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.

Emmanuel is a former English teacher. He trained on the Teach First programme and taught in Birmingham for three years. Emmanuel has been developing the idea for Lighthouse since 2014 when he began conducting research into the educational experiences of looked after children.

In 2018, he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study children’s homes in Germany and Denmark, the results of which informed the Lighthouse model. Emmanuel is a graduate of the London School of Economics and also holds an MA in Education and Leadership from Warwick University.

Shilpa is a graduate from the University of Manchester and also holds an MSc in International Development from Birmingham University. She started her career with the NSPCC in 2011 and set up their first digital youth engagement platform, she then led the digital transformation of a number of children’s therapeutic support communities. She is a volunteer Childline counsellor and guest lecturer at Salford University.

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.

"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 in 2020 and looking for people to join us at our head office and our new team in our first Lighthouse home.