Shelly started his professional career in the private sector, where he remained in management for 18 years. Shelly qualified as an Integrative Counsellor in 2003, at which point he made the leap to the voluntary sector with Victim Support Newham, as the Street Crime Coordinator. In 2004, Shelly was head hunted by Newham YOT to develop their work with victims. Shelly remained with the YOT for five years, leading the Restorative Justice, Reparation and Offender Behaviour Program Teams. In 2009, Shelly moved to a Secondary School as a Senior Learning Mentor and a Form Tutor, as part of the Middle Leadership Team. Shelly was successful in developing a National Award winning and Beacon Practice recognised Peer Mediation and Peer Mentoring Service.
Following a move to Nottingham, Irene spent eleven years in local government leading several national initiatives including the Extended Schools Programme, and a controversial programme re-commissioning voluntary sector grant funding on behalf of the Leader of Nottingham City Council. In 2014 Irene left the council to become the CEO of a regional charity for Deaf people, securing new contracts valued in excess of £1m. In 2017 she completed a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Nottingham. Her appointment to ThinkForward as RDM for Nottingham in January 2019 gave Irene the opportunity to return to a role close to her heart, serving the communities of Nottingham, her adoptive home.
Brad is a professional youth worker, coach and change agent with 14 years’ experience working with vulnerable young people in YMCAs, colleges and on NEET projects. Specialising in working with young people at risk of being not in education, employment or training, Brad works with his clients to recognise their own dreams and aspirations and help them take action to achieve their targets. He has continually updated his own learning outcomes and has a youth work qualification, is a practitioner in neuro-linguistic programming, a QTTLS teaching qualification, is a Level 5 coach, and has completed his train the trainer coaching qualification. He joined ThinkForward in 2013, working as a coach at Swanlea School in Tower Hamlets, before becoming a delivery manager in London and in 2017 he became the regional delivery manager in Kent.
Sean is an experienced delivery leader within the employability sector with an excellent track record of designing, delivering and monitoring innovative and high-impact services. Since starting his role as Programme Manager in September 2017, Sean has led on establishing MoveForward in schools and colleges in Islington, Kent and the West Midlands. Pilot year highlights included coordinating the establishment of Islington’s first Project SEARCH site at Moorfields Eye Hospital, facilitating the inaugural MoveForward School Partnership Forum and overseeing the successful performance of a Careers & Enterprise Company contract which helped fund the pilot.