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Wales National Manager, Rebecca Morgan

Rebecca Morgan took up the new position of Stop it Now! Wales National Campaign Manager in October 2008. A psychology graduate, she has over 8 year's experience in strategic campaign analysis and development working within national and international children's charities including Save the Children Wales and Action for Children in London. She has also worked as a Social Psychologist on behalf of a UK government research agency.

Within her role as Stop it Now! Wales National Campaign Manager, she delivers training to professionals around the preventing sexual abuse and is currently piloting information courses designed to provide parents in Wales with accurate information to protect children and young people from sexual abuse. Rebecca is also campaigning for an All Wales Comprehensive Strategy for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse in Wales. Rebecca grew up in Wales and is a Welsh speaker having attended Welsh medium education.

Wales acting National Manager, Claire Short

Claire Short joined Stop it Now! Wales in April 2012. Claire has worked in the childcare sector for over 15 years. Her previous roles include, playgroup manager, childcare lecturer, network co-ordinator and development officer. Her last role included working as a Business Support Officer with line management responsibilities which also involved managing 2 projects, developing and delivering a wide range of training workshops for a childcare charity. 

Claire has also been involved in several Welsh Government Initiatives and has a lot of experience with multi-agency working.  She was also vice-chair for the Workforce Development Group in Cardiff that provides multi-agency training for childcare sector workers. Safeguarding has always been a priority for Claire in all her roles. She has worked closely with families and other professionals. She also has extensive experience in supporting, families with additional needs. As acting National Manager during Rebecca’s maternity leave, Claire covers the South and West Wales area and will deliver information and training to  parents and carers, professionals and practitioners.

Wales Assistant National Manager, Gillian Jones

Gillian Jones joined the Stop it Now! Wales team in April 2012 as the Assistant National Manager. She has 7 year's experience within the child care sector having worked as an early years provider and more recently in a multi-agency  role with a local authority supporting child care providers and vulnerable families. Prior to this, Gillian worked with North Wales Police for 15 years in police support roles delivering training, analysis and major incident support. Gillian is also an experienced school governor and recently graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Childhood Studies.

Being based in Flintshire, North Wales her role covers all the North Wales local authority areas and North Powys delivering Stop it Now!  information and training to parents and carers, professionals and practitioners.

Wales Stop it Now! Trainer, Tessa Hawkes

Tessa Hawkes joined Stop It Now! as a trainer in 2008, working in the Black Country and Birmingham before moving to the UK headquarters and covering the Midlands region as a sessional trainer. Prior to joining Stop It Now! Tessa worked in Public Protection, monitoring and managing Registered Sexual Offenders working closely with Probation Services and other agencies.  

Since January this year Tessa has been working for Stop It Now! Wales, covering a period of maternity leave. Tessa delivers Stop it Now!  information and training to parents and carers, professionals and practitioners across South and West Wales. She really enjoys travelling in the Welsh countryside!

Chair Stop it Now! Wales Steering Group, David Hopkins

David Hopkins retired from the post of Director of Education & Leisure for Caerphilly CBC on 31st December, 2008, after 42 year's service in the public sector, including over 8 years as a Chief Officer.

During that time he became Assistant Director of Education in the former Gwent County Council, followed by a similar role in Caerphilly in April 1996.  He became Director in May, 2000.

In his last year of service he also acted as Interim Director of Social Services for Caerphilly and was Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, the Children & Young People’s Partnership and joint Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Partnership.  He is immediate past Chair of the Association of Directors of Education in Wales.

David has had an interest and involvement in child protection since 1990 and was pleased to have the opportunity to Chair the Steering group of ‘Stop-it-now!’ Cymru, a role he took up in the Autumn of 2008 which continues.

 Campaign Assistant, Claire Bignell

 Claire joined Stop it Now! Wales in March 2012 as the Volunteer Campaign Co-ordinator and since January 2015 has been the Campaign Assistant. Claire worked as a construction lawyer for over 10 years.  Deciding to have a change of career she has studied for qualifications in psychology.  She has particular interest in the effects of poverty on children regarding education and their greater welfare.

Claire undertakes an administrative role in assisting the trainers to deliver training to parents, carers and professionals. She is also responsible for establishing contacts with organisations and schools who would wish to undertake any of the Stop it Now! training.