Meet the Safeguarding Team

Tim Carter

Director of Safeguarding

Tim Carter has over 30 years working across voluntary and public sectors specialising in community development, training, social enterprise, consultancy, statutory social work, setting up preventative services for children, young people and families, strategic planning and project management working with partner agencies from all sectors including national government departments.  Tim has worked in the field of church safeguarding since the mid-1990s and took up the post of Safeguarding Adviser in 2015 following the publication of the Past Cases Review.  When a new team of Casework Supervisors was established in 2018 he became the Director of Safeguarding

 

Nicola Sylvester

Safeguarding Policy Manager

Nicola Sylvester joined the Methodist Church in March 2021. Nicola is a qualified secondary school teacher. Her work as an assistant headteacher supporting vulnerable students led to Nicola achieving a Masters’ in professional social work and the transition to frontline practice supporting children, young people and their families. In addition to this, Nicola has also developed new entrants into the social work profession in the role of a senior lecturer.

Nicola leads the development of safeguarding policies to assist the Methodist Church in all aspects of protecting of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Contact Nicola via email or call 020 7467 5125

 

Donald Urquhart,

Safeguarding Casework Supervisor - North West

Donald joined the Connexional Safeguarding Team in September 2018, having previously been the District Safeguarding Officer for Scotland and Shetland.   Donald is also the National Safeguarding Adviser for the Scottish Episcopal Church.   Donald is a retired police officer, having served more than thirty years in Lothian and Borders Police.  He left the police to become Head of Antisocial Behaviour Services for the City of Edinburgh and, more recently, he was the Lead Officer for the Midlothian Child Protection Committee and the Independent Chair of the Glasgow Child Protection Committee.  

Donald shares the casework supervisor role for the North West Quadrant with Christine Kennedy and he has specific responsibility for casework supervision for the DSOs in Scotland and Shetland, Cumbria and Lancashire, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury and Nottingham and Derby Districts.   He leads for the Safeguarding Team on safeguarding standing orders, relationships with Foreign Fellowships, liaison with Bevan Powell, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and, along with Nicola Sylvester, developing a Connexional Safeguarding Case Management System.  

He is, of course, Scottish, and enjoys cycling, hill-walking and dog walking with Zirka (the cocker spaniel).

Contact Donald via email or call 07891-638078 / 0207 467 5239

 

Christine Kennedy

Safeguarding Casework Supervisor -  North West

Christine has been a member of the Connexional Team since 2018; she works part time and shares the supervision of DSOs across the North West with Donald Urquhart. She has responsibility for casework supervision for the DSOs in Bolton & Rochdale, Chester & Stoke, Liverpool, Manchester & Stockport, Wales Synod, Synod Cymru and Isle of Man.

She was the DSO for Manchester & Stockport for 3 years and is now the lead on Safeguarding Training.

.Christine began work as a social worker, eventually focussing on working with adults; and finished her career as the manager of an integrated health and social care service.

Christine volunteers at her local church where she is involved in children’s work and is the Safeguarding Officer. She has been a safeguarding trainer since the ‘Creating Safer Space’ training began in 2008.

Contact Christine via email or call 07817 424 504 / 0207 467 5235

Karen Allen,

Safeguarding Casework Supervisor -  North East

Karen Allen is a Safeguarding Casework Worker Supervisor and covers the North East.  She has responsibility for casework supervision for the DSOs in the Darlington, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Sheffield, Yorkshire West and Yorkshire North and East Methodist Districts.  She is the lead for children and young people and domestic abuse.

Contact Karen via email or call 07969 292581 / 0207 467 5229

 

Yvonne Brown

Safeguarding Casework Supervisor - South West

Yvonne joined the Connexional Safeguarding Team in March 2021 after 30 years service with the Metropolitan Police Service. During that time, she specialised in several areas including Domestic Abuse, Serious Sexual offences, Financial Crime and child criminal exploitation by organised criminal groups. She was the Metropolitan Police lead for girls in gangs and county lines when she retired in 2018.  Yvonne has also worked for Quakers in Britain as their safeguarding officer, and as an independent Reviewer for the Church of England before leaving this role to join the Methodist Church.

Yvonne is the Casework Supervisor for the South West.  She has responsibility for casework supervision for the DSOs in the Districts of Bristol, Plymouth & Exeter, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly; Southampton & Channel Islands; and the South East District. She is currently working on Domestic Abuse learning materials and producing guidance for Local Ecumenical Partnerships. Her personal interests include running and cycling, her professional interest is the use and misuse of power.

Contact Yvonne via email  or call 07792 345966 / 020 7467 5296

 

Kate Little

Safeguarding Casework Supervisor - South East

Kate has been a member of the Connexional Safeguarding Team since 2016; she works part time and shares the supervision of DSOs across the South East with Grahame Snelling. She currently has responsibility for casework supervision for the Lincolnshire DSO and also handles all blemished DBS cases for the South East quadrant. She qualified as a social worker in 2006 and spent the next ten years working in various frontline statutory and charity roles with vulnerable adults. Kate is now the Safeguarding Team lead for vulnerable adults including working on the Methodist Church’s response to survivors of abuse. Kate is a Methodist Church member and hopes to become more actively involved after her preschool children are a little more independent. In her spare time, Kate enjoys reading and going for long walks.  

Contact Kate via email or call 07854 247546 / 020 7467 5289

 

Grahame Snelling

Safeguarding Casework Supervisor - South East

Grahame joined the Connexional Safeguarding Team in January 2019, having previously worked as the District Safeguarding Officer in London District and before that, Sheffield.   Grahame shares the casework supervisor role for the South East Quadrant with Kate Little and he has specific responsibility for casework supervision for the DSOs in Beds Essex and Herts, East Anglia, London and Northampton Districts.   He leads for the Safeguarding Team on DSO training and development, support for risk assessors, and ecumenical information sharing and shares responsibility for survivor engagement with Kate Little. Grahame has a background in Children’s Services and currently sits on a local Safeguarding Adults Board. He is also an Advanced Level trainer for London District.  

 Contact Grahame via email or call 07896-000112 / 020 7467 5253

 


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