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Our Training Associates

Chris Morgan – West Kent Mind Training and Development Consultant

My background is in private sector management. I have a degree in Business Studies, and an MBA from London Business School. After experiencing an episode of severe depression in my mid-forties, I started working in mental health, initially as a volunteer with Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Mind, then as Coordinator of the Sevenoaks Area Mental Health Awareness Group. From 2004 to 2009 I was Suicide Prevention Lead for South East England with NIMHE (National Institute for Mental Health in England, part of the NHS). Read more

 

Nicole Capon – West Kent Mind Trainer and Youth MHFA Lead

I work in a variety of settings, delivering mental health and teacher training courses. I started working with hard-to-reach groups when I started teaching vocational and basic skills 15 years ago. This has enabled me to get to know and understand the difficulties individuals face on a daily basis with their physical and mental wellbeing. My teaching was with public and private sector organisations, including forensic units, young offenders’ institutions, and supported housing projects. I also managed a project for people with complex and profound learning difficulties. I then started to develop training programmes, and to train frontline staff and whole organisations on what mental health is, and how it affects us as individuals, the support we can give and the impact on business. This has enabled me to work with organisations such as Sodexo, 111 Service and Reed in Partnership. Read more

 

Fionuala Bonnar

Fionuala has been delivering MHFA for over 7 years and has delivered to many different organisations and groups. She was involved in the introduction of MHFA to England as a founding member of the National Training Team, and has trained many MHFA instructors. She is now a non-executive director of MHFA England Community Interest Company. Read more

 

Nick Brown

I am a freelance Trainer and Consultant specialising in Suicide Prevention & Mental Health. I have been delivering ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) Workshops since 2006 and Mental Health First Aid for the last 4 years. I have been a Trainer, Counsellor and Facilitator for over 20 years working in Private and Public Sectors. I have recently taken on a role to train and coach new trainers of ASIST. Read more

 

Jane Cattermole

I have been providing training to private, public and third sector organisations for 20 years – both in the UK and Australia. For the last 13 years, I have worked for a small, Surrey based charity specialising in providing employment support to people living with mental illness, and their employers. After running my own bespoke mental health awareness courses, I became a MHFA instructor in 2009 and now run Standard, Youth and Lite courses. I qualified as an Integrative Counselling Psychotherapist in 2005, with a special interest in attachment and development. Read more

 

Yasmin Ishaq

I currently work as a service manager for the Kent and Medway Early Intervention in Psychosis Service. I am social work qualified, in 1989 with MSc in Social Work. I have a social science degree, specialising in deviancy (1982-1985). Pre-qualification experience includes working in children’s services and youth justice services. Post-qualifying I worked as a probation officer for 6 years including running a practice development unit. Read more

 

Lee Loveless

Lee has worked in mental health services and public health for over 15 years. During this time he has managed community projects and been the locality lead (in Portsmouth) for public mental health, suicide prevention, dementia and public health workforce development. Alongside these roles Lee has been the lead trainer in a Local Authority (and, formerly, a Primary Care Trust) for mental health and suicide prevention as well as health behaviour change, and since 2013 Making Every Contact Count (MECC). Read more

 

Dick Moore

Former English teacher, rugby coach and, for almost twenty three years, headteacher – Dick Moore lost one of his four sons to suicide in September 2011. Barney’s death triggered a desire to learn more and Dick embarked on a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course in Bath. He found the experience so interesting, that he enrolled on the instructors’ course, qualifying in August 2012. He soon became an Associate Trainer for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (www.cwmt.org) and hoped to undertake occasional talks in schools as a representative of the Trust. However, since November 2012, he has visited well over seventy schools (in the UK and overseas), numerous universities, businesses and other organisations to talk to pupils, students, teachers and parents … anyone who will listen in fact! He has also delivered numerous Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses, many in schools which is where Dick feels particularly at home. Read more

 

Maria Pattinson

My work as a facilitator and trainer in leadership development focuses on the intersection of communication, personal development and wellbeing. I have over twenty-five years of experience in both public and private sectors, with a diversity of clients including Lloyds Underwriters, Kone , King’s Fund and the Muslim Council of Britain. I am qualified to deliver the MHFA Standard, Lite, and Youth programmes, with recent clients including: the World Federations of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslims, Brighton Youth Collective, Slough Public Health, Inroads Essex (private care providers), Croydon Council, Chances For Change Big Lottery project, Priory School Lewes. Read more

 

Scott Pawsey

I am a Learning and Development Professional with over 15 years of experience working with a wide range of industries, sectors and communities including professional services, Local Government, Not for Profit, and the Armed Forces and Ex-service community. I also work for the Royal British Legion as their Learning and Development Manager, as well as being a member of MHFA National Training Team. Read more

 

Nicole Pickett

Nicole Pickett is an experienced Trainer/Facilitator/Mentor and Coach, specialising in Mental Health, Equality and Inclusion and Change Management.
Nicole originally trained in the Performing Arts and was lucky enough to extensively travel throughout this time. On returning to the UK she joined the Metropolitan Police and spent the best part of her career in Training and People Development. It was during this time that she developed a keen interest in Mental Health and on leaving the Police in 2008 became a Mental Health First Aid Trainer. Read more

 

Clare Pointon

I am an experienced psychotherapist, trainer and writer / journalist based in Surrey. Six years ago, I  wrote and delivered a mental health awareness programme aimed at non-psychologically trained employees within the Higher Education sector, a training that was rolled out across four campuses at a creative arts university and beyond. Discovering a love of training and having had very positive feedback from this, I went on to train as a MHFA instructor. Read more

 

Bronwyn Rich

My current role is Early Intervention Coordinator with Lewisham Council. Prior to this I worked as a Social Worker Assistant with Lewisham’s Family Support and Intervention Team, and then as Parent and Community Involvement Officer with the Children’s Centres. Read more

 

David Robinson

David Robinson is an experienced trainer, and has been instructing Youth MHFA courses since 2011. He also offers MHFA and MHFA Lite courses as well as NOCN accreditation, and has delivered them to a range of organisations. Read more

 

Clive Stevenson

Clive has been facilitating MHFA courses since 2007 and was one of the first instructors to complete additional training as a Youth MHFA instructor and to deliver the 3-hour introductory MHFA Lite course. Read more