Meet the Team


Soon to arrive!

Principal Children and Families Social Worker






Camilla Lawson

Senior Workforce Development Administrator


Camilla started working within Learning & Development for Devon County Council in 2004. She has been involved in many areas of training and coordinated conferences and events over the years.
She works part-time and now supports Verity Sutcliffe with the L&D Programme for Children’s Social Care staff and links closely with External Facilitators.
She is the coordinator for;
• All Children’s Social Care courses and link to the DEL on-line booking system
• Front Line Managers Development Programme
• Area/Operations Managers Development Programme
• ABE training with Devon & Cornwall Police
• ILM Qualification with City&Guilds in Leadership & Management for Children’s Front Line Managers
She loves family time with her husband and two young children. She loves to bake and entertain, and is most happy when her home is filled with friends and family! 

Sarah Rogers

Practice Development Advisor


Sarah has worked for Devon County Council in social care since 1989. Her first post being in admin as a district clerk shortly followed by an Occupational Therapy Assistant and community care worker in adult social care until she undertook her social work degree at Plymouth University, qualifying in 2007. Sarah moved to children’s social work to start off her career as social worker and has had experience of working in different teams over the years, to include the safeguarding team (now similar to that of children and families teams), Disabled Children’s team, Permanence and Transition and as a student had a placement in the Helpdesk which was the equivalent to today’s initial response team. Sarah joined the Academy in February 2013 with the main focus of her role supporting practice development and assessment of practice as a mentor for NQSW’s on their ASYE program; alongside this also undertakes a range of other activities including mentoring social workers undertaking their practice educator award, assessment and support for social work students and transition social workers. From 2019 Sarah has taken over as the lead for the ASYE programme along with Penn Hadfield-Bennett supporting. In 2018 Sarah took up a secondment as an assistant team manager to further expand her experience, knowledge and skills, returning back to the Academy in February 2019.

On-going professional development has always been a priority on Sarah’s agenda and her post qualifying achievements include the GCPP (general certificate in professional practice), the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Studies and Graduate Certificate in Practice Education (GCPE,PEP 2). Sarah also supports training delivery to include the NSPCC Graded Care Profile 2 training, Kent Serious Games, Rosie 2 (Neglect), Connect 5 (mental health), Professional Curiosity and Analysis and Critical thinking in Assessment (Research in Practice). Outside of work Sarah’s hobbies include dog showing and has had success with her dog winning Best of Breed at Crufts (2017) and enjoys gardening, caravanning and walking.




Penn Hadfield-Bennett 

Practice Development Advisor

Information to follow.





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Nigel Stopard

Head of the Academy


Nigel has worked in children’s social care since qualifying as a social worker in 1987. His work experience includes residential work with young people and statutory child care social work in Surrey and Devon. Nigel qualified as a practice teacher in 1993 and has worked with social work students and other learners in a variety of settings. He currently delivers the practice educator award locally in partnership with Plymouth City Council. Nigel maintains an on going commitment to professional development and has recently completed a PG Dip in leadership and management studies.



Verity Sutcliffe

Workforce Development Advisor


Verity has been working to develop the Children’s workforce in Devon for the past 10 years, initially for the Children’s Trust and since 2010 for children’s social care. Prior to this she worked for the NHS in both Devon and London on developing the health of the population with a specific focus on children, sexual and mental health. She has worked in South America as a teacher and for the Ministry of Education in Belize on the establishment of their Healthy Schools Programme. Verity gained an MSc in Health, Education and Training in 2001. She has a strong interest in research and evidence informed practice, her Masters dissertation examined the impact of the HIV virus on education systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Verity lives on Dartmoor with her partner and three children.






Lorraine Williams

Senior Workforce Development Administrator

Lorraine joined the Social Work Academy Team in July 2016.  She has worked within social care in both Adults and Childrens Services continually for the last fourteen years and has a broad understanding of social care structure and function.  She coordinates the delivery of Social Work training and workforce development and is the point of contact for partner organisations and students.  In her spare time she enjoys furniture restoration with help from husband Shaun who is a cabinet maker, playing guitar, camping and travel.

Sarah Clarke

Senior Workforce Development Administrator (Restorative Practice)



Sarah Clarke – Senior Workforce Development Administrator
Sarah joined the Academy in 2019 to support and administer the training rollout for the Restorative Practice approach. Sarah is the point of contact for Restorative Practice and Motivational Interviewing training courses in Children’s Services.
Prior to this she worked in the Recruitment team in DCC for 7 years, supporting the recruitment and retention of Social Workers in Children’s and Adults’ Services.