MSc Mental Health Studies, Post Grad D.M.S., R.P.N.
Originally from the UK, my passion for mental health began in my early teens and has extended through to over 35+ years’ experience in the health and social services sector. I have worked in varying clinical, managerial and education-based roles in the UK and Australasia, as well as working independently as a consultant, supervisor and facilitator.
I adopted Aotearoa as my home in 2000 and raised my three amazing young people here. I am the proud ‘parent’ of a very large canine (often easier to manage than the young people!).
I have facilitated numerous mental health and wellbeing learning programmes, including suicide mitigation/prevention, mental health awareness, stress management, mindfulness, self-care, relapse prevention.
I am known for my passion for mental wellbeing and advocacy of people-focussed service design and delivery. I excel at motivating and developing those I works alongside, expanding my own knowledge base and insights as a result. I am a creative, fun facilitator and storyteller with a positive can-do outlook.
My academic qualifications include Master of Science in Mental Health (Kings College London), Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Thames Valley University London), Advanced Certificate in Adult Education (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa) and a variety of qualifications in the areas of counselling, facilitating and supervising. I am a registered member of the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
In my spare time, I love exploring Aotearoa, plays, and dancing in Wellington Batucada (Brazilian Samba), and am a keen supporter of the Arts, including performing in amateur theatre. I serve on the board of Pablos Art Studio and am currently the co-chair of the board of Wellington Women’s Refuge.