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), 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 sexual exploitation and trafficking within the UK.

Sheila Taylor MBE:


25 years experience in the voluntary sector empowering young people to achieve against all odds.

13 years 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 Princes 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.

Phil Ashford:

Response Unit Operational Lead

Phil’s background is community safety, where he spent 7 years in a role working with communities, the police and other agencies to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. During the last 4 years of that role Phil worked in Sheffield city centre and became involved in the city’s response to child sexual exploitation. Prior to joining the NWG, Phil spent 3 years managing Sheffield’s multi-agency Child Sexual Exploitation service, overseeing the implementation of a new model of working and the integration of new agencies to the service.

Phil can be contacted on 07399 449035 or Phil@nwgnetwork.org

Bina Radcliffe:

Response Unit Safeguarding Lead

Bina graduated with a law degree from the Nottingham Trent University and has always had a keen interest in child protection. Bina has a background of working in forensic science for Nottinghamshire Constabulary and then moved to Derbyshire Constabulary as a forensic intelligence analyst, assisting the Operation Retriever investigation team.

Bina spent 2 years as a CSE coordinator for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safeguarding children’s boards, developing and delivering the multi agency response to CSE, before moving to the NWG to continue to raise the profile and awareness of CSE at a national level.

Bina can be contacted on 07415 897725 or Bina@nwgnetwork.org

Ray McMorrow:

Response Unit Health Lead

Ray McMorrow has come to the NWG from the Health Service after 35 years in Mental Health and Safeguarding Children’s nursing. He has most recently been the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in Derby City and previously Nurse Consultant for Community CAMHS at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Ray has worked with young people from many different backgrounds and has a passion for the welfare of young people, research based and culturally sensitive therapeutic support. He led the health response to Operation Retriever in Derby.

Ray can be contacted on 07852 576119 or Ray@nwgnetwork.org

Kevin Murphy:

Response Unit Education and Community 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 becoming 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 Kevin@nwgnetwork.org

Maria Cassidy:

Response Unit 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 Maria@nwgnetwork.org

Mick Hudson:

Response Unit Police and Justice Lead

Mick has come to the NWG after serving nearly 26 years in West Yorkshire Police.

Mick spent a large amount of his service as a Detective working in Leeds on a number of serious and complex cases before gaining promotion to Sergeant in 2006. In 2008 Mick returned to the CID in Leeds as Detective Sergeant supervising a CID Reactive Team. In 2012 Mick moved to the Child Protection Unit at Wakefield covering a duel role of Child Protection and Public Protection and in 2013 took on the role of CSE Sergeant and established a dedicated CSE Team of officers working on single and multiple offender and victim investigations spanning the country.

Working in Partnership with a Children’s Charity, the CSE team commenced developing an educational program for the districts children from years 7-11 covering CSE and Internet Safety, and developed close working relationship’s with Multi-agency practitioners and the voluntary sector as well as delivering CSE training to Education, Health, Police and Social Worker’s.

Mick can be contacted on 07399 449 039 or Mick@nwgnetwork.org

Mike Hand:

Human Trafficking and Law Enforcement Advisor

Along with other members of the team Mike advises on the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation throughout the UK.

Mike led a major Investigation into Trafficking of females for Sexual Exploitation into the UK. Mirror Investigation with Lithuanian Police led to the arrest and prosecution of 7 trafficking groups drastically reduced the trafficking of Lithuanian females to the UK.

Mike received an official letter of thanks from the Lithuanian Government. The only UK citizen to receive such an award.

Lesley Gladwell:

Youth Participation Lead

Lesley is the Youth Participation Lead in our specialist team.

Having graduated in 2003 with a Social Work degree, Lesley was part of a Children and Families team, working in Child Protection & Youth Offending for a number of years before moving to work with young people in a community setting.

After nearly 15 years of working with young people across a range of contexts, specifically developing participation opportunities for young people, Lesley joined the NWG Network 2012.

Lesley works to help develop opportunities for the voices of young people affected by CSE to be heard and to influence the development and provision of services that support children and young people.

Lesley can be contacted on 01332 585 371/ 07399449034 or Lesley@nwgnetwork.org

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 Sarah@nwgnetwork.org

Cheryl Stevens:

Network Lead & Deputy Manager

Cheryl has over 18 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, 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 (office hours only) or network@nwgnetwork.org

Natalie Grainger:

Business & Executive Administrator

Natalie joined the NWG in 2015 after working in a voluntary sector CSE project for 13 years.

Prior to that she had worked for a major financial institution in the HR & Training field since leaving school.

Natalie has bought considerable skills, knowledge and experience of administration, office management, finance and CSE to the organisation.

She acknowledges the huge steps forward which have been made since she first started working in this sector since 2002 in relation to awareness of this form of child abuse and the outcomes for children and young people.

Natalie can be contacted on 01332 585 371 or Natalie@nwgnetwork.org

Wendy Clayton:

Response Unit Support

Wendy joined the NWG in March 2015 and provides support to our CSE Response Unit.

Wendy has over 30 years administrative and secretarial experience providing her with a wide variety of practical skills. Prior to joining the NWG Wendy spent over 7 years working as the sole Investigations Support Officer for both the Counter Corruption Department (CCD) and the Vulnerable Persons Team (VPT) in SOCA, before transferring to the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC). Wendy was nominated for a Police Commendation in 2012.

Wendy can be contacted on 01332 585 371 or Wendy@nwgnetwork.org

Jane Bucknall:

Finance Administrator

Jane Bucknall is our Finance Administrator and has been with the NWG Network for over four years.

Jane has more than 17 years experience within the field of Performance Management and Finance. Jane has spent 13 years working in various locations within the HM Prison Service.

Jane is responsible for finance and splits her time between the NWG Network and her local Parish Council for whom she performs a similar role.

Jane can be contacted on 01332 585 371 or Jane@nwgnetwork.org

Katie Elam:

Business Development Manager

Katie has come to NWG to be Business Development Manager from 4 years managing a charity working with women affected by the sex industry; bringing restoration and enabling women to make life changing informed choices. With 13 years experience of leadership in the voluntary sector Katie has a background of project management, international development and fundraising.

In 2015 Katie obtained an MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management and went on to work for Results UK and Skillshare International, working to reduce poverty, injustice and inequality in partnership with people and communities. Having also worked to support vulnerable young people and children in Brazil and Russia she is passionate about protecting young people and tackling CSE and trafficking.

Katie can be contacted on 01332 585 371 or Katie@nwgnetwork.org

Sophie May:

Network Assistant

Sophie is our Network Assistant and joined the NWG in March 2017

With over 5 years of office administration experience predominantly in the care sector Sophie’s role at the NWG includes assisting with the growing membership, overseeing our CSE E-Learning system and inputting and updating the website and social media channels.

Sophie can be contacted on 01332 585 371 or sophie@nwgnetworrk.org