Who we are
Wales 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. 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 years’ 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 Powys delivering Stop It Now! information and training to parents and carers, professionals and practitioners.
Chair of the Stop It Now! Wales action group, David Hopkins
David Hopkins is the chair of the Stop It Now! Wales Action Group. Prior to that he chaired the Stop It Now! Wales Steering Group from its inception in 2009. Both roles have been carried out in a voluntary capacity.
In this role, he has been grateful for the support regularly given by Stop It Now! colleagues and from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, and other partners.
David’s professional background was in human resource management, and he holds an M.Sc. degree in that field. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development, and is also a qualified chartered secretary.
An interest in children’s safeguarding developed whilst David worked in education as assistant, and later director of education and interim director of social services, roles he retired from in December 2008.
Since that time he has worked as an adviser both to the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association. In those roles David has:
- supported local authorities in special measures, both as an interim director, and chair of a ministerial recovery board;
- been involved in local authority peer reviews;
David has also conducted a number of independent investigations for local authorities, school governing bodies and Estyn, many involving aspects of children’s safeguarding in school settings.
His most recent work has been as an interim director with the Welsh Local Government Association.
David has been happily married to Jan for over 40 years, and they have three children, five grand-children and two great grand-children: They are kept very busy!