Our People

Our people are driven by a shared passion for creating an empowering, child-centered place where everyone has the opportunity to grow and learn.

Through high-quality professional training and reflection, we are continuously learning with and from young people and each other.

After graduating from the London School of Economics, Emmanuel joined the Teach First program and taught English at a secondary school in Birmingham. It was because of his experiences teaching looked after children that Emmanuel decided to work with a group of other Teach First ambassadors to explore improving their educational outcomes. It was this research that inspired Lighthouse.

Outside of work, Emmanuel enjoys swimming, cycling, running and going to the gym.

Emmanuel is a proud East Londoner despite currently residing in North London.

Nicola has almost 20 years’ experience in children’s social care as a frontline practitioner and manager in residential childcare, as well as roles in policy, research, strategy, practice, education and workforce development. Before joining Lighthouse, Nicola was at the youth charity St Christopher’s, initially opening a new children’s home based on social pedagogic principles, then working across the organisation to embed social pedagogy in theory and practice at operational and strategic levels. She was a member of the steering group which founded the Social Pedagogy Professional Association, and is a graduate of the University of Oxford and London Metropolitan University.

Punil is establishing the processes and operational systems of Lighthouse so that we’re ready for the first home opening.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Punil worked across business and education. He started his career as a Science teacher and trained through the Teach First programme. Subsequently, he worked as a consultant for Accenture, and then as a business developer in Berlin for Europe’s largest fashion e-commerce retailer. Most recently, he supported an ed-tech startup scale up their operations and established a service to help people find suitable therapists to support their mental health.

Outside of work Punil enjoys keeping fit, taking long strolls in nature, attempting to bake cookies or planning the next adventure abroad.

Amanda Chandler

Head of Communications

Amanda began her career as a secondary school teacher through the TeachFirst programme, where she met Emmanuel and joined the working group to develop Lighthouse in its early stages. Amanda has worked in various public and third sector management and consulting roles, most recently working for Catch22 leading the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum and a partnership project with Southwark Council’s leaving care service through the Department for EducationAmanda is passionate about supporting children and young people to achieve their potential.

Sinead Kirrane-Davis

Partnerships and Development Manager

Sinead is managing the recruitment of the staff who will work in our home when it opens.

Having studied in Liverpool, Sinead worked as a management consultant in the People Consulting team, where she supported clients with their workforce challenges, such as attracting and retaining great people, change management and learning. She joined the Lighthouse team as part of the On Purpose Associate programme, a year-long leadership programme that helps people to change career to do work with positive social & environmental impact.

Outside of work Sinead enjoys listening to podcasts, wandering around galleries and markets, cycling and baking. She grew up in Brighton and loves to get back to being by the sea as often as she can.

"Being part of an organisation that has a great social purpose, and also challenges me to grow and learn every day, has been a humbling experience. Seeing our first home open and playing such an integral role will be something that I can be proud of long into the future.

Shilpa Belliappa - Development Manager

We are growing!

We will be growing our team and looking for people to join us at our new team in our first Lighthouse home.