Speakers

Dr Emma Kell FCCT

Dr Emma Kell FCCT

Speaker, Writer, Researcher, Teacher, SLE, Author of How to Survive in Teaching

Dr Emma Kell has over 20-years’ experience as a teacher and senior leader. Emma works as Teaching School Lead for Aspire AP and as a senior teaching fellow for the Institute of Education. Emma is a Specialist Leader in Education and works as an associate for the National Foundation for Educational Research and Education Support Partnership to support teacher recruitment and retention. She has written several articles and blog posts on school leadership and the pressures of teaching, and has recently completed a doctorate on teacher well-being and work-life balance at Middlesex University. Emma is author of How To Survive in Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2018), writes regularly for the TES and set up her company www.thosethatcan.net to support teachers.

Tracey Palmer

Tracey Palmer

Senior Training & Learning Officer - Children & Mental Health Training Portfolios, NYES

Tracey has worked in education for approximately 30 years and is a training lead for the Children, Safeguarding and Mental Health portfolios.  Prior to this, she assisted with the development of services for children and also worked as an Early Years Consultant in North Yorkshire.
Tracey has a BA in Early Childhood Studies and a PGCE teaching qualification. In addition to this, in 2018 she became a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and she delivers a wide range of mental health and wellbeing training. Tracey is passionate about delivering high quality training and supporting those who work with children and young people.

Sarah Birch

Sarah Birch

Regional Standards Lead

I am the Regional Standards Lead for River Tees Multi Academy Trust. In this role, I drive forward the standards of teaching and learning and support the development of staff through quality CPD.

Prior to this role I have been Assistant, Deputy and Acting Head for a local Pupil Referral Unit. At the start of my appointment this school was judged to be 'requiring improvement' by Ofsted and we were successful in achieving a 'good' grading whilst I was in the role of Acting Head.

I have also had teaching experience in a local Primary Special School and mainstream primary schools.

In addition to this, I am a Team Teach Trainer and SLE for behaviour and vulnerable learners.

Lucy Sutton

Lucy Sutton

Teacher of Drama and PSHE Lead, Cramlington Learning Village

Staff Mental Health First Aider and deliverer of staff mental health training and Student BU nurture group.

Sarah Price

Sarah Price

Sedgefield SSP manager

Colette Shearer

Colette Shearer

Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist, Hartlepool Psychology Team

I have 27 years experience of working as an Educational Psychologist always with an interest in supporting CYP with emotional and social needs. My current role involves leading on support for CYP with complex SEMH needs including those living with adversity, developmental trauma and CYP in care. Whilst this role is wide ranging, an important part is considering how best to support adults in helping CYP to emotionally settle in order to learn.

Dr Jennifer Gilling

Dr Jennifer Gilling

Specialist Senior Psychologist, Hartlepool Borough Council

Educational Psychologist with a specialism in emotional wellbeing for young people, families and school staff.

David Bailey

David Bailey

Director of Carmel Research School and leads Research and Development across Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust.

David is Director of Carmel Research School and leads Research and Development across Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust. He leads a number of evidence-informed School Improvement projects, both locally and nationally. He is currently Programme Director for the ‘Leadership Lite’ project, which is a large randomised-controlled trial funded by the EEF and Welcome Trust. Before joining Carmel, he was Network Education Lead for STEM Learning and Regional Network Lead, in which he oversaw science CPD provision in Derbyshire, Yorkshire & Humber and the North East of England. He draws his experience of over fifteen years of experience teaching Physics to ages 11-18, and over ten years of leadership, including positions as middle and senior leader, in three secondary schools. In these roles, David oversees the work of school-based presenters and consultants in the delivery of continuing professional development. With a strong background in evidence-informed practice, thinking skills and assessment, he uses this expertise to ensure delivery is highly effective. He also continues to support professional learning as a presenter and consultant in selected programmes. David continues to work in the classroom as part of this work, modelling lesson and mentoring and coaching teachers. The teachers and trainers that he has worked with are able to report and evidence a positive impact of this work on their pupils. Follow David on twitter @Class_Leading

Adele Brown

Adele Brown

Head Teacher and Thrive Trainer, River Tyne Academy Gateshead

Adele Brown is the Head Teacher at River Tyne Academy and is also a Thrive Approach trainer. Thrive Approach aims to "Support and encourage the development of confident, curious, creative and capable children and young people who are open to learning and better equipped to deal with life’s ups and downs."

Stephanie Fenwick

Stephanie Fenwick

Emotional & Well-Being lead / Registered Nurse Learning Disability, River Tees Multi Academy

Stephanie Fenwick is a Learning Disability Nurse her specialism is supporting children and families who behaviour can be described as challenging. She worked for the NHS within a CAMHS service for many years before opting to take up a full time position at River Tees. Steph is passionate about the emotional well-being of children and young people. She is currently designing a care pathway of support for the Academy which will embed positive behaviour support and emotional well-being at the core.

Lynn Miles

Lynn Miles

Senior Lecturer in Education, Teesside University

Lynn Miles is a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University, where she leads on the innovative new MA Education (Trauma-Informed Practice). Prior to teaching at Teesside, Lynn was a teacher and senior leader for 20 years in the north and south of England, working in the Early Years, Primary, Secondary, PRUs and APs, always with children growing up in challenging circumstances

Dave Green

Dave Green

Headteacher, partner in online company, PAGS(r)

Experienced staff trainer, up to 400 delegates, also teacher trainers at Hallam, specialising in behaviour, neurodiversity, SEND, inclusion, and practical classroom strategies.

Shelly Masters

Shelly Masters

Learning and Development Manager, Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Shelly is Learning and Development Manager for Minds Ahead and is an integral part of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools team, developing content and supporting schools through a range of professional learning programmes. Shelly is an associate lecturer on the distance learning Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing Masters Degree at Leeds Beckett University. Working with school and college leaders and educators to have a positive impact on young people's mental health is what she thrives on. Shelly became a teacher with Teach First in 2008 after finishing her degree (BSc Psychology) at The University of Leeds. From 2015 to 2018 she was a Deputy Head of two 6th Forms, supporting 16-19 vulnerable learners via the school's pastoral processes. As a Psychology teacher whilst teaching about mental health as part of the exam modules and supporting vulnerable students she was aware of the need to open up the discussions about mental health at a younger age.

Kadra Abdinasir

Kadra Abdinasir

Head of Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health

Kadra is Head of Children and Young People’s Programme leading the Centre’s research and policy in this area to help improve the lives of children and young people. As part of her role, she is also Strategic Lead for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. The Coalition is made up of over 200 of the leading organisations who work together to campaign for the better mental health of infants, children and young people. Kadra is also a committee member at #CharitySoWhite, a campaign calling on the sector to take lead in rooting out racism in their organisation and beyond.

Samuel Hart

Samuel Hart

Director, TeachStrong

Sam Hart has been working in schools for over 10 years, first as a teaching assistant and then as a qualified teacher. After working at international schools in Spain for two years, Sam returned to Birmingham to setup TeachStrong. TeachStrong is a company whose mission is to empower school staff with the tools they need to take ownership of their health and well-being. They provide workshops and training around effective well-being strategies which include research and practical tips on Nutrition, Movement, Inner Well-Being, Sleep and Community.

Hayley Walton

Hayley Walton

Founder, Your Grey Matters

Hayley is the founder of Your Grey Matters, which combines mental health and wellbeing with PSHE and RSE. With teaching experience within inner city schools in Birmingham, supporting offenders with the National Probation Service and working alongside children who live with domestic abuse, Hayley has a wealth of knowledge around the impact of trauma and is committed to improving outcomes for both teachers and pupils. Hayley is an advocate of self-care and offers training in schools around wellbeing, trauma and delivers workshops for pupils. Hayley recently spoke at the BETT education show in London; discussing ways to create a school wide wellbeing system.

Ashley Lodge

Ashley Lodge

Senior Product Manager and Mindfulness Lead, Pearson UK

Ashley Lodge is a Senior Product Manager and the Mindfulness Lead at Pearson UK developing wellbeing products for schools as well as running Pearson’s employee mindfulness programme. He holds a degree in Philosophy from Southampton University and a PGCE from Cambridge University. Ashley is a trained mindfulness teacher and qualified coach, and has his own mindfulness and coaching consultancy.

Krishna Manoj

Krishna Manoj

Founder, Human Enquiry Project

Manoj Krishna trained as a doctor in Pune, India before coming to the UK to pursue a career as a spine surgeon. He left that career to write this book and launch the Human Enquiry Project. He lives in Yorkshire, England.
He has had a deep interest in understanding how the human mind functions all through his life. He has facilitated dialogue groups where people would gather to enquire into the mind we all share. He feels passionately that we all need to be educated not only to understand the world around us, but also our inner spaces and how our minds work, and has worked with young people to explore this with them.

Rebecca Armstrong

Rebecca Armstrong

Owner, Sparkle Develop

I am an experienced speaker focused on inclusion and diversity in the workplace as well as Mental Health. As a Mental Health coach and first aider I work with individuals and businesses to create safe spaces to talk and promote positive mental wellbeing.
I have spoke globally as well as at TedX

Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter

Education and Quality Manager, Nudge Education

I have 3 years’ experience of leading an organisation who offer interventions for students who are not currently attending school due to refusal. We work with them through two pathways, academic and personal, and we have excellent results. Previous to this I worked in a mainstream secondary school for 11 years.

Nicola S Morgan

Nicola S Morgan

international educational consultant, teacher and author

Gavin Rathmell

Gavin Rathmell

CYPMH Trailblazer Programme Manager, Newcastle Gateshead CCG

Cait Cooper

Cait Cooper

Deputy Director for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools at the Anna Freud National Centre

Cait Cooper is the Deputy Director for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Cait recently joined the Anna Freud Centre; in her previous post she was a member of a  Senior Leadership team specialising in Inclusion and Safeguarding. Cait has vast teaching experience and a strong understanding of the current education landscape; she is passionate about providing schools with the knowledge and skills necessary to support children and young people’s Mental Health and wellbeing. At the Anna Freud Centre Cait holds strategic oversight of a large number of projects at the Centre including Green Paper initiatives, training packages, and the growing Schools in Mind network.

Sarah Madisson

Sarah Madisson

Leadership Coach and Facilitator, BTS Spark

Sarah is an experienced facilitator and executive coach with 15 years’ experience. She has worked with over 2000 leaders across the corporate and education sectors, often with a focus on building emotional agility and personal resourcefulness and helping leaders to bring their most authentic and best selves to their work. Before joining BTS Spark, Sarah began her career as a management consultant which was followed by a career as a musician and music teacher.