Alex Brooke

Link Worker at Ark Burlington Danes Academy Secondary

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.

 

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.

 

Chris Brown

Head of Link Work

Chris is a qualified teacher who has specialised in supporting young people with social and emotional difficulties in both mainstream and alternative provision. Before joining WLZ, Chris was Assistant Principal, Head of Post-16 education at City Gateway College and has previously worked in a range of management roles within the school system and for third sector organisations.

 

Danielle Meredith

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 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.

 

 

Ellie Benbow

Link Worker at West London Free School

Ellie graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Psychology before moving to Paris for a year where she worked as an Au Pair.

She has also worked in Hampshire and London in a homeless shelter.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Juanita Harah

Link Worker at St John XXIII Catholic and St Thomas’ CE Primary Schools

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.

 

Maddy Ford

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

Early Years Link Worker at Old Oak Primary School, Wendell Park Primary School and Harmony Nursery

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.

 

Milly Powers

Link Worker at Ark Swift Primary Academy

Milly completed a BA in Economics and Politics from Newcastle University before moving to teach English in Italy focusing on children and young people. She has since completed the Frontline Programme working to support child, young people and their families in the North East of England.

 

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.

 

Rose Hughes

Link Worker at St Thomas CE Primary School and St Clement and St James CE Primary School

Rose studied Ancient History at University College London. She worked for an opera company in Cardiff, before returning to London to train as a teacher through the Teach First programme. She taught in a primary school in Tottenham for two years.

 

Rua Crozier

Link Worker at Bevington Primary School

Rua has been working with children and families in a variety of settings for over 10 years. She has worked as a Family Support Worker in both children’s centres and in the third sector, in particular working with refugee, asylum seeking and vulnerable migrant families. She has also completed a BA Hons in Combined Education Studies at the University of East London.

 

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.

 

Sasha Jones

Link Worker at Phoenix Academy

Sasha studied Geography at Nottingham University. She has worked for SLYMCA at a hostel for homeless young people aged 16 to 24, as well as Gingerbread – a national charity for single parent families – where Sasha worked with young single parents to help them back into employment or education.

 

Sofia Khan

Early Years Link Worker at Ark Swift Primary Academy and St John XXIII Catholic Primary School

Sofia completed an undergraduate degree in History and Politics at the University of York. She then worked at Save the Children, before completing her teacher training through the Teach First programme. She specialised in Early Years Education and has worked as a teacher with children from 0-7 years old.

 

Sophia Grimaldi

Link Worker at Miles Coverdale Primary School

Sophia has trained as a Psychotherapeutic Child Counsellor at The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education. She is trained to use the arts/play materials to help children to communicate and process their thoughts and feelings. Before joining WLZ, Sophia worked therapeutically with children through placements in schools and the charitable sector. She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant and Learning Support Assistant to support children suffering from complex needs.