Who Am I?
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 and before that, a primary school teacher. I have taught mindfulness courses to teachers, heads, parents and educational psychologists. I have an MSc in Mindfulness based approaches from Bangor University, where my particular interest was looking at mindfulness for school teachers.
What do I do?
I am the schools liaison lead for the MYRIAD project at the Dept of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. 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. Embracing all our schools within the community ethos at the heart of the OMC has been a very important aspect of my work, helping to facilitate over 100 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 spoken widely about the project in various settings. My particular interest and area of expertise is in implementing mindfulness into Education settings. I teach MBCT-L, MBSR and ‘Finding Peace..’ I have been privileged to be involved in the OMC’s Summer schools recently, both in a hosting capacity and giving talks on Mindfulness in schools.