Arshad Ashraf – School cluster director- BEAM- Dubai- FRSC BSc. (Hons). PGCE. PGD. NPQH. PQSI. MA. MSc (oxon)- Research and Middle-East collaborations lead at Flowhesion.

Arshad is a passionate, determined and uncompromising educational professional with a successful career in teaching, educational leadership and transformation. Arshad’s experience encompasses leadership and transformation roles in schools as well as broader roles leading learning and teaching initiatives at regional, national and international level. 
Arshad has developed and managed both large teams and budgets on time and mission critical projects. Arshad has project managed Learning Enhancement Programmes, in academic and vocational settings, from conception to delivery within large local authorities, across regional enterprise networks as well as nationally. He has worked as a consultant to school leadership teams, and as a senior leader. Arshad has a proven track record as a school inspector and a school improvement Partner, having developed and moved schools’ to outstanding provision through quality support and accurate evaluation of school needs.

A forward-thinking Headmaster, School Governor, OFSTED trained inspector for schools, Free School Trustee and educational consultant, advisor and strategist who displays vision and enthusiasm in leading strategic developments in education. Arshad has over 20 years of experience and success in all aspects of teaching, management and successful design and delivery of educational improvement. A passionate believer in putting the quality of teaching and learning at the heart of a school to create a caring, challenging and inspiring environment where pupils can flourish. Arshad holds an MSc in Education from The University of Oxford (Kellogg College), as well as a Masters in research from Durham University. He is a qualified teacher, OFSTED inspector and Head teacher, holding a PGCE, PQSI and NPQH.

He has an in-depth understanding of promoting equality & diversity, building social capital, and community cohesion and is experienced in stakeholder engagement and values-led organisational-leadership development. Arshad is an experienced educational researcher with a strong interest in muslim education within the UK, ways to advance educational standards for deprived communities, as well as focusing on those who matter most in education, the children and their voices.

Sabera Ahsan – Director of The Asian Mums Network-Training specialist for BAME women and London collaboration 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.

Ian Hepplewhite – Co-ordinator The Jo cox Foundation and founder of Raise the Youth Foundation. Cohesion and Integration lead at Flowhesion.

Ian has been active within the community cohesion and youth sector for over 20 years. He has managed a number of large youth orientated projects in socially deprived areas such as Salford and Bolton. His hard work meant that provision moved towards a more integrated spectrum of service delivery. His expertise were soon noticed and during his time at Bolton Council Ian was selected  to establish a national ‘top 5’ youth crime reduction plan with the Home Office and National Youth Task Force. In 2011 he founded The Raise the Youth Foundation that worked to design social products, work streams and sustained income projects that focused on alleviating inequalities in Health, Education, Cohesion, criminal justice and regeneration. The Raise the Youth Foundation is now a major player in the North west of England delivering skills, training, projects and support to some of the most marginalised youth in the country. In 2018 Ian become the community co-coordinator for the Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up to continue the work of the late Jo Cox MP for Batley and Spen who was murdered by far right extremist Thomas Mair. Ian leads on developing, implementing and deliverying activities and projects nationally that are in line with the Foundations vision. Ian is a critical thinker and has a strong academic rooting believing that critical theory and reflective practice are central to ensuring effective delivery of services in the community sector.

Dr Jessica Eaton- Founder and owner of VictimFocus, the VictimFocus Blog and The Eaton Foundation. CSE 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 KoromaLecturer Manchester Metropolitan University, associate at Kate Cairns- LAC/fostering related training and partnership development 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 DouglasFounder of Gangology- Gangs, youth violence, guns and knife crime 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.