Regional Delivery Managers
Shelly Khaled - Regional Delivery Manager, London
Shelly started his professional career in the private sector, where he remained in management for 18 years. Shelly qualified as an Integrative Counsellor in 2003, at which point he made the leap to the voluntary sector with Victim Support Newham, as the Street Crime Coordinator. In 2004, Shelly was head hunted by Newham YOT to develop their work with victims. Shelly remained with the YOT for five years, leading the Restorative Justice, Reparation and Offender Behaviour Program Teams. In 2009, Shelly moved to a Secondary School as a Senior Learning Mentor and a Form Tutor, as part of the Middle Leadership Team. Shelly was successful in developing a National Award winning and Beacon Practice recognised Peer Mediation and Peer Mentoring Service.
Irene Kenny - Regional Delivery Manager, Nottingham
Following a move to Nottingham, Irene spent eleven years in local government leading several national initiatives including the Extended Schools Programme, and a controversial programme re-commissioning voluntary sector grant funding on behalf of the Leader of Nottingham City Council. In 2014 Irene left the council to become the CEO of a regional charity for Deaf people, securing new contracts valued in excess of £1m. In 2017 she completed a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Nottingham. Her appointment to ThinkForward as RDM for Nottingham in January 2019 gave Irene the opportunity to return to a role close to her heart, serving the communities of Nottingham, her adoptive home.
Sean Porter – Head of Programmes, MoveForward
Sean is an experienced delivery leader within the employability sector with an excellent track record of designing, delivering and monitoring innovative and high-impact services. Since starting his role as Programme Manager in September 2017, Sean has led on establishing MoveForward in schools and colleges in Islington, Kent and the West Midlands. Pilot year highlights included coordinating the establishment of Islington’s first Project SEARCH site at Moorfields Eye Hospital, facilitating the inaugural MoveForward School Partnership Forum and overseeing the successful performance of a Careers & Enterprise Company contract which helped fund the pilot.