Liz Bosanquet


Liz has worked in Children’s Social Care for 20 years. She is a social worker and has completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Practice.

She started her career as a children with disabilities support worker before qualifying as a social worker and going onto work in local authorities in statutory and non-statutory roles and also has experience within the voluntary sector.

She joined Hackney as a Consultant Social Worker in 2008 and was inspired by social work practice within the Reclaiming Social Work Model. Liz became an associate of Morning Lane in 2012 and undertook a post as a systemic social worker in local authority before going on to became a trainer in systemic social work on Morning Lane’s training programmes and a practice coach within MLA’s innovation project. Liz took the lead practice role in developing the DfE Knowledge and Skills Statement. Since 2015, she has been the Head of Learning for MLA, overseeing the development and delivery of all the training programmes and activities offered by the organisation.

Liz was motivated to set up Collective Space in response to the growing voice of social workers who are inspired by systemic practice and want to be able to offer more effective, more ethical and more human responses to family need. She continues to work with families in a inner London Borough and this continues to be what drives her passion for systemic social work.

Jennifer Summer

Principal Tutor and Systemic Lead

Jennifer is a Senior Systemic Psychotherapist and an AFT registered Supervisor. She has a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology, MSc. in Systemic Psychotherapy and an Advanced Diploma in the Supervision and Teaching of Family and Systemic Therapy.

She has over 25 years clinical experience and has been an Independent Expert Witness for court. Jennifer leads on the systemic content of various training programmes for many different Children’s Social Care organisations and undertakes quality assurance of systemic training delivered by Collective Space. She works one day a week in Cambridgeshire CSC as a Specialist Clinician for the Fostering Service where she offers systemic supervision and consultation to the social work team, and undertakes direct clinical work with children and families.

She teaches on postgraduate courses such as Step Up to Social Work and is the Lead Tutor on the Consultant Social Worker Development Programme for Frontline. She coaches senior managers in Children’s Social Care and has been a Leadership Development Advisor for Firstline. Jennifer sits on the exam board for Collective Space’s accredited courses.

Jo Ali

Expert By Experience

Jo joined Collective Space in July 2018. She has experience of receiving statutory CSC services including being in foster care. Jo is fiercely passionate about hearing the voice of the child and wants to influence social work to provide effective responses and support for children and young people.

Jo works with Collective Space in developing new training programmes and she forms part of our quality assurance approach as well as sitting on our exam board, ensuring that all our programmes have the child in mind.

Mark Huhnen

Family Therapist and Tutor

Mark trained as a Social Pedagogue in his native Germany before coming to the UK where his degree was considered a Social Work Qualification by the GSCC. He is also a registered systemic psychotherapist. Mark has worked as a consultant and clinician in Buckinghamshire County Council and in Lambeth. He delivers various systemic training courses including in Lambeth, Carmarthenshire and Buckinghamshire. He also works as a senior lecturer for the Frontline programme of the University of Bedfordshire and as a Leadership Development Advisor for Firstline offering supervision and leadership support to managers in various local authorities. Mark is currently undertaking a PhD in systemic practice and continues to offer clinical support to social workers and families in an inner London borough

Maria Takaendisa

Family Therapist and Tutor

Maria has a background in mental health nursing and has worked in both adult and CAMHS settings. She holds a BSc (hons) in Mental Health Nursing (Addictions) and an MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. Maria currently works as a Family Therapist in a Child Protection and Child in Need team and the Gangs Unit. Her role is to help embed systemic ideas within Children’s Services. Maria is also a visiting lecturer at Hertfordshire University teaching MSc & BSc Social Work trainees. Maria works with Collective Space delivering systemic training across the country.

Jamie McCreghan

Consultant Social Worker and Tutor

Jamie qualified as a social worker in Australia and gained an Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families in a Safeguarding Context through the Institute Family Therapy. Jamie has worked in Hull as a clinician in LAC and Adoption services. He has been teaching in Hull, Derbyshire, Lambeth and on the Frontline programme. Jamie is currently supporting the ASYE programme in Harrow and is teaching systemic social work around the UK.

John Woolner

Family Therapist and Tutor

John qualified as a social worker in 1988. His background in social work has largely been in adult mental health. However, he qualified with an MSc in systemic psychotherapy in 2000, and has worked with a wide range of service users since. He continues to run a private practice; currently lectures on the MA and BA Social Work programmes at Plymouth University; and is a specialist lay member sitting for the Mental Health Review Tribunal service. John has been delivering training in systemic theory and practice for the last ten years.

Barbara Shore

Family Therapist and Tutor

Barbara is a systemic psychotherapist with a MSc in Family Therapy and the Advanced Diploma in Supervision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. She has over 20 years of clinical experience having worked as a Family Therapist in many areas, both in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She was a therapist in Hackney Social Care for four years, working alongside social workers under the Reclaiming model. She works with Collective Space delivering training and clinical supervision.

Sam Fern

Social Work Team Manager and Tutor

Samantha qualified in 2007 with a BA (hons) in Social Work from the University of Sussex. She completed the Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory at the Tavistock and Portman in 2013. Samantha has 10 years’ experience of working with children and families in statutory, hospital and court settings. She is currently working as a team manager in a busy long term social work service and delivers systemic training.

Shona Grant

Management and Leadership Tutor

Shona qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse and Social Worker in 2001. After starting out in community care in Cambridgeshire she moved to Highland in 2003 to a role in a Children & Families team and has not worked in Adult services since. Shona has always been drawn to social work education and really enjoys supporting students and newly qualified staff.

Shona moved to Essex since 2007;  she was a Consultant Social Worker for Frontline until October 2017 and  is currently undertaking her Msc in Family & Systemic Psychotherapy. Shona works as a Senior Practitioner in a Family Support team, and supports training in Embedding Systemic social work practice.

Karen Gaughan

Management and Leadership Tutor

Karen is a Social Worker and Systemic Psychotherapist of over 20 years. Karen has extensive experience across Children’s Social Care in different service areas and has performed different frontline and management roles. She is currently a clinician working within a Youth Offending Service.

Karen is an experienced trainer and management coach. Her clear and engaging training style always receives high praise from her students.

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