Meet The Team

Our small yet dedicated team love building productive relationships and we take pride in our ability to establish strong connections with pupils, families and schools.


Tim Wakefield

Founder & CEO - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Tim has worked in education for twenty years, working with all age groups from primary to adult learners. Founding The Switch Project in 2007, he has seen it become Wolverhampton's most successful independent support service for pupils, families and schools, becoming Switch Midlands in 2020. He is a National Specialist Leader in Behaviour and Attendance, holds post-graduate qualifications in Understanding Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, Community Participatory Arts, Strategic Leadership and Coaching and Mentoring. Tim is currently studying towards an MA in Educational Leadership and is Chair of Governors for a Wolverhampton Primary School.


Alicia Dinham-Mears

Assistant Switch Coach

Alicia graduated from The University of Wolverhampton with a BA (Hons) in Childhood and Family Studies and Social Policy, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in Primary Education. Alicia is passionate about helping and supporting children and young people in education. During her studies, Alicia has been able to build positive relationships and respect with pupils, ensuring that she fosters an excellent environment for learning and development to take place.


Caroline Erskine-Murphy

Compliance & Quality Assurance, Deputy Safeguarding Lead & Data Officer

Caroline is an independent adviser specialising in Education, Skills and Learning. Her particular expertise is in secondary provision with learners who may not be reaching their full potential. Caroline works regularly with Switch Midlands to help them keep up to date with policy developments, ensure quality of delivery and create partnerships.


Christian Esson

Senior Switch Coach, Mental Health First Aider & Restorative Justice Practitioner

Christian is a CMI qualified coach and mentor, with almost 15 years experience in supporting children and young people in environments such as schools, alternative provisions and care settings. He uses his interpersonal skills and extensive training to bring out the very best in children and young people, achieving this through building positive relationships that help them realise their full potential.


Rachel Wakefield

Primary Specialist & Programme Development

Rachel is a primary teacher with 10 years experience, working as the EYFS lead in her school. Committed to improving pupils’ skills across school settings, in particular delivering interventions that target personal and social development, behaviour and wellbeing, Rachel designs our primary school programmes. Rachel is also a primary school governor.


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