Independent Schools' Wellbeing - Speakers

Wednesday 29 Apr 2020
IBIS, ILEC Conference Centre, London

Duncan Byrne, Headmaster, Loughborough Grammar School

Duncan Byrne has been Headmaster of Loughborough Grammar School, a school of 950 boys, since 2016. During his career, he has gained experience in a variety of settings: boys’ and mixed schools; day and boarding. The school has recently launched its GREAT men initiative, with the aim of producing emotionally literate young men who are sensitive to the needs of others and tough enough to talk.


Tracey Boseley, National Development Lead for the Education Sector, Child Bereavement UK

Tracey’s links with the education sector began early in her career as she developed an outreach programme for schools and universities. This led her to qualify as a teacher and I have taught across the primary phase. She specialised in supporting vulnerable pupils and their families, particularly young people with autism and sensory processing disorder. In 2018, Tracey joined Child Bereavement UK; her role includes supporting education professionals, updating the website and evaluating training. She also designed the content of an online resource, ‘Supporting a bereaved pupil’, which was launched in 2019 in collaboration with London Grid for Learning.


Patrick Foster, Epic Risk Management

Patrick is a former professional cricketer, insurance broker and independent school teacher whose life was torn to shreds by his pathological gambling addiction. Patrick now works for an organisation called EPIC Risk Management. EPIC is established as the leading independent gambling harm-minimisation consultancy in the UK. Gambling is the fastest growing and potentially most devastating addiction. With 500,000 children, aged between 11-15, gambling weekly, and young people aged 16 to 23 three times more likely to develop a gambling or gaming problem, problem gambling amongst young people is a growing concern and no longer an issue that schools can ignore in safeguarding their pupils.


Andrew Hampton, Headteacher of Thorpe Hall School and CEO of Girls on Board

Andrew Hampton has been the Headteacher of Thorpe Hall School since 2007. He was a Director of ISI until 2019 and was the Chair of ISA in 2014 – 2015. Andrew created the Girls on Board approach in 2011 and launched it as a commercial training opportunity to schools in 2017. There are now over 130 schools using the approach across the UK. The book ‘When Girls Fall Out’ is due out soon. Thorpe Hall has been shortlisted for the TES Independent Schools’ Wellbeing Initiative of the Year 2019 and 2020 and won the Independent Schools Association  Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing 2019.


Belinda Heaven, Alpha Wellbeing Associates Ltd

Belinda is a qualified nurse and teacher. She has many years’ experience in developing and delivering training internationally. She is commissioned by Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning as lead consultant for emotional wellbeing and has acquired extensive knowledge. Belinda is a national trainer for Mental Health First Aid England and has had two books published – ‘The Mental Health Handbook for Primary School’ and ‘Wellbeing: Activities and Resources to Support Young People’s Mental Wellbeing’. Belinda works regularly with independent schools supporting staff, students and parents.


Julie Johnson, Psychotherapist, Mindfulness educator and author, Pathways

Julie originally trained as a nurse (moving into school nursing as she raised her family). 28 years ago, she set up as a consultant to schools in the areas of wellbeing and PSHE. Having trained as a systemic therapist, she then worked as a psychotherapist in schools and private practice. Julie is a leading provider of workshops and seminars for children, adolescents and parents in London and the surrounding area. She teaches mindfulness and mindfulness self-compassion to young people, teachers, parents and within the charity sector. The author of several children’s books on issues such as bullying, anger and step families, Julie has also contributed to Radio 4 productions including ‘Bringing up Britain’ and a series on cyberbullying. She is committed to informing, equipping, affirming, and at times challenging, all who work with children, adolescents and parents.


Mike Lamb, Director of Staff and Pupil Wellbeing, Hurstpierpoint College

Mike spent many years running expeditions and projects internationally, being lucky enough to kayak the length of Lake Malawi, build sand dams in Kenya and work as an rainforest guide in the Amazon. He has also worked as a Head of Year, Housemaster and is presently Director of Staff and Pupil Wellbeing at Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex. He has developed and designed whole-school wellbeing programmes and believes these should be at the heart of every school.


Paula Talman, Founder of iSpace Wellbeing (The Wellbeing Curriculum for Schools)

Paula is a mother, registered nurse in both adult and paediatric nursing, mental health first aider, qualified mindfulness teacher and independent schools’ inspector. She is currently the Director of Compliance, Health and Welfare at Cumnor House Sussex and has 25 years of experience in child development, mental health, physical health and wellbeing in both hospital and educational settings. She has an MSc in Nursing Science and has completed research which focused on therapeutic nurse-patient relationships and attitudes towards adolescents with mental health issues.