Meet the Team
Head of Services

Sarah-Jane Trubody

Hello, I am Sarah-Jane Trubody the new Head of Children and Families for the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

I moved to the Islands in October last year but have been visiting regularly for over 20 years.  I was born in South East Cornwall and have lived in Cornwall all my life.  My previous role was in Plymouth where I was Children’s Services Manager for Barnardo’s and I have worked in various roles managing Services for Children within Local Authorities and within the Charity and Community Sectors.

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to live and work on the Islands and feel fortunate to work with a team of staff who are very highly skilled, passionate about their work and devoted to supporting the families and children of our community to reach their full potential.

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Nicola Lawson

I’m Nicola Lawson and I am the Children’s & Family Services Administrator.

I joined Children’s Services in 2014 after moving over from Lifelong Learning where I trained in office skills and Business Administration.

My job is a varied mix of admin tasks and includes making sure all Invoices are paid on time.

I am the first point of call for Post 16 Information, and I am responsible for liaising with parents and ensuring they receive their ESFA College Travel & Accommodation Grant payments.

Data Management Assistant

Penelope Hart

I joined the Children & Family Services team in 2010 when I moved to the Islands from Scotland. 

I am responsible for the statutory reporting and internal monitoring across Early Years, SEND, Education, Children’s Social Care and Adult Social Care.  I am also the contact for Early Years funding which includes 2, 3 & 4 year old childcare care funding.

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Early Years Assistants

Meriel King

It is a privilege to be a part of the foundations for play, learning and development for many of our island’s babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.  I love the journey that I get to share with families and being part of their memories.

I started in the Children’s Services when I was 16 years of age as a Play Worker at the Holiday Play scheme, 22 years later I am still thoroughly enjoying being part of the team.  My experiences have been very varied including the introduction of outreach work with play sessions across the 5 islands, managing the Holiday Play scheme, being a Portage Worker and offering Home visits, working with many different agencies and most importantly getting down on the floor with children, getting messy, singing songs, sharing exciting stories, leading adventures and inspiring families to try new things at home.

No year is ever the same and it always so exciting to welcome the next generation along to the services that we offer.

Tamasin Bridge

I’m Tamasin and my role is ‘Early Years Assistant’ for Children’s Services.  I run Stay and Play sessions on St Mary's for families and deliver Early Years sessions on the Off Islands.  I have other responsibilities in my role such as Early Years boating, Play Parks and Sibling Young Carers.

I started my career in Early Years with childminding in 1999 and then in the same year opened ‘Sunny Days Nursery’ on Tresco.  This was a huge success and ran for 6 years, when the number of pre-school children dwindled the Nursery closed and I went back to childminding.

I then started working for the Council as the Early Years Assistant in August 2014 running Early Years sessions.  I have experienced other roles such as Vice Chair of the Children’s Council, Vice Chair of Governors for Five Islands Academy and been part of many committees.  I now enjoy meeting all the new families to the Islands and welcoming the babies born on the Islands.

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Children's Social Worker

Sam Hillman

Hi, I’m Sam.  I have worked as a safeguarding social worker for the past 17 years.  I took up post on the Isles of Scilly nearly two years ago and have really enjoyed working with parents to ensure that the children on the islands are meeting their full potential. 


I work with schools and other professionals to provide support where needed and am happy to speak to parents and professionals in respect of children’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

SEND Inclusion Team
SEND Commissioning & Inclusion

Helen McGuinness

I started working for Children’s Services on the Isles of Scilly as an administrator in 2002 - when we were at the very outset of the ‘Sure Start’ journey developing Children’s Centres and Youth Opportunities.   Since then, my role evolved to include front line Youth Work, embedding Childcare Sufficiency and inclusive access to services for families across the Islands.  I have been privileged over the years (past and current) to work with a wide variety of colleagues, partners and providers from many sectors who have supported our work to ensure the best start in life for all children and young people on the Isles of Scilly. 

Over the last few years my focus has been more targeted to SEND – (SEN and Disabilities aged from 0 – 25 years), working with children, young people and their parents / carers to ensure the most effective support and provision is in place to meet needs and successful outcomes as a child progresses through childhood into adulthood.  This includes commissioning services from Health, Education and Social Care Services, Short Breaks provision and Early Help support.

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SEND Caseworker

Ruth Featherstone

My name is Ruth, and I am a SEND Caseworker for the Local Authority’s SEND Inclusion Team.  My main goal is to help children and young people with special educational needs achieve their dreams and aspirations.  

You will come across me if a child or young person has an education health and care plan (EHCP) or if a statutory request comes in for an EHCP.  I work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parent/carers from 0 to 25.  My main role is to facilitate the EHCP. From initial assessments, writing and updating EHCPS, attending reviews and working with colleagues to get the right provision for children and young people.

A nice fact to know about me is that I do enjoy gardening focussing on flowers and spend most of my free time in my country cottage type garden.

Family Information & Access Assistant

Julie Love

I am the Family Information and Access Assistant; my main role is to look after the Isles of Scilly Local Offer.

I help ensure that children, young people with SEND and their families have information about services available and how to access them, help set up opportunities for people to be involved and give feedback.  I also work with colleagues and services to ensure that the Isles of Scilly Local Offer is reviewed and kept up to date.   I look after the Family Scilly website, which has information for all families living in Scilly.

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Local Offer Scilly

Local Offer Scilly provides information about the available provision to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families on the Isles of Scilly

Family Scilly


Welcome to Family Scilly an information resource for you and your family. 


With tips and advice, where to go for support and how to access services.

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