Meet the Trustees
Chair of Trustees
Helena qualified as a Social Worker in 1982 and gained a BSc(Hons) Psychology in 1995. Her experience has largely been within Local Authorities and has also worked at a first wave Sure Start run by Action for Children in Nottingham as a Family Support manager with responsibility for child protection within the project.
Whilst working as a Senior Practitioner in social work and child protection she completed training in order to be able to undertake video interviewing alongside the police of children who had been sexually abused. Her work based within Social Care at the QMC Nottingham involved child protection work with numerous local authorities and working with CAMHS assessing young people who had come to hospital following self harm.
Helena’s current role with Nottingham City within Quality Assurance and Safeguarding Team involves chairing Child Protection Conferences, Child Sexual Exploitation strategy meetings, and Child Criminal Exploitation and Complex Strategy meetings. She has undertaken training for Rapid Response to Child Deaths to be able to Chair the strategy meetings when required.
The Quality Assurance role of her work involves auditing of children’s cases and participating in audit feedback sessions on these cases.
She works as an Independent Form F Assessor, undertaking assessment of people who wish to become foster carers.
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.
Bea has worked with communities on the margins since the early 1990’s. Including: refugees and asylum seekers, care leavers, homeless and vulnerably housed people, as well as new and emerging communities.
Bea’s career has included project management, participatory and therapeutic arts, casework and managing frontline voluntary sector organisations for the Refugee, Homelessness and Mental health sectors. She also been involved number of Participatory Action Research studies and currently works as a freelance Consultant and Community Researcher.
In Bea’s words: “My motivation is simple; to bring about change by encouraging participation and creating opportunities for people to ”give voice’ to their experience.”
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.
Maryam began her career in the language industry working with people from a variety of different backgrounds including refugees and asylum seekers, as well as military, medical and legal professionals.
Following the successful completion of her legal studies, she was called to the Bar and now works as a Legal Consultant providing assistance in criminal, civil, contract and international human rights law matters.
She enjoys travelling and practicing yoga.