Kent Children's University Team
Sean Carter -
Strategic Projects and Partnership Manager
Sean has spent the last 21 years working in local government in
England, the last 14 of which have been with Kent County
Council. His roles have included Community Development
Worker, European Project Manager, External Funding Officer,
Extended Services Development Manager and was then responsible for
Extended Services in Kent that has also included strategically
leading on the Kent Healthy Schools Programme and Kent Children's
Sean is currently the Strategic Projects and Partnership Manager
within the Education and Young People's directorate, with a
particular focus on developing projects and partnerships that
support the authority's strategic priorities for education and
young people. Prior to his work in local government Sean
worked in the private sector, and also undertook research and
established a charitable organisation looking to match disabled
people with housing that had been adapted or was suitable for their
Emma Jenkins -
Manager of Kent Children's University
As a qualified infant teacher, Emma taught in Kent schools for
over ten years. During her teaching career Emma developed
tools for demonstrating the impact of extra-curricular activities
on pupils' attainment and achievement as well as focusing on the
impact of strong parental engagement.
Emma was seconded to Kent County Council, as part of the
Extended Services central team in 2007, where the role saw her
support schools and organisations across the county to provide high
quality extra-curricular provision.
Now, Emma's role as Manager of Kent Children's University sees
her work with schools, businesses, organisations and charities to
enhance the quality of their out of school hours' (co-curricular)
provision for young people. There is a strong focus
around using Children's University opportunities and experience to
raise Aspirations with a view to improve Attitudes to learning;
thus leading to greater Attendance, higher Attainment and life-long
Achievement (The 5As, as Emma calls them). Developing skills
for life and employment are also vital elements of the Children's
Not forgetting support from...
Adams - Business and Customer Support Assistant (Skills and
Charlotte began her career working as a Legal Secretary in
Commercial Property for a Partner of a Solicitors' firm in
Maidstone. Dealing with leases, contracts and high volumes of
dictations and correspondence provided Charlotte with a good
foundation of skills which she has been able to apply and develop
throughout her work.
Charlotte joined Kent County Council in 2009 as a Project
Support Assistant for the Extended Services department where she
provided support on the Extended Schools, Healthy Schools, and
Healthy Early Years Pilot projects.
Charlotte has been part of the Skills and Employability Service
since 2012 and her role is within the Business Support Team. She
provides administrative support to the functioning of the office,
Kent Children's University, iProcurement and the organisation of
meetings, conferences and events.
Louis Harris -
Digital Services Apprentice (Skills and Employability)
Louis is the social media apprentice for the Skills and
Employability team. He is always looking for new and innovative
ways to promote the service across the numerous channels he runs.
During his time at Kent County Council he has developed a skill set
that has allowed him to contribute to the running of several
projects and digital platforms, including KCU-specific work.
As well as social media, Louis helped develop the new
Apprenticeship website ApprenticeKent and enjoys helping other
young people like himself find opportunities using the
- Employability Programmes Officer (Skills and
Having worked on both the Future Jobs Fund and the Kent
Employment Programme, she has been an integral part of the teams
that have helped to secure nearly 2000 jobs and apprenticeships for
young people in Kent. Having worked in the welfare to work arena
for many years, Karen has built good working relationships with
JCP, local employers and the voluntary sector that have been
critical to the successful outcomes of these projects. She has a
good understanding of the barriers young people face in entering
the workplace and is able to offer solutions that remove these
barriers and support the transition into employment.
Karen is supporting KCU with its development of working with
businesses and organisations.