Having developed my career leading mainstream schools facing challenging circumstances, my subsequent move into special education enabled me to refocus on common causes of poor behaviour and disaffection as well as a myriad of other issues facing SEMH schools.  Reading and learning about developments in neuro-science, through my daily interactions with some very troubled young people I directly observed and managed the effects of neglect and lack of attachment and nurture on the developing brain.  I am a huge advocate of nurture programmes such as The Thrive Approach, Trauma Informed Practice, Bounce Therapy and others as I have seen for myself how successful they can be in giving these young people self belief, confidence, skills and aspiration.  Only then can they begin to learn across a varied and inclusive curriculum.  

I am also a lifelong rugby enthusiast, and the parallels between my professional interests and my passion for coaching and training have become increasingly apparent.  I have extensive experience in Safeguarding within schools and sports clubs and I believe this should also include Mental Health First Aid awareness for everyone working with young people.  I am passionate about helping young people fulfil their potential through developing their self-confidence and resilience.  I do this through inspiring and empowering those adults who support them by expanding their knowledge and understanding.  I see all adults in this field as agents for social and cultural change.