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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.

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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.

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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.

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Christian Esson

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

Christian is an inventive and dynamic mentor with over 11 years experience working with young people in both social and professional settings. He uses his personality and practical skills to bring out the best in young people and help them realise their full potential by engaging them in exciting, innovative activities.

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Sue Tuckley

Family Support & Restorative Justice Practitioner

Sue has over 20 years experience of working holistically with 0 – 19 year olds and their families by delivering a wide range of group and 1:1 programmes to support parents and carers. She can offer practical help and emotional support to families experiencing short or long term difficulties. Using positive behaviour and emotional therapy techniques, Sue helps families identify existing strengths and supports them to build resilience ensuring a preventative approach rather than a crisis led one. Having worked in partnership with many external agencies Sue has a wide knowledge of the additional services available to families and their referral process.

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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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Our Advisory Group

At Switch Midlands we are very fortunate to have a number of highly experienced individuals who are able to bring a wealth of knowledge in areas such as education, finance and safeguarding. These people have been integral in ensuring that those who use our services are at the very heart of everything we do.

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Gill Beddow

Gill Beddow is the highly respected Headteacher of Dovecotes Primary School in Wolverhampton. She has been at the very forefront of education in the City, successfully leading and developing her school for over twenty years, consistently achieving 'Good' in Ofsted inspections. Her guidance and support in ensuring that Switch Midlands is always meeting the needs of pupils, schools and families in the local community and beyond has been absolutely vital to our continued success.

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Carol Davies

Carol Davies is a qualified counsellor and coach, Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA), experienced in working with sexual exploitation and youth violence, whilst also being an Independent Advisory Group member for West Midlands Police. Carol has provided Switch Midlands with her expertise and experience over many years and as an accredited Safer Recruitment Trainer and approved Safeguarding Trainer for Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together, her guidance around all things safeguarding has been invaluable.

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Dave Evans

David is a partner at Wolverhampton based accountants, Lancaster Haskins and has worked with Switch Midlands since 2010 providing his advice and guidance with all of our financial practices and decisions. David has a wealth of experience in accounting, taxation, business start-ups, business development and re-organisations. David is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (FMAAT) and a former local president of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) West Midlands panel.

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Have a question?

Call 01902 552 288 or email hello@switchmidlands.com