Meet your Trustees

SPPA is now officially registered as a Charity with the Charity Commission with provision for 13 trustees.  SPPA trustees have a crucial role to play in shaping the organisation on behalf of members. Currently, our Board of Trustees is made up of 9 members who are passionate about social pedagogy and work hard on a voluntary basis to keep SPPA functioning. 


Robyn has a Diploma in Social Work and an MA in social pedagogy from the Institute of Education at UCL. She has worked in social care since the 1980s, she has experience in a variety of management and senior managerial positions since qualifying as a social worker in 1995. For the past decade, she has worked as a consultant and facilitator in social pedagogy in practice and leadership.

Until recently, Robyn was the Director of the Centre for Social Work Practice (CfSWP), where she was responsible for operations, strategy and business development, HR, finance, marketing and communications, policy and more. Robyn also volunteers with the Legal Action for Women supporting women to challenge negative and often permanently damning and harmful court judgements affecting women and children

TANYA ALDER (Treasurer) 

Tanya is a semi-retired accountant and foster carer. She trained as a Certified Accountant in the 60s and 70s, and for a number of years, worked for a variety of companies and sectors. She has been the Treasurer of the Staffordshire Foster Carers Association (SFCA) since it was formed and has experience of management accounts, control accounts, budgeting, costing and completion of VAT returns – ensuring that monies owed to a company were recovered which gave her experience of using legal frameworks.

In line with Staffordshire’s commitment to pedagogy, Tanya is a part of the team training other carers and social workers in the pedagogy doctrine.


Simon qualified as a social pedagogue in 2009. After working with adults with autism in Washington DC, he completed his Master’s degree in Intercultural Conflict Management in 2012. For over 5 years, he worked at the Fostering Service of Staffordshire County Council, implementing social pedagogy as part of the Head, Heart, and Hands programme. Since 2018, Simon is building up a specialised fostering scheme for Coventry City Council.



Hannah has a Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy and is about to embark on level 5; as well as holding a degree in Developmental Psychology. She currently works in a Surrey County Council’s Children’s Home and is very passionate about bringing theories based on pedagogical values to life and seeing both the children and staff she interacts with reap the benefits. She has always worked alongside children; initially alongside those diagnosed with ASD and now channelling her energies into learning about children in care. Throughout all that she does runs the underlying belief that the most important skill you can harness is the ability to make meaningful and genuine relationships. She has a particular passion for conflict resolution utilising restorative skills to both prevent a breakdown in relationships but also in promoting the skills needed to maintain and repair them when things inevitably not go according to plan.

Outside of her professional role, she has welcomed Charlie, her pedagogy puppy into her life and regularly updates us with her blog



Bianka holds an MA in Pedagogy (University of Cologne) and a BA hon in Specialised Social Work, Children and Families (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge).

Bianka is a Team Manager in an Assessment and Intervention Team and has many years of experience in the field of social work within the UK. She has worked for Essex County Council for 15 years in front line social work and has been in her current role of team manager since 2013. Her team consists of six social workers, two senior practitioners and one child and family support worker. Within her team practitioners, they undertake child and family assessments in response to referrals which have been received, as well as providing intervention and support. They work with families affected by domestic abuse daily.

Bianka received the Team Manager of the Year Award and Overall Social Worker of the Year Award in November 2016. 



Elaine has a master’s in Psychology from the University of Glasgow and is currently undertaking the Masters in Advanced Residential Child Care at the University of Strathclyde.  Alongside qualifications in Health and Social Care, Elaine has a PDA in Management and Leadership with 10 years of experience managing and leading services within the Residential Child Care Sector.  

Elaine is currently working as the Service Manager for Nether Johnstone House – a residential child care home in Scotland.  With experience in counselling, residential child care, social work fieldwork services, community youth work and Educational psychological services. She has 16 years of practice experience working with vulnerable children, young people and their families, parents, carers and other agencies.  

Elaine’s philosophy of care and support is embedded within a social pedagogical approach, ensuring that the child/young person is central to all aspects of their care and development.  Elaine is passionate about supporting children and young people to explore their life story in a way which creates clarity, curiosity & enhances their own personal growth.



Yvalia is a registered Social Worker who previously worked in child protection and education welfare in boroughs across East and South West London. She was the founding Programme Director of the Frontline Social Work programme and now leads the BA (Hons) Working With Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy degree at Kingston University.

Yvalia specialises in trauma and attachment and is a qualified Practice Educator and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. She has written for the Guardian Social Care, Community Care, and Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and is an Associate of the Attachment and Relationship Based Practice programme, directed by Professor David Shemmings OBE.



Mélissa graduated with a Diploma in Social Pedagogy. She has worked in a variety of roles in a range of fields.  Melissa has experience of social pedagogy in many different environments, from nurseries to adults; the promotion of inclusion has been a key concern throughout her career. 

Mélissa is currently a free-lance Social Pedagogue and lives in Lyon, France.




Do you want to become a SPPA Trustee? 

SPPA is reliant on the funding and engagement from our members and the dedication of our Trustees. Currently, we are in the fortunate position to be able to offer up to 4 more members the opportunity to apply for a Trustee position.

We welcome applications from ALL backgrounds, particularly from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within our organisation at this level.

Due to where we are in our development, we are particularly keen to hear from members with experience in fundraising and social media & communications.

Does it sound like you? Apply now! Please fill in the Trustee application form and return it to

We look forward to hearing from you!