Specialist Team

Our team is made up of specialists all of whom have a range of skills and are able to offer support and expertise to the network, we will proactively engage with Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) and their partner agencies, researchers and policy writers promoting Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE),wider exploitation, training, prevention work, disruption, prosecution and therapeutic care for victims and survivors by sharing effective practice, developing according to need, and actively seeking effective practice from other countries tackling exploitation and trafficking within the UK.

Sheila Taylor MBE:


Over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector empowering young people to achieve against all odds.

23 years of understanding and tackling the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and internal trafficking within the United Kingdom. Previously managed projects working with sexually exploited young people, young runaways, several years volunteering with the Prince’s Trust and the Guide Association.

In 2010 Sheila was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her work with Sexually Exploited Children. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Masters Degree from Derby University.

Sheila can be contacted on 07903 220671 or [email protected]

or for confidential matters

[email protected]

Jon Dawson:

Chief Operating Officer

Jon has worked within the Youth & Community sector for over 18 years and for the last 11 years has managed operation teams in the delivery of services to young people within The Princes Trust. Most recently Jon jointly headed up a project team to deliver ‘Talent Match’ across 5 areas of the country worth over £14 million over five years. These youth-led, co-consortium partnership projects aim to place long-term unemployed young people into meaningful employment successfully supported over 4500 young people.

This experience coupled with the completion of an MSc in Strategic Management from Derby University allows Jon to bring a variety of organisational management and development skills to the charity including, strategic planning, charity governance development, creating monitoring & performance frameworks and developing partnership working approaches.


Jon can be contacted on 01332 585371 or 07535408775 or  [email protected]

Kevin Murphy:

Safeguarding Sport Lead

Kevin has worked within the children’s workforce in a number of roles for a significant number of years. He has been a front line practitioner and worked his way up through the ranks to become an operational manager and finally was a Head of Service for a local authority children’s services department.

Kevin has a wealth of experience working with vulnerable children and their families and he has a unique perspective and understanding of special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Kevin can be contacted on 07399 449 045 or [email protected]

or for confidential matters    [email protected]

Steve Baguley:

Community and Education Lead

Steve has a wealth of experience in Children’s Services, at both operational and managerial levels. He has been a Head of Service for Integrated Safeguarding and Early Intervention, as well as leading on the development of integrated services, including health, social care, and education. This included the implementation of locality vulnerable children meetings, which were nationally recognised as good practice by OFSTED and the Local Government Association.

Steve can be contacted on 07399 449034 or [email protected]  or for confidential matters [email protected]

Matt Thompson:

Police and Justice Lead

After thirty years in policing Matt retired from Derbyshire Constabulary and joined the NWG team in July 2021.

Matt served as the Head of Public Protection and Safeguarding overseeing the strategic development of the Force’s response to all forms of child abuse, the exploitation of children, modern day slavery and human trafficking. He was also responsible for the management and leadership of over 200 operational officers and police staff charged with investigating both current and historical criminal allegations. Matt has worked locally, regionally and nationally in developing and improving the police’s response to public protection matters.

Matt has been an Executive Member of the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership as well many other strategic bodies including Derby’s Family Justice Board, Derbyshire’s Corporate Parenting Board as well as Faith-based Safeguarding Commissions.

Matt can be contacted on:

Mobile:  07399 449039

Office: 01332 585371

[email protected]

For confidential matters – [email protected]




Bina Parmar:

Safeguarding Lead

Bina has a background in police forensic intelligence analytics and experience assisting high profile CSE police investigations. Bina works alongside Safeguarding Partnerships and national voluntary sector organisations to assist in the improvement of multi-agency responses to exploited children and young people including operational and strategic development. Bina manages practitioner and policy networking forums to facilitate the sharing of practice and explore common challenges with a view to developing resources and practices to assist professionals. Bina’s work has included the development of national awareness-raising campaigns and assessment tools and has been involved in government policy consultations and national research projects.

Bina can be contacted on 07415 897725 or [email protected]

or for confidential matters

[email protected]

Maria Cassidy:

Parental Engagement Lead

Maria has worked as a youth and community worker for 15 years delivering informal education and participation work with young people in statutory and voluntary sector settings.

After graduating with a Masters in Anthropology Youth and Community Work from Goldsmiths University, Maria went on to become the Senior Training and Curriculum Worker for Bristol City Council Youth Services as well as representing the service on sexual health.

Maria can be contacted on 07399 449 041 or [email protected]

or for confidential matters

[email protected]

Sarah Brown:


Since gaining a degree in Youth Studies from Nottingham Trent University Sarah has worked within a variety of backgrounds supporting vulnerable young people and their families, including the role of Pastoral Manager in a secondary school and as a Family Resource Worker.

After volunteering as a counsellor for several years at Childline, Sarah was employed as a supervisor.

It was at Childline she developed as a trainer, working to increase the skills, knowledge and empathy of volunteers in areas such as bullying, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, self-harm and suicide to ensure young people received the best possible support available. Sarah’s time at Childline also involved managing and assessing both safeguarding issues and immediate life threatening situations presented by young people within the counselling room.

Sarah joined the NWG team in 2016

Sarah can be contacted 01332 585 371 / 07949446769 or [email protected]

or for confidential matters

[email protected]

Cheryl Stevens:

Head of Communications

Cheryl has over 22 years experience of working in the area of child sexual exploitation within the voluntary sector.

Cheryl has worked as a trainer and community awareness raiser and led a young person focussed outreach team, recruited and managed volunteers for a vulnerable young person focussed charity and worked as a parent support worker.

Cheryl joined the NWG in 2012 as the network coordinator and has seen that role grow as the network has grown.

Cheryl can be contacted on 01332 585371  or [email protected]

or for confidential matters

[email protected]

Emma Roberts:

Network Assistant

Emma joined the NWG Network in 2021

Emma has worked in customer service and administration for the past 8 years and has NVQ’s in Business Administration and Retail.

Emma has a keen interest in CSE and wider exploitation and her role covers all aspects of NWG social media and membership.

Emma can be contacted on 01332 585371 or [email protected]

Vicky Wright:

Funding Lead

Vicky joined the NWG in January 2020 and leads the charity’s approach to secure and managing external income streams as Funding Lead.
Vicky is a certified member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and has worked in a range of funding-related roles since 1997, including Funding Director, Business Development Executive and Consultant.
She has worked in public and charitable organisations and previously ran a consultancy supporting not for profit clients to sustain their activities through securing external funding.  Vicky is the past Chair and Director of a Midlands based Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).  
Vicky has secured more than £35 million for not for profits during her career in fundraising. She has a special interest in neurodiversity and has experience in navigating the EHCP legal process. 
Vicky can be contacted at [email protected]
or 01332 585372