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Manchester | 23 November 2021

London | 25 November 2021

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Speakers

A renowned speaker, trainer and author on mental health and SEN, Sam has been a SENCO in a large secondary school and is a qualified cognitive behaviour therapist, and a child and adolescent counsellor. Sam set up a company providing mental health CBT programmes for schools and regularly speaks at conferences, providing in-house training for schools and companies, nationally and internationally. Lauded for her humour and ‘telling it like it is’ approach to mental health, Sam authored ‘Mental Health in Education’ and regularly writes for several publications.

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After more than ten years working in community engagement work for London boroughs, Charlotte joined the Mental Health UK team in the wake of the pandemic to use her community engagement and strategic planning skills to use bringing Bloom, a fully funded mental health wellbeing initiative for young people aged 14-18, to schools throughout London and the south of England. Mental wellbeing support for young people has never been more needed and Charlotte is passionate about supporting schools to develop their mental health offer by upskilling staff, opening out new conversations, and providing the whole school community with tools to improve their wellbeing.  

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Jez is co-founder of Life on Time and youHQ.  He is the current director of wellbeing and sport at Leighton Park school and is a qualified sport and exercise scientist.

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Abigail is a passionate facilitator and professional trainer. With over 25 years’ experience in training, development and coaching in sport, business, and education, she was trained by Dr. Gina Gomez de la Cuesta in the Brick-by-Brick programme in 2016. Soon after, she began running school and community-based Brick Clubs. Abigail has also been involved in the delivery of training for the I-SOCIALISE research trial, the first large-scale randomised controlled trial evaluating the Brick-by-Brick™ programme. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching cricket, cycling, and playing with LEGO at home with her family.

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Natasha Devon MBE is a writer, presenter & activist who delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender & equality. Natasha is a trustee for the charity Student Minds, an ambassador for the Reading Agency, a patron for No Panic, which helps people experiencing anxiety. In 2018, Natasha co-founded ‘Where’s Your Head At’, a campaign aimed at improving the mental health of British workers through education and law change. She is also founder of the Mental Health Media Charter, which scrutinises media reporting on mental health with the aim of reducing stigma.

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Jon is a performance and wellbeing coach and the founder of Life on Time and youHQ.  A qualified sport and exercise scientist, trained in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, he has a passion for empowering people with the skills so they can achieve their potential and live healthy, fulfilled and meaningful lives. 

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Gina founded Play Included C.I.C. in 2018. As one of the Directors, Gina has developed training and resources in the Brick-by-BrickTM programme, a learning through play-based concept involving collaborative LEGO® play for children who need extra support with social communication, such as children on the autism spectrum. As a clinical psychologist, Gina has specialised in autism and child and adolescent mental health and is dedicated to supporting young people’s wellbeing and development through play and positive relationships. She continues to work as a practitioner as well as being involved in academic research.

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Nicola Harvey is a former senior teacher and pastoral lead with a specialism in special educational needs and mental health. She is also a published author, expert writer for Optimus Education and a qualified mindfulness practitioner. With over 15 years experience, Nicola has worked with many teachers, parents and students to support their mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Her published books, Mindful Little Yogis and Self-Care Activity Book for Kids, explore the importance of integrating inclusive emotional wellbeing strategies both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Jackson Ogunyemi founded a company dedicated to empowering UK Education called Fixupseminars.co.uk in 2001. He ran motivation workshops on topics such as procrastination, goal setting and other life changing strategies. Action Jackson is a motivational speaker and a life coach who has worked with a vast range of people, from students across the UK, management teams of major corporations to individuals from different walks of life. His mission is to motivate, equip and empower UK education and inspire young people, parents and teachers.

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Nina Jackson is a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Consultant with over 30 years' experience as a teacher, senior leader and therapist. She now works as an International Advisor and trainer working with children, teachers, leaders and parents. Her most recent award winning book ‘Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons’ has a wide range of SEND related chapters to help you find your ‘fizz’ when it comes to supporting everyone and anyone in the field of SEND. You can find her at www.teachlearncreate.com and as an Associate Director with Independent Thinking Ltd as well as on twitter as @musicmind.

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Kelly is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant for The Education People; she is also the Director of Mind Work Matters Ltd. Kelly puts wellbeing and safeguarding at the heart of education. She is an award-winning motivational speaker and school improvement advisor, published author and founder of the ‘Family Matters’ empowerment programme. Kelly supports pastoral staff with preventative and early help measures and is currently leading on the DFE Wellbeing for Education Return project. Kelly is recognised by the DfE, NCB, The Anna Freud Centre and The Education Support Partnership as a lead influencer of mental health and wellbeing in education.

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Grace Kelly has more than 16 years’ experience in the education industry, with a vast array of qualifications and experience. Most recently, Grace completed a Farmington Scholarship at the University of Oxford in staff wellbeing. She has worked in a variety of schools as pastoral lead, curriculum lead, extended leadership, specialist leader in education, and whole school wellbeing lead. Passionate about the need to keep good teachers in the job and a strong believer in the need to ‘Be well to Teach well’, she designed the Teach Well Planner and hosts a drive home show on Teacher Talk Radio.

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Shahana manages a team of play therapists who work with children in schools, adoption, fostering and homicide. She is also the founder of the ‘Therapeutic Schools Programme’ through which she is working with schools across England to put children’s wellbeing at the core of education. Pioneering a vision for all schools to become therapeutic schools, her unique approach has been recognised by BBC newsround and BBC Teach who have both featured Shahana. She recently won the Business Entrepreneur Award at the 2021 inspirational women’s awards by the Katie Piper foundation. Shahana writes a regular segment in Head Teachers Update magazine and sits on a foster care panel.

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Richard is an Educational Psychologist. Having worked across a variety of school provisions he has experience working with social workers, CAMHS, voluntary and private sector professionals. Richard’s professional experience includes individual and family therapeutic work, leading a specialist interest group, working in school settings as a teacher and then as an Emotional Mental Health Coordinator. After completing a degree and multiple teaching qualifications, Richard went on to complete the Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology at the Tavistock and Portman Trust in 2013, where he now trains future Educational Psychologists.

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A resilience expert and digital wellbeing specialist, Hugo is a psychologist of many flavours. In his pursuit of greater awareness, he felt it prudent to train in every type of psychology going. This included Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Research Psychology and more recently Psychotherapy. He combines this wealth of knowledge with over 16 years’ experience working in the field of mental health and wellbeing, in the NHS and private sector. As Director of Programs at the Happy Mind Tribe, Hugo has designed and delivered evidence-based training programs, and has been invited to speak at conferences and training events, around the globe.

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Lauren is the Engagement Officer for the North, at Mental Health UK. She works on the resilience programme, Bloom, for 14–18-year-olds. Bloom is a free UK wide programme delivered in schools and colleges, which supports young people to better protect and maintain their mental health through life’s transitions. She previously worked on the Time to Change campaign, which was a national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. She has blogged about her own mental health experiences and is now focusing her efforts on reaching out to local schools and colleges in the area where she grew up.

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Paul has a consultancy business, Positive Synergy, which works with organisations across education, business and elite sport to develop their performance through developing their people. He is an experienced senior leader, having held senior roles at 4 secondary schools in different contexts across the North West.

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