About Me

I have previously been a Senior Leader in a large 11-18 school in West Sussex. As part of ​my role I had responsibility for the progress and wellbeing of Pupil Premium students. I ​completed my NPQSL on this area and was an SLE for my academy chain. I then became ​the mental health and wellbeing lead and realised that staff mental health support ​needed to be an important part of a school's culture. I wrote my book 'Supporting staff ​mental health in your school' to help to reduce the shame and stigma felt by staff who ​may be struggling with their mental health and to let them know they weren't alone. I left ​my teaching role in November 2022 to become a freelance trainer and consultant ​supporting schools to develop various aspects of their whole-school approach to ​mental health.

I have coached over 200 leaders through the DFE-approved SMHL Award and supported ​schools and colleges by writing bespoke training to meet the needs of their setting.

I am a fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and have worked with them as a ​Leading Diversity Advisor for mental health. I have delivered webinars for ACAMH on ​various topics including supporting students who have experienced trauma. I deliver ​keynote lectures on all aspects of mental health in schools including both student ​and staff mental health. I have enjoyed delivering webinars for Thrive based on ​supporting colleagues with the menopause and supporting staff mental health and ​wellbeing. I also enjoy writing content for a range of educational CPD providers and ​journals. I currently work for West Sussex Mind delivering workshops for the ​community around mental health.

When I am not working, I enjoy sea-swimming, yoga, climbing and exploring new ​beaches in my campervan Audrey with my

wonderful whippet Luna.

Keynote & Workshop Themes

Staff mental health training

Supporting staff mental health in your school for leaders

Creating a staff wellbeing toolkit

Supporting colleagues with the menopause

Supporting colleagues who have experienced trauma

Understanding and preventing vicarious trauma

ITT provider and wellbeing training

ITT/ECT wellbeing toolkit and boundaries

ITT/ECT managing workload and the importance of rest

ITT wellbeing for mentors and tutors

Leadership of mental health

How governors can support a whole-school approach

to mental health

Auditing your school's mental health provision

Supporting children's mental health

Mental health training for LSA's/HLTA's

Student Mental Health Ambassador training

Supporting students with exam stress

Parent/carer's workshop on supporting their child's

mental health

Supporting students with EBSA

Supporting students who have experienced trauma

I can also create bespoke sessions for your setting's specific needs.

Supporting staff mental health

1. Supporting staff mental health in your school for leaders

2. Staff wellbeing toolkit

Understanding the signs and behaviours of mental ill health

Having meaningful conversations about mental health

Reasonable adjustments for mental health

Further reading and external support services

Case Studies

Understanding when extra self-care might be needed

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and wellbeing

Physiological wellbeing.

Emotional wellbeing

Further reading and external support services

Wellbeing exercises

Wellbeing plans

3. Supporting colleagues with the menopause

4. Supporting colleagues who have experienced trauma

What is the menopause and who experiences it?

The physical, emotional and behavioural impact of the


Reasonable adjustments for the menopause.

Case studies/menopause policy example.

External support and further resources.

Understanding what trauma is

Understanding the signs and behaviours of PTSD

Having meaningful conversations about trauma.

Reasonable adjustments for staff with PTSD

Case Studies