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 11, 13 and 16.

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 72 children from birth until their 16th birthday. Mandy specialises with children who have additional needs. Mandy joined the board very recently 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

Russell Hazelhurst

Financial Director

Russell qualified as an accountant through ACCA in 1996, working in professional practice until 2005. During his time in practice he has worked for various local firms as well working for KPMG from 2000 to 2005.Since then, Russell has worked at senior level in a range of businesses from fruit import to manufacturing to contracting. He decided to join the Board of Lads Need Dads to help the organisation grow and develop, believing that his broad experience will help to guide his fellow directors in shaping LND’s strategy for the future.

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 11, 13 and 16.

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 72 children from birth until their 16th birthday. Mandy specialises with children who have additional needs. Mandy joined the board very recently 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

Russell Hazelhurst

Financial Director

Russell qualified as an accountant through ACCA in 1996, working in professional practice until 2005. During his time in practice he has worked for various local firms as well working for KPMG from 2000 to 2005. Since then, Russell has worked at senior level in a range of businesses from fruit import to manufacturing to contracting. He decided to join the Board of Lads Need Dads to help the organisation grow and develop, believing that his broad experience will help to guide his fellow directors in shaping LND’s strategy for the future.