Sonia Shaljean

Sonia Shaljean

Managing Director and Founder

Sonia has worked within the statutory and voluntary sector in the field of criminal justice, drugs and alcohol, domestic abuse, anger management, homelessness and complex families for over 20 years. She studied Criminology at Birkbeck University, London and is a trained and experienced alcohol and drugs counsellor, anger management specialist, group-worker and PTTLLS level 4 trainer, level 3 Designated Safeguarding officer and trained restorative practitioner.  She is an experienced Funding and development manager, with a track record of successfully devising and setting up innovative projects both in London and Essex. Sonia identified that the many of male clients she worked with over her career seemed to share a common factor of an absent father and wanted to do something about this so set about devising Lads Need Dads.  Sonia has a heart for prevention work. She is a fellow with the School of Social Entrepreneurs and is a Shackleton Foundation leader.  Sonia holds a Certificate of Education in Managing Charities and Social Enterprise with Anglia Ruskin University.  She is also a Trustee with the Men and Boys Coalition which highlights and tackles issues where the needs of men and boys are unmet. 

Joel Shaljean

Joel Shaljean

Non-Executive Director – Education Lead

Joel is a teacher with over 20 years’ experience working across mainstream primary, secondary and special schools in London and Essex. He was the pastoral lead in his role as Deputy Head teacher at a Special School in Colchester for 6 years. He is an advanced trainer in behaviour management and now he is operational Lead with Essex Steps, training schools across Essex, on understanding and managing difficult behaviour. Previously, Joel was head of physical education and sport at a boys’ secondary comprehensive in inner city London.  Upon his arrival in Essex in 2004 Joel worked successfully as a partnership development manager for a school sport partnership which involved supporting schools in delivering high quality P.E and sport until he took up his current position in 2010.  Joel is passionate about helping children achieve and overcome barriers and challenges.  Joel is married to Sonia and they have three sons, age 13, 15 and 18.

Rodney Appleyard

Rodney Appleyard

Non-Executive Director – Marketing lead

Rodney has worked in the charity sector for 13 years and journalism for 21 years, including stints at the BBC and channel 4. Within the Charity sector, he worked as a grant funder and development manager having supported local voluntary groups, helped manage funds to start-up/ support projects that help to improve the health and well-being of people of all ages.  He has supported charities with structural development, taking charge of marketing campaigns, brand development, website creation and writing press releases.  Rodney cares deeply about the mission of Lads need Dads and believes that his experience will help with the development of LND’s media strategy, partnerships with other organisations and future fundraising plans.

Mandy Gledhill

Mandy Gledhill

Non-Executive Director – Safeguarding lead

Mandy is a Senior Children’s Social worker in Tendring Essex with 34 years qualified social work experience. She case manages children from birth until their 16th birthday. Mandy specialises with children who have additional needs. Mandy joined the board as she was so enthusiastic about the work of Lads Need Dads, having referred her own son onto the programme and witnessing such positive changes in him; such as raised self-esteem, confidence, motivation, emotional resilience and improved attitude towards school. She was thrilled to be asked to join the board. Having a parent of a service user the board feel will prove invaluable when shaping its services to meet the needs of its young men.

Mandy Gledhill

Eric Prince

Non-Executive Director – Finance lead

Eric is a recently retired accountant who worked at a senior level in local government for 50 years. He was in charge of the strategic financial arrangements for many services operating in a county council. For the last 7 years he managed the adult social care budget and is fully aware of the challenges of providing services to vulnerable groups in our society. Eric has 3 grown up sons and 4 grandchildren.

He has volunteered at a local primary school for 7 years helping Year 2 children with reading and mathematics. He is now a Governor at the school. Eric also occasionally assists with learning support at a 6th form college when staff are absent. From this involvement with young people Eric would like to now help Lads Need Dads fulfil it’s mission to help lads in challenging situations become more resilient and make progress in their lives. 

 

Mandy Gledhill

Gijsbert Stoet

Non-Executive Director – Research and Development Lead

Gijsbert (English: Gilbert) works as Professor of Psychology at the University of Essex. He has over 25 years of experience in neuroscientific and psychological research. Gijsbert has for many years studied gender differences in educational achievement. His research has been covered in international newspapers and the media.

He is particularly concerned about the relatively poorer school performance and attitudes of boys compared to girls. Because of this, Gijsbert was excited to be invited to join Lads Need Dads, which helps teenage boys to succeed in life.

 

Mandy Gledhill

Sue Lipscombe

Administrator

Sue comes with 20 years experience in administration and customer service roles, in banking and local businesses. She has also worked in two local schools and is a bookkeeper for her husband’s family business.

Sue told us she was looking for employment that was different, interesting, forward-thinking and aimed to help the community. As a Mum of two, (who brought up a son as a single parent), Sue felt strongly that Lads Need Dads had a place in society and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to use her administration skills to contribute towards Lads Need Dads aims and objectives.

Sonia Shaljean

Sonia Shaljean

Managing Director and Founder

Sonia has worked within the statutory and voluntary sector in the field of criminal justice, drugs and alcohol, domestic abuse, anger management, homelessness and complex families for over 20 years. She studied Criminology at Birkbeck University, London and is a trained and experienced alcohol and drugs counsellor, anger management specialist, group-worker and PTTLLS level 4 trainer, level 3 Designated Safeguarding officer and trained restorative practitioner.  She is an experienced Funding and development manager, with a track record of successfully devising and setting up innovative projects both in London and Essex. Sonia identified that the majority of male clients she worked with over her career seemed to share a common factor; either an absent, unsupportive or abusive father and wanted to do something about this so set about devising Lads Need Dads.  Sonia has a heart for prevention work. She is a fellow with the School of Social Entrepreneurs and is a Shackleton Foundation leader.

Joel Shaljean

Joel Shaljean

Non-Executive Director – Education Lead

Joel is a teacher with over 20 years’ experience working across mainstream primary, secondary and special schools in London and Essex. He was the pastoral lead in his role as Deputy Head teacher at a Special School in Colchester for 6 years. He is an advanced trainer in behaviour management and now he is operational Lead with Essex Steps, training schools across Essex, on understanding and managing difficult behaviour. Previously, Joel was head of physical education and sport at a boys’ secondary comprehensive in inner city London.  Upon his arrival in Essex in 2004 Joel worked successfully as a partnership development manager for a school sport partnership which involved supporting schools in delivering high quality P.E and sport until he took up his current position in 2010.  Joel is passionate about helping children achieve and overcome barriers and challenges.  Joel is married to Sonia and they have three sons, age 13, 15 and 18.

Rodney Appleyard

Rodney Appleyard

Non-Executive Director – Marketing lead

Rodney has worked in the charity sector for 13 years and journalism for 21 years, including stints at the BBC and channel 4. Within the Charity sector, he worked as a grant funder and development manager having supported local voluntary groups, helped manage funds to start-up/ support projects that help to improve the health and well-being of people of all ages.  He has supported charities with structural development, taking charge of marketing campaigns, brand development, website creation and writing press releases.  Rodney cares deeply about the mission of Lads need Dads and believes that his experience will help with the development of LND’s media strategy, partnerships with other organisations and future fundraising plans.

Mandy Gledhill

Mandy Gledhill

Non-Executive Director – Safeguarding lead

Mandy is a Senior Children’s Social worker in Tendring Essex with 34 years qualified social work experience. She case manages children from birth until their 16th birthday. Mandy specialises with children who have additional needs. Mandy joined the board as she was so enthusiastic about the work of Lads Need Dads, having referred her own son onto the programme and witnessing such positive changes in him; such as raised self-esteem, confidence, motivation, emotional resilience and improved attitude towards school. She was thrilled to be asked to join the board. Having a parent of a service user the board feel will prove invaluable when shaping its services to meet the needs of its young men.

Mandy Gledhill

Eric Prince

Non-Executive Director – Finance lead

Eric is a recently retired accountant who worked at a senior level in local government for 50 years. He was in charge of the strategic financial arrangements for many services operating in a county council. For the last 7 years he managed the adult social care budget and is fully aware of the challenges of providing services to vulnerable groups in our society. Eric has 3 grown up sons and 4 grandchildren.

He has volunteered at a local primary school for 7 years helping Year 2 children with reading and mathematics. He is now a Governor at the school. Eric also occasionally assists with learning support at a 6th form college when staff are absent. From this involvement with young people Eric would like to now help Lads Need Dads fulfil it’s mission to help lads in challenging situations become more resilient and make progress in their lives. 

 

Mandy Gledhill

Gijsbert Stoet

Non-Executive Director – Research and Development Lead

Gijsbert (English: Gilbert) works as Professor of Psychology at the University of Essex. He has over 25 years of experience in neuroscientific and psychological research. Gijsbert has for many years studied gender differences in educational achievement. His research has been covered in international newspapers and the media.

He is particularly concerned about the relatively poorer school performance and attitudes of boys compared to girls. Because of this, Gijsbert was excited to be invited to join Lads Need Dads, which helps teenage boys to succeed in life.

 

Mandy Gledhill

Sue Lipscombe

Administrator

Sue comes with 20 years experience in administration and customer service roles, in banking and local businesses. She has also worked in two local schools and is a bookkeeper for her husband’s family business.

Sue told us she was looking for employment that was different, interesting, forward-thinking and aimed to help the community. As a Mum of two, (who brought up a son as a single parent), Sue felt strongly that Lads Need Dads had a place in society and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to use her administration skills to contribute towards Lads Need Dads aims and objectives.

We are supported by a fabulous team of volunteer mentors.