Andrea was born and brought up in India and Africa. After boarding school (which she hated), she went travelling for 2 years. She moved to Norwich in 1992. She did a work-based degree at UEA and, 6 years later, got a First Class Honours. Andrea finally decided what she wanted to be - aged 34. She was appointed Course Director of the Person Centred Counselling Skills programme at UEA. Strong relationships (with self and others) form the bedrock of productivity, wellbeing and change. Since 2000, Andrea has been working with organisations and individuals bringing them person centred relationship skills, emotional intelligence, listening & communication, mind-set (including NLP) and leadership skills. She is also a Certified Parenting and Youth Educator.
Claire Lotriet is an assistant headteacher of a primary school in Greenwich, south London, where she leads on teaching, learning and assessment and gets to eat lunch most days with the loveliest children around. She has authored and contributed to several books on computing and curriculum and has written about a range of topics for the TES from child poverty to leadership, as well as spending two years as their education technology columnist. She is a specialist leader of education in computing, maths and teaching in key stage 2. She fell into her degree in typography and enjoys how teaching allows her to explore a variety of different things that interest her. Above all, Claire loves learning.
David Mitchell is a former Headteacher of two schools and has 22 years experience in the Primary sector. Since leaving Headship in 2013, he has been working with 100s of schools across the globe on projects linked to audience and purpose, making learning relevant for students of all ages through effective and proven strategies involving technology. In 2011, DeputyMitchell founded QuadBlogging, a simple and free project for teachers connecting writers and audience. To date, over 750,000 students in 80 countries have used it.
"Getting children to blog is like getting overweight children to exercise by holding strictly Come Dancing competitions: an intelligent and overdue harnessing of the pop culture that we can diss all we like but that remains the backbone of most people's non-working lives. Some stories make me really love the modern world and this is one of them. David MItchell deserves a medal at the very least.” India Knight - Sunday Time
Dr Phill Temple
Dr Phil Temple is a Speciality Doctor in Forensic Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry. He works in a secure unit; and is passionate about the care and rehabilitation of the marginalised section of the population with which he works.
Phil is a key leader at Proclaimers, a friendly, innovative and creative church with campuses in Norwich, Ipswich and Bratislava. He is an inspiring, thought-provoking communicator, known for drawing on his experience of mental health. Phil has served across a range of areas in church life – doing everything from cleaning toilets to running conferences to helping co-ordinate big events.
Following a serious knee injury, Phil developed an unexpected commitment to running. He enjoys watching sport, but not playing (see “knee injury”); and spends more time than he ought to on his underachieving fantasy football team. He has an active interest in culture and current affairs; and is drawn to research related to personal effectiveness and growth.
Dr Robert Adams
Robert Adams, a proven senior executive, has successfully performed as leader, manager and mentor in a series of challenging, nationally important projects and products within US Government organizations, the Department of Defense, NATO and major US Companies. Dr. Adams holds a double PhD in Psychology and Sociology.
Dr. Adams is the inventor of the revolutionary Global e∙dentity™ Infrared Vein Matching Patented Technology. While working on security and ID applications, he discovered that the AI scanning the vascular system identifies markers indicating diseases, from flu to cancer. As a cancer patient fighting a brain tumor, Dr. Adams saw the tremendous potential: enabling proactive health monitoring by gathering real time data from ID scans, creating a wide sensor network to potentially identify illness, automatically prescribe treatment and track health data to control outbreaks.
Dr. Adams’ mission is to create a safer, healthier world by utilizing data that is literally, in our hands."
Elly spent her earlier career working in businesses. She has always been fascinated with human communication and studied this within her degree. In 2014, her eldest daughter’s life changed and Elly sold her business to come home and begin another journey.
For five years Elly has developed a unique approach (thanks to her greatest teacher - Ella), to rebuild her daughter’s trust in the world and work towards healing her trauma. Elly employs and manages an 'A Team' of Intervenors and an 'out of the box' approach for education. She has shared #flipthenarrative at many events over the past 12 months and is learning daily from colleagues in the fields of SEND, trauma, education, health and social care.
Gemma’s acting career includes BBC Doctors, Casualty and the role of Rachel Breckle in Emmerdale for for which she received best new comer nominations and can also be seen playing the recurring role of Sydney Somers in BBC’s Holby City.
She is Patron of her parents charity SEED – Support & Empathy for Eating Disorders, and more Charity ambassador roles are a massive part of her life including Prostate Cancer UK, Dogs For Good & Anti-Bullying Pro.
Gemma also appears regularly on prestigious daytime programmes to continue her promise to raise awareness for eating disorders and mental health
Gemma is director of ‘Amigo Productions’, where she performs and produces cabaret shows, provides corporate entertainment and runs acting workshops as well as offering her personal services for one to one acting coaching.
Gemma Sandwell is a Mindfulness Teacher, Coach and Chief Happiness Officer at The Happiness Branch. With a background and degree in Psychology but being on her own journey with stress and anxiety she started to transform her life through discovering Positive Psychology and Mindfulness in 2014. The analogy of the tree is really important to her personally all starting with a necklace with a tree symbol that was bought for her as a gift which helped her on her journey and her thinking and led to her setting up The Happiness Branch.
As an accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation Gemma has worked with several organisations to improve their well-being including leading the innovative rollout of Mindfulness at Aviva across the UK. Her mission now is to help others live their lives to their happiest and fullest potential through Mindfulness and Positive Psychology.
"Dr Helena Temple-Reddish is a GP, working as a partner at a busy Norfolk practice, where she is known as the GP with the “funny-coloured hair”. She has a special interest in sexual health and mental health, particularly as it relates to young people.
Helena is a key leader at Proclaimers, a relevant, dynamic church with campuses in Norwich, Ipswich and Bratislava. She is a skilful, engaging communicator, known for her wit and wisdom. She is currently responsible for Community within the life of the church, working hard to foster a welcoming, friendly environment into which people from all walks of life can connect.
In her spare time, Helena has developed a habit of taking on a succession of physical challenges. She completed her first half marathon and sprint triathlon earlier this year. She is currently gearing up to make on Tough Mudder.
Oh, and she loves rabbits. A lot."
James is Managing Director of Award-Winning Energy Consultant Indigo Swan. James is an inspirational leader and his caring approach to his staff (the swans) is felt by all that meet him.
Whilst caring for his staff he will also look to challenge them in order to develop them and help them be the best possible versions of themselves.
James played a key part in growing Indigo Swan and creating the happiness first culture that Indigo Swan is so proud of.
What’s the biggest mistake you have made? James has made a few. Learning from these, James has grown as a person, implemented the ‘Cygnot’ process at Indigo Swan and changed an ordinary life into an extraordinary one.
James Heale is the founder of Flywheel Learning, an organisation which supports school leaders, schools and Trusts through leadership coaching, professional development and whole-school improvement work to help them unleash their full potential. He writes blogs to challenge thinking about leadership.
As Headteacher of Vyners School and Executive Headteacher of the Vanguard Learning Trust in West London from 2012-2018, James oversaw a significant improvement in outcomes, Ofsted judgement and culture.
James is Head of Secondary Education for Tower Hamlets Education Partnership in East London, serving one of London’s most diverse boroughs. He is the PiXL Regional Leader for North London and South-East England, leads their Character strategy and has developed a number of programmes for the School of PiXL Leadership.
Janey Lee Grace
" Janey Lee Grace is an Amazon No 1 Best-selling author, commentator, and co-presenter on the UK’s biggest radio show, BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon. She runs the popular recommendations blog - imperfectlynatural.com.
Janey has written five books on Holistic living including the number One Amazon best seller Imperfectly Natural Woman and currently writes columns for many magazines, and runs training workshops and consultations on Media Breakthrough for holistic businesses and solopreneurs. She hosts the annual Janey Loves Platinum Awards to recognise the best in natural and organic products and services with categories for practitioners and wellbeing authors. After ditching the booze Janey has launched a podcast ‘Alcohol Free Life’ focusing on sober self-care."
Jill Berry taught for thirty years, and was a head for the last ten. After leaving headship in 2010 she completed a doctorate focussing on the transition to headship, and wrote a book 'Making the Leap - Moving from Deputy to Head' (Crown House, 2016 https://www.crownhouse.co.uk/publications/making-the-leap). She carries out leadership consultancy work, and is particularly keen to encourage aspiring and serving leaders at all levels.
Jill has been involved in #WomenEd, a network supporting women leaders in education, since its inception in 2012. She has conducted academic research on #WomenEd with Dr Kay Fuller and contributed a chapter to the #WomenEd book ‘10% Braver – Inspiring Women to Lead Education’ (Sage 2019: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/10-braver/book262495).
Johanna Thorne has dedicated her life for over 30 years to restoring broken lives of venerable children in multiple spheres of society. Having fostered 78 children, many of whom were incredibly traumatised and couldn’t be placed anywhere else, she has scored invaluable experience in providing restorative care and repair which has become the cornerstone of her methodology and practice. As well as fostering, Johanna has worked with schools in special measures, front-line youth organisations and has had the opportunity to speak into many critical situations, winning the recognition of Prince Charles for her work with socially-deprived young people. In 2018, Johanna started The Adelaide Group, which boasts a groundbreaking and unique approach to care and repair through supported accommodation for unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children, trafficked into the country. Johanna is married to Phil and has two boy’s, Jono and Ben - she is a mum, through and through.
Judy Apps has been a poetry tutor, clarinet and singing teacher, opera
singer, tour guide and coach driver, learning and development manager, executive and life-coach, trainer, speaker, definitely not forgetting partner and mother. Currently, she coaches people in all walks of life from teenagers to corporate leaders in the arts of communication.
For everyone, success comes less from techniques, more from finding
your own voice. She is author of five published books, including Voice
and Speaking Skills For Dummies, The Art of Conversation and The
Art of Communication. She loves learning and humour, and finding the
extraordinary in people. She enjoys family, friends, playing the piano andwriting as well as exploring the hills where she lives.
Dr Junaid Mubeen is a research mathematician turned educator working at the nexus of education and innovation. Junaid is Director of Education at Whizz Education, where he oversees the educational strategy of the virtual tutoring platform, Maths-Whizz, which reaches hundreds of thousands of students worldwide. He also runs the Oxford Maths Club, delivering interactive maths courses to primary students. Junaid writes and speaks on a number of educational topics and is co-editor of the online publication, Q.E.D., which seeks to reimagine the learning and teaching of mathematics. He earned fleeting fame as a series winner of Countdown in 2008.
Founder of The Bubble, a platform to raise awareness of mental health, Kelly plucked up the courage to publish her first blog in March 2018 and has never looked back.
Kelly unknowingly lived with PTSD for over a decade following a tragedy that changed the direction of her life.
Overnight she went from a successful career woman, full of confidence to a 29 year old preparing herself to become a single parent, full of grief.
Despite living in a permanent state of high alert with crippling anxieties and panic attacks Kelly went on to meet her husband Simon and have another son.
Finally now able to look forward, Kelly’s passion is to help others to live life to their full potential.
Kirsty’s career to date spans many sectors – Theatre, Public Relations, Third Sector, Coaching and Training; the common thread being the art of communication. Kirsty is a people person – it’s her passion and she’s adept at understanding the psychology of her audience and comprehending the best way to connect with them.
Continuing this theme, Kirsty co-runs a mindset management business with her Dad and sister. Growing up with the principles of the company’s signature Winning Edge programme, Kirsty’s role as blogger, trainer and coach helps people understand how the nature of their thinking has an impact on their results and success. Kirsty also mentors entrepreneurs, as well as working in schools and colleges to help young people learn the importance of understanding their mindset to realise their full potential.
Love, fun and passion are at the heart of all Kirsty believes in and therefore, experiences and adventures with her husband and children are key to her work/life balance.
As well as delivering a powerful multi-generational TEDx Talk with her daughter and Dad on the importance of feeling worthy of happiness, Kirsty’s 15 minutes of fame began some time ago during her heady PR days. She was successfully caught on camera by Channel 4’s Big Breakfast - dressed as a Mr Kipling Strawberry Sundae Tart, waiting in the queue for Wimbledon tickets. What? You didn’t see her? You missed a treat. Quite literally…
Krissi Carter is Principal of Burton Borough School in Shropshire. She is passionate about inclusive education and it is her firm conviction that all students, no matter what their backgrounds, needs or abilities should be given the opportunity to succeed.
Since September 2019, Krissi has completely changed the culture at Burton Borough, by encouraging staff to focus on wellbeing and mental health needs of students instead of ‘poor behaviour’. This focus has led to a significant drop in fixed term exclusions and behaviour incidents as well as creating a very happy school. In March 2019, Public Health England recognised the good work, with BBS becoming the first school to sign the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.
As a Therapeutic Social Worker, Systemic Practitioner and Youth Leader, Laura has extensive experience of working with young people and their families. Laura has entwined her personal and professional knowledge along with current theory and research in order to provide engaging, moving and poignant training around the UK.
Laura’s life is a story of two halves. The first was dominated by unhappiness, loneliness and desperation. The second half is an exhilarating journey of overcoming these things and discovering, accepting and championing her own identity. Laura is passionate about helping others to understand and embrace their own unique identity and, in doing so, develop the capacity for self-compassion and resilience.
Leo is a young ambitious 14 year old full of opinions but likes to have a joke too. You may recognise him from Ted X 2018 student panel. He decided to apply this year for everyone to hear his story. Leo thrives on making people laugh and always looks for a positive in everything.
He has a keen interest in space and history and enjoys metal detecting with his Dad, always looking for the next big find.
Leo enjoys performing arts and is involved with a film club and has participated in a few short films.
He is here today to talk about his experience with bullying and how this made him Look Again at what he felt were important choices for his future."
Lis Cashin’s life was devastated when, at just 13 years old, she accidentally killed a friend in a school sports day event.
Because therapy wasn't available at that time, she lived with undiagnosed PTSD and created some very destructive beliefs about herself and went on to blame and punish herself for many years.
Until one day she had a personal awakening and began a journey of healing and personal transformation that has seen her completely change the way she views herself, life and everyone else around her.
Lis is passionate about sharing the key insights and lessons she has learned along the path to happiness to empower people to discover that their potential is far greater than their current reality. She is a speaker, coach, trainer and soon to be published author. Her self-help memoir entitled ‘THIS IS ME: One hell of a path to happiness’ is being published on June 26th, 2019."
Nat is founder of Lioness and co-founder and lead of BIGEd.
Born in London Nat moved to Norfolk when she was ten and now currently lives in Norwich.
She is driven to support people to discover who it is that they want to be.
Nat has worked in hospitality most of her career before turning trainer and mentor,
Her passion for young people saw her write projects that supported work experience programs within hospitality before taking on the position as CEO with a youth Organisation who’s goal was to inspire the next generation. Nat has worked in schools across the east delivering projects with the support of the business community.
Now Nat has turn her award winning writing skills to her two new loves Lioness which is a development program from women in business and BIGEd which supports young people build better connections to their future through Social Media.
The Perrin sisters are a feisty trio not to be messed with. Born through a lineage of great conscious thinkers, they continue this trait with opinions, personalities and vim that demand to be heard, acknowledged and debated.
Mia is the eldest, you may recognise her from TEDx 2018. Her passion and belief shines through. Being on stage won't phase her as she's a natural thespian.
Ruby is the comedian, but alongside her wicked one-liners or impressions, is a truly deep thinker. Her perspective can challenge your view but it's always done with a cheeky smile.
Kitty’s fervour for singing, dancing and fashion is only equalled in her ability to get her point across. The smallest yes, but definitely the loudest.
"Pete has worked for 14 years in the fitness industry. After starting his career, he, just like many other new PT's found he didn't have the training needed to make an impact. However, after a series of ups and downs and a lot of learning, he worked from the bottom to create and run a boutique fitness business called Realfit Centres, which after 5 years of his involvement dominated the local area with a reputation for being a leader at what they did. Pete wasn’t done there though as he wanted to make sure other PT's didn't have to go through what he went through. Having now moved away from Realfit Pete’s focus is on Leaders PT Training which he designed to avoid new personal trainers making the mistakes he and so many others have made.
Pete’s big mission is to bring great personal trainers and a struggling NHS together to form a system that means lifestyle related illness goes from being an expensive long-term care issue into a preventative programme led by an industry perfectly placed to take this role on. This of course can only happen if these PT's are able to sustain a career which is where Pete’s business training comes in.
Peter Nelmes has taught children with emotional and behavioural difficulties for almost thirty years. He has worked in a variety of educational settings, including abroad. He has a Doctorate in Education, the focus of which was the role of the emotions in teaching and learning. He was also an Associate Lecturer for the Open University for ten years, teaching on the MA in Education programme. He is the author of Troubled Hearts, Troubled Minds: How emotions affect learning (Crown House, to be published September 2019).
Peter lives in Cambridgeshire and is married with two children. Away from the classroom he enjoys long walks with his dogs, travel, and drawing and painting."
Pran Patel is a warm, friendly, passionate educator, with 15 years’ experience in schools in various London boroughs, as well as the West Midlands, most recently as a secondary assistant principal.
He believes integrity is essential and lives by the saying ‘The right thing to do is always the right to do, regardless of the consequences’.
He champions diversity, advocates positive mental health and challenges the system, for instance, he willingly risked his future employment prospects by being interviewed for the Buzzfeed article ‘Black teachers are leaving the profession due to racism’.
Pran also announced on BBC Inside Out that he suffers from bouts of anxiety, depression and sleeplessness and that current workload issues have compounded them.
Sharon Doughty is a motivational speaker who started her career as an
International television presenter and crime reporter working at ITV, the
BBC and then Sky News.
A near fatal car crash on her way to the TV studios changed her life. She
choose to leave television and use her skills differently to help teach
children how to speak up about issues that frightened or worried them.
Her passion for this came from her own experiences of violence and
abuse as a child and having to live with a secret. She created Dot Com, a
cartoon friend to show children how to ask for help and to learn how to
value themselves. She is currently working with the Police to create a new
Dot Com Digital resource which will help protect children from the current digital threat and will be funded for schools nationwide.
Dr Sue Roffey, FBPsS, FRSA, is an educational psychologist, academic, consultant and writer. She is honorary associate professor at Exeter and Western Sydney Universities and Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide. A prolific author, Sue’s passion for the wellbeing of students - and their teachers - is threaded throughout her many publications on behaviour, relationships and social and emotional learning. Her recent projects include the Primary and Secondary Behaviour Cookbooks (Routledge 2019), the development of the ASPIRE framework for wellbeing, the third edition of Circle Solutions for Student Wellbeing (Sage 2020), the Wellbeing Stories for 8-11 year olds and an international collaboration entitled Creating the World We Want to Live in: Positive Psychology for the Future.