Proactive Wellbeing Culture - Digital - Speakers

Wednesday 11 May 2022 - Wednesday 25 May 2022
Online modules and on-demand content

Mike Crossley, Head of Langley Prep School

Mike Crossley is a serving Head with significant pastoral experience spanning 25 years of senior management. He is a qualified and experienced MHFA Youth instructor, trained Designated Mental Health Lead and currently leader of a school who hold the highly regarded Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) from Optimus plus the Forest Schools association (FSA) award, where outdoor learning takes place weekly for children from nursery age to Year 6.  Mike is also an ISI inspector, experienced trainer and presenter and also holds the NPQH in addition to being a highly qualified executive coach and mentor. 

Clare Erasmus, Designated Mental Health Lead Advisor

Clare Erasmus  is currently the Designated Mental Health Lead Advisor and Head of the Digital Technology & Communication Faculty at a large secondary school in Hampshire. Clare has worked with a range of mental health experts from clinicians to NHS and CAMHS representatives, often sitting as an advisor on behalf of schools. Clare has collaborated with staff, students and mental health and tech experts to help create an award winning, bespoke Mental Health and Wellbeing App for her school, with PSHE styled podcasts, called BHCS My World. Clare is also the author of 'The Mental Health and Wellbeing handbook for schools: Transforming mental health support on a budget' and The Designated Mental Health Lead Planner: A Guide and Checklist for the School Year from Jessica Kinglsey Publishers. 

Kelly Hannaghan, Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant

Kelly is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant for The Education People; she is also the Director of Mind Work Matters Ltd. Kelly puts wellbeing and safeguarding at the heart of education. She is an award-winning motivational speaker and school improvement advisor, published author and founder of the ‘Family Matters’ empowerment programme. Kelly supports pastoral staff with preventative and early help measures and is currently leading on the DFE Wellbeing for Education Return project. Kelly is recognised by the DfE, NCB, The Anna Freud Centre and The Education Support Partnership as a lead influencer of mental health and wellbeing in education. 

Nina Jackson, SEND, Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant

Nina Jackson is a special educational needs and disabilities consultant with over 30 years' experience as a teacher, senior leader and therapist. She now works as an international advisor and trainer working with children, teachers, leaders and parents. Her most recent award winning book ‘Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons’ has a wide range of SEND related chapters to help you find your ‘fizz’ when it comes to supporting everyone and anyone in the field of SEND. You can find her at and as an Associate Director with Independent Thinking Ltd as well as on twitter as @musicmind.

Malarvilie Krishnasamy, Leadership Consultant, Coach, and Trainer

Malarvilie has 20 years’ experience in the field of education and is an ardent advocate of coaching transforming school cultures. She has devised a range of courses supporting professionals to become emotionally intelligent, assertive leaders. She has also developed coaching skills courses to support leaders to inspire, empower and challenge their teams. All her courses are quality assured and accredited by The Institute. As a passionate supporter of equity, diversity, and inclusion in education, Malarvilie is an active ally speaking at events, running workshops, and amplifying the work of others in this field. 

Hugo Metcalfe, Chief Psychologist & Director of Programs at the Happy Mind Tribe

A resilience expert and digital wellbeing specialist, Hugo is a psychologist of many flavours. In his pursuit of greater awareness, he felt it prudent to train in every type of psychology going. This included Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Research Psychology and more recently Psychotherapy. He combines this wealth of knowledge with over 16 years’ experience working in the field of mental health and wellbeing, in the NHS and private sector. As Director of Programs at the Happy Mind Tribe, Hugo has designed and delivered evidence-based training programs, and has been invited to speak at conferences and training events, around the globe.

Dick Moore, MHFA Instructor, Speaker

Educated at Durham and Newcastle Universities, Dick has been an English teacher, rugby coach and, for almost 23 years, a headteacher. He has spoken at over 400 schools, businesses, universities and conferences around the world about his passion for the emotional and mental health of young people. Dick is an instructor for Mental Health First Aid, a speaker for the Charlie Waller Trust and attended an ASIST course focusing on suicide intervention. Dick has appeared on BBC Breakfast, ITN News, BBC Radio 5 Live and numerous local radio stations and gave a TEDx talk in 2015 and a Head talk in 2018. 

Alice Newton-Leeming, Founder, Mental Health Learning

Alice Newton-Leeming has worked and studied within the field of mental health and suicide prevention for over 13 years. After reading Psychology at University, Alice quickly moved into a role for PAPYRUS, a national Suicide Prevention Charity in the UK and progressed to managing its national helpline and training team around the country, equipping community members and professionals with life saving skills. In 2017, Alice founded Mental Health Learning and become a freelance trainer and independent adviser. She now works with a variety of mental health and suicide prevention organisations, including but not limited to YoungMinds and Every Life Matters.

More speakers to be announced soon!