Link Work Team Abbie Westman Link Worker at Newman Catholic College Whilst studying for her undergraduate degree in English Language and Linguistics, Abbie was offered the opportunity to undertake a CELTA qualification accredited by the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, she completed a master's degree in English Language Teaching. She has experience of teaching English both abroad and in the UK. Last year, Abbie decided to move to London and made the transition to work in the English department of a secondary school. Her role was particularly focused around helping vulnerable students socially, emotionally and academically. Alex Brooke Link Worker Manager and Link Worker at Ark Franklin Primary Academy While working in a career in high-level International Event Management, Alex also worked as a mentor for young offenders providing weekly support to stop offending behaviour and raise self-esteem. She also has worked on various ‘Black Self Development’ projects in prisons, supporting adults and young people in their learning and rehabilitation. Alexs Wallace Link Worker at Ark Swift Primary Academy Alexs graduated with a BSc in Education with Special Educational Needs where she focused on the benefits of early therapeutic intervention. She has a real passion for developing and designing creative approaches to inclusive education. After graduating, she worked as a children's and families' worker in South West London. Following that, she spent her time in both secondary and primary educational systems, as well as in an educational consultancy, where she specialised in 1-1 and small group work for children with a range of special educational needs. Alexs also works for Connections in Mind as an Executive Functions Adventure Coach. Amy Spooner Link Worker at Kensington Aldridge Academy Amy has a degree in Sociology and Criminology. She began working in primary schools and moved on to working with children with emotional and behavioural needs in school environments. Alongside this, she was an Early Help Intervention Worker, supporting vulnerable teenagers. Most recently, she worked as a Children and Families worked for women's refuges in Kensington and Chelsea. Bethany Chisholm Link Worker at Westminster Academy Whilst studying Criminology with Substance Misuse Intervention Strategy at the University of Brighton, Bethany gained experience in facilitating group in a local service to promote well-being and recovery. After graduating, Bethany began working with young people in a life skills centre. The focus of this work was to nurture young peoples' interests and help to develop their self-confidence. Beth Smith Link Worker at Old Oak Primary School and Flora Gardens Early Years Beth studied Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She then worked as a Primary Teaching Assistant in North London. She also has experience volunteering with refugees, women and children. Danielle Meredith Link Worker Manager and Link Worker at Kensington Aldridge Academy After graduating from Cambridge University with a BA in Geography, Danielle began working with young people in various contexts. She has led summer programmes with the National Citizen Service and spent time working at an alternative provision based in Tower Hamlets. In addition to her work with young people, she has an interest in social enterprise and co-founded a social enterprise which seeks to support women in prison though cooking. Eleanor Brown Link Worker Manager and Link Worker at Ark Bentworth and Ark Conway Primary Academies Eleanor graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Childhood Studies. Her experience volunteering for a local domestic abuse charity in Bristol lead her to work for Refuge as a Children’s Support Worker before joining West London Zone. Ella Peterman Link Worker at Flora Gardens Primary School Ella studied Drama at the University of Manchester. In her final year she focused on Applied Theatre, working with those affected by the criminal justice system and homelessness. After graduating, she founded a drama company which used drama as a tool to encourage emotional and social well-being. She also completed the Teach First programme, teaching in schools across Birmingham and London. Elodie Cox Link Worker at West London Free Secondary School Elodie graduated from the University of Bristol with a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and then went on to complete a Master's degree in Psychology of Education. She has a particular interest in well-being and mental health in schools and has worked to enhance this for young people across a number of secondary schools, a children's hospital, a youth charity and in university halls of residence. Outside of work she is a keen artist, loves the outdoors and enjoys running. Farial Missi Link Worker Manager Farial has been working with WLZ since the beginning of Pilot. In that time she has been awarded the LEAP Confronting Conflict Inspirational Adult award, and LBHF School Ambassadors and Sports awards. Farial has also completed the Place2Be child counselling qualification. Frankie Wakefield Link Worker at St Andrew and St Francis Primary Frankie graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in Social Work. She worked with The Prince's Trust and with the Hastings Duty team, where she became passionate about the benefits of long term support work with children and young people. For the past few years, Frankie has worked in a graphic design studio. Idil Hussein Link Worker at Bevington Primary School Idil studied Psychology at the University of Essex, in her final year she focused on developmental disorders, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Idil then worked with children with learning difficulties in SEN secondary and sixth form to promote independence. In recent years before joining WLZ, Idil worked as a behavioral therapist for children with Autism, using principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis to teach academic, social, self-help and language & communication skills. Imogen Johnson Link Worker at St Mary’s Primary School Imogen completed an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Psychology at Newcastle University. She taught English on her year abroad and then trained as a teacher through the Teach First programme. She taught languages at a secondary school in London where she was Head of Spanish for a year. Imogen has recently completed an MSc in Psychology. Jess Nash Early Years Link Worker at Wendell Park Primary School Jess has a degree in Fine Art & Related Arts and completed a post-graduate diploma in Integrative Child Psychotherapy. She went on to work as a volunteer counsellor for leading children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, and supported children in small groups and 1:1 in her role of therapeutic play-worker at The Family School. Additionally, Jess managed 1:1 yoga therapy provision, school outreach and teacher training programmes for The Special Yoga Centre; supporting children and families living with special and/or additional needs. She has lived in West London for most of her professional life. Joyce Papparlardo Link Worker at St Thomas' Primary and St Clements and St James Primary Schools Joyce graduated from the University of Roehampton with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Counselling and then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Attachment Studies. She really wanted to work with children so, after graduating, she worked in a primary school as a TA where she specialised in 1-1 and small group work for children with a wide range of needs. Alongside that role, Joyce was also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead of the school. Juanita Harah Link Worker at St John XXIII Catholic Primary Scool After completing her BA in Criminology, she has built up several years of experience mentoring young offenders and providing behavioural support in a primary school. In addition to being a WLZ Link worker, as a qualified therapist, Juanita spends a day a week working with the leading national children’s mental health charity, Place2Be. Katie Devane Link Worker at Oxford Gardens Primary School Katie studied Childhood and Youth at The University of Northampton. During this time she worked in a residential children's home, with young people aged 8-18 years old. She also volunteered at various services for children and young people such as a local counselling service and a youth club. After Katie completed her studies, she continued her work in a nursery and also as a part time Female Youth Development worker where she worked with vulnerable females aged 12-17 within a mainstream school and a pupil referral unit. Liona Elliott Link Worker at Ark Swift Primary Academy and St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Liona previously worked as an Early Years practitioner for Shepherds Bush Families Project. She went on to study Early Childhood studies at Roehampton University. During her degree she focused on how mindfulness could benefit both children's and mothers' mental health, exploring in particular how it can alleviate the symptoms of postnatal depression. Louise Simmons Link Worker at Barlby Primary School Louise studied Politics at the University of Glasgow, during this time she was involved in the Olive Tree Initiative, an experiential education programme focused on conflict resolution in the Middle East. Following this, she spent a year as a Teaching Assistant in Wood Green. She then spent a year in the role of an Aspiring Teacher in Islington, doing whole class teaching and supporting the students' social and emotional needs. Maddy Ford Link Worker Manager and Link Worker at William Morris Sixth Form College Maddy studied Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds and went on to work as an engineer on a number of large construction projects in the UK. After deciding that people were more interesting than pipes, Maddy volunteered for 6 months at IPODERAC, a home for boys aged 4-14 in Mexico. On her return to the UK, Maddy completed Year Here, a post graduate course in social enterprise. Matilda Mitchell Link Worker Manager and Early Years Link Worker at Old Oak Primary School and Wendell Park Primary School Matilda studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath, where she completed her dissertation on piracy in Somalia. She then trained as a teacher through the Teach First programme and taught in a primary school in Bristol for two years. Matilda then went on to teach in Qatar, before moving back to the UK to start work at West London Zone. Matt Read Link Worker Manager Matt studied History at the University of Birmingham and has been in young adult facing roles with companies such as Youth2Youth, The Princes Trust and The Challenge Network. Most recently, Matt has worked as a Lead Coach on the Spear Employment programme, supporting young adults overcome disadvantage in the shape of mental health, educational and attitudinal barriers and supporting them into further education and employment. Mia O'Connell Link Worker at King Solomon Academy Mia studied German and Mandarin at the University of Birmingham before training as a teacher. She completed a PGCE at the University of Nottingham, where she wrote a dissertation on students who speak English as an Additional Language. Mia then went on to teach at a secondary school in Essex before moving to West London Zone. Nikki Dolby Link Worker at Wendell Park Primary School Nikki previously worked as a Teaching Assistant and tutor before completing her PGCE at the University of Reading. Since then, Nikki has volunteered and worked across the charity and heritage sector, from museums and art galleries, to LGBT+ advocacy charities. Most recently, Nikki has completed 14 months volunteering as a mentor for The Kid's Network, a children's charity based in London. Olayinka Goldfeather Link Worker at Ark Conway Primary School With a degree in Illustration and a qualification in children's counselling from Place2Be, Ola has a passion for working creatively with children and young people to support their emotional well-being. As well as working at West London Zone, Ola is a coach and workshop facilitator, mentoring and supporting teenage girls to build their confidence, self-esteem and skills. She also has experience in inner London primary schools as a learning mentor and teaching assistant. Rachael Olubayo Link Worker at Phoenix Academy Rachael lives in West London and completed a degree in Sociology and Social Policy at University of Nottingham. During this time, she volunteered as an IntoUniversity mentor, meeting bi-weekly with a student to raise academic attainment and aspirations, and as an Academic Support Volunteer supporting students in a classroom environment. Rachael also worked within the SEN department as a Learning Support Assistant at a school in North London. Before joining WLZ, she worked at the ClementJames Centre in North Kensington, delivering a programme of Academic Support, Mentoring and specialised study days/weeks to young people in the area. Rachel Elton Link Worker at Sacred Heart High School Rachel completed a post graduate diploma in Youth and Community Work at The University of East London. Since then she has worked for different local authorities as a youth worker before moving in to the third sector. She has worked on various youth projects across London and this year lead a team of young volunteers in Uganda. Robyn Cufley Link Worker at Ark Brunel Primary Academy Robyn completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Warwick. After university, Robyn worked in a refuge supporting women and children fleeing domestic abuse. Robyn also has experience volunteering for Citizens Advice and MIND. Sarah Walsh Link Worker at Ark Burlington Danes Academy Early Years and Primary Sarah completed a degree in Primary Education in Canterbury and went on to teach in primary schools, specifically within the Early Years Foundation Stage. After several years, she decided to take her teaching abroad and worked as a TEFL teacher and as a volunteer in an orphanage. Yasmin Murphy Link Worker at Ark Burlington Danes Secondary Academy Yasmin graduated in BSc Psychology and then went on to complete a Masters in Child Forensics and Law. Yasmin has spent time working in various youth work settings. She volunteered in mental health hospitals and taught English in schools in Sri Lanka. In between this she spent time working at summer camps and lead groups of young people in the National Citizen service summer programme.