logo mental health and well being

Digital delivery between 4 and 16 November 2020
One day conference in London, 24 November 2020




Sam is a renowned speaker, trainer and author on mental health and SEN. She has been a SENCo in a large secondary school and is a qualified cognitive behaviour therapist, and a child and adolescent counsellor. Sam also set up a company providing mental health CBT programmes for schools. She is in high demand to speak at conferences, events and provides in-house training for schools and companies, nationally and internationally. She is lauded for her humour and ‘telling it like it is’ approach to mental health. Sam has had her book entitled ‘Mental Health in Education’ published by Routledge, and regularly writes for several publications with more books in the pipeline for publication. In her spare time, she is a diva singer performing around South Devon!

View Talk

Professor Barry Carpenter is the UK’s first professor in mental health in education. Awarded both OBE and CBE for his services to children with special needs, Barry has held the leadership positions of headteacher, principal, academic director, chief executive, and director of the centre for special education at Westminster College, Oxford.  Barry oversaw the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities' (complexneeds.org.uk).Barry lectures nationally and internationally and is the author of more than 150 articles and multiple texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. For the Mental Health Foundation, he chaired the national inquiry into the mental health of young people with learning disabilities. He chaired the national forum on girls and autism, which led to the publication last yearof hiscritically-acclaimed, co-authored book on this subject. At the start of the global pandemic, Barry became very concerned about the impact of the crisis on the mental health of children. With his son, Matthew (Principal of Baxter College, Worcestershire), he wrote the 'Recovery Curriculum Think Piece'.


Headteacher of an outstanding PRU & SEMH Provision (up until January 2020) and previously a foster carer. In September 2019, Marie became a behaviour adviser for the government and is also a Specialist Leader of Education. She works closely with The Difference and is the Co Director of Magic Behaviour Management. Marie is also trained in the Solihull Approach.  

Sharon Gray OBE has 28 years' experience working with children, workforce and systems levels, including having been a Head for 20 years (14 leading SEMH residential units and special schools and 6 as Head of a larger than average mainstream school with enhanced provision for children excluded from other settings). An Ofsted inspector for 9 years, Sharon is also a co-opted member of ‘engage in their future’ - representing special schools nationally for young people experiencing severe SEMH difficulties. A member of the Youth Justice board, she is part of the strategic overview project lead of education in custody and the development of its first secure school. Her work and purpose is in taking a systemic approach to help adults, teams, school, communities and local authorities to create environments that enrich the emotional well-being, creativity and learning of children and young people. The focus is to release a child’s innate desire to learn and discover joy in learning thereby achieving the best possible outcomes. Working with staff, Sharon aims to enable and facilitate transformational working practices in mainstream and specialist settings, with vulnerable children, young adults and their families, who face multiple challenges, including, mental health difficulties, inequality, poverty, challenging behaviour and addiction. Sharon's philosophy is one of authentic inclusion - aiming for everyone within the community she works with to see themselves as a responsible and vital part of securing positive outcomes for all and working systemically to enable everyone to be a successful leader and a lifelong learner.

Andrew Hampton has been the Headteacher of Thorpe Hall School since 2007. He was a Director of ISI until 2019 and was the Chair of ISA in 2014 – 2015. Andrew created the Girls on Board approach in 2011 and launched it as a commercial training opportunity to schools in 2017. There are now over 130 schools using the approach across the UK. The book ‘When Girls Fall Out’ is due out soon. Thorpe Hall has been shortlisted for the TES Independent Schools’ Wellbeing Initiative of the Year 2019 and 2020 and won the Independent Schools Association  Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing 2019.

Julie originally trained as a nurse (moving into school nursing as she raised her family). 28 years ago, she set up as a consultant to schools in the areas of wellbeing and PSHE. Having trained as a systemic therapist, she then worked as a psychotherapist in schools and private practice. Julie is a leading provider of workshops and seminars for children, adolescents and parents in London and the surrounding area. She teaches mindfulness and mindfulness self-compassion to young people, teachers, parents and within the charity sector. The author of several children’s books on issues such as bullying, anger, and step families, Julie has also contributed to Radio 4 productions including ‘Bringing up Britain’ and a series on cyberbullying. She is committed to informing, equipping, affirming, and at times challenging, all who work with children, adolescents and parents.

Nicola is an international educational consultant, author and teacher. With more than two decades of experience in education, Nicola has a reputation for successfully managing the most challenging students and motivating staff to help implement change. Currently, Nicola works closely with schools and parents and often speaks at conferences on behaviour change, engaging families, mindset and resilience. When working with education staff and students she receives comments on how motivated and inspired they feel following her sessions which gives them the confidence to really push their own boundaries for personal achievement. She is also an International Values Education approved trainer and NLP Master Practitioner and the author of more than 10 educational books and countless articles. 


Deputy headteacher of an outstanding PRU & SEMH Provision (up until January 2020) and extensive experience working with ASD children and SEMH. In March 2020 Katie became a Specialist Leader in Education. Now Co Director of Magic Behaviour Management, Katie is also trained in the Solihull Approach. 

Alice Newton-Leeming is the founder of Mental Health Learning, a provider of mental health, self harm and suicide prevention training. Alice has worked and studied within the field of mental health and suicide prevention for over 12 years, with a particular focus on young people. Completing her psychology degree in 2011, Alice quickly moved into a support role for a national Suicide Prevention Charity in the UK, directly helping persons thinking of suicide. She soon progressed to managing a national helpline and training team around the country, equipping individuals with life-saving skills. Alice is passionate about not just creating a society in which mental health, self harm and suicide are no longer taboo, but where any member of the community feels confident and prepared to ask and support an individual with any of these concerns. Alice is a recognized Silver trainer in the internationally recognized Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and one of the first UK trainers to provide the ASK workshop – Assessing Suicide Risk in Kids.


Emma is a consultant clinical psychologist with more than 25-years’ experience working in a range of settings with children, young people, and families. She has a post in a busy CAMHS at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, alongside her role as director of wellbeing at Highgate School. She consults with staff, parents, and pupils at Highgate and partner schools on issues pertaining to individual and whole-school mental health. Emma is involved in supervising and training clinicians working with children and families at UCL and the Anna Freud Centre. Her current research with UCL is exploring the relationship between social media and teenage mental health. Emma is passionate about working with and developing accessible mental health services for young people.

Paula is a mother, registered nurse in both adult and paediatric nursing, mental health first aider, qualified mindfulness teacher and independent schools’ inspector. She is currently the director of compliance, health and welfare at Cumnor House Sussex and has 25 years of experience in child development, mental health, physical health and wellbeing in both hospital and educational settings. She has an MSc in nursing science and has completed research which focused on therapeutic nurse-patient relationships and attitudes towards adolescents with mental health issues.

Lisa has been delivering mental health courses for more than 15 years.  She regularly leads training for The Post Adoption Centre and Adoption UK. A national trainer for Mental Health England, Lisa initially worked as a social worker in residential settings and then in Acute and Rehabilitation Mental Health Services. After adopting two children, Lisa quickly realised the impact of early trauma on children’s health and well-being and focused on attachment issues.  A qualified psychotherapist, Lisa has established a successful therapy and training business and been appointed as Panel Chair for one of the regional adoption agencies.