Meet the Trustees
Chair of Trustees
Helena qualified as a Social Worker in 1982 and has worked in Mid Glamorgan, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire County and is currently employed part time in Nottingham City as a Child Protection Coordinator. Her work with children has involved working with children in care and leaving care , court work, running Girls Groups and child protection work.
Working in Grantham Lincolnshire, Helena completed training in order to be able to undertake video interviewing of children who had been sexually abused, working with the Police in these interviews. Helena then moved to work as part of a social work team which was based at the QMC, this involved child protection work with numerous local authorities and working with CAMHS assessing young people who had come to hospital following self harm.
Helena has mainly worked within local authorities, but had a period of time working as a Family Support Team Manager for 3.5 yrs at Sure Start in Broxtowe & Bilborough areas of Nottingham.
As part of her work for Nottingham City Helena undertook Annual Reviews of Foster Carers Short Break reviews for children with disabilities, as well as reviews of Children in Care. In her current role as a Child Protection Coordinator, Helena chairs Child Protection Conferences as well as Strategy Meetings, Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation strategy meetings.
Helena’s role within the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Team with Nottingham City Children’s Services involves auditing children’s cases and participating in audit feedback sessions on these cases. Child Protection Coordinators also contribute to legal planning meetings on their cases. Helena has undertaken Child Death strategy meetings. She is an Independent Form F Assessor assessing people who wish to become foster carers.
Helena has a particular interest in the mental health of children and adults, perinatal mental health and the psychology of behaviour.
Jenny is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in finance roles within the education sector. Jenny started her career working for Arthur Andersen and KPMG before moving into education holding a number of senior finance roles in Universities. Jenny has just recently joined the Djanogly Learning Trust in Nottingham as Head of Finance and is passionate about working in roles which enable her to have a direct positive impact on the lives of local children and young people
Mark started his career as a nursery nurse in the early nineties, when there werent many men in childcare and has worked with children ever since, including several years at the sharp end of child protection. Mark has vast experience of safeguarding and currently lectures at the University of Derby where he is the module lead for safeguarding.
Mark is pleased to have been successful in joining the board of trustees at Imara. He has been a long-time admirer of the amazing work that Imara do and is honoured to be part of the team.
Called to The Bar in 2005, Charlotte spent 2 years working as a Legal Advisor for HMCTS in London. She was the Hate Crime and Domestic Violence Lead and worked with the Mayor of London to implement his cross agency protocol for domestic violence cases, including the provision of specialist domestic violence courts.
In 2007 Charlotte completed her pupillage, and then developed her criminal practice in the magistrates’ and crown court. She was also a legal advisor to the BBC for programmes such as EastEnders and Law and Order.
In 2009 Charlotte joined the CPS and her first role was in the Special Casework Unit, London, and then the Homicide Unit. Notable cases included R v Braithwaite, Kika and Alleyne (the murder of Ben Kinsella) and the private prosecution of BT in relation to the implementation of ‘cookies’ software.
In 2012 Charlotte moved to Nottingham and was appointed as District Crown Prosecutor for the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit for the East Midlands. She now manages all RASSO cases for the East Midlands.
Her greatest claim to fame is that she appeared on the TV shows Blockbusters, Timmy Mallet’s ‘Wacaday’ and Challenge Anneka.
Chennour Wright (nickname ‘Chenni’) is a qualified Project Manager with over 5 years’ worth of experience delivering software and transformation projects. He has worked at Experian ever since leaving Nottingham Trent University in 2010, where he studied International Relations & Politics. He is an accredited Prince 2 and Agile (DSDM) Practitioner for project management and has an accreditation with the Charter Institute for Marketing. Chennour enjoys Badminton, Gaming, Podcasting and eating Vegan Ben & Jerry’s in front of the TV. Chennour would describe himself as someone with flair, compassion, drive and someone who acts with integrity.