Supporting schools to see, hear and hold children and young people's mental wellbeing

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Meet the team

Director – Liz Fordham

Liz is a BACP registered counsellor with a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy from Cambridge University. Over the past 5 years, she has worked in various school settings within the County, offering school counselling and classroom support similar to that offered by the Mind Map. As well as being Director of the Mind Map, Liz runs a private counselling practice for children, young people and adults and is the mother of three teenage children.

Behaviour and Parenting – Natalie Tillett

Natalie trained as a Registered Learning Disability nurse and went on to become a Specialist Practitioner in Community Learning Disability Nursing. In 2010 she joined Central Bedfordshire Council’s parenting team, becoming a trained facilitator for the Triple P, Triple P Teen, group and selected parenting programs, the Strengthening Families (10-14) Programme and the All About Boys Course (5-11). Natalie also holds a Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Sector (PTILLS) and Solution Focussed Approach Training.

In 2013 Natalie became a trainer with the Family Matters Institute delivering training in various subjects including Understanding Children and Young People’s Behaviour, Safeguarding, The Developing World of the Child, Group Work With Parents and Protective Behaviours. She also became a trainer delivering the Level 3 Working With Parents Programme to parenting practitioners, and gained her certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. She was a volunteer for the NSPCC delivering their schools service workshops and assemblies and has worked independently in several schools developing emotional wellbeing tools for children and offering support for parents.

Natalie lives in the Bedfordshire area and is the mother of three teenage boys.

Trustee Board-

Jo Christian

Jo has 25 years experience of teaching science in the Primary, Secondary and Independent sectors, as well as in a Special Needs School for children with moderate learning difficulties. A SENDCo for 12 years, Jo has a great deal of experience in working alongside children with cognition & learning, social and emotional, and communication and interaction needs, as well as liaising with both external agencies and families. Jo has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, and is a guest lecturer for postgraduate students at the University of Bedfordshire. She has provided training at school and trust-level and completed courses in SEND, kaleidoscope therapy and counselling skills. A senior leader at her current school, Jo is a fellow at the Associate Educational Fellowship Programme in partnership with Bedford Borough Learning Exchange. Jo lives in the Bedford area and is the mother of 3 teenage boys.

Marian Haimes

Marian has worked in education for nearly 15 years and is currently Head Teacher at a local village lower school. She is the mother of two daughters in their early twenties.

Joanna O’Donovan

Joanna began her professional career working as a Chartered Surveyor in the Bedfordshire area. For the past 20 years she has been Director of ‘Bostock’, a successful, Bedford based company offering First Aid training and medical supplies. Joanna has two teenage children and lives in the Bedford area.

Alison Page

Alison has been a GP in Bedford for 17 years. Through her work she has considerable experience of providing help and support to young people with both physical and psychological problems. Alison is the mother of three children in their teens and early twenties.

Rachel Parsons

Rachel is a Director at KPMG, a London based accountancy firm. She is the mother of two teenage daughters and is passionate about her belief in the need for early intervention in young people’s mental health.

Alexia Stenning

Alexia is a nurse with over 30 years experience of working in the NHS. Having trained and worked in London, she then went on to work in a number of acute hospitals in the South of England, before obtaining a senior post working in the Welsh Burns and Plastics Unit. Since then, she has worked in acute hospital management and commissioning, and is currently a Deputy Director and Head of Primary Care at Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group. Alexia lives in the Bedford area and is the mother of one teenage son.

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