Chair of the Board 2023-24
Louise is a consultant and trainer working in a variety of settings across the world, many of which are schools. Her current activities include HR and safer management consultancy work for a number of schools and other organisations; training and development initiatives; safeguarding audits; policy development; and support and advice. Louise has strong relationships with many schools across the country and regularly supports them with employment issues and safeguarding activities. She also works to support other professionals including those in medicine and nursing, social work and law, as well as others involved in safeguarding.
She has worked at senior levels for over 25 years and was for a number of years a trustee of YMCA Training. Louise has successfully developed safeguarding and child protection strategies for many third sector organisations and schools and gained much of her experience whilst a director of a high-profile youth development charity. She also supports voluntary organisations with training, audit and consultancy activity and currently works with a large London-based young learners’ training provider. Louise is a director of Graffham Consulting, a leading consultancy focused on safeguarding through learning and development.
Louise holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She often combines her safeguarding expertise with: specific HR activities, particularly in support of schools where allegations have been made against staff; senior team recruitment processes; and formulating staff documentation. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, the focus of which is ethos in Multi Academy Trusts.
Her interim and management consultancy work has included major change management projects for national and international organisations, focused on people and organisational culture. Until this year, Louise was the Independent Reviewer for the Bishop of Chelmsford and was previously the safeguarding advisor to the national Cathedral and Choir Schools Safeguarding Group..