Meet the Team
Kevin Reilly, Chief Executive Officer
Kevin has been the Manager/Chief Executive of PIP since 2000 although he worked in advocacy for nearly 20 years and before that, was a volunteer advocate – with PIP!
Kevin works closely with PIP’s Management Committee and has overall responsibility for strategic planning as well as day to day operations at PIP.
Helen Watson, Family Team Coordinator
Helen has been working for PIP since 2003. Prior to that she worked for Birmingham Children’s Services for over 20 years.
Helen is responsible for the allocation of all referrals to the Family Team, i.e. for advocacy support for parents with a learning disability, and/or mental health issues, plus referrals for the Specialist Family Support service and the management of the family team.
Helen also has her own caseload and provides advocacy support to a number of parents with a learning disability, throughout child protection/care proceedings.
Jackie McCormack, Follow-On Advocate
Jackie has worked as a Follow-On Advocate since 2010. Her responsibilities include: Advocating on behalf of Families with Learning Disabilities who are involved with the local Authority and other Professionals.
She also supports families to access services that would empower them to sustain a more Independent life.
She has a wide range of skills that allow her to support families to overcome barriers that they face on a daily basis.
June Lees, Admin/Trainer
June has worked for PIP since 2004 and worked as administrator and in 2007 joined our training team to research and develop and deliver training Your Rights Your Safety training. I still work on our successful training monitoring and delivering training to people with a learning disability with funding from Big Lottery Reaching Communities. Out training is Safeguarding and Lifestyle .
Bridget Steer, Family Advocate and Trainer
Bridget has worked at PIP since 2012. She is a Family Advocate who provides advocacy support to a number of parents with learning disabilities, throughout child protection and care proceedings. Bridget has worked with parents with learning disabilities since 1996, as after working as a teacher for a short time she went on to undertake parenting assessments for the Local Authority and also for an Independent Social Work Consultancy.
Paddy Montague, Family Advocate (Mental Health)
Qualifying as a Social Worker in 1982, Paddy has worked exclusively with children and families in hospital, Local Authority, voluntary and independent settings for over 20 years. He has managed a Residential Parenting Assessment Centre and has worked as an Independent Social Worker, undertaking parenting assessments. More recently, Paddy has worked in the area of forensic mental health. In 2014 he joined People in Partnership where he continues to provide advocacy support to parents with mental health difficulties whose children have come to the attention of Social workers and the Courts. He holds a First Aid Mental Health Certificate and is a member of the Working Together with Parents network and also the Birmingham and Solihull NHS Foundation Trust.
Margaret Delaney, Early Intervention Support Worker
Margaret joined People in Partnership in October 2017 as an Early Intervention Worker, providing advice and support to parents with Learning Disabilities, within the family home to improve their parenting and reduce the risk to their children. Margaret also delivers training focused on relationships, sexual health and preventing unplanned pregnancy. She has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities since 1995; initially within a school setting and following this, undertaking parenting assessments for the Local Authority.
Before joining us at PIP Margaret worked for twelve years as an Independent Advocate providing advocacy to vulnerable adults and parents with learning disabilities.
Corinne Ellis, Early Intervention Support Worker
Corinne joined People in Partnership in July 2018, as a Specialist Family Support Worker. This project is funded by BBC Children In Need, to support parents with a Learning Disability. The role provides guidance and practical support to the parents, to improve outcomes for their children. The project assists with improving parenting skills, to reduce the risk to children, in the hope of keeping the family unit together. In the past, Corinne has worked for twelve years as an Independent Children’s Rights Advocate and Group Leader, with Birmingham City Council Rights and Participation. In her previous role, she was employed for 5 years as an Independent Advocate with Advocacy Matters, providing Advocacy / Care Act Advocacy to vulnerable adults with Learning Disabilities.
Bill Marsden, Safeguarding and Lifestyle Trainer
Bill has worked at People in Partnership, since 2006.His current role is as Safeguarding and Lifestyle Trainer. He previously worked as a Crisis Advocate.
Ivor Evans, Safeguarding and Lifestyle Trainer
Ivor has worked at People In Partnership since June 2018 in his current role as a Safeguarding and Lifestyle Trainer with a special emphasis on moving trainees into social activities or employment opportunities. Ivor has also worked in Mental Health Advocacy and Support Work.
Louis Steer, Website Maintenance
Louis has been with People in Partnership since 2018. He maintains the website on a voluntary basis, whilst studying for his A-levels.