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Our Team - PACT

Josephine Namusisi-Riley - Senior Project Manager

Josephine

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

 

Grace Romero – Parent Organiser Southwark

Grace 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

 

Layla Meerloo - Community Organiser, Childhood Obesity Project

Layla joined PACT in September 2018 to develop a community-led cooking project to support families overcome the challenges to healthy eating and combat childhood obesity in Southwark. She is passionate about community health and nutrition and her experience includes community outreach, running nutrition workshops and cooking classes in marginalised communities in Mexico. Layla is a Spanish speaker and has experience of translating, teaching, research, project development and TV production.