroll. This role lasted for 13 years. This role was introduced to her as a result of her experience in running Sage Accounting packages for her clients. At the start of this role her experience in teaching was non- existent so she took the initiative and approached the awarding body of the courses she was teaching and took on an additional role of moderating exam papers for OCR. This provided valuable experience for successfully delivering the courses. It was in the year 2005 that Denise successfully completed her Certificate in Education through Newport University, in order to develop her teaching skills.

At the age of six years old Denise’s ambition was always to be a nurse so her career had its start in general nursing when she successfully completed her three year training as a Registered General Nurse in the year 1985 at the University of Wales Hospital Cardiff. From this year until 2004 Denise worked in various departments within the NHS which included surgery and general medicine, but most of her time in this career was spent in nursing the terminally ill by working as a staff nurse, for eleven years in a Marie Curie hospice in Penarth. Her experience also included working as an agency staff nurse in various care homes in Portsmouth and Cardiff.

Using these skills as a nurse and working in a clinical environment opened up an opportunity to travel in the community delivering Infection Control courses to district nurses and carers in nursing homes and surgeries in and around Cardiff and the Vale. These courses were administered through Cardiff and Vale College from about 2001-2003.

At this present moment in time Denise is involved in delivering First Aid courses for Cardiff Council as part of adult education but has been delivering these courses for the last seven years through a voluntary organisation. Denise has also delivered first aid training to young people from difficult backgrounds with some behavioural issues through Cardiff and Vale College. While this was a challenging experience it was extremely rewarding, empowering young people with a valuable skill which not only equips them to save a life but helps them to develop the confidence to communicate and show kindness and compassion to others in need.

While working as a professional nurse and lecturer, Denise has tried many and varied jobs which have included stacking shelves in retail, telephone sales for a flooring company, telephone information service for an ink supplier for printers, providing a dog sitting service, even providing a cleaning service.

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Shelley Farr

Director

Shelley has extensive experience of working with ex-offenders in a custody setting and within the community and has recently trained as restorative practitioner.

More recently Shelley has worked with ex-offenders in South Wales helping them break down barriers that to assist with reintegration into society. Work has included assisting with benefits, housing, substance misuse, mental health, education and employment.
Previously Shelley has done some work with Police and Social Services on Criminal diversion projects in mainstream schools and adolescent referral units.

Ted Shiress

Ted Shiress

Volunteer/ Director

With a background in journalism and public speaking, Ted started volunteering for WRAP in 2016. As well as this experience, having Cerebral Palsy and having been on various disability panels, Ted has expertise in the field of accessibility. One of the tasks Ted is undertaking is to review and update our training materials in terms of how appropriate they are for children and adults with disabilities. It is his aim to make these activities inclusive rather than exclusive, working out how disabled and non-disabled children can play and learn together as we at Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership believe that achieves more.

Having studied Language and Communication and been published by various magazines Ted is a proficient writer, he blogs about current affairs and his own experiences for Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership, giving his own perspective on restorative themed issues. To help us reach a wider audience it is vital we have a variety of different voices and Ted is definitely one of them. Sharing his anecdotes of the obstacles he faces as a disabled person may help many gain a wider perspective on society which is core to the mindset of Restorative Approaches.

Ted has worked with computers all his life, studying ICT to A-Level and constantly maintaining his own web-presence, such skills are vital for keeping WRAP ahead of the curve in terms of its social media presence and how to reach a wider audience. We also have him updating our Twitter sometimes, which given he’s also a stand-up comedian is a privilege we hope we don’t regret!

Rob Larkins

Rob Larkins

Director

Rob is the Chief Executive of Vision 21 (Cyfle Cymru) a Cardiff based charity and social enterprise that provides vocational training for adults with learning needs. Before Vision 21 he worked in Coleg Glan Hafren as Director of Finance, Assistant Principal and for the final three years as Acting Principal. When the college merged to become Cardiff and Vale College he decided it was time for a change, took a teaching qualification and ended up at Vision 21.

Rob has a degree in Economics, is a qualified accountant and also has a PGCE teaching qualification. He has taught on accounting courses, still teaches occasionally to students with learning needs and has taught maths to hairdressers! He is also a governor at Fairwater Primary school. He is a keen, but not very fast, runner, loves travel, the outdoors, nature, conservation and doing family stuff. He was a football fan but the demise of Leeds United has cured him.

Rachie Williams

Rachie Williams

Director

Rachie studied most recently at the University of Glamorgan where she obtained MSc in Play and Therapeutic Play. She has extensive experience of working with children, volunteering with Barnados, Bryn y Berwyn and PAWB Wales through the medium of play.

Rachie is a survivor of sexual abuse. She wants all those working with children and young people to gain an understanding of the abnormal behaviour displayed as a result of this form of abuse.

She is inspired to see those who are suffering or survived sexual abuse to process this trauma at the earliest stage in life. To help reveal their full potential and become inspired towards their future.

Rachie is new to the role of director, inspired by Wales Restorative Approaches Partnerships’s values.

Eleri Roberts

Eleri Roberts

Administrator

Eleri started working with Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership in November 2018, as full time administrator. Eleri carries out general administration duties, including scheduling meetings, writing reports, event planning and social media. Eleri is also fluent in Welsh and encourages bilingual conversations in her role.

Eleri is originally from North Wales but attended university in Cardiff. Eleri spent time gaining experience within different fields after graduating, including a visitor assistant, residential support worker and worked abroad as a resort representative. From this experience, Eleri wanted to pursue a career in administration as this was the element she enjoyed most in her previous roles.

Eleri has also volunteered in the past with Papworth Trust as a team leader and Barry Blind Club. She received an award as Cardiff Metropolitans ATHE Student of The Year from these experiences.

Eleri has a degree in International Tourism and Events Management, where she achieved a 1st class honours degree from Cardiff Metropolitan. Her dissertation explored the effects wellness tourism has on depression and anxiety.

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Pierre Codron

Associate

Pierre is a qualified secondary teacher and a trained restorative trainer and practitioner. For the last 15 years, He has been a head of year in a comprehensive school in Cardiff where the restorative ethos and policies have enhanced the school’s outcomes and the relationships between staff and pupils. Pierre has spent the last 6 years rolling out the restorative programme in school heading one of the expert teams.

Pierre is currently training as a person-centred and psychodynamic counsellor in UWE in Bristol and runs his own well-being practice in Cardiff. He will embark on a two year post graduate diploma in September 2017 studying Gestalt as well as deepening his knowledge of the other 2 theories.

Pierre has also experienced working in the prison setting as a mentor for PACT Through the Gate Mentoring in helping resettling ex-offenders into their community after completing their sentences at either HMPs Cardiff, Bridgend or Eastwood Park.

Recently, Pierre has taken a position at a local mentoring charity where he coordinates volunteer mentors and ensures a good match with potential vulnerable mentees from all backgrounds and aged between 5 and 28. He also provides induction and training for the volunteer mentors and assists them setting up their mentoring relationship. As part of the role, Pierre also regularly mentors vulnerable and challenging young people in Cardiff and the Vale.

At Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership, Pierre is an associate and delivers restorative training as well as working as a sensitive and complex cases practitioner.

Sousila  Pillay

Sousila Pillay

Associate

Sousila gained a BA Hons in Sociology and Criminology, then qualified as a Counsellor where she used her skills within the Probation Service and set up a counselling service at St Davids Hospice, both located in North Wales. She was the first to be employed by Conwy County Borough Council as a Freelance Behaviour Lifestyle Consultant working on fitness and lifestyle programmes, and as a Disciplinary Behaviour Consultant working alongside individuals within the dismissal process.

Sousila then located to Cardiff where she was a Teaching Assistant for 5 years at Ty Gwyn Special School for complex needs, and has experience working with Autism and PMLD. Sousila also became the first telephone counsellor for Tenovus after spending years as a Childline Counsellor. Her Behaviour Consultancy work continued as she was asked to be lead trainer in delivering training in Effective Behaviour Change for ABUHB Public Health Wales in 2017. Her interest in Criminology continued, and Sousila embarked down the Restorative Justice path qualifying as a Practitioner at the end of 2017, and completing a Body Language Diploma in 2018.

In the past, she has been a Mental Health Advocate, has experience working with vulnerable young people and adults, as well as being a guest speaker, and for many years delivered one to one and group workshops in Well-Being, and has also participated in ITV programmes advising and offering well-being tips.

Sousila is currently waiting to hear if she has been accepted onto the Independent Monitoring Board for Cardiff Prison.

Sadie  Hayes

Sadie Hayes

Associate

Sadie has extensive experience of working with a wide range of people and in particular young people. Sadie adopts a holistic approach to her work by implementing therapeutic elements to group and individual sessions which are underpinned by a wholly restorative approach.

Since 2013, Sadie has worked for the Widening Participation Department of CAVC and was an employee of the original Community Outreach Team managed by Lorna Baldry. This team designed and delivered methods of bespoke community learning to young people with complex needs who had disengaged from mainstream education. Sadie designed and delivered a needs based personal development programme, worked restoratively with individuals and in some cases their families and supported other tutors in their sessions.

Through a partnership with CAVC and Cardiff Council, Sadie currently supports looked after young people who are on a work trainee-ship scheme. She carries out bespoke education sessions based on individual needs. Embedding a restorative and therapeutic approach to these sessions is crucial to address the complex issues faced by the young people. Sadie also provides one to one intervention for young people struggling on engagement and mainstream courses.

Sadie qualified as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) practitioner in 2013. She has her own practice and works with individuals of all ages, couples, families and external organisations - one of these is Women Connect First (WCF). Since 2014, Sadie has designed and delivered a bespoke personal development programme for young parents at WCF. In addition to the group sessions, Sadie undertakes one to one, couples and family intervention sessions. She has also liaised with social workers, family support workers and solicitors - writing court reports for child protection and asylum seeking cases when required.

Through CAVC, her own practice and WCF Sadie works (and has worked) with complex and sensitive cases that include; domestic abuse, mental health, depression, anxiety, bullying, self-harming, suicide intervention, probation and offending cases, sexuality issues, childhood abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, child protection issues, post-natal depression, asylum seekers, forced marriage, FGM, rape and exploitation.

Between 2012 and 2015, Sadie volunteered at Safer Wales and was involved with a number of projects and individuals – all complex and sensitive. She delivered group and individual sessions to girls who had been exploited or were at risk of exploitation; designed and delivered group and individual sessions for women on probation; supported victims of domestic abuse and worked individually with street workers. Sadie worked wholly restoratively with groups and individuals.

For six years, Sadie worked at The Women’s Workshop Training Centre and led on a number of projects. One of the main projects involved working with young parents. Sadie designed and delivered needs based on personal development sessions, undertook group tutorials, one to one support sessions, liaised with external agencies for recruitment and additional support, implemented a buddy training (peer mentoring) programme and was responsible for the education timetable. Sadie also led on two other projects - supporting women with mental health to return to education and a programme promoting education and physical activity to ESOL learners by designing a healthy living module (linking physical activity and nutrition to positive mental health), undertaking one to one support sessions, delivering bespoke personal development sessions, delivering physical activity sessions. With such diversity in needs, cultures and religions, Sadie worked restoratively with individuals, groups, families and communities.

In 2001, Sadie undertook a PGCE (graduated in 2003) and subsequently a BA in Post Compulsory Education (graduated with honours in 2005). Sadie undertook these whilst working as a health and fitness instructor and personal trainer. She worked in this industry for 17 years and implemented programmes for large & small groups as well as individuals in private health clubs, community and school settings.

In 2016, Sadie became an Associate Trainer and Practitioner with Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership and has worked with the lead trainers on a number of projects. She is committed to extending and developing her experience with WRAP.

Sadie has a passion for working with people and believes in not just doing things right but doing the right things. This reflects her core values and qualities which she adopts in her professional and personal life.

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Ruth Smith

Associate

Ruth has over 25 years’ experience of working in the Further Education sector as a manager, teacher and assessor, including lecturing on and managing the Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Ruth has a Master’s degree in Education and has carried out research into teaching strategies which promote the transfer of skills taught in the classroom to the workplace. She strongly believes that the learner should be at the centre of the learning experience and teaching should be carried out in a supportive yet challenging environment.

Prior to this Ruth completed a Degree in Economics, Politics and Social Policy at the University of Leeds before training as a Commercial Underwriter with a major insurer in London. Ruth has written training materials and worked as an examiner, distance tutor and assessor for the Chartered Insurance Institute. She is a past President of the Insurance Institute of Cardiff and, currently, Young Achiever Officer.

More recently Ruth has completed Restorative Practices training and is an Associate with the Welsh Restorative Approaches Partnership.

Ruth is now an education consultant and trainer working in a range of sectors.

Jo Harry

Jo Harry

Associate

Jo joined us in December 2018 as an associate trainer and practitioner. Jo’s passions are numerous, all focused around inclusion and equality. Over many years, Jo has worked with young people and adults who have faced difficulties because of their circumstances. Jo has worked for different charities in the secure estate across South Wales, supporting men and women, particularly those with experience of poor mental health, to develop confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. Since 2013 Jo has been using her restorative justice skills and commitment to restorative approaches to resolve conflict and repair harm across many services and settings at all levels. Jo brings this practical, restorative experience to us alongside much private and third sector project development and coordination experience.
Jo is a community volunteer and produces a weekly mental health show with an amazing team at Radio Cardiff. Jo is driven to empower people to be heard and to challenge injustice. Jo is a mother, a feminist and a fighter (words not weapons).

Levi Rees

Levi Rees

Director

Levi joined the W.R.A.P. team as a director in June 2019. Levi Rees originates from Blackwood and is passionate about the concerns of looked after children. “I want to change the way looked after children are treated and make sure their views are listened to,” said Levi. An active footballer and under 7 coach with the Beaufort Colts, Levi heard about the Welsh Youth Parliament from a local candidate. The idea of campaigning worried him but he was able to get in touch with Youth Cymru who nominated him through their process with the British Irish Youth Parliament and he was elected and represents Caerphilly.
Now in the first Welsh Youth Parliament, Levi learnt about negotiating to get his concerns included in the agenda by advocating for looked after children as part of the issues related to mental health and emotional support. He is collecting evidence from looked after children through his work with National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and raising the issues, particularly with regards to Article 12 of the united nations convention Rights of the Child, which stated that children have a rights to express their views and to be independently represented when decisions are made about them. Being a member of the Youth Parliament already gives him access to senior council officials.
Levi, a remarkable 16 year old, who is himself looked after, and as a result missed part of his education, is now working and training to be a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Child Care Law. He would encourage every young person to get involved, “Everyone has an experience to share and its important that this goes into the political process.”