Craig Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, Lecturer and PhD Researcher. Craig has over 17 years of experience as an outreach worker, transformational speaker, international gang exit strategist, mediator, mentor and filmmaker. He is well known for working with some of countries most challenging young people, potentially high-risk offenders, victims of gang violence and youth who are deemed most hard to reach.
Felicha is an experienced manager with a 10-year history of managing services in both the private and third sector where she has worked closely with young people, families, and professionals to identify difficulties, action plan and improve outcomes. Specialising in people management, staff supervision, training, and project development.
Felicha is a JNC qualified Youth Worker and currently a master's student in Youth Work and Community Development.
Dr Martin Glynn is an experienced and internationally renowned criminologist, educator, theatre director, and dramatist with over 35 years’ experience of working in criminal justice, public health, and educational settings.
As a writer Martin has written for BBC 1’s Casualty, had radio drama’s produced for BBC Radio 4, written and directed numerous theatre productions, published many poetry books, alongside developing a growing reputation as an author of children’s books. His new book ‘Speaking Data and Telling Stories: Data Verbalization for Researchers’ is published by Routledge (2019).
Robert Walsh-Lawrence is a Visual Media Specialist who is experienced in Photography and Videography. With over 10 years of experience in the industry he has created content for platforms such as BBC, Microsoft, Grenade, YouTube, Stonegate Pubs & much more. His YouTube view count for multiple projects exceeds over 120 million and has worked all over the world creating films, documentaries, music videos and modelling photoshoots.
Aleena Bhaker is currently studying a BA (Hons) in Criminology and has a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Aleena has extensive experience working in residential care homes and a range of customer service roles. Aleena has taken the opportunity to join the Solve Youth Work Team to gain a range of new skills, qualities and develop her knowledge on ways of working with at risk children and young people that she believes she will have a positive impact.
Eesa Sawyers is a fully qualified Sports Coach by profession who has achieved his Level 2 Coaching Badge and has gained experience coaching children and young people with a wide range of sports within schools. Eesa has over 10 years experience playing football and is currently playing at a semi-professional level for Rushall Olympic. Through playing and coaching within the sport, this has given Eesa an even more in-depth understanding of what makes a good coach and how to engage with different groups of people.