Stop it Now!Wales
Who we are
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 will cover the South 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, working across North Wales and Powys. 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 a long serving, 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.
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.
Volunteer Campaign Co-ordinator, Claire Bignell
Claire joined Stop it Now! Wales in March 2012 as the Volunteer Campaign Co-ordinator. Having previously worked as an Associate Construction Lawyer she is taking a career break to study and undertake voluntary work. Currently she is studying for qualifications in counselling and psychology. She has particular interest in the effects of poverty on children regarding education and their greater welfare.
Claire is on the Board of Governors for two local primary schools. 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.