Meet the Team

Who is someone you admire, and why?

There are so many people I admire, all for different reasons, but if I had to pick out one, at the moment it would be Greta Thunberg- environmental activist.

I really admire how determined she is, her belief in her cause that she didn’t let anyone talk her out of it. I think she was quite remarkable for standing up to people who were unkind to her and she just kept going- even when it got personal. She sacrificed a lot but she believed that it was all worthwhile to save our planet.

What’s a typical day like for you?

I work with lots of different children either on a one to one or in small groups. We get sticky, messy and play lots of fun games together in the Thrive room based at each school. There is usually quite a lot of laughter and mess- and we are often running late because we lose track of time. I seem to spend a lot of time rushing from one school to another as I try and squash as much into a day as I can.

Then I head home and switch into Mum mode and catch up with my family about their days and all things home- I try and sneak in a dog walk as well to catch some fresh air and retune into nature.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

As a child I played the piano, guitar and clarinet- I’m assuming that I still could if I wanted to but it has been a while!

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?

Sitting on a beach in the warm sunshine somewhere hot listening to the waves lapping on the shore

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I wanted to be a police officer- but I really wanted to be a dog handler in the police

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…

drinking a cup of coffee, walking the dog or standing on the side of a football pitch- sometimes all of these together!

How do you want people to remember you?

That I always had time for them

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?

I hope that I bring an open mind, a kind heart that doesn’t judge people, a curiosity to look beyond what I see so that I can really understand and maybe a little bit of silliness!

Name three words that you describe you.?

Authentic (what you see if what you get), thoughtful, nature loving

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Well there are a few different things, being with my family, seeing friends and laughing a lot but probably one of my favourite things is sitting in front of a fire with a good book feeling cosy and snug.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?

Having the time and the trust of wonderful young people to really get to know them, so that they can be totally themselves and be relaxed in that space

What would be your personal motto?

This is one that I have stolen from my son, “you can only be yourself as everyone else is already taken.”

Who is someone you admire, and why? 

It has to be all N.H.S front line staff. I have family and friends who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic with no thoughts for their own safety. Always thinking of others. They are all so brave.

What’s a typical day like for you?

It would involve lots of arts and crafts game playing, mindfulness and yoga, with lots of fun thrown in.Some days can be more challenging than others,but no two days are the same.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

 I am a fully qualified Florist.!!

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?

Somewhere very hot,sat around a beautiful swimming pool watching my family having lots of fun.

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I wanted to be a traffic warden, not sure why!!          

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me… Having a lazy start to the day with breakfast in bed and the sunday papers.

How do you want people to remember you? As someone who was a good       listener.

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?

Being able to listen and not judge, also being able to find some fun and goodness in most situations no matter how small.

Name three words that you describe you.  Patient, caring and imaginative.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Spending quality time with my family, especially in Cornwall and finding a great box set to binge watch.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?

Being part of a great team who are starting to have a positive impact on all our children and seeing the difference it is making.

What would be your personal motto, “Tomorrow is a new day,”

Who is someone you admire, and why?

Whilst I do admire a few historical figures and famous individuals for what they have done for the world or how they enrich our lives, I have no greater admiration for a woman who can raise children, look after a household and perhaps have a full time job/career. All of which are not easy and no matter the struggle or highs and lows, they do it all for the love in their hearts for the people who make life worthwhile. Well done to most of us mums who are heroes in my eyes.

What’s a typical day like for you?

The average day consists of preparing breakfast for the family and making sure everyone has lunch to take with them to school/work, before getting ready myself and heading into school where I spend time delivering individual Thrive sessions or in the classroom with different classes helping the teachers with school learning. After school I do try to do a little exercise of some sort, even if it’s a brisk walk, as I do enjoy keeping active. I cook Tea and the family always eat with each other and we talk about our day which I feel is so important. I end the day with a bit of TV or reading or perhaps some social media before bedtime.  

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I am a really good decorator and have decorated every room in every house I have lived in since being an adult. I particularly excel in wallpaper hanging. 

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?  

So many people say they would like to be on a beach enjoying the sun and whilst that would be wonderful right at this moment I would love to turn the clock back a few months so that I could once again be with my mum as she is an angel now. I would tell her how much I miss her and how I valued every moment that she was my mum. 

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?  I wanted to be a Singer/Actress 

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me

At the moment, decorating my new house

How do you want people to remember you?

I want to be remembered for my bubbly personality and my compassion and commitment to others

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?

My energy and dedication. I try to have fun when I am with others and make an impact on them

Name three words that you describe you.

Likable, caring and funny

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Spending time with family and friends, sharing good times and making happy memories

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?

What a difference I can make to someone just by being with them and making them understand how special and unique they truly are.

What would be your personal motto

I couldn’t decide so I have three-

  • Never underestimate the impact a smile can have to someone’s day
  • A moment of kindness can last a lifetime
  • Walk with your head up so that you can notice the world and people around you

Who is someone you admire? I admire all those who are willing to put their life  at risk for others.

What’s a typical day like for you? I literally do not have a “typical” day. They are always busy, full of variety and working with great young people.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I am a qualified masseur.

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be? On holiday somewhere very warm and sunny.

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? A cowboy!

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me… Recharging my batteries.

How do you want people to remember you? Consistent in my approach to working with young people.

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job? Experience, understanding and an element of fun and laughter.

Name three words that you describe you. Sporty, Caring, Empathic.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Paddle boarding and watching live sport.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? That I can make a difference.

What would be your personal motto? I would adopt the Olympic motto. Citius, Altius, Fortius. Faster, Higher, Stronger.