Annaliese BoucherCEO & Director | Designated Safeguarding Lead
Annaliese our Founder and Director is responsible for all service and organisation operations and oversees the teams to ensure the best standards of practice. She aims to ensure that Sen Talk remains person-centered and proactive. With 15 Years direct experience working with vulnerable children and young people with special educational needs, Annaliese has built Sen Talk and scaled the service to be able 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 and is currently studying her masters in SEN Disability and Inclusion.
Annaliese is also a parent and amateur artist. She spends much of her spare time oil painting and experimenting with art techniques at home with her son who is autistic. Most recently she was diagnosed with ADHD which has helped her make sense of her difficulties in childhood and education. Annaliese wants to see children’s voices heard encourage social change in SEND.
Valenza StearnsParent Project Lead
Valenza Leads Parent’s Projects here at Sen Talk and is responsible for planning and delivering our parent and carer service. 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 centers 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 is so thrilled to learn and grow with Sen Talk
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 focus on mental health and wellbeing. Aoife experienced many challenges in her younger years and often reflects how she could have benefitted from positive mentorship. Aoife is diagnosed with ADHD and uses the experiences to support and guide children and young people.
Aoife is also a published illustrator who is keen advocate of using creativity to explore emotion.
Carley SmithChildren’s Play Worker
Having volunteered as a support assistant at the children’s clubs here, Carley decided that she did not want to part ways and was recruited as a 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 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 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 is new to Sen Talk and performs one of our most important roles. Her main job is keeping the office together as she is one of the first points of contact for anybody visiting or calling, ensuring that new service users receive a friendly.
Moving from the beautiful shores of Cornwall Jodie decided to join the vibrant delights of the city for a faster pace working environment and she is certainly up for the challenge.
Jodie has over 10 years of customer service and for the last few years, has surrounded herself in an office and management environment in key supporting roles. Jodie also has a long background in volunteering and charitable fundraising making her the perfect for the role, sharing the Sen Talk values and goals.