Jules joined Pause in January 2017 as Chief Executive. She has spent almost all her career in the voluntary sector, with a particular focus on young people, health and education and is passionate about organisations that do things differently and really support people to become happier and healthier.
Jules was Deputy Chief Executive and Interim Chief Executive at Brook, the young people’s sexual health organisation, where she led campaigning, communications, policy and participation and has also worked for The Family Planning Association, CITB ConstructionSkills, The Prince’s Trust and The Blue Cross. She is also a trustee of a small charity.
Outside work, Jules love cooking, reading and walking and bird-watching. She is a very reluctant runner and spends as much time complaining about running as she does actually hitting the pavement. She’s happy to talk about any of these things, and about the brilliant work Pause does, on Twitter where she is @rosylight.
Director of Business Development
Kate Tilley joined Pause in March 2017 as Head of Roll-out, becoming Director of Business Development in June 2017. She’s responsible for mobilization of the new Pause Practices and the Care Leaver pilots.
Kate comes from the NSPCC where she spent the last ten years in various roles including rolling out evidence programmes for children and their families across NSPCC Service Centres and supporting the scale up of these services with external partners.
Kate has three teenage children who do a lot of sport so spends most of her spare time as a taxi service but she does enjoy running and the gym.
Director of Practice and Learning
Ellen is a social worker and play therapist with more than twenty years’ experience of working with children and families in statutory, voluntary and CAMHS settings. Having begun her career as a residential social worker she has experience of a range of frontline work including child protection and court work, fostering and adoption work and of providing therapeutic services to children and adults as part of an award-winning innovative parental mental health service.
She has extensive experience of managing services for looked after children, frontline child protection and families involved in court proceedings and is a former Principal Social Worker for an inner London Borough. As a former manager of a hospital social work team, Ellen is very familiar with the circumstances of many of the women Pause supports and the devastating impact the repeated removal of their children has had on them.
She is passionate about the opportunity that Pause provides to work with women in a creative way to help them identify and reach their goals. At the heart of this is the relationships between Pause Practitioners and women, with the skills and experiences of both coming together to unlock potential.
Director of Communications & Influencing
Clare joined Pause in September 2019 as Director of Communications and Influencing. Clare is a charity sector lifer with proven success at influencing change at the highest levels. Before Pause she led policy and campaigning at young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Specialising in getting people’s voices heard, Clare has particular interest in women’s rights and young people’s issues. She has managed campaigning at Women’s Aid where she worked on campaigns such as making coercive control a criminal offence and increased investment in refuges. Previous to this she worked in policy and public affairs at sexual health charities Family Planning Association and Brook. Clare is also a trustee of the National Children’s Bureau and has over ten years of trustee experience.
Outside work Clare enjoys running, cooking and listening to many podcasts. She lives in the Nottinghamshire countryside where she also enjoys walking. An avid tweeter, Clare can always be found chatting Pause, what’s in the news, running and tea on @ladylaxton.
Nations Practice Lead
Anna joined Pause in 2015 as the first National Practice Lead for the original 7 pilot areas. Over the last 3 years Anna has supported the development and implementation of practices in Scotland and Northern Ireland as the Nations Practice Lead. Anna continues to support the practices in these areas and is also the National Practice Lead for Hackney, Barking & Dagenham, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire.
Anna is a qualified social worker with over 24 years of professional experience in children’s services in Essex and London including Early Help, CAMHS and palliative care social work. Anna is passionate about trauma-informed approaches, reflective practice, grief and loss plus the use of creative therapeutic approaches and how they can be adapted to supporting women who have had children removed from their care.
Outside of work, Anna loves to travel and is the safeguarding Trustee for Homestart Suffolk.
National Scoping Lead
Helen is an experienced Social Work Manager with over ten years experience in Local Authority Services. Helen has undertaken a range of positions, including Emergency Child Protection Social Worker, Ofsted Residential Childcare Manager and more recently, Pause Hull Practice Lead. She is experienced in implementing programmes of change and has taken a team from Inadequate to Good at Ofsted Inspection. She is currently working towards her Intermediate Systemic Family Therapy award. Helen is motivated to work differently, championing the belief that service users are the experts on their lives, and that working together to empower clients is key to achieving change in today’s society.
Helen completes scoping exercises for prospective Pause Practices. Watch Helen speak about her work.
National Practice Lead
Ginny is an experienced social worker and team manager with 15 years’ experience across the public, private and third sectors. Her skills and professional knowledge have been acquired from working in a variety of roles with children, families and vulnerable adults. She has significant experience of children’s social care; from early help, through child protection and court proceedings, to residential care and permanency. Her approach brings this together with a strong ethics base and a specific interest in service user informed practice and systems development.
Prior to joining Pause, Ginny was involved in the set up and management of the Doncaster Children’s Trust’s Family Group Conferencing service, and acted as the employee representative for the Doncaster Children’s Trust. Most recently, she was the Pause Doncaster Practice Lead.
As National Practice Lead, Ginny provides support to a number of Pause Practices across the country, ensuring quality and fidelity to the Pause model.
National Practice Lead
Claire has spent the last 15 years working with women with complex needs across both statutory and non-statutory sectors. She is an experienced practitioner and qualified trainer with a focus on domestic and sexual violence, LGBT intimate partner abuse, and women with multiple disadvantage. Claire is a SafeLives qualified advocate and has managed teams across criminal justice and social care settings, including previously being the Practice Lead for Pause Newham and is committed to delivering high quality systemic interventions.
The Pause approach of doing things differently and embracing innovative ways of working with hard to reach women is something that Claire is passionate about and she enjoys supporting Practitioners to develop and reflect in line with this.
As a National Practice Lead, Claire is responsible for providing high support/high challenge to Practices and helping maintain fidelity to the Pause model.
National Practice Lead
Paula joined the Pause network in 2018 as Practice Lead for Pause Doncaster working to embed Pause practice locally in Doncaster. She moved to work in the National team as National Practice Lead in April 2021. Prior to this Paula worked as a Youth and Community Worker and Participation Manager in a national charity for 15 years and is passionate about working with women and learning from them as ‘experts by experience’. She completed her MA in Social Work in 2015 and worked in Child Protection before moving into her role with Pause which combines both her child protection experience and her extensive experience of working face to face with girls and women, raising awareness of their needs and campaigning with them to achieve change.
She is passionate about relationship-based practice as the foundation for change and providing opportunities that make a positive difference in women’s lives.
Outside of work Paula is a volunteer for Re-engage and enjoys exercise and hiking.
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National Practice Lead
Harpreet first joined the Pause network in 2017 as a Practitioner in Slough. She was seconded to the role of Practice Lead in 2019 and was in this role for a year before Pause Slough closed. Harpreet then moved to Pause Southwark, where she was Practice Lead between February 2021 and June 2022. She joined the National team as a National Practice Lead in July 2022. Her role has a focus on Getting Involved and Peer Support.
Prior to joining Pause, Harpreet qualified as a Social Worker in 2010 and has worked in various teams including Child Protection, Looked After Children – including working with children experiencing “late entry into care” and those at risk of trafficking and exploitation – and Adoption and Permanence teams.
Harpreet is interested in the contextual safeguarding approach developed by Professor Carlene Firmin and the possible application of this when working with vulnerable women. She is also passionate about the therapeutic, trauma-informed and anti-racist dimensions of the Pause approach, as ways of reaching women with complex needs.
Xenia joined Pause in January 2016. Since then, she has undertaken various roles within the charity and currently manages the development and set-up of new Pause Practices.
Xenia has a background in project management, fundraising and business development. She has extensive experience in the education, health and youth sectors, having worked for a range of different charities and social enterprises since 2010. Prior to this she worked in the private sector for four years, focusing on business development.
Outside of work, she enjoys anything to do with music but has no musical talent whatsoever…
Business Development Officer
Emily joined Pause in March 2019 as Business Development Co-ordinator, supporting the wider team during the development of new Pause Practices.
Prior to this, Emily worked in the private sector, primarily within e-commerce and business development environments, as well as with the British Council in Europe and Latin America.
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring London’s markets and researching her next travel destination.
Knowledge & Evaluation Lead
Roz is an experienced knowledge and evaluation consultant, focused on working with people and data to inform practice and drive impact. Roz has previously worked with diverse teams to facilitate learning and promote continual improvement across the public, private and third sectors. Most recently this was at NPC—a charity consultancy supporting social sector organisations to develop proportionate and feasible evaluation frameworks that measure impact and foster learning—and prior to this, at West Midlands Police and Intelligent Reach, a data analytics consultancy.
Roz is passionate about improving outcomes for society’s vulnerable, specifically children living in, or on the edge of care. She is passionate about the Pause model and promotes collaborative approaches to change that value and utilise both lived experience and professional/academic experience. She is very interested in creative ways to promote Pause’s impact and is looking forward to working with Practices to build empathy across the systems in which Pause operates.
Roz is also an independent visitor for a very resilient and talented young person living in local authority foster care.
Matthew Stancliffe Bird
Matthew joined Pause in August 2017. He provides capacity and expertise for our work on quality assurance, performance and impact.
A Geography graduate from the University of Leeds, during his studies, Matthew set up a not-for-profit music night and worked for the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. Prior to Pause, he worked as a researcher at a sustainability consultancy.
He’s happiest on a football field, cooking up a storm and, of course, navigating a spreadsheet.
Data & Insight Analyst
James joined the team in September 2021. As Pause’s Data and Insight Analyst, he is responsible for using a wide variety of data to better understand the needs and journeys of women engaged with Pause programmes across the country, and supporting practitioners to embed these learnings in their work.
James joined Pause with several years’ experience of evaluating Social Inclusion projects within the Higher Education Sector, mostly working within the Outreach and Widening Participation teams at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
Outside of work, James spends most of his time making music, cycling, coaching under-11s football and being a dad to his two primary school-aged children.
Lesley Moorse joined Pause as Executive Assistant in August 2017 and provides extensive support to Sophie Humphreys, our Founder and Chair of Trustees, and Jules Hillier, our Chief Executive.
Lesley comes with over 15 years’ experience working within the IT corporate world working at Capgemini and IBM. During this time she supported global C-suite, board level and senior leadership teams across a variety of business units.
She loves music and is even known to spin the odd vinyl every now and then. Lesley is also a soprano in the London House Choir.
HR & Governance Lead
Kaye joined Pause in January 2019 as HR and Governance Lead.
She’s spent most of her working life in charities that support people experiencing homelessness, many of whom face the same issues as Pause Participants. Kaye has always worked behind the scenes, creating policies and systems that build an environment where employees feel supported and equipped to carry out their work. She is passionate about helping charities to function effectively, so they can focus on enabling clients to make real changes in their lives.
Kaye is also an infant school governor and is involved in starting a charity which aims to uncover the links between childhood sexual abuse and homelessness and enable survivors to seek justice.
Rebecca joined Pause in May 2022 as Finance Manager. She is a graduate from Teesside University with 20+ years’ experience as a Finance Manager working within both the private and charities sectors.
Rebecca has long supported charities, offering practical support as well as financial guidance; from being a Home Start volunteer in the 1990s, to her current role as Trustee/Treasurer for Age UK in Darlington. Rebecca is keen to utilise her valuable knowledge gained in these roles to support Pause and ensure financial processes and practices remain efficient and compliant.
Rebecca is a keen walker, often spending her weekends on the Fells and in the Dales, preferring the sky as her ceiling!
Training & Development Lead
Fiona joined Pause in December 2018 as the Training and Workforce Development Lead. Fiona has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS and third sector to support vulnerable women and families, as a specialist midwife and also as a regional facilitator for the national charity Best Beginnings.
From 2016 took on the unique and innovative role of specialist midwife for the judicial system, working directly with women in custody in County Durham and developing a regional model for prison maternity care. Fiona led the team at Low Newton Prison to achieve the Health Services Journal patient safety award for best maternity and midwifery service 2018.
She lives with her husband and family in County Durham and enjoys fell running and amateur dramatics in her spare time.
Training & Events Coordinator
Sol joined Pause in March 2019 as the Training and Event Coordinator.
She has an extensive background in project management, event management and administration. After many years of working in a commercial environment, Sol was keen to join the charity sector for the work that she does to have a positive impact.
In her spare time, Sol enjoys hiking, running, traveling and cooking.
Women’s Involvement Officer
Phoebe joined Pause to support the development and delivery of Pause’s participation project and Next Steps work, and to ensure the voices and experiences of Pause women are central to all of the work Pause does.
Prior to coming to Pause, Phoebe was delivering a project for young parents in London going through the child protection system. Phoebe has a background in advocacy in the third sector, working with vulnerable people with complex needs.
Outside of work Phoebe enjoys cooking, travelling, bad reality TV, and dancing.
Peer Support Officer
Hanisah joined the Communications and Influencing Team in November 2020. As Peer Support Officer, Hanisah works with women and Pause Practices to develop a peer support programme – where women who have worked with Pause use their skills to support other women based on their shared experiences.
Hanisah is a qualified Probation Service Officer and has worked with people facing disadvantage across the statutory and voluntary sector. She cares about people feeling included and having a say in the work that affects them.
Outside work, Hanisah is a volunteer befriender for The Children’s Society and enjoys cooking, camping and generally being outdoors.
Policy and Public Affairs Officer
Omolade joined the Communications and Influencing Team in March 2021. As Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Omolade is responsible for delivering key components of our influencing work. This ranges from developing policy positions on key issues, managing briefings and consultation responses, maintaining excellent working relationships with key stakeholders, and supporting women to campaign and influence themselves.
As a passionate and value-driven individual, Omolade has made it a point to challenge institutional barriers faced by marginalised communities to bring long term changes. Before joining Pause, she worked for a Member of Parliament to monitor political and policy developments in Parliament, lobbying Government ministers on behalf of constituents and campaign groups. She also has experience lobbying and driving forward initiatives that tackle gender-based violence, sexual harassment and amplify the voices of marginalised communities within Higher Education in her past role as a sabbatical officer and trustee for Student’s Union, Kent Union.
Outside work, Omolade enjoys blogging and speaking about her experience as a migrant in the UK along with matters relating to Education, Gender, Sexuality, and Politics. She also co-hosted an award-winning podcast (CanterBAME) which delved into the experiences of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people at great length. Feel free to also get in touch with her on Twitter @adedapoomolade.
Fi joined the Communications and Influencing team in July 2021. As Pause’s Communications Officer, Fi develops and delivers communications products that raise awareness and increase understanding of Pause’s work, while also amplifying the voices of the women that we work with. She is particularly interested in collaborative and participatory processes of creation and communication.
Fi joined Pause from Tate Galleries, where she worked in the Development and Fundraising department, focusing on donor communications and stewardship. Prior to that, she worked in various countries in Latin America and Asia in the arts and non-profit sectors, in the field of women’s skills-based training and socioeconomic inclusion. This included working in Kathmandu, Nepal, on a digital media and technology training programme for marginalised women and girls.
Outside of work, Fi enjoys visiting art galleries, knitting and working with textiles.