Craig Pinkney - Criminologist & Urban Youth Specialist

Craig Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist and Director at Solve: The Centre for Youth Violence and Conflict CIC (UK). Craig is an experienced Youth Worker and academically holds a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Development (JNC), Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Post Graduate Certificate in Research, Masters in Criminology and is currently a PhD Researcher in Social Sciences at Birmingham City University. 

Craig has over 16 years of experience as an outreach worker, transformational speaker, international gang exit strategist, mediator, mentor and filmmaker. He is well known for working with some of countries most challenging young people, potentially high-risk offenders, victims of gang violence and youth who are deemed most hard to reach.

Craig is also the UK lead for the EU Gangs Project, an advisor for the Ministry of Justice in Jamaica, and a visiting lecturer, specialising in Youth Violence, Urban Street Gangs, Social Media, Trauma Informed Practice, Race and Crime and Black men’s desistance.

Howard Smedley - Safeguarding Specialist

Howard has spent the majority of his career in the social care sector, specialising in national and international safeguarding and child protection.

With vast experience in residential child care provision working within units for children and adolescents who needed particular intensive care and support, he has worked as a field social worker, a children’s services manager, team manager and subsequently a higher strategic manager.

Howard has specialist skills in dealing with complex cases and specific experience with both perpetrators and survivors of sexual abuse. 

Alan Mackenzie - ESafety Specialist

“We don’t educate by fear, but by empowering adults and children to use technology appropriately, and to identify and mitigate risks which may lead to harm. I strongly believe that we engage students, parents and professionals by discussing the positives of technology, not by demonising and scaremongering.

Alan is passionate about technology and the huge benefits that can be realised through global connectivity and collaboration.  He is a strong believer that online safety is an enabler, not a showstopper; it should not be a barrier to innovative use of technology and was the online safety lead at Lincolnshire County Council, raising initiatives across all schools, police, the voluntary sector and others with positive outcomes and a significant increase in online safety awareness

Alan became a CEOP Ambassador in 2008 and now works with hundreds of schools nationally and internationally as well as speaking at a range of regional and national conferences about online safety, safeguarding and the wider aspects of behaviour and wellbeing which take into account more emotional, behavioural and usage aspects of technology.

Toni Leatherland - Family Support Specialist

Toni Leatherland is a Safeguarding Children Consultant with over 30 years’ experience of working within both the Voluntary Sector and Local Authority with children, young people and their families, largely from disadvantaged communities in the East midlands.  Toni’s experience ranges from direct service delivery, to working at  strategic level to identify, develop and manage a variety of support services.   

Alongside her work in Safeguarding, Toni has extensive experience in the development and delivery of Parenting Programmes in partnership with a number of  Local Authorities.

Barney Angliss - SEND Specialist

Barney Angliss is a former Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator and board member of the Department for Education and Council for Disabled Children Independent Support Programme.

He currently acts as an advisor for Surrey County Council on autism support and knowledge-base within education settings and has also supported their CAMHS Task and Delivery Group with advice on service delivery in education settings, working with them to improve the health and well-being of children, young people and families at an earlier stage and increase access to services.

Barney holds a Diploma in Autism Spectrum Conditions and a Certificate of Professional Studies in Education in Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties from Kingston University.

James Upton - Safeguarding Children Specialist

James is a qualified Social Worker and a member of the international body Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He worked in the drugs and alcohol field for 10 years focusing on adult treatment, children in care, young offenders and as a manager in the NHS working with children and young people in treatment. Until 2016 he worked as a practicing Social Worker and Safeguarding trainer with a key focus on children, young people and their families.  James is now a Freelance trainer working for a range of organisations including the NSPCC, Alcohol Change and In-Trac. He also provides a portfolio of private training in Motivational Interviewing and safeguarding.

Since 1999, James  has delivered Safeguarding training and Motivational Interviewing training to early Years, Schools and Colleges, Alcohol and Drugs workers (children and adults), Youth Workers, Teachers, Social Workers, Multi-Agency staff involved in safeguarding and Youth Offending Team staff.

Dr Mine Conkbayir - Neuroscience and Trauma Informed Practice Specialist

Mine is an award-winning author and award-winning trainer. She has worked in early years for over 20 years. Mine is the winner of the Nursery Management Today (NMT) Top 5 Most Inspirational People in Childcare Award.

She is the founder of the award-winning Cache Endorsed Learning Programme, Applying Neuroscience to Early Intervention and the two times award-winning online training programme, Self-regulation in Early Years. Mine has recently completed a PhD in early childhood education and neuroscience to help bridge the knowledge gap between neuroscience and early years. She has also designed the new Cache ‘Neuroscience in Early Years’ qualifications as part of this endeavour.