The Stronger People team is a unique mix of lived experience, academic qualifications and professional expertise. All of our staff have direct, first-hand experience of the issues faced by our young people and have all overcome significant barriers to achieve success in their respective professional fields. 
Our team includes an ex-young offender, a practicing social worker, a youth psychotherapist and an experienced mentor and school safeguarding professional.

Our team work collaboratively, using a multi-agency approach to design and deliver interventions that create and support lasting change.

By liaising with our external advisory panel Stronger People is able to provide a service that has strong grounding in real-world experience whilst also making sure the necessary safeguarding and statutory frameworks are upheld in our work; making supporting statutory services one of our strong points.

We pride ourselves on our strong relationships with a number of key statutory and voluntary sector stakeholders in the city. We also maintain cooperative links with both local and national organisations concerned with the safeguarding of young people and reduction of child criminal exploitation.

Internal Team

Hallam Walker-Smart 

Head Of Service

Interventions Lead

Hallam leads the development and delivery of services at Stronger People. He has worked in safeguarding and intervention roles and applies his own lived experience alongside professional understanding to help protect young people from harm. He contributes to academic work around Child Criminal Exploitation and effective intervention strategies.

Joe Fitzpatrick 

Community Contact Lead

Joe heads up the community contact and outreach work at Stronger People. He has extensive experience working with young people in pupil referral units, secure units and mainstream education. Joe is highly experienced in engaging hard-to-reach young people and is also a qualified boxing coach. 

Matthew Johnston 

Youth Psychotherapist

Matthew leads the on all therapeutic services at Stronger People, including includes risk and core assessments. He has extensive experience working with young people facing significant challenges, including SEN. Matthew has worked with young people in various roles including at Nottingham City Council and more recently the University of Leicester.

External Advisory Panel

Consultant Social Worker

Senior Safeguarding consultant

Academic Research Consultant 


Stronger People is a registered Community Interest Company (11474413) Stronger People C.I.C, Carlton Road Business Centre, 27-31 Carlton Road, Nottingham, NG3 2DG