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Our Team - PACT

Josephine Namusisi-Riley - Senior Project Manager


Josephine joined PACT in May 2017. She is responsible for the strategic and operational running of PACT in Southwark. An experienced manager she brings extensive experience of voluntary sector work including 5 years with the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, 15 years in HIV service provision and seven years at School-Home Support (SHS), a national charity that works in partnership with schools to tackle the underlying issues that affect children’s ability to learn. Josephine is a wife and mother of three teenagers 19, 14 and 13. She is also a Mentor with the Way4Ward project based in Brixton supporting young people in care and serving as Chair of Governors at Corpus Christi Primary School in Brixton Hill where she has been a governor for five years. She is also a free-lance Reflective Practice Supervisor.  josephine.namusisiriley@citizensuk.org



Sally Gimson - Project Manager PACT National

Sally is responsible for rolling out PACT to different locations: Leeds, North Tyneside and Lewisham. She is a health organiser for Citizens UK, and has been involved as a volunteer in community organising with Citizens UK since 2012. She worked for the Family and Parenting Institute between 2006 and 2010 first as campaigns manager and then as director of communications. She organised a successful campaign to increase the number of health visitor for which she won a Directory of Social Change Award and was involved in setting up the National Parenting Academy.  She was also head of public policy at Victim Support.  From 2011 to 2018 she was a Camden councillor and held the health and adult social care and environment portfolios in the cabinet. sally.gimson@citizensuk.org



Dayo Odude – PACT Health Visitor Southwark

Screenshot_2016-04-11_17.14.20.pngDayo is the health visitor in our team. She is responsible for overseeing the development of Parent University and training and supporting the PACT parent champions. Prior to working on this project she was based at a clinic in Lambeth where she had a caseload of clients who faced many of the issues that the PACT is trying to support parents with. She wants to work on this project because she has a passion for how health visitors can work collaboratively with communities. Adedayo.Odude@citizensuk.org


Grace Romero – Parent Organiser Southwark

parents face. She feels passionate about making sure that Spanish speaking mums are not isolated and can access all the services and support they need. Grace is a parent organiser. She supports the MumSpace groups and coordinates Espacio Mama. Grace was an expectant parent in the pilot project and lives in Walworth. She is Ecuadorian and is well aware of the multiple challenges Spanish-speaking. grace.romero@citizensuk.org




Kate_head_shot.jpgKate Traynor – Parent Organiser Southwark

Kate Traynor is our Parent Organiser who coordinates our MumSpace groups. Kate lives in Camberwell and she was one of the parents involved in the pilot project. Prior to this she worked as a family support work and youth worker. As a parent Kate is acutely aware of the importance of social support in a non-judgemental place. As a resident of Camberwell she is also dedicated to ensuring that her community flourishes. kate.traynor@citizensuk.org


Fiona Calder - Parent Organiser Lewisham

Fiona is our parent organiser in Lewisham, she has been running community centres and various support groups for seven years and previously managed children’s homes and care leavers. Fiona is a mother of two children and is able to empathise with many of the life changes and challenges of being a new mother and is delighted to be working with New Mums in Lewisham and offer a place for mums to come together, socialise and share from one another. fiona.calder@citizensuk.org


Wendy McConnell - Parent Organiser North Tyneside

Wendy is our parent organiser in North Tyneside. Before she joined Citizens UK she volunteered at her local primary school helping children with phonics and numeracy along with behaviour development and set up a playgroup for local Mums.  Wendy started her career in retail and was the store manager at Newcastle United Official Club Store. As well as her PACT duties, she still works part time at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School in North Shields. wendy.mcconnell@citizensuk.org


Lindsey Foster - Parent Organiser Leeds

Lindsey is our parent organiser in Leeds. She also volunteers as a Parent Champion coordinator for Leeds. Before she worked for the PACT project she was a volunteer family support worker for Home Start where she had responsibility for families with complex needs. For 11 years she worked as an administrative assistant in the education department of Leeds City Council. lindsey.foster@citizensuk.org