Damian Stormont
National Council

I qualified as a social worker in 1995 and initially worked in a Children's Home but for the last 16 years have worked in two different local authorities as an Education Social Worker.
In my current authority I have taken on the lead role in relation to Fixed Penalty Notices and prosecutions.
I have been a member of NASWE for most of the 16 years and was lucky enough recently to be able to join the National Council.


Sara Griffiths
Website Co-ordinator

I have worked in education welfare for over 20 years and was the Principal EWO for North Somerset . I then moved on to set up and manage an Integrated Locality Team. I take a strong interest in developmental work and have run a range of projects to deliver the Early Help agenda and redesign service delivery in a number of areas. I have also delivered a wide range of training in safeguarding, school attendance, Early Help and outcomes measurement.
I worked independently for several years supporting Local Authorities to deliver change in these challenging times and then moved back to work for Cornwall Council as the Early Help Hub Manager -the front door for all Early Help services across the council and Health services.
I am now really pleased to have returned full time to the world of Education Welfare as a Senior Education Welfare Officer for Cornwall Council.


Julie Parrish

I have been employed in social work since 1988, firstly in the Voluntary Sector moving into Children’s Social Care in 1990 followed by Education in 1993. My roles have been in both field work and management for four different authorities becoming Operations Manager for North Yorkshire County Council’s Education Social Work Service in 2009. Following a major restructure of NYCC’s Children’s Services in 2015 I was delighted to take on the role of taking forward all statutory intervention for the council with regard to school attendance, child employment and performance licensing, children missing education and most recently safeguarding in alcohol licensing.

I am currently a member of NASWE’s National Council and was honoured to be President of the Association for two years.


Jacqui Newvell
General Secretary

I am a qualified social worker and spent 16 years working in local authority education social work services in London, as practitioner, team manager and service manager. Most recently I worked for the National Children’s Bureau, taking forward work in relation to the education of vulnerable children. I have been actively involved with NASWE for many years and was closely involved in the development of national occupational standards for learning development and support services.


Victoria Franklin

Vicki took up the Presidency in June 2016.
Vicki is a qualified Social Worker with 25+ years experience of working in education settings. Her background is in Education Welfare, having worked with a number of Local Authorities with county – wide specialist responsibility for school attendance improvement.
Vicki currently works as an Education Welfare Consultant working across all phases of education and with a range of education providers. She advises on strategies to raise attendance and close the gaps between different groups of students through analysis of systems, procedures and effective use of Data as well as support for casework. Vicki produces and delivers national training on a wide range of attendance matters in collaboration with a training agency.

Other related interests include being on the Management Committee of Bristol Hospital Education Service and a past trustee of Mothers for Mothers - post natal support charity.