CJ Burge

CJ Burge is SOS+ Project Coordinator, at St. Giles Trust, a remarkable UK charity that breaks the cycle of offending through supporting disadvantaged clients back into education, training and employment. CJ is currently leading a team of facilitators, who use first-hand experience, to speak to at-risk young people.

Fiona Maida

Fiona worked in secondary schools in East Leeds as a classroom teacher, Head of Humanities and Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher for fourteen years, before leaving in 2013 to write and have more time to look after her three boys and elderly parents. Since then, she has been employed as a consultant by […]

Dr Raquel da Silva

Raquel da Silva is a British Academy Research Fellow at the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. She writes on terrorism and political violence, with a particular focus on the experiences of former militants and foreign fighters. She also focuses on critical approaches to terrorism, with a specific interest in narratives, life stories and the […]

ConnectFutures

We are an independent social enterprise working with young people, communities and practitioners nationally  to build resilience against extremism, violence  and exploitation. We undertake research, training and facilitation.

Dr Katherine Brown

Dr Brown is based at the Dept for Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. She is interested in Muslim women’s involvement in violent religious politics, specifically Islam. Her work examines the ways in which gendered jihadi narratives motivate and enfranchise, and how they combine with everyday experiences of living and politics. She is also examining how counter-terrorism […]

Richard Horton

Richard Horton is a security professional specialising in counter terrorism and intelligence management. Richard is a former senior police officer with West Midlands police with over 30 years experience working with a variety of partners to tackle complex social issues such as domestic violence, violent extremism, diversion of offenders and child sexual exploitation. He was […]

Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert

Jennifer is Head of the Research and Development Department at the Humanatariam Academy for Development (HAD). Jennifer holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Conflict Studies from the LSE. She has been working as a researcher and practitioner since 2002. Her areas of expertise include […]

Imtiaz Kala

Imtiaz Kala is a specialist manager with many years in safeguarding, health & wellbeing, auditing, QA, teaching, training, education, whole school attendance, PSHE, vulnerable groups, early intervention, and local authority/youth settings. Qualifications include: Teacher, SENCO, Masters in Management, Mental Health First Aid, Train the Trainer, WRAP, Safer recruitment, Designated Safeguard Lead, Children in Care lead. […]

Penelope Gibbs

Penelope Gibbs worked in radio production and at the BBC before being inspired to influence social change in the third sector. She set up the Voluntary Action Media Unit at TimeBank before joining the Prison Reform Trust to run Out of Trouble – a five year campaign to reduce child and youth imprisonment. Under her […]

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