Dr Laurens De rooij – Senior Lecturer- Department of Theology and Religious studies – The University of Chester BA MA PhD- Research collaborations lead at Flowhesion.
Laruens has completed a BA in Theology and Religious Studies (2010) and an MA in Theology and Religious Studies, specialising in Islam (Cum Laude, 2012), and earned his PhD from Durham University in July 2016. His research examines how non-Muslim people in Britain interact with news reports about Islam and Muslims and how that affects their interpretation and conceptualization of Islam and Muslims. This is an interdisciplinary study that discusses the issue of media reports about Muslims and Islam whilst drawing upon areas such as hermeneutics, media studies, philosophy of identity, post-colonial theory and religious studies. He wrote his Master’s thesis on Tariq Ramadan and Islam in the West.
Laurens has spent time at a number of institutions across the globe, these Include: The Graduate School of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia (spring 2013), the Religion Department at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA (Autumn 2013), The Centre for Religion, Media and Culture in Journalism & Mass Communication Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, USA (spring 2014), and at Brazil’s Fundação Joaquim Nabuco (summer 2016).
In 2017 he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town for a year, where his research analyses how the media discourse on minorities (particularly Muslims and Islam) affects how they are conceptualized, understood, and treated in South Africa. This work was supported in part by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2016.
Sabera Ahsan – Director of The Asian Mums Network-Marginalised communities engagement specialist and external collaborations lead at Flowhesion.
Sabera has an MSc in terrorism studies from the University of East London. She spent 6 years with Sussex police as a diversity trainer and assessor. In 2009 she became the National Prevent (PVE women’s liaison officer) for the Association of Chief Police officer’s Prevent Delivery Unit (CPPDU). She has also held senior equality and diversity roles in the National Police Improvement Agency. Sabera has spent 4 years at the home office based in the crime directorate managing a wide ranging portfolio of strategies including; youth offending, FGM, women offending, police crime panels and Mental health and policing. Sabera works on Internet safety tools to support parents to understand the dangers of grooming, exploitation, bullying, and radicalization. She currently is the founder and chairwoman of the National Asian Mums network.
Gillian Kirkman- Programme leader social work, UK Country director none in three Global research Centre- The University of Huddersfield– Training and workshops development lead and overall strategy advisor for The Flowhesion Foundation.
Dr Jessica Eaton- Founder and owner of VictimFocus, the VictimFocus Blog and The Eaton Foundation. CSE advisor and training stream lead at Flowhesion.
VictimFocus is her independent business providing research, consultancy, writing and speaking in forensic psychology, feminism and mental health. The VictimFocus Blog has over 30,000 readers per month and provides a lively, funny and critical perspective on CSE, victim blaming and sexual violence. The Eaton Foundation is a registered charity providing free, holistic mental health and wellbeing support to men over 18 years old and Jessica set up the first male mental health centre in the UK in 2015. Jessica is an engaging, passionate speaker, lecturer, researcher and writer in field of sexual violence and mental health. With a career history in the management of victim and witness services in the criminal justice system, training and managing rape counselling services, setting up the first male mental health centre in the UK and training thousands of police, social workers, health staff, elected members, psychologists and local authority staff in child sexual abuse and safeguarding. She currently works to change the field of sexual violence by challenging victim blaming, victim stereotyping and the pathologisation of abuse victims.
Currently at the Centre for Criminological and Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham as a Doctoral Researcher undertaking PhD in Forensic Psychology, Jessica specialises in the way women and girls are socialised to be blamed when they experience sexual harassment, assault or abuse and are encouraged to blame themselves. Victim blaming, self-blame and revictimisation are Jessica’s passion.
Debbie Koroma – Lecturer Manchester Metropolitan University, associate at Kate Cairns- Looked After Children projects advisor and consultancy stream lead at Flowhesion.
Debbie is a passionate, motivated and authentic individual with Over 30 years’ experience working with disadvantaged families and young people in public and voluntary organisations at community, local, regional, national and International Level. Her diverse career in this field has spanned roles as diverse as Implementation manager and Assistant early intervention Manager at reputable organisations. For instance her role as children’s services manager was at Barnardos spanned 22 years . Debbie therefore has extensive expertise and experience in Looked After Children and Children &Young People leaving care, early year’s education, early intervention with Families and disability. Debbie has a particular interest and expertise in attachment, trauma and resilience based practice’. She strives to ensure practice is inclusive and responsive to each unique and diverse individual and community. She is an Academic, lecturing in youth and community work at Manchester Metropolitan University and holds Professional Qualifications in Youth and Community work, Coaching and mentoring, and Leadership (NPQICL-National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership).
Raymond Douglas – Founder of Gangology- Gangs, youth violence, guns and knife crime lead and projects stream lead at Flowhesion.
Raymond Douglas has over 25 years of experience within the gangs and youth violence arena. He went in to youth work straight from school, having grown up in a community with high levels of crime, drugs and prostitution. He always felt the need to make a difference, rather than becoming a statistic. His philosophy is that – even though some young people are born in deprived areas and society has labelled them – given the opportunity, the majority of young people wouldn’t act out this self-fulfilling prophecy of a life of crime. In his early twenties, he went on to qualify as an adult education teacher in order to gain a better understanding of the theory of learning and behavioural change. At this time, there was a very obvious rise in gangs and serious youth violence across the UK. Raymond felt that traditional youth work was no longer fit for purpose to engage this social pandemic, which led him to launch Anti Youth Violence. This intervention aims to reduce the number of young people at risk of life-threatening behaviour relating to gun, gang and knife crime. Anti Youth Violence has been successfully delivered to young people throughout the UK within schools, Pupil Referral Units, prisons and Youth Offending Services. It became clear that there was a need to build practitioners’ CPD in how to engage young people at risk, giving rise to a new training programme called Gangology.