Our Inclusion Experts

Jacqueline Hill

Following a sabbatical from the Hay Group as a VSO volunteer in Bangladesh in 2004, Jacqueline has supported those working to make the world a better place by building the capabilities of individuals, teams and organisations through consultancy and coaching. Jacqueline has supported clients such as The Namibia Nature Foundation, Thames Reach, Age UK, and The Children's Trust in growing their appreciation and awareness of diversity in all its forms, and has a particular interest in promoting inclusive leadership. She has also worked with a range of international development organisations in developing the effectiveness of teams working across geographical and cultural boundaries.

Emma Sarton

Emma is an Education Economist with over 15 years' experience in the education sector with particular focus on disability and inclusive education. Emma has a proven track record in developing and managing M&E systems and development of programmes with various stakeholders, including governments, donors and NGOs at a local and international level. Her key experience is in research, M&E and impact assessment, with an in-depth knowledge of teaching, and learning pedagogy to maximize quality of learning outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable groups in both formal and informal settings. Emma has worked all over sub-Saharan Africa with a focus in Ethiopia and Uganda and in the MENA regions, in particular Iraq and Syria. Clients she has worked with include International Rescue Committee, Comic Relief, DFID, British Council, EU, Red Cross, Able Child Africa, Save the Children and Porticus.

Gaynor Smith

A dynamic and inclusive practitioner, who is passionate about diversity and youth engagement, Gaynor's specialisms include disability inclusion, youth participation, and applied drama including Forum Theatre. Having worked for the British Red Cross for 11 years, Gaynor has led educational programmes exploring humanitarian issues, diversity and leadership. She is skilled at working cross-culturally, and has been deployed to deliver 'train-the-trainer' projects internationally, as well as offering CPD to practitioners in the U.K. A highly creative facilitator, Gaynor uses drama, art, and storytelling in her work. Leading on a national 3-year youth inclusion project, Gaynor created tools and training to increase disability confidence of the organisation, and disseminated best practice when supporting volunteers with additional needs. French and Spanish speaking.

Kate Iorpenda

Kate has worked in international development for over 20 years focussed on community based HIV and sexual health programming for children and adolescents across Africa and Asia. She has a specific interest in working with young people most affected by HIV and those most marginalised due to gender, sexuality, engagement in sex work or drug use. She has worked extensively with young people around leadership and participation in the design and delivery of programmes and safeguarding and protection issues within programmes. Kate is a trained teacher, facilitator and coach who specialises in using creative and participatory methods. She also works as a mentor for teenage girls in the UK and internationally. Kate is currently working as an independent consultant based in Brighton, UK.

Frank de Caires

Frank specialises in change management, strategic planning and facilitating learning. He has expertise in developing participatory and inter-active communication methodologies for teams in conducting program reviews and evaluations, and stakeholder consultations. Frank has developed a 'Listening Space' format to bring teams together to identify risks and opportunities and create long term strategies and solutions. Frank has international development experience with over 17 years based in South and South East Asia, Africa and Europe. He has a Professional Diploma in Management (with Merit), Performance and Change, from The Open University, UK, and a Masters in Development Studies, from The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Vikki Butler

Vikki is co-director of CARP Collaborations, a workers' cooperative based in Wales that undertakes innovative research, evaluation and capacity building projects that aim to further social inclusion. From previous employment and her current role of co-director, she has expertise within organisational strategic management, the development of social enterprises, and practical knowledge of the role of inclusive employers. She has academic training and 20 years of experience in designing and delivering participatory and action research, including evaluations for government, statutory and third sector organisations. Skilled at using participatory processes and mechanisms that enable the inclusion of all social groups, her research aims to impact upon policy and practice. Vikki implements asset based solutions and rights based approaches within research and looks to participants voices when framing recommendations, and much of her work has included children and people with learning difficulties in decision making.

Polly Kirby

Polly is an international education adviser and teacher educator with over 15 years' experience supporting strategic education programme development in low and middle-income countries across Africa and Asia. She is highly skilled in facilitating participatory design and learning processes, both remotely and face to face, and have worked with a wide range of groups including teachers, education policy makers, government officials, parents, community groups, children, youth and NGO staff, using creative, experiential methods to ensure equal participation. Polly has extensive experience in inclusive education, specifically addressing barriers to education and learning faced by children with disabilities and girls. She has achieved multiple funding successes for girls' and inclusive education programmes, developed and written training packages, lead national level inclusive education policy reviews and theory of change thinking and designed and delivered in-service training sessions for teachers on special educational needs, child protection and social inclusion.

Gareth Davies

Gareth is passionate about inclusion and has championed the rights of vulnerable and excluded communities in his 25 year career both in the UK and internationally. A highly skilled programme development and delivery manager, his focus is on improving the well-being of vulnerable communities through building the skills and capacity of mainstream organisations who hold the power. He has developed and delivered leadership and social entrepreneurship training as a means to giving marginalised people their own voice to strengthen their own communities. His expertise includes setting up and managing services promoting the health of LGBT communities, educating young people on sexual and reproductive health rights and working with people living with HIV. Gareth is also an expert in safeguarding and the protection of children and vulnerable adults which includes supporting organisations to develop DfID / EU compliant policies and practice and developing and delivering bespoke training.

Bally Sappal

Bally is a Consultant with over 18 years' experience in sectors including youth employment, women's empowerment, social innovation and social enterprise, as well as cross sector collaboration. She has a proven track record in research, programme management, partnership development and developing strategies with various stakeholders, including governments, private sector, donors and NGOs at a local and international level. Bally has worked on projects in India, US and UK, working with clients such as Blind, Oxfam, Big Lottery Fund, British Council, NHS England and GlaxoSmithKline. She is also Chair of the Board of Odanadi UK, an anti trafficking charity in India.

Margot Uden

Margot has been involved in community development for the past 25 years both in the UK and overseas, working with diverse groups to develop programmes that benefit excluded and marginalised groups. She is a passionate advocate for peer support, most notably for people living with HIV and has developed and delivered training and support for peer mentoring programmes in the UK. Margot is interested in working on projects that are collaborative and focus on improving the wellbeing and agency of people and groups most excluded in society. A freelance trainer and consultant for the last fifteen years, Margot has been working in project management and volunteer development in community and health care settings in the UK. Most recently Margot has been working with HIV, Transgender and Disability organisations on project and resource development as well as developing and delivering training and community workshops.