Supporting Student Wellbeing in Independent Schools - Speakers

Thursday 26 Apr 2018
The Tower, Guoman Hotel, London

Tim Wilbur

Head of Consultancy, Gabbitas Educational Consultants

Having worked in education for over 35 years, Tim is an educational manager and school leader with experience of headships in both the UK and overseas.  Tim provides expert guidance on the development and improvement of school management, curriculum provision and pastoral care across the globe.


Dr Lucy Foulkes 
Lecturer, University of York

Dr Lucy Foulkes is a psychology lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of York, where she researches mental health in schools, including the role of mindfulness. She is particularly interested in adolescence and social development at this age.

Samuel Madden
Director of Wellbeing & Mental Health, St Pauls School

Sam believes passionately that pupils should be at the heart of efforts to promote positive wellbeing in schools and that any successful approach should consider the needs of the whole school community, including staff. He is a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Dr Sile McDaid
Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Team Mental Health

Sile feels passionately about changing the way in which mental health is viewed and ultimately ensuring that wide ranges of professionals work together to ensure the health and wellbeing of young people today and into the future. Sile is a co-founder and director of Team Mental Health, a company providing training for professionals to prevent, detect, intervene early and stamp out the stigma associated with mental health.

Alan MacKenzie
Education Consultant and E-safety Trainer

For Alan, E-Safety has been a passion for a very long time; he loves technology and the huge benefits that can be realised through global connectivity and collaboration. Alan is a strong believer that e-safety is an enabler, not a showstopper and should never be a barrier to innovative use of technology.

Mike Lamb
Director of Staff & Pupil Wellbeing, Hurstierpoint College

Mike spent many years running expeditions and projects internationally being lucky enough to kayak the length of Lake Malawi and work as an expedition guide in the Amazon, amongst other experiences. Since turning to more classroom-based education he has worked as a Head of Year, Housemaster and is presently Director of Staff and Pupil Wellbeing at Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex.

Ann Marie Christian
Safeguarding Consultant, Author and Speaker

Ann Marie is an independent safeguarding consultant. A qualified social worker of 20 years, she’s passionate about keeping children safe. She’s an author and writes regular articles for various educational journals. Her management and frontline practitioner experience gives us a great insight into real practice.

Dr Libby Artingstall
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Co-Founder and Director Team Mental Health

Libby feels passionately about changing the way in which mental health problems are viewed and ultimately ensuring that wide ranges of professionals work together to ensure mental health and wellbeing across our communities. She strongly believes that through increasing the opportunity to identify mental disorder in its early stages, and thus provide appropriate intervention, the negative personal, social and economic outcomes which can be associated with mental health problems, could be significantly reduced.

Graham Yates
Deputy Headteacher, St Swithun’s School

Graham is Deputy Head Pastoral at St. Swithun’s School having previously been Deputy Head Academic at Hampshire Collegiate School and Assistant Head at Kingston Grammar School. Prior to this he was PGCE Course Director at Brunel University and Geography PGCE Tutor. Across all of these roles Graham has worked with staff and students to help foster a positive and resilient attitude towards learning.

Dr Helen O’Connor
Psychologist, St Swithun’s School

Following a Clinical Doctorate from Royal Holloway University in 2001 Helen developed a specialist interest in OCD and eating disorders and worked for 14years within CAMHS and in her last position before leaving the NHS as the Lead Consultant Psychologist for a Psychological Therapies team within an adolescent inpatient unit. Helen has been involved in teaching other psychologists on doctoral courses and managed her own private psychological therapies business. She is a BABCP Accredited therapist and trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children and adolescents at the Institute of Psychiatry. 

Malcolm Mckinlay
Headmaster, Parkgate School

Malcolm Mckinlay is Headmaster of Parkgate House School, where pupil well-being has always come first and foremost. Malcolm has put together a Resilience and Engagement Scale and Toolkit for use in schools, which allows staff to monitor and build pupil's resilience in a manageable way. He believes that building resilience in schools, helps ensure that children can deal with life's ups and downs and reach their full potential.


Ian Morris
Head of Wellbeing, Wellington College

Ian is Head of Well-being at Wellington College. Before joining Wellington in 2004, Ian taught Religious Studies at a large comprehensive on the edge of Dartmoor for 3 years. Ian introduced the well-being curriculum at Wellington in 2006 and has since written 2 editions of ‘Teaching Happiness and Well-being in Schools’ (Bloomsbury) and has co-authored a book on character education in primary schools. Ian also teaches Philosophy and Religion at Wellington, where he lives with his wife and two young children.