Our subject specialists

In this new era of school responsibility for ‘Early Help’, it’s essential that we can supply schools with specialist support. To ensure we do this effectively, the line management for our SHS practitioners has a focus on defined areas of expertise.


Jameela Gidden – Schools Coordinator, Parental Engagement

With a background in youth offending work, Jameela understands the impact that parental engagement can have on a child’s education and life chances. She believes families are the foundation of supporting children and young people and is dedicated to developing resources to support parents and their range of needs. In addition to her role, Jameela volunteers as a community panel member to reduce the level of offending by children and young people aged 10-17.


Kim Steward – Schools Coordinator, Economic Well Being

Kim has worked as an SHS practitioner in Newham, an area with many deprived families, for the past six years. Prior to that, she spent eleven years working for Real Life Parenting, a charity in Newham that supports parents of disabled children. There, she set up and ran support groups across the borough, fundraising for and organising family holidays, school holiday care, play schemes, and much more.



Nicola Williams – Regional Coordinator (North)

Nicola’s role is to increase the impact SHS has on children and families in England’s northern regions, as well as manage the team of SHS practitioners there. She previously worked for a charity offering literacy interventions to children aged 3-16, having spent many years working with other organisations offering various support to nurseries, schools and sixth form colleges. Nicola has also mentored underprivileged teenage girls in Manchester and volunteered as a co-elected school governor for four years.


Seonaid Weightman – Schools Coordinator, Educational Achievement

Seonaid has been working with schools in the UK and abroad for a number of years, supporting staff and students to improve overall attainment as well as providing one-to-one literacy support. She volunteers with a refugee organisation supporting young people affected by trauma through therapeutic creative arts and education activities.



Wendy McFaull – Family Intervention Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Wendy manages the SHS Coordinators and leads on the delivery of the SHS Practitioner service, as well as being the Designated Safeguarding Lead at SHS. Wendy is a qualified youth worker with over 30 years of experience supporting children, young people and their families in a variety of settings. Her roles have included taking responsibilities for all aspects of youth projects, including safeguarding. She is passionate about developing opportunities for young people and helping to provide the life chances they deserve.