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About Our team

A range of highly experienced professionals from practice and research
Meet the Board of Trustees
Dr Sam Warner (Chair)
Dr Sam Warner - Dr Sam Warner is a consultant clinical psychologist and holds an honorary lectureship at Salford University. Sam has specialised in sexual violence, child protection, domestic abuse and mental health for over thirty years and has written books and papers on sexual abuse and related issues. Sam works as an expert witness and has led a variety of specialist sexual violence therapy services in the third sector, mental health, child protection and safeguarding.
Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly
Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly, DBE JP FRSA Lorna has over 30 years’ experience of managing, leading and developing social care services, including a range of Social Care Academies in a number of Local Authorities across Children and Adult Services. Where she also project managed the setup of these Academies to attract, recruit, develop and retain social workers and managers.
Ann Marie Christian
Ann Marie is a registered children & families’ social worker practicing over two decades with twelve years of social work management. She worked in a pilot project as a school based social worker in the late nineties for four years and experienced safeguarding of children pre:threshold intervention. Ann Marie evolved and managed cluster social workers in schools and provided safeguarding advice as a safeguarding advisor to schools and Headteachers. 
Steve Myers
Steve Myers is Director of Social Sciences at the University of Salford and a registered Social Worker with a background in child protection and youth justice. He has worked in both statutory and voluntary organisations and been involved with the training of social workers in Higher Education for the past 25 years. Steve has researched and written about strengths-based and solution focused practice, and has a interest in working with violent behaviour including sexual violence.
Mark Pearson
Mark previously served with Kent Police for 30 years; the last 5 years of service was as the Lead Police Officer on the integrated services Margate Task Force (MTF). Mark has also advised government ministers, think tanks and director generals and successfully project managed a Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) funded initiative to drive innovation around gangs, drugs and criminal exploitation.
Simon Snell
Simon is a retired Detective Inspector having served with Devon and Cornwall Police for 30 years. He specialised in the investigation of complex child abuse, including online offending. He is now a director of Safeguarding Associates for Excellence which specialises in delivering training and consultancy around safeguarding. He is also an associate trainer for the NSPCC, Barnardos and the South West Grid for Learning.
Meet the team
Helen Wilson
Helen is the new Operations Manager who will be leading the office team.
Maureen Gordon
Maureen leads on supporting our conferences and events and is our face at most of these. She is a key part of the office working across all administrative areas.
Tyra Sirandula
I'm responsible for managing our social channels as well as producing content for the association. This includes our podcast which brings together leading experts within child protection and adult safeguarding, video, and also everything you see across social media.

Interests: When I'm not working for the AoCPP, you'll find me on a walk with a podcast on, cooking food with a podcast on, or at the gym with a podcast on - so basically listening to podcasts wherever I go. If not, you can find me out at dinner, learning TikTok dances or making friends with every dog I meet!