Our Team

Meet the people who make the Staff College what it is, guiding and helping you towards growth in your career and in community engagement.

Jane Parfrement

Chief Executive

David Tilbrook

Operations Manager

Ellie Bevis

Assistant Operations Manager

upon Team

Contact: upon@thestaffcollege.uk

Lisa Fasipe

Project Manager

Bethany Law

Project Coordinator

Samantha Bradonjic

Project Manager

Emily Whalley

Project Coordinator

Ciara Duffy

Project Coordinator

Inclusive Leadership Team

Contact: inclusiveleadership@thestaffcollege.uk

Becky Ilsley

Team Leader

Femi Olufemi

Project Coordinator

Tatenda Jambwa

Project Coordinator

Nourhan Asaad

Project Coordinator

Bespoke Team

Contact: hello@thestaffcollege.uk

Zoë Watson

Team Leader

Euan Loveridge

Team Leader

Shafaq Mir

Project Coordinator

Organisational Development Team

For coaching-related enquiries, please email coaching@thestaffcollege.uk / For all other enquiries, please email hello@thestaffcollege.uk

Damon Rodgers

Strategy & Development Project Manager

Diana Da Silva

Project Coordinator

Ryan Lees

Project Coordinator

Our Board

Meet the board members of The Staff College, who share their invaluable insights, guide our team, and champion our programmes.

Lucy Butler

Director for Children, Young People and Learning for West Sussex County Council
Lucy Butler is an experienced Director of Children’s Services.  Currently Director for Children, Young People and Learning for West Sussex County Council, she has over 25 years’ experience working in the adult and children services sector.  Lucy is the co-chair of the South-East Region of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and leads on commissioning for the South East.  She is chair of the Staff College, an organisation promoting strong leadership in the sector.  She is passionate about making sure we live in a society where all our children thrive.

Jane Parfrement

Chief Executive of The Staff College

Helen Brackenbury

Director of Children's Services for Cheshire West and Chester Council
Helen Brackenbury is the Interim Deputy Chief Executive and DCS at Cheshire West and Chester council. Helen joined Local Government in 1996, working for Hertfordshire County Council and moved to Cheshire in 2000 working within the family support service. In 2002 she took up the role of a Deputy Programme manager for a Local Sure Start programme and moved from this to a Children Centre manager in 2005 leading a large phase one centre and building a 60 strong multi agency team. In 2013 Helen took the opportunity to take a senior managers post leading the development of the new Integrated Early Support service which was created as part of the Altogether Better community budget programme. She became a Director for the Local Authority in 2014 still in Childrens services. In January 2017 she added Peoples Commissioning to her portfolio. In 2022, she took up the statutory role of DCS.

Luke Rodgers

Award-winning Social Entrepreneur
Luke is an award-winning social entrepreneur, recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He has 10 years experience co-designing projects that enhance the experience of children in and leaving care. As a facilitator Luke has worked with the Department for Education, The Fostering Network and in 2020 was invited to be a Fellow at the Saïd Business School, Skoll Centre for Social Enterprise, at the University of Oxford.

Dawar Hashmi

Director of Executive Search – Penna
Dawar is a Director of Executive Search at recruitment firm Penna and works across Government and the Public Sector. He has over 24 years’ experience in recruitment having studied Law at university and completing both his LLB and post graduate diploma in legal practice. He has been involved in several high profile recruitment campaigns including Directors of Children’s Services and Adult Social Care. Dawar chairs the judging panel for the annual Chief Executive of the Year award. He is a co judge on the Senior Leadership Team of the Year award for the MJ and also on the panel of judges for the Diversity and Inclusion award for the LGC. He founded and chairs the Diversity in Local Government Leadership Network, which is the only national network of its kind bringing together leadership capacity across the sector. He is also a mentor on the NGDP BAME 2022 mentoring programme for graduate trainees in local government.

Anurag Gupta

Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Sequoia Investment Management Company
Anurag Gupta is Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Sequoia Investment Management Company. He has primary responsibility for the risk management and compliance of Sequoia’s infrastructure debt funds and chairs the Investment Committee. He additionally oversees all day-to-day operations of Sequoia. He is also a board member and vice chair of the audit committee at Transport for London (TfL). Prior to assuming his role at Sequoia, Mr Gupta was with KPMG where he was an Infrastructure Advisory Partner and the Global Sector Head of Power. He has over 20 years’ experience in project finance, infrastructure investment and appraisal, risk management, M&A, and financial advisory accruing extensive transactional experience across infrastructure sectors such as transport, power & utilities, renewables, TMT, and social infrastructure (PPPs) amongst others. Mr Gupta holds an MBA from Tulane University, USA, a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Engineering Council, UK, and a BSc from Calcutta University, India.