Respect ME is currently delivered in Manchester by Emma Owen, Adam Styles and Rachael Silvester with Caitlin Woodington overseeing Warren Weber in Wales and Naomi Plant in South Africa. The team also has help from some excellent guest tutors when needed.

emma owen (Founder/manager)

Emma is a former member of Manchester band The Tribe and a God TV presenter. She has been delivering top class school lessons, assemblies and events for over 19 years.

Adam styles (Manchester)

Adam is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. From taking schools lessons on value and self esteem, or throwing himself around the stage with pop-punk band Malokai, to working as a graphic designer and illustrator or even writing electronic music, Adam has done it. Now he uses his story of overcoming a history of self harm to show young people there's always hope.

Rachael Silvester (Manchester)

Caitlin Woodington (Wales)

Caitlin is an American now living in Wales with extensive experience working in high schools. Caitlin has worked for Ignite for two years, focussing on youth projects and working on their community development project in Tremorfa, Cardiff, Re:Gen Tremorfa, before becoming the schools worker for the Message Wales. Before moving to Wales, she taught both in the US and Spain and has worked as a children’s and youth worker for a church in the US. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She is passionate about seeing young people live in hope and value. 

Warren weber (Wales)

Warren is another American living in the UK! He is enthusiastic about youth work and determined to see young people educated and empowered to reach their full potential. He's a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and loves being part of the Respect ME team in Wales.

Shunita Barry (Wales)

Shunita is passionate about young people knowing who they are, that they are completely valued and have incredible potential, no matter what their background or current circumstances. She has spent a year training with Message Academy in youth work and schools work and also has a background of youth work in her home city of Cardiff. Shunita is now working for Message Wales as part of the Respect ME team going into schools.

NAOMI PLANT (south africa)

Naomi has a range of experience in youth work, previously a youth and children's worker in the Midlands and has delivered group workshops, assemblies and lessons in schools since 2011. From working in primary and secondary schools to youth groups, Naomi is passionate about young people realising their potential. Naomi has completed a year's training in youth work with Message Academy, an internship with Message Academy and Respect ME and now delivers and manages Respect ME South Africa.

Emma, Caitlin and Naomi are fully accredited in Promoting Positive Relationships from Staffordshire University under The Esteem Network and they are continually retraining and expanding their knowledge on current issues through The Esteem Network. Adam is currently doing this course.

Guest Tutors

The team can be joined by our guest tutors to add teaching from a male perspective which is especially helpful in mixed classes. 


Nick's powerful story of transformation from drug dealer to rapper gives him a unique perspective from which to help young people avoid the mistakes he made. Now eight years clean, Nick uses music to communicate his story and takes the message of faith that has transformed his life, into high schools and young offenders' institutions through the band Vital Signs.


Hailing from Portugal, Daniel moved to Manchester in September 2012. He completed The Message Trust's training year Genetik and has joined a fresh new band at the Message called BrightLine. Daniel is a beat-boxer, performing in schools around the UK and overseas.

MARVIN Gilbert

Marvin is part of The Message team Vital Signs. He's experienced in delivering sessions around relationships, self esteem, sexual health, grooming, child sexual exploitation, managing anger and bullying. He has a BTEC National Diploma in Popular Music and NVQ Youth Work Level 3 and has completed training in safeguarding children, knife awareness, gun and gang culture, abuse, child sexual exploitation and difficult behaviour. He is passionate to see young people reach their full potential through music.

Ben Davies

Ben Davies has completed The Message Academy and an internship with The Message creative missions department. He is an actor and has toured with a number of companies including In Yer Face. He is one half of Soulbox, one of The Message's newest schools bands, which blends soul, rap and beatbox.