Speakers

Pat Sowa

Pat Sowa

Advocate for Mentally Healthy Schools and Communities

A former primary head, Pat has dedicated herself to raising awareness, building understanding and inspiring action to improve mental health in education since she lost her son, Dom, aged 17.

Pat is a keynote speaker, adviser and Mental Health First Aid Trainer working with schools, the NHS and charities.  Pat is a member of the Tees Esk Wear Valley NHS Trust Suicide Prevention Advisory group and has worked with Public Health North Yorkshire to develop their resources to self harm and suicide intervention.  She is also a trustee for Parentkind and an Ambassador for Papyris, the young suicide prevention charity.

Professor Wendy Burn

Professor Wendy Burn

President of Royal College Psychiatrists

Wendy was elected President of the College in 2017.  She holds this role until 2020 and leads the RCPsych on behalf of its members and associates.

Professor Wendy Burn became a consultant old age psychiatrist in Leeds in 1990 and now works part time in a community post.  Her main clinical interest is dementia.

She has held a regional leadership role in this area fron 2011 and was co-clinical Lead for dementia for Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Clinical Network between 2013 and 2016.

She also sit on national groups for planning of dementia care.

Wendy has been heavily involved in postgraduate training since starting as a consultant and has held many roles in education, including setting up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and becoming the first Head of School.

She was a senior organiser of clinical examinations at the college, deputy convenor, regional co-ordinator for continuing professional development and the deputy lead for national recruitment.

She co-chairs the Gatsby Welcome Neuroscience Project, aimed at reworking the core training curriculum for psychiatry trainees.

From 2011 to 2016 Wendy was college Dean.

Dr Libby Artingstall

Dr Libby Artingstall

Co-Founder & Director Team Mental Health

 

Libby is a mental doctor who specialised to become a consultant forensic psychiatrist.  She is a member of the Royal Cpllege of Psychiatrists and has worked with young people and adults in a variety of different settings across communities.  Libby has maintained a longstanding interest in health education and has obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice.

Libby feels passionately about changing the way in which mental health is perceived and managed.  She strongly believes that through engaging and delivering proactive, preventative action, whole organisations can be empowered to protect and look after their mental health and significantly reduce the negative personal, social and economic outcomes associated with mental ill health.  The outcome is Team Mental Health!

Dr Sile Mcdaid

Dr Sile Mcdaid

Co-Founder & Director Team Mental Health

 

Sile is a medical doctor who specialised to become a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist.  She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  Throughout her career, Sile has worked in the community and inpatient units providing care to hundreds of children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of mental disorders.

Sile is driven to support communities move away from a position of reactive, crisis intervention towards a more proactive position where preventing illness, promoting positive mental health, detecting problems sooner rather than later and early intervention are embraced.  She feels passionatelt about working together across workplaces, the education sector and across sport to support the health and wellbeing of communities today and into the future.

Peter Connor

Peter Connor

Framwellgate School

Dave Mcpartlin

Dave Mcpartlin

Assistant Head Teacher, Welfare, Behaviour & Mental Health (DSL), William Howard School

Carlo Missirian

Carlo Missirian

Humanutopia

Daniel Thrower & Anne Oakley

Daniel Thrower & Anne Oakley

Executive Headteacher & Attachment Lead

Daniel Thrower (Headteacher) and Anne Oakley (Attachment Lead) work for The Wensum Trust in Norfork.  In 2016, with funding from Norfolk County Council, they set up a piolot called Attchment Outreach Support (AOS), a mulitdisciplinary, education and therapeutic outreach support project for children who have suffered early life trauma and attachment difficulties.

The results impact so much, the pilot was extended.  Daniel and Anne are now co leading a bid to open a Trauma specialist provision that will be the first of its kinf in the country.  Their work has the backing of some of the most eminent experts in trauma both in the UK and worldwide.

Jan Forshaw

Jan Forshaw

Head of Education at Coram Life Education

Jan Forshaw is Head of Education at Coram Life Education, a leading children's charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children and providing support for schools in doing this.  Jan began her career as a teacher in Primary and Middle schools, including Senior Leadership roles, later becoming a PSHE Advisor with Bradford Education authority.

Jan now oversees the development of Coram Life Education's evidence-based health and wellbeing programmes, including most recently SCARF online, a PSHE and wellbeing programme that provides comprehensive resources and a framework for a whole-school approach to the positive development of children's physical and emotional health, their behaviour and achievement.

Lisa Handy

Lisa Handy

Relationships and Sex Education Educator

Lisa Handy is an Relationships and Sex Education educator, trainer and consultant with over 17 years' experience within the primary and secondary RSE field, having previously worked for Brook, the NHS, National Children's Bureau and is a past Sex Education Forum Coordinator.

Lisa joined Coram Life Education in 2017 to strengthen its work in helping schools to meet the new DfE statutory Relationships Education and Health Education requirements.  She initially led the project to design and implement a new, comprehensive Relationships Education resource which forms part of the SCARF online programme.  She now leads on training teachers to be ready for the new Relationships Education requirements, statutory fron September 2020, whilst also ensuring that Coram Life Education's RSE resources continue to support schools in meeting both DfE and Ofsted requirements.

Lisa is also an NHS Sexual Health Adviso with responsibilities for design and delivery of RSE programmes, training of Professionals and working 1 to 1 with 11-19 year olds.

Cathy Westgate

Cathy Westgate

Head Teacher, Hudson Road Primary School

Rafaela Ricardo

Rafaela Ricardo

Communities Programme Officer

Rafaela Ricardo is a Communities Programme Office at MHFA England.  She has worked with MHFA England for two years and has assisted in rolling out training to over 1,0000 secondary school staff across the country.  Now working with the Communities team, Rafaela supports organisations and groups to undertale mental health training who may otherwise be unable to access it.  By helping people to develop the skills to look after their own and others' wellbeing, Rafaela and the communities team support MHFA England's vision of normalising attitudes and behaviours around mental health in all areas of society.

Rafaela is passionate about breaking the stigma around mental health and engaging with young people from all backgrounds to talk about their mental health.  She has a background in youth engagement where she successfully presented empowering and engaging presentations to connect with young people and encourage them to connect with their wider community.