Meet our Trainers

Our highly experienced trainers deliver courses tailored to your needs.

  • Hannah Kinsey - Head of Training and Development

    Hannah Kinsey - Head of Training and Development

    Head of Training and Development, Hannah manages our trainers and works directly with schools, professionals, parents and young people. Hannah has years of experience and has worked as a Connexions personal advisor and delivered training and outreach work for Childline, the NSPCC and Parliament's Education Service. 

    Before joining YoungMinds, Hannah was Training Manager at children’s charity Kidscape, working with young people, professionals and parents on safeguarding, bullying, self esteem and confidence building.

    Hannah has worked as an advocate for Young People accessing CAMHS services, and is passionate about giving Young People a voice and helping them to have a say in the things that affect them.

  • Joanna Watson - Trainer Consultant & Schools Development Manager

    Joanna Watson - Trainer Consultant & Schools Development Manager

    A qualified primary school teacher, with 18 years’ experience, Joanna joined YoungMinds in 2014 and has helped design and deliver the Academic Resilience offer for schools.

    For 12 years, Joanna managed the Health Education Link Service, which supported the delivery and development of Personal, Social and Health Education in primary, secondary and special schools and Pupil Referral Units in Lambeth, South London.

    In this role, as well as managing the team of teachers, counsellors and nurses, she worked closely with Public Health, Children’s Services, CAMHS, Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and Healthy Schools, in order to promote better preventative and early intervention for children and young people.

    More recently, Joanna worked for Barnardo’s as the co-ordinator for a social emotional learning programme (PATHS) in London schools.

  • Sarah Berman - Trainer Consultant

    Sarah Berman - Trainer Consultant

    Sarah Berman has had over 25 years primary school teaching experience, during which time she has had responsibility for ICT and completed a Master degree in Computers in Education. 

    Since 2004, she has been a freelance advisory teacher in the Computing Curriculum, working in a range of schools. She supports teachers by teaching modelled lessons and working with staff 1:1, in groups or on a whole staff basis, as well as teaching students on the Schools Direct programme at the Institute of Education.

    Online Safety comes under the Computing Curriculum and Sarah has been a CEOP Ambassador since 2013, delivering training to staff, children, parents and governors.

    Since 2016, Sarah has been a volunteer on the YoungMinds Parents Helpline, talking to parents/carers who are concerned about their child’s emotional wellbeing. She is also part of the YoungMinds Training Consultancy team, delivering both in-house and bespoke training to clients on a range of issues concerning mental health, including areas such as the impact of technology on young people’s mental health, resilience and self-harming behaviours.

  • Bianka Kuhn - Training and Consultancy Team Leader

    Bianka Kuhn - Training and Consultancy Team Leader

    Bianka is an HCPC registered Dramatherapist with over 20 years worth of experience of devising and delivering workshops and training.

    Bianka has worked creatively with young people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds in the UK, Germany, France and Ireland, focusing on improved self worth and identity. She has worked with children and young people, as well as adults with severe mental health issues.

    Since joining YoungMinds in October 2014, Bianka has led a variety of projects nationwide. She developed a self harm and suicide prevention training for the London Borough of Barnet and led a consultation process with County Durham working with schools to promote resilience. As well as delivering training and working on nationwide projects Bianka is one of the team leader within the Training and Consultancy team.

    Having a keen interest in mindfulness, Bianka has consulted to Puffin Publishing House on their illustrated book “Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar” (published in June 2016) introducing and guiding children through a calming process based on a mindfulness breathing exercise.

  • Charlotte Levene - Training and Development Team Leader

    Charlotte Levene - Training and Development Team Leader

    Charlotte is a training team leader, supervisor and trainer/consultant within the Training and DevelopmentTeam.  She is a registered social worker with over 20 years’ experience of working with vulnerable children and those who care for them.

    In addition to being a senior social worker within a Local Authority, Charlotte has lead projects for The National Children’s Bureau and has worked in schools, other voluntary organisations and as an independent trainer for different private organisations. She has been delivering training for YoungMinds since 2011 and was the project lead of a 3-year national training programme focussing on mental health needs of Looked After Children.

    Charlotte has designed and facilitated a wide range of training courses  including teenagers, technology and mental health, self harm, ADHD, resilience, risk and safeguarding, supporting vulnerable young people in looked after settings, supporting vulnerable young people in further education, supporting foster carers and residential workers.

    Charlotte recently led a pupil engagement project in Newham Schools as part of the borough’s larger Academic Resilience project and is passionate about co-production and working closely with young people to ensure that their rights and needs are being met.

  • Hayley Riggs - Trainer Consultant

    Hayley Riggs - Trainer Consultant

    Hayley has spent over 13 years supporting young people who have experienced adversity including mental health issues, homelessness and the care system. This has included extensive designing and delivering a wide range of training on Adolescent Mental Health, Academic Resilience and Self Harm.

  • Mary Webb - Trainer Consultant

    Mary Webb - Trainer Consultant

    Mary is a practitioner academic, combining a Principal Lecturer post as course leader of the University of Westminster’s MSc Leading and Managing in Health and Social Care, a course designed for staff employed in senior and management positions, with a consultancy, research and training business (The Change Agency) focussed on improving outcomes and service delivery in the public and third sector through an evidence-based best practice approach.

    She has extensive experience in health and social care, especially in children’s services, with expertise in children’s development, children’s developmental disorders and children’s mental health as well as in leadership and management in this sector.

    Her skills include: consultancy, developing and running courses both within and outside of the academic arena, negotiation and problem-solving in complex working environments, working with service users and patients, relationship building, coaching and mentoring.

    Mary works for YoungMinds as a freelance trainer delivering training on children and young people’s mental health throughout the UK.  

    She has a specialism in autism spectrum disorders and works for the National Autistic Society training health professionals to diagnose autism in children and adults and she is also part of their clinical diagnostic team.

    She has carried out reviews of child mental health services in Hampshire, Norfolk and West Cheshire and conducted research into children and young people’s views and experiences of using health service and GP complaint systems, for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

  • Eve Allen - Trainer Consultant

    Eve Allen - Trainer Consultant

    Eve started off as a Paediatric Nurse in Leicester’s Royal Infirmary and from that moved into Local Authority working therapeutically in Fostering and Adoption services. 

    Eve achieved her MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2009 at the University of Northampton and embarked on a career in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services working in Tier 1 and Tier 3 Services.

    Eve previously lectured at Edge Hill University in the faculty of health and social care. She is currently studying for a PhD with the university of Salford and leading a parent peer project in the North West for YoungMinds.

  • Jessica Cotton - Trainer Consultant

    Jessica Cotton - Trainer Consultant

    Jessica is a BACP qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and mental health project manager with over 10 years experience working with vulnerable people in a range of community settings.

    Jessica’s special area of interest is psychological trauma and how this not only impacts people’s ability to engage with services but also staff resilience and how this shapes service culture.

    Most recently, Jessica was the Trauma Informed Development lead for YMCA Downslink group responsible to co-ordinating the roll out of the ‘trauma informed’ approach across the organisation’s services to children, young people and their families in Sussex.

    Since qualifying as a psychodynamic counsellor in 2012, Jessica has worked in both private practice and the charity sector providing time limited and open ended psychodynamic counselling to young people and adults. Currently, as well as being a part of our training team, Jessica works with an online counselling service providing counselling to children and young people 11-25.

  • Mary Hinton - Trainer Consultant

    Mary Hinton - Trainer Consultant

    Mary taught and managed in primary, secondary and special schools for over 20 years, working in everything from a comprehensive school of 1,600 students to a village school with 35 on role and three year groups in a class.

    After leaving direct teaching Mary became the Education, Training and Employment Manager in a Youth Offending Team and then Head of a Virtual School for Children in Care.

    Mary joined Young Minds in 2014 and led a project in Bedford developing the Academic Resilience Approach with a group of 11 schools as part of the Borough’s Well Being Strategy. This included setting up a Community of Practice for a collaborative of schools and supporting them to build resilience across whole school populations and structures.

    Mary was also a Headstart Advisor for 4 local authority partnerships funded by the Big Lottery Fund to develop the resilience of 10-16 year olds.

    Mary has worked with other members of the Training Team to develop and deliver the Facilitating Academic Resilience Approach course accredited by the University of Brighton.

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