Meet the Team
Dr Melanie Ackers
Content and Education Adviser
Working with children and young people for over 20 years and
Following her doctorate research on cyberbullying and online child behaviour, Dr Ackers became acutely aware of the varying levels of risks many young people are exposed to online and noted the gap in young people’s education relating to this subject. This concern became even more personal following the birth of her two young children. It was at this point she began discussing the importance of creating an organisation which helped young people understand online risk, supported schools to educate on these risks and aided families in having open and honest conversations about online risks.
Dr Acker’s is central to our Product Development team using her expert knowledge of psychology and child development to create both our learning materials and unique assessments.
Content and Education Adviser
Following 30 years as an educational psychologist, Michael retired from his role as p
In 2015 he, along with our other directors, formed eAWARE utilising his 6 years teaching experience and 30 years experience as an educational psychologist to create a platform that allowed teachers to effectively deliver education related to online safety.
Michael works closely with Dr Ackers, Joe and Sam within Product Development, ensuring our assessments and learning materials are both up to date and inline with current research on both child development and potential online risks.
Content and Communications
Joe graduated university in 2012 and originally intended to pursue a career in teaching. Instead, following a child protection disclosure, he decided his skills were best utilised outside the classroom and followed a desire and passion for protecting those who cannot protect themselves. This led Joe to specialise in Online Child Protection working with the Internet Watch Foundation. During his time at the IWF Joe was at the frontline in the fight against Online Child Sexual Abuse, working in-conjunction with CEOP, Europol, Interpol and organisations such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. Drawing on this experience Joe has become uniquely placed to understand how predators utilise the internet to groom and exploit minors, robbing them of their dignity, rights and innocence.
He joined eAWARE in 2016 as our Communications and Content Development Manager with the desire to work for an organisation that was the industry leader in ensuring young people, parents and the school community are empowered with the skills necessary to be safe online.
Following a role as Executive Manager at Tate recruitment spanning 14 years, it was Sam’s experiences as a mother of 4 which became the catalyst for her joining the
Sam understands first hand the importance of keeping children safe online and feels passionately that we must see a shift in the National Curriculum to include Online Safety, thereby ensuring all children are given the skills they need to be safe online.
Sam leads our Operations, Recruitment and Sales teams whilst also working alongside Joe, Dr Ackers and Michael within Product Development.
School Liaison Manager
Sara joined us as School Liaison Manager in March 2018 following 9 years as Regional Sales Manager for ELS Euro, a role which saw her form working relationships with many of the primary schools in North and Mid Wales. As a mother she understands first hand the daily challenges young people face online, which is why when she was approached by eAWARE she embraced the opportunity to join an organisation working towards a mission she felt passionately about.
Sara leads our school liaison team and is always on hand to discuss how the eAWARE platform can benefit schools. She’s available for both face to face meetings, webinars and by phone.
After 12 years working in account management Dawn took a career break to spend time with her two children and worked part time as a childminder. It was during this time where Dawn saw first hand the importance of allowing young people to grow in a world where they feel safe, secured and valued.
Upon her return to work she made it a personal mission to actively promote the safety of young people through working in safeguarding roles in the education sector. In 2018 Dawn joined eAWARE as part of our school liaison team continuing to promote the safety of young people through the use of the eAWARE platform.
A founding director of eAWARE Michala is a large part of the reason we, as an organisation, exist today.
Providing a wealth of experience in developing strategic partnerships, go-to-market strategies, IT Security, IP Networking, VoIP telephony and Cloud Services, Michala continues to work for large telecommunication companies worldwide. Alongside these roles
Michala is central to our company direction, overseeing our Operations, Recruitment and Sales teams and supplementing our Product Development team with information relating directly to internet security.
Business Services Director
With over 40 years of experience in Promotional and Visual Marketing, Communications and Web Development Andrew joined eAWARE at it’s conception in 2015 as a director. He, like all our directors, had a desire to create and be part of an organisation that was the industry leader in supporting both young people, parents and teachers in gaining the skills they need to be safe online.
Andrew works as part of our Marketing and Communications team, working with Joe to create and implement our communications and marketing strategy.
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