Training – Bios of Training Facilitators

Our expert team of training facilitators have a wide range of skills, experience, knowledge and expertise. 

Here you can read a full biography of our key trainers, to better understand their individual and combined skills, so you  get the most out of Stop Hate UK’s training programme.

Rose Simkins:

Rose’s experience in social issues stands head and shoulders above many of her contemporaries, with almost 20 years’ experience in Housing Management and Homelessness, together with a further 7 years working on Refugee and Asylum support, she is an incredibly well-respected figure in her field of expertise.

Rose, now Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK, has led the charity through a significant period of growth and change, into what is now a leading national Hate Crime Charity; always at the forefront in challenging online Hate Crime and providing appropriate reporting services.

She is an experienced, leading keynote speaker and trainer on all areas of Hate Crime and is a regular contributor and spokesperson in national press and media.

Rose is enhanced DBS checked.

Derek Sankar:

Throughout his career Derek has been committed to developing and promoting anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice, particularly with young people, teachers and education professionals, such as advisers, and ITT lecturers.

Derek has worked with organisations such as Oxfam, Development Education Association and Stop Hate UK designing, delivering, and evaluating training programs in diversity and anti-oppressive practice including anti-racism, gender issues, equality and diversity, development, and sustainability issues.

Derek has been a primary teacher working in inner city schools in Leeds, has developed innovative bilingual advocacy services engaging with some of the most excluded elements of BME and migrant communities and is now a third sector consultant developing among other things, peer management and development systems for community organisations. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA).

Derek is enhanced DBS checked.

Mike Ainsworth:

Mike is the Director of London Services for Stop Hate UK and is currently chair of the UK government’s Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime. This group includes victims, activists, lawyers and academics – its role is to advise government, police and other offices of the criminal justice system on strategies to eradicate hate crime and the harm it causes to individuals and society.

Mike is a member of the Executive Board of the UK Council for Internet Safety and sits on the National External Advisory Board for the Crown Prosecution Service. After a varied career in the Prison Service from officer in HMP Lincoln to Governor in HMP Holloway Mike worked in a variety of voluntary sector organisations including Director of Offender Programmes in The Princes Trust.

Mike is is enhanced DBS checked.

Bill Howe:

Bill has spent a large part of his career involved in the delivery and management of specialist advice services in a variety of statutory and third sector settings, including four years as Welfare Rights officer with Bradford Council, twenty years as Student Advice Centre manager, and then Non-Commercial services manager with a large Higher Education Students’ Union.

Since joining Stop Hate UK in 2015, Bill has worked extensively both as a Helpline Operator, engaged in the delivery of front-line services and, over the last two years, has also been involved in the development and delivery of a number of projects aimed at responses to manifestations of ‘hate speech’ online.

Bill is enhanced DBS checked.

Ian Davey:

Ian is Stop Hate UK’s Director of Operations and has worked with Stop Hate UK since 2013.

Prior to joining Stop Hate UK, Ian served as a police officer for 30 years holding a range of roles including Area Inspector, Hostage Negotiator and Force Lead for Equality and Diversity with responsibility for overseeing the force response to Hate Crime.

During that time, he delivered training on Hate Crime to police officers, police staff and external agencies and also introduced internal procedures and staff training for ‘Persons susceptible to harm’ which aimed to ensure multi agency solutions were the default response for persons with heightened vulnerability.

Ian established police Hate Crime scrutiny panels during his time as Diversity Lead and has facilitated similar panels while working for Stop Hate UK.

Ian is enhanced DBS checked.

Angie Wright:

Angie is Stop Hate UK’s Education Development Lead and joined the organisation after 11 years teaching Music at secondary level in a comprehensive school in Leeds. She has four adult children and her experience in education has enabled her to develop workshops for PHSE days and individual lessons at schools across West and South Yorkshire.

A recent project saw Angie partnering with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire to lead learning about counter-extremism and the effects of prejudice.

Angie has been working with universities and other organisations to support their staff development in Hate Crime support and intervention. She is currently engaged in writing an online course about discrimination for university students, commissioned by OUP.

Angie is experienced in speaking to a wide range of audiences, in schools, community groups, and council meetings.

Kieran Reynolds:

Kieran has spent the majority of his career in equality sector with a particular focus on disability and community engagement. He has a broad knowledge of equality rights which he gained at charities such as Community Action Sutton, Level Playing Field and the National Autistic Society.

A disabled person himself, Kieran has been able to draw on both his personal and professional experience and use this to build relationships and deliver impactful training to a wide variety of different audiences.

In 2018, while working for Level Playing Field, Kieran was presented with the Crystal Palace FC Equality award in recognition of his work to improve the match day experience for the club’s disabled supporters.

Kieran is enhanced DBS checked.