Before joining the OMC I worked as a school teacher, SENCO, CAMHS liaison and part of the Senior Leadership Team in a Pupil Health Referral Unit in Salford where I taught mindfulness to pupils and led its’ implementation. Previously I was an Assistant Head at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital school. I have taught mindfulness courses to teachers, heads, parents and educational psychologists. I have an MSc in Mindfulness based approaches from Bangor University.
I am the schools liaison lead for the MYRAID project at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. I help to make decisions involving the practicalities of school life and how the research team can efficiently and effectively work to ensure the best working relationships can be established and maintained. We try to embrace all our schools within the community ethos that is at the heart of the OMC. I help to enable and facilitate schools across the UK to participate in the research from the first time of contact with us right through recruitment and the research process.
I have also spoken about the project in various settings and shared my own experiences of implementing mindfulness with staff and pupils. I have given workshops to training teachers at the start of their careers which is an area I am passionate about. I also teach MBCT and MBSR and have taught and given talks at the OMC.
The OMC is a ‘family’ of committed and dedicated people who work together, each in their respective areas of expertise, to reach out to the communities that they care about. It is a privilege to work within such an ethos and know that I have my part to play in sharing this with schools to enhance the wellbeing and resilience of pupils. Working here has enabled me to tap more deeply into the creativity and passion that brought me into school teaching originally. They bake great cakes too!