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Advisory Group

An Advisory Group of 10 elected members informs and guides the work of the Sex Education Forum. All of our partners are elligible to stand for election.

The current Advisory Group was elected in March 2018, and are listed below. 

Alice Cruttwell
Alice is Public Health Curriculum Advisor for Shropshire and wrote the award winning Shropshire RSE curriculum – winner of the Children and Young People Award 2017 for PSHE. She brings 35 years experience at national, regional and local level and a pragmatic, Local Authority and Public Health Commissioning perspective, together with a thorough knowledge of RSE and PSHE implementation. 

Alice Hoyle 
Alice is a teacher advisor for DO… RSE for schools,  an LGBT+ youth worker and her freelance portfolio includes the Sex and History project, The RSE Hub, and FPA Charity. As a qualified teacher with a MSc in Sexual Health Education, with over 16years experience in the field of sex education, Alice has a deep understanding of the issues facing practitioners in the delivery of sex education. 

Alison Hadley OBE
Alison is Director of the Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange (TPKE) at the University of Bedfordshire and Teenage Pregnancy Advisor to Public Health England. Alison was previously Head of the Teenage Pregnancy Unit in DfE, leading implementation of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. Alison has been involved with the Sex Education Forum since its foundation in 1987 and is a Life Member. 

Jane Lees 
Jane Chaired the Sex Education Forum from 2008 to 2018, steering it through a period of protracted and dogged campaigning. Her experience as teacher, trainer and adviser in the education sector - schools, local authorities, national and international policy - enable her to bring practical realities to bear on the implementation of statutory RSE. Jane is a Life Member of the Sex Education Forum

Laura Russell
Laura works for the policy team at Stonewall, leading on lobbying work to ensure RSE is inclusive of LGBT young people. Laura previously led FPAs policy development and political engagement and was closely involved in the campaign for statutory RSE. Laura worked with young people to co-create a ‘manifesto’ and supported young people to participate in a Parliamentary event attended by the Secretary of State.  

Lisa Hallgarten
Lisa is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Brook which runs specialist sexual health clinics for young people; provides one to one support; and delivers RSE to young people in 12% of secondary schools in England. At Education For Choice (EFC), SEF and Brook Lisa has delivered SRE, developed resources, trained teachers and school nurses and advocated for mandatory SRE. 

Lynnette Smith - Chair
Lynnette is Director and founder of BigTalk Education, a social enterprise which provides specialist support and RSE deliver for schools from primaries through to colleges. With a background in Youth & Community Work, Lynnette became a specialist in RSE. Her local authority roles included leading the North Lincolnshire teenage pregnancy strategy.  Lynnette has local and national media experience and gave evidence to the Education Select Committee enquiry into SRE and PSHE.  

Richard Lawrence
Richard is Project Support Assistant at Mencap, a role which includes being a spokesperson. Richard has spoken about his personal experiences of learning disability, hate crime and relationships. He has spoken on the radio, at the Houses of Parliament and in schools on these issues. Richard also appeared in the Not OKCupid and Here I Am campaigns. 

Yoan Reed 
Yoan is the founder of Teaching LifeSkills, providing RSE for schools, and co-founder of OUTSPOKEN Sex Ed, a CIC promoting parental engagement in RSE. Yoan’s recent MA dissertation was informed by parent focus group research and Yoan champions the need to include parental engagement in politics, policies and practice. Yoan spent her formative years in Denmark and is a certified midwife with experience in antenatal education – a combination that led to developing her career in RSE.