Speakers

Matthew Hopkinson

Matthew Hopkinson

Assistant Director of Children and Young People's Mental Health, Department for Education

Dr Mina Fazel

Dr Mina Fazel

Associate Professor at Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Mina Fazel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the department of Psychological Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The focus of her work has been on improving access to mental health services for children and young people, especially the most vulnerable populations. She has been working for over a decade developing mental health services for refugee children and is also interested in researching how mental health services can work within schools to reach and treat children who might not easily access services. She has been working with local healthcare providers to develop a new ‘Inreach service’ taking Child and Adolescent mental health services into secondary schools across Oxfordshire. In her clinical work she works with children with chronic health difficulties and pain in the Children’s Psychological Medicine Service at the Oxford University Hospitals.

Sue Baillie

Sue Baillie

Pastoral Director, Royal Grammar School

Louise Willis-Keeler

Louise Willis-Keeler

Director, Psych-Logical

Louise is the CEO and Founder of PSYCH-Logical. A social enterprise helping young people mentally prepare for life in a fun a logical way. It’s vision is to help reduce many of the mental ill-health triggers in childhood that lead onto longer term adult mental health problems.
For the past 20 years Louise has worked as a behaviour and safeguarding consultant specialising in engaging hard to engage young people demonstrating risk taking and challenging behaviours. Her work has taken her around the world and she has taken on managerial roles with a number of charities such as the NSPCC and the Prince’s trust.
Louise has an MA in community and youth work from Durham University and is certified in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and NLP. She has trained in conflict resolution and mediation and has a teaching certificate. As well as been a Chair of Governors Louise has a considerable amount of experience working with schools.
Louise’s passion is to enable young people in schools to be mentally healthy and to work with educationalists on successful and mentally aware behaviour enhancement strategies which create self led learners and happy children.

Kate Chisholm

Kate Chisholm

Headteacher, Skerne Park Academy

Kate went to Huddersfield University in 1998 studied as a concert pianist and jazz singer after which she studied a Masters in composition and performance. From there she was accepted into Leeds University to study for a PGCE. Kate’s first teaching position was at Saltburn Primary school in Redcar and Cleveland. After 4 years she moved to Thomas Walling Primary School in Blakelaw, Newcastle to become Literacy leader and year 6 teacher. Whilst there she became a leading literacy teacher for every child a writer. After 2 years she moved to Laygate Community School in South Shields to take up the post of deputy head teacher. As deputy she completed her NPQH and a Masters in Educational leadership at the Newcastle University. After 18 months she was appointed as the Head teacher of Skerne Park Academy in Darlington where she has been head teacher for 5 years. Kate’s leadership style has been influenced greatly by the performance confidence building she learned at music college as well as studies in Neuro-linguistic programming used when building rapport with some of the ‘hard-to-reach’ children and families she worked with in some of the country’s most deprived areas.

Hannah Craig

Hannah Craig

Programme Officer, Partnership for Children

Hannah is Project Manager at Partnership for Children where she manages mental health promotion projects for children including looked after children and those with special needs. A Psychology graduate, Hannah has previously worked on quality improvement projects for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Luke Bramhall

Luke Bramhall

School Research and Delivery Lead, Children North East

Luke is School Research and Delivery Lead at Children North East  where he has worked for five years. Founded in 1891, the charity has over 120 years' experience of developing responses to tackling child poverty in the region. He is the Licensed Trainer for Partnership for Children’s programmes in the North East. Luke manages the schools work and is the national lead on ‘Poverty Proofing the School Day,’ a nationally celebrated programme that removes barriers to learning for disadvantaged pupils. Luke has worked for over 15 year with children and young people on welfare issues to ensure their views and experiences inform policy and practice. He is a qualified teacher with vast experience at delivering training and work programmes in areas of disadvantage.

Dr Wendy Thorley

Dr Wendy Thorley

Senior Lecturer / Specialism Strand Leader, Sunderland University

Whilst at the University of Sunderland Dr Wendy Thorley has been involved in several programmes as a consultant and programme leader, including: Applied Family Studies, Early Years Professional Status, Foundation Degree in Education and Care, BA (Hons) Education and Care, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and collaborative partnerships with further education colleges and Local Authority organisations for continuing professional development (CPD). Within her role of Senior lecturer at University of Sunderland she led her department in developing the use of technological innovations to enhance the learning experience. Her innovative use of virtual learning environments for network peer and tutor support and the collection of student feedback has been commended by external examiners. Starting her career in the NHS, she undertook a range of CPD initiatives to develop her teaching and learning expertise. She gained professional experience initially in Nurse Education prior to moving into  primary education. She has held positions in  Local Authority Social Services Human Resource Department (HRD) related programmes before consolidating her experience first in Further Education then moving into higher education.  She is highly regarded across voluntary and statutory organisations locally and regionally and has published a range of papers, completed national and regional consultancy roles and  a number of invited key note speaker contributions.

Rob White

Rob White

Stockton Borough Council

Rob is an experienced programme manager and recently led on the Future in Mind Transformation plan for Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees. Rob trained in general nursing and is also a qualified mental health nurse. He has worked on the development of the mental health workforce at a National level with HEE. Rob also has a background in HR management and coaching.

Dr Jennifer Gilling

Dr Jennifer Gilling

Specialist Senior Psychologist (Social and Emotional Wellbeing), Hartlepool Borough Council

Dr. Jennifer Gilling is a Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist in Hartlepool with responsibility for the promotion of early intervention and the prevention of social, emotional and mental health needs.  She is leading on the implementation of the Future in Mind transformation Plan in the authority alongside colleagues in schools, commissioning and health.  Jennifer is also a trained Mindfulness practitioner.

Alan Cowley

Alan Cowley

CEO, Engagement in Education Ltd

Alan Cowley is recognised as a leading authority on Parental Engagement, and is CEO of Engagement in Education, the consultancy he formed following a successful career as a teacher and school leader within maintained secondary schools for more than 35 years. During that time Alan was a central figure in the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust’s ‘Engaging Parents in Raising Achievement’ campaign, where he was a member of both the expert and advisory panels, and keynote speaker at all events. In 2007 he was seconded for 18 months as a consultant to Becta where he led the national introduction of Online Reporting to Parents. Upon the successful completion of that initiative, Alan was offered consultancy by ASCL and the NAHT, has undertaken work for the DfE, and briefed on Parental Engagement at ministerial level. He writes widely on educational matters for various professional publications and together with his wife Delia, co-wrote the research that was
cited in Policy Exchange’s hard-hitting report on Ofsted, ‘Watching the Watchmen’, which lauded by leading academics including Charles Desforges. Working with his wife Delia, he has dedicated the last 6 years to school-based action research into the development of their Parental Engagement solution, freeflowInfo.

Dr Emily Henderson

Dr Emily Henderson

Network Delivery Lead, Children and Young People's Mental Health

Dr Emily Henderson leads on the development and delivery of the NECN’s CYP MH work plan, which seeks to support implementation of the Future in Mind and Five Year Forward View for Mental Health policies across North Cumbria and the North East. This is done via the NECN’s Mental Health Network offer to provide clinical advice, leadership & support into service change, development and delivery across Northern England. It acts as honest broker, trouble-shooter and critical friend where appropriate.

Emily also acts as a ‘researcher in residence’ at the NECN. She sits on the North of England’s STP subgroup on Evidence and Evaluation, and advises on the strategic transformation of services based on PROMOTE:NE, a piece of regional research she carried out with colleagues from Fuse, as well as in areas of stigma and whole systems approaches. She is a WHO Trainer in Health in All Policies and an Associate Lecturer at Newcastle University.

Simon Finch

Simon Finch

Online Safety Specialist

Presenter and guide on digital citizenship, online safety, and themes relating to technology and learning.

Over 25 years experience in leading workshops and training sessions for adults and young people in the UK and other countries.

Keynote, conference and exhibition speaker for Regional Broadband Consortia, universities, LSCBs, local authorities, schools, public and commercial services, and charities.

2013 NAACE Impact Award winner for leadership 'For his commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for the education sector.’