Meet the Team

Kerry Bailey - Regional Project Manager (South)

In a varied professional career Kerry has worked extensively with children and families, specialising in working with children with additional needs.

She has worked both in the charity and public sector, beginning as a volunteer at the age of 16 for KIDS charity in Hull. Kerry worked in the London Borough of Southwark for 10 years as a Portage Worker and Coordinator of services and later as the Service Manager.

Whilst working in Southwark, Kerry also set up the Sibling Project which has continued to reach children, young people and families for 13 years.

More recently, Kerry worked as Childcare Manager and SENCO in a South London Children’s Centre for 3 years, supporting children and families in the West Norwood area of Lambeth. 

Kerry has delivered training to parents and professionals, loves working with children, as well as supporting families, and her work has always been underpinned by ‘Portage Principles’. So, she jumped at the chance to work for the NPA and be part of a team to develop and support Portage services.

Kerry is passionate about her work and also makes time for art, travel, cooking for friends and yoga.

Kerry Bailey
Regional Project Manager (South)
kerry.bailey@portage.org.uk
Tel: 07462 238193

Tracy Stephenson - Regional Project Manager (North and Midlands)

Tracy joined the NPA / DfE project team in November 2013. Her passion for Portage started in 1990 when she attended her first Portage Basic Workshop as a newly qualified teacher.

She has 25 years’ teaching experience, specialising in the early years & supporting children with special needs and disabilities (SEND).

Tracy has taught in both mainstream and specialist provision, working in inner city and rural areas of Lancashire and Yorkshire. She has a post graduate diploma in developmental disorders. Tracy’s other passion is outdoor play & she can often be found puddle jumping in her spotty wellies!

Prior to joining the NPA, Tracy worked as an Assistant Head and Specialist Advisory Teacher in North Yorkshire, line managing a local area Portage team. Throughout her career, Tracy has used the Portage model and Portage principles to guide her teaching and support the individual needs of ALL children and their families.

Tracy is delighted to be working with the NPA, bringing her career full circle. She enjoys delivering portage awareness workshops, making links with Portage services across the country and encouraging others to adopt the Portage model and embed Portage principles into their work.

She is excited to be supporting the development of new Portage services and is constantly inspired meeting Portage parents.

Tracy is originally a Sheffield lass but has lived in Manchester and North Yorkshire. She currently lives in York with her two daughters. She enjoys travel and exploring, swimming, camping and walking, history and reading, wine and chocolate – although not all at once!

Tracy Stephenson
Regional Project Manager (North and Midlands)
tracy.stephenson@portage.org.uk
Tel: 0746 2266761

Chris Breese, Office Manager  

Hello, I am Chris Breese. I joined the NPA as Office Manager in January 2014, following a career which took me from being a PA to becoming a Regional Business Manager before semi retiring and qualifying as a nursery practitioner.  

Previous experience has really helped me understand Portage, support the NPA Board and keep the office running.

My normal working days are Monday and Tuesday.

Kathleen Scoble, Finance Officer

Hi, I am Kathleen Scoble. I also joined the NPA in January 2014 as Finance Officer so Chris and I have learnt together.

I previously worked at NHS Solihull PCT and left in 2013 as part of the reorganisation.

I work in the Hall Green office on Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon and all day on Friday.

I live locally and have two grown up children.

Jo Green, Office Administrator

Hi, I am Jo Green.  I joined the NPA as Office Administrator in November 2016 so am still learning every day.  

I spent 15 years in the banking industry before changing direction to work in school administration which fitted well with my growing children.  

I am in the office 4 days a week from Monday to Thursday.