I started my university journey late in life, after a long and highly successful career in IT/IS, I completed a BSc in Counselling Studies and Psychology (BPS approved), with a First Class (Hons) degree.
During my career, I have worked on high level projects for a diverse set of clients, including National Removed of Wales, Thompson group, House of Lloyds, Microsoft, Intel, and Volve. Through hard work and determination, I have climbed the corporate ladder, achieving the dizzy heights of IT/IS Manager of a very large market research company in the City of London and more recently Director of Operations.
Since leaving University, however, I have changed direction and now work within the third sector, at Hafal (Wales’ primary Mental Health Charity). I work on a stakeholder inspired, national lottery funded project, advising the current Welsh Government administration, the NHS and organisations within the private and third sector on mental health policies in relation to psychological (talking) therapies.
Secretariat of the Let’s Talk reference group
A bringing together of the expertise and knowledge of the Let’s Talk! project, Hafal, HELP, The National Lottery, The National Counselling Society, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, University of Wales Trinity Saint David to actively collect data and publish results on the state of mental health and mental health services in Wales.
Secretariat of the We Need to Talk (Wales) Coalition
A coalition of the all the major players (20 organisations) within the mental health sector (including Mind, Samaritans, British Psychological Society, and Hafal) to ensure future mental health regulations comply with three basic principles of: Investing in the future, lasting impact, and achieving positive change for Wales.
Speaker at the 6th Annual Mental Health International Conference on “Innovation and technology in Mental Health” at Ontaio Shores (Canada).
Holding and presenting an international workshop and question and answer session on “How do we increase access to psychological therapy for people with serious and enduring mental illness?”
Joint Presidency of the Psychological Society
Publication of “A prudent healthcare approach to user-led service in Wales”
Publication of “Developing user-led mental health research: Our voice our choice”
Publication of “Women’s prison link service (White Paper)”
Publication of “We Need to Talk (Discussion paper)”
I have returned to University to start my studies on an MSc (Masters) on Research methods, with an eye on continuing on to a PHd.
I have tutored numerous students in Counselling principles, Psychology and Research Methods/Statistics with considerable success, particularly in getting undergraduate students through their dissertation.
I have also developed and delivered a mental health advocacy training course to, Welsh Government, NHS, Carers, and large organsations such as DVLA.
As well as, developed a professional training course – Introducing people with a serious and enduring mental illness to professional counsellors working within the private sector.
My main approach is to encourage the student to construct their own understanding of subject by breaking that subject down in to small bite size chunks, which, through the use of a mindmap the student then fits together like a jigsaw to construct his/her own understanding/picture.
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|University of Wales Trinity Saint David||2016||Bachelors||Counselling Studies and Psychology|
|University of Wales Trinity Saint David||2016||Other||Embedded Helping Skills (AKA Counselling Skills)|
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