Annaliese BoucherCEO & Director | Designated Safeguarding Lead
Annaliese our Founder and Director is responsible for all service and organisation operations and oversees the team to ensure the best standards of practice is maintained at all times. Annaliese is passionate about providing a person-centered work that truly makes a difference to the individual. With over 15 Years direct experience working with children and young people with special educational needs and families she has built Sen Talk from scratch and scaled the service to support vulnerable children, young people and their families across borough boundaries and London wide.
Annaliese has a bachelor’s degree in social science, focused on Social Policy and Disability and has a special interest in education discourse and social justice. Additional to the day to day, she is studying her masters in SEN Disability and Inclusion locally and believes in a continuous learning mind-set.
Annaliese's vision and motivation for Sen Talk stems from personal experience and facing barriers when trying to access support and provision for her young son who is both autistic and ADHD. Most recently she was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult which has helped her make sense of her difficulties in childhood and education. Annaliese wants to see children’s voices heard and valued to encourage social change in the SEND community.
Valenza StearnsParent Project Lead
Valenza Leads Parent’s Projects here at Sen Talk and is responsible for planning and delivering all our parent and carer services. Originally from United States, Valenza is a graduate of Seton Hall University, where she studied Biology and Philosophy. Throughout her time as a student, she was avidly involved in equity work, advocacy and community service, from transitional housing facilities to immigrant detention centres and beyond.
After graduation, Valenza served as an AmeriCorps Member in a year of community service to address domestic health issues in Northern New Jersey. Most recently, she had the pleasure of working with the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda to develop a novel and comprehensive trauma-informed mental health program and coordinate village-wide health and wellness operations.
Outside of work, she enjoys meditation, live music, reading, and travel. Valenza brings a wealth of community experience to the team.
Aoife GallagherChildren’s Project Lead | Designated Safeguarding Lead
Aoife Leads the Children’s Project team and is responsible for planning all children’s activities. Aoife has a play therapy background and has most recently finished a foundation course in Play Therapy. Aoife has also worked as a SEN TA in a school specialising in ASC but had left to pursue a more therapeutic approach.
Aoife believes in a child-led approach to helping children and young people overcome barriers and has strong beliefs in improving mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. Aoife experienced many challenges in her younger years and often reflects on how she could have benefitted from positive mentorship. Aoife is diagnosed with ADHD and uses her first hand experience to support and guide children and young people within the service.
Aoife is also a published illustrator and a keen advocate of using creativity to explore emotion.
Carley SmithChildren’s Play Worker
Having volunteered as a support assistant at the children’s clubs for many years, Carley decided that she did not want to part ways from Sen Talk and became a permanent member of the Sen Talk team by taking on the role of Children’s Play Worker.
Carley works hard alongside the rest of the Children’s team to plan and deliver exciting sessions helping children and young people engage with fun opportunities. Carley also provides 1:1 Mentoring sessions with key children and has specialist knowledge in learning difficulties and Dyslexia support.
Carley has seen the organisation grow and develop over the past few years and has been part of that success. She is always keen to offer advice to families and has built amazing relationships with our service users.
Catherine MosleyChildren’s Play Worker
Catherine is the Deputy Children’s Lead at SEN Talk. Her main role is helping to facilitate high standards or practice for our collaborative play-therapy sessions which run throughout the half terms and term time.
As the owner of a handmade jewellery business, she is particularly interested in encouraging expression through creativity and the arts.
Catherine has a background in charitable fundraising, co-founding a grassroots collective in 2019 that raises money and awareness for charitable causes through creative events. Subsequently, in addition to her main role, she is also working to promote the strong inclusive values of SEN Talk through advocacy and fundraising.
Jodie KentOffice Administrator
Jodie performs one of our most important roles as the first point of contact for anybody visiting or calling Sen Talk. Her main job is keeping the office together and everything ticking over.
Moving from the beautiful shores of Cornwall Jodie decided to join the vibrant delights of the city for a faster pace working environment.
She has over 10 years of customer service and for the last few years, has surrounded herself in office and management environment in key supporting roles. Jodie also has a long background in volunteering and charitable fundraising making her a valued addition to the team.