Luke is our School Research and Delivery Lead and has been with Children North East since 2013.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I began my working career as a youth and community worker in Gateshead working at drop in sessions and empowering young people to gather experiences and opportunities that they may otherwise not have had. My work has since spanned across the north of the country working in statutory and voluntary sector with the common thread being the right of the child to have their voices heard. I am also a qualified teacher having worked within the adult education and secondary education systems.

Tell us about your role in Children North East

I initially joined Children North East as a Youth Link Co-ordinator working with children and young people primarily in schools, then the Poverty Proofing Co-ordinator and am now the School Research and Delivery Lead.

My role is incredibly varied and includes leading on the national work of Poverty Proofing the School Day which is having a significant impact for children, young people and their families across the country. I have a real passion to ensure a fair school experience for all children and young people and this ties in directly with the poverty proofing work. This also links very closely with the need for students to get the relevant support for their wellbeing, and many of the programmes we are now delivering in schools is responding to this need.

What’s your favourite place in the North East?

I love going to Wallington Hall with my family and strolling through the walled gardens, watching my children play in the park and just exploring the world around them.

Do you have any personal ambitions/goals for the future?

One of my many ambitions is to complete an Iron Man, and one day I will start seriously training. However I have many other ambitions including travelling to India, building a tree house and being reunited with my Palestinian friends.