Henry Ngawoofah has a range of skills and experience having worked within the Local Authority, Voluntary Community sector and education over the past 20 years in various roles such as Legal Officer, Community Project Management and School Governor. With his background in law, Henry leads on our legal and corporate governance at MEaP, with specific responsibility on Compliance to ensure all those involved in governance understand the legal frameworks and context in which our organisation operates. Henry also ensures that all of our requirements comply with building strategic partnerships that efficiently utilise resources to support people into education or training.
Before it changed to the Oasis Academy Harpur Mount, Henry worked as a Governor of Hapur Mount Primary school in North Manchester for five years, where he was responsible for ensuring that the school met its obligations under the Race Relations Amendment whilst also helping to implement safeguarding and educational strategies as part of its then whole school approach.
Special Education Needs Expertise
Henry is also a Consultant Mediator for the Home School Mediation Service facilitating Special Education Needs, school exclusions and neighbourhood disputes between Statutory Agencies and members of the community. Acting as an impartial mediator to help conflicting parties to work towards a workable agreement in particular those at risk of exclusion from schools, antisocial behaviour and neighbourhood nuisance, Henry has achieved workable agreements in over 90% of cases on behalf of Manchester City Council’s Mediation Service (Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchester).
As a Freelance Consultant Henry has supported small grassroots organisation to:
- Develop and deliver bespoke fundraising and business strategies diversifying income for local and regional organisations
- Design and deliver bespoke training and capacity building programmes to help organisations achieve nationally recognised accreditation, kite marks and quality assurance systems.
Having worked at WEA on secondment in December 2009 to January 2011 as the Project Manager for the Tackling Race Inequalities Fund (TRIF), Henry shared in WEA’s vision to provide an adult educational service that is inclusive, democratic and allow access to all irrespective of their background by removing barriers to learning, being responsive in the heart of communities and promoting life learn learning.
Henry is also the co-founder for Grace Incorporation Faith Trust (GIFT) a network of social enterprises that came together in order to build strategic partnerships to support local people into education and employment and self-employment.
Henry has a track-record of designing and delivering a wide range of projects and capacity building programmes. Here is a selection from his portfolio of activities.
- Achieved the setting up of an Open Awards Accreditation Training Centre, Supplementary School Service, Counselling, Mentoring, Mediation Service for young people.
- Successfully developed Volunteer Mentors’ accredited training programme and a Youth Forum to provide personal development to young people age 11- 19 and adults.
- Managing local partnerships between voluntary community groups, Youth Offending Team and the Mediation service, consisting of a team of community teachers/tutors, mediators, youth outreach and liaison officers, mentors and volunteers.
- Delivered a national project as a Project Manager Tackling Racial Inequalities
- Developed the Youth2BEET Project (Business Enterprise, Employment Training) an accredited training programme for young people ages 16 -25 years old support up to 120 young people a year.
Other projects include CALM Project and Celebrating the GIFT of Life From Our Heritage to Our Future project that engaged and celebrated the diverse community of Moss Side and Hulme with the emphasis on the arrival of post war immigrants on the Empire Windrush which sailed to England. Young people had the opportunity to learn more about the heritage of the African Caribbean communities that settled there through the stories of their parents/grandparents and community members.
Local Authority, National Lottery, Voluntary Sector, Legal Experience
Development Officer, Progress Trust/Heritage Lottery Fund
- Provided support to BAME voluntary community sector organisations in capacity building, training, project and financial management.
Legal Officer, Manchester City Council
- Assisting local Authority Legal Department to provide defence in litigation as a result of alleged negligence in housing disrepair, personal injuries cases.
- Ascertaining liability and appropriate compensation level to mitigate losses
YOT Support Officer, Manchester Youth Offending Team
- Providing support to young people as part of the Manchester Multi-Agency Gang Strategy (MMAGS) multi-disciplinary team to divert young people and adults involved in criminality/gang activities.
Legal Executive, Antoni Hodari Solicitors
- Providing legal and administrative support in case management and credit control of legal costs.
Youth Worker and Board Member – New Testament Church of God, Manchester
- Responsible for planning and delivering for youth activities at local, regional and national level.