Carolyn has a strong background leading and supporting education, vocational education, workforce training programmes and family support across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. She has worked within a variety of organisations including national (Learning & Skills Council) & local government (Stoke-on-Trent City Council) and a national local voluntary organisation (NSPCC), recently supporting initiatives within the Stoke-on-Trent DfE Opportunity Area programme.

Until 5 years ago, she was the Commissioning Strategic Manager for Stoke-on-Trent City Council for specialist level children and young people’s services which included developing and running the Aiming High programme, the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health services for children and young people, tackling CSE (children sexual exploitation) and helped to create the Hazel Trees centre.

Her background also includes strategic planning, project management and workforce development. More recently, as an external consultant, she has focused on the delivery of the Behaviour & Attendance project and the innovative Family by Family initiative as part of the DfE Opportunity Area programme.

She is passionate about early identification and support for children and their families helping them to thrive and be the best they can be. She is also an advocate for the voice of the child to be at centre of safe decision making, improving the emotional & wellbeing of children and their family and encouraging the identification and sharing of good practice across supportive networks.

She has strong family networks, has a strong Christian faith, is active within her local community and enjoys spending time outdoors – gardening and walking.

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