Real world, front line experience.

Terry Streather

Director and Head of Training

We founded Oakwood Training in 2012 to help  our clients  focus on the Mental Health and Personal Safety needs of their employees, which we believe are fundamentally linked (but usually thought of as totally separate). 

My job satisfaction comes from helping organisations create happy and productive working environments 

Im a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and an Advanced Physical Intervention and Breakaway Instructor with over 15 years real world experience as a manager, trainer and practitioner.  

When I'm not teaching, developing courses or speaking at events, I'm being chased around by my 8 and 5 year olds, and mostly doing everything Gemma tells me to. 

As a proud Springbok rugby supporter my mental resilience is constantly being tested, as we can’t seem to win for toffee.  


Gemma Streather

Director and Head of Everything Else!

make sure all our clients get the very best service. I’m the friendly voice on the end of the phone supporting our clients from  initial contact  through to course bookings and ongoing support. 

I have over 15 years experience as a manager within the public and private sectors. I have personal experience of supporting colleagues who were experiencing poor mental health, as well as facing situations of violence and aggression in the workplace. 

I'm a keen (and ever so slightly competitive) Saturday morning Park Runner and have recently completed my first half marathon. Last year 11 of the Oakwood team completed an extreme obstacle course (so much mud!!) to raise money for a mental health charity and we’re after ideas for our next challenge in 2019. 

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Meet the team...

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Ian (Bradders)
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Donna
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Andy
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Lee
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Zoe
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Lauren
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Hugo
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Becky
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Moe
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Mark
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Tina
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Chris
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Carol
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Michelle
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Dave (Ninj)
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Pete
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Jeremy
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Michelle
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Andy
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Rob
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Karen

Ian Bradbury, Personal Safety Trainer

Hi, my name's Ian although I don't think anyone actually knows that... they all call me "Bradders".

I have been a Personal Safety, Conflict Management and De-escalation skills trainer for 20 years and joined Oakwood in 2017. I am also an experienced expert witness in the area of Personal Safety. I enjoy delivering courses to people from all different backgrounds and have trained retail staff, loss prevention teams, housing officers, social workers, police officers, youth workers, counsellors and teachers.

I really enjoy helping people get the ‘lightbulb moment’…when everything clicks into place and they understand what reasonable force really is, or how to safely breakaway from an aggressor.

I am a Metafit instructor (and general fitness fanatic) and have just started a coaching role at my local Youth Rugby club.

Donna Hanlon, Admin Support

Hi I’m Donna. I have been working with Oakwood since 2016 providing admin support and supporting clients with pre and post course information and support.

I’ve had an extensive career in both HR and training, PA and admin work. I am a graduate member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and have worked in both recruitment and training across professional service firms and the services sector so Oakwood is a great fit for me!

In my spare time I love to walk in my beautiful local area with my family and crazy Welsh Springer Spaniel Monty. In addition to being a bit of a shopaholic, I also enjoy yoga, reading and ‘attempting’ to keep fit! I like to set myself a personal challenge each year – this year was the London Moonwalk and I am still open to ideas for what to do next!

Andy Daybell, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I’m Andy. I am currently a senior manager within a public sector organisation and have Leadership and Management qualifications, as well as having a raft of experience in managing Mental Health & Wellbeing within a workplace environment. I also have my own lived experiences with mental health illness.

Safety has been the real main focus for organisations over the past few decades, I am keen to highlight the benefits and importance of employers also looking after the mental wellbeing of their staff.

I am a keen swimmer and also a competitive swimming coach in my spare time. I look forward to meeting you on a course soon.

Lee Westbury, Personal Safety Trainer

Hi, I'm Lee. I have been teaching Conflict Management and Personal Safety skills for over 30 years and joined Oakwood in 2014. I’m a retired Police Sergeant with 30 years frontline service, where dealing with conflict and using strategies to overcome it was a core part of my role.

I was a Police Physical Training and Self Defence Instructor for 23yrs, alongside my operational roles. I enjoyed teaching frontline officers, support staff and volunteers, as well as those on specialist units.

I understand that just because behaviour may look like aggression it does not mean that it is. I enjoy showing people how to reduce, minimise and manage risks to their personal safety whilst at work in a wide variety of potentially difficult situations.

I’m a real coffee fan (which at times puts me in conflict with Terry who only drinks decaf caramel lattes!)

Zoe Brooks, Admin Support

Hi I’m Zoe, I’ve been with Oakwood since 2017 providing admin support and arranging travel bookings for the training team.

Previous to this I spent about 15 years working and travelling in holiday resorts, as a tour guide, then as an adventure travel operations manager and as a business development representative. My career took me to some fantastic corners of the world, as far as Antarctica, hiking the Inca Trail, the Amazon jungle, the Sahara desert, safari in Africa and the Beijing wall in China.

More recently my adventures involve my two year old daughter and showing her how our fascinating world works. I also like to run half marathons and I try to do at least one a year. I find running provides me with valuable me time!

Lauren Asquith, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I'm Lauren. I have worked in the Health and Wellbeing sector for over 5 years with Derby County Community Trust as the Club Development and Disability Manager. In a voluntary capacity, I am the Chair of the Youth Sport Trust Youth Board. I enjoy helping make a real difference to people’s lives particularly around Mental Health. I’m currently training my pet Jackahuaha ‘Prince’ to be a therapy dog, so he can also help bring happiness to others.

My second passion lies within football, I coach for Derby County RTC and on the FA Elite Disability Talent Pathway.

Since 2014, I have fundraised travelled out to Africa each year to support and develop local slum areas. So far I have been to Morocco, Rwanda and Kenya (3 times). I predominantly take out sports equipment and train up older pupils, teachers and community volunteers to enable continuation once I leave. I have also helped build classrooms, kitchens and dormitories. I absolutely love it!

Hugo Metcalfe, Mental Health Trainer and our Research Psychologist

Hello, I'm Hugo. I have had a life long passion for mental health and education. The former culminating in over 18 years of working with clients and service users across the life span with a range of mental health difficulties and the latter seeing me work my way through a BSc, MSc and currently part way through a Doctorate. I have worked extensively in both the NHS and Private Sector providing 1:1 therapies, assessment, coaching and support.

I have provided training courses and workshops in the NHS and for third sector organisations and have been a guest speaker at mental health conferences in my specialist areas of innovation and young peoples mental health dialogue online. I have also authored a number of publications in the field of young peoples mental health and schizophrenia. I joined Oakwood in 2018 and bring with me a wealth of experience and a genuine passion for training and development.

When not exploring mental health dialogue within the secretive digital realms of Instagram, Tumblr and anonymous message forums I spend my spare time exploring the 'real world' as a record breaker and adventure philanthropist.

Becky Talbot, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I’m Becky. I am an experienced Mental Health First Aid trainer, counsellor and coach with a passion for improving the wellbeing of individuals and organisations. I joined Oakwood in 2018 and for the past 10 years have worked for the University of Leicester as their Senior Mental Wellbeing Facilitator and Coach whilst also providing one to one mental health support to students. I am also an Associate Trainer with Mental Health First Aid England and Student Minds.

I have wealth of personal and professional experience that allows me to bring learning to life. I enjoy bringing passion, creativity and humour to my sessions. In my spare time I enjoy writing spoken word poetry and playing the piano. My family are delighted by this!

Moe Griffin, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I'm Moe. For the last 30 years having qualified as a Mental Health Nurse, I have worked in a variety of settings, as a Nurse /Mental Health Worker/Counsellor. These included the National Health Service, Alcohol/ Drug Addiction Charity, Primary Care and Higher Education.

I qualified as a Mental Health First Aid trainer in 2010 and introduced MHFA courses to the staff at the University of Bath before joining Oakwood in 2018.

What I love about training is every group is different, and I am passionate about increasing the number of conversations about Mental Health. I also like to encourage the participants to feel confident and to enjoy the course in an interactive way.

To relax I love to be outside (I have plenty of waterproof coats) either playing tennis, horse riding or walking my muddy Springer Spaniel.

Mark Ellis, Mental Health Trainer

Hi, I'm Mark. I enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds who bring real life experiences to the courses I deliver. I'm especially passionate about providing learners with the skills and confidence to spot the early signs of mental health problems in young people, which if addressed early on in life can really help them on the road to recovery.

I am a qualified RFU coach and have had the pleasure of running a number of teams in the past from Leicester University to my local club 1st XV. When I'm not at work you will find me either cooking a meal for my family (yes I know it's a strange way to relax but it works for me) or walking our two dogs in the beautiful local countryside.

Tina Byrom, Mental Health Trainer

Hi, I’m Tina. I have over 27 years’ teaching experience across a range of educational settings and other organisations. My teaching approach is highly interactive and I believe learning should be enjoyable even when tackling serious issues such as mental health illness.

I have a passion for social justice, particularly around the opportunities of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and co-authored a book about the educational experience of homeless young people. In the summer of 2018, I volunteered at an orphanage in Romania, developing and delivering summer school activities for children who rarely have the opportunity to play. Despite the lack of running water, I am going back in the summer of 2019!

My other passion is synchronised ice skating. However, my skating skills are not quite up to being on the ice and skating in synchronisation with 15 other skaters!

I have two wonderful children, although their teenage years have posed some challenges. My passion for helping to reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental health stems from my own and wider family personal experiences of mental health issues.

Chris Burnard, Personal Safety and Physical First Aid Trainer

Hello I'm Chris. I recently retired from the Police after a very exciting 30 year career as an Operational Firearms Commander, Firearms Tactical Advisor and Weapons Training Instructor.

I had the privilege of completing the firearms operational order and tactical plan for the Olympic games when Team GB and Team Japan used Loughborough University as a training venue. I have also been involved in the planning of Royalty and other VIP protection operations.

I have been teaching conflict management, de-escalation and personal safety skills for 15 years and joined Oakwood in 2016.

I’m a keen photographer and am looking forward to catching a great shot of Gemma with a face full of mud! One for the album...

Carol Ridlington, Mental Health Trainer

Hello, my name is Carol. Before joining Oakwood in 2018 I spent over 10 years supporting victims of the most serious crimes with Victim Services. I was a national trainer and developed courses designed to help frontline personnel understand how best to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the wide range of people impacted by crime.

I truly believe that we can reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health simply by starting healthy conversations about it. I am a member of the Brain Friendly Learning Group and love exploring different ways to engage participants during training in the hope that it’s both an enjoyable and informative experience.

When I’m not working you’ll find me at home with my two Clumber Spaniels generally tramping through woodland in hot pursuit or covered in mud and dog hair cleaning them up afterwards!

Michelle Richardson, Mental Health Trainer

Hello I’m Michelle. I’ve been a midwife for 15 years and proud to be a Specialist Midwife for Perinatal Mental Health (a title that’s admittedly a little long for an ID badge!) at one of the largest NHS Trusts in England.

I genuinely care and get passionate about mental health and enjoy delivering training courses. I think together we can get people talking about mental health, work to reduce stigma and most importantly help and support each other.

I am a mother to four amazingly wonderful, grown-up children. Even more amazing because they have put up with years of house renovations and many deliberations about colours and cushions! And just when everyone thought I was done, welcome to “Da Bungalow” a 1970’s marvel of pink and avocado that seemed to be just waiting for me back in my hometown.

Dave Smith, Personal Safety Trainer

Hi, I’m Dave - but most people only know me by my nickname 'Ninj', which many people bizarrely assume is short for Nigel!

I've recently retired from the police with 30 years’ operational service. I have been an instructor in conflict management and personal safety for over 25 years.

I have put these skills to the test throughout my policing career in a number of operational roles but the highlight has been when performing the role of close protection officer (bodyguard) for British and Foreign Royalty or Ministerial dignitaries.

I am passionate about teaching and supporting people in learning and developing new skills that will allow them to recognise, manage and minimise risk to themselves and others.

I am a keen England and Leicester Tigers rugby supporter. My fingers are constantly crossed that they can return to their glory years of winning the world cup, being European Champions and beating a touring South Africa National side (what a great game that was Terry?!).

Pete Bumpus, Mental Health and Personal Safety Trainer

Hi I'm Pete and joined Oakwood in 2016. I love teaching people from a wide range of backgrounds and over the past 20 years have developed a real passion for mental health and personal safety.

I want to help remove the stigma and taboo of mental health by giving people the confidence to talk about it, know what to look for and most importantly, what to do about it if they see it so they can support others who may be experiencing mental ill health.

I know that managing conflict and aggression at work is often left up to employee's own 'life skills'. I have seen how being abused, threated or assaulted whilst at work can really damage a person's physical and mental health. I enjoy teaching people how to manage conflict, dynamically risk assess situations and use effective de-escalation techniques.

As a former landscaper and builder, I’m usually helping family and friends with their garden projects when I'm not teaching. Mates rates of course!

Jeremy O'Dwyer, Mental Health Speaker

I'm Jeremy. For a number of years I suffered with mental ill health and thankfully am now fully recovered. I share my lived experience as part of Oakwood’s bespoke mental health training courses to encourage the topic to be discussed more openly and to reduce the stigma still so prevalent in our society.

I spent the first 20 years of my career in private industry (predominantly shoe manufacturing), traveling throughout Europe, America and the Far East. I then worked in the public sector for 19 years before joining Oakwood in 2018.

I can’t say I have the same level of fitness as some of my Oakwood colleagues, however I have completed a week long walk through the Sahara – an awesome experience and one not to be forgotten.

Michelle Overton, Mental Health Trainer

Hello I’m Michelle. I am an accredited Senior Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and trainer who feels passionately about supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing.  

For the last fifteen years I have thoroughly enjoyed providing informative and engaging training sessions.  I have worked in the voluntary sector, private sector and for the last seven years in higher education.  My training and personal experience has provided me with an excellent knowledge and understanding about mental health issues.

I am a keen writer (watch this space for my first novel). I like to look after myself by going to the gym and practicing yoga.

Andy Flockton, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I'm Andy. I have worked in the Mental Health field for close to 30 years, most of that time in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist, a Family Therapist and Transformation Manager across a whole range of services from young people to older adults. I joined Oakwood in 2017.

I am on the National Training Team for Mental Health First Aid England and approved to deliver all of their products. I enjoy raising awareness about mental health and helping make a real difference to people’s lives.

I'm a keen adventure racer and on a weekend you will often find me navigating on foot and mountain bike (usually lost) in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.

Rob Chamberlain, Personal Safety Trainer

Hey, I'm Rob. I enjoy helping people learn effective communication skills and de-escalation techniques, enabling them to feel safer if faced with incidents of aggression or violence whilst at work. I understand that managing conflict at work is often left up to employee's own life skills, and seen as "part of the job."

I have taught Personal Safety, Conflict Management and Positive Handling skills for over 12 years. I joined Oakwood in 2015 and have delivered training to retail and loss prevention teams, housing officers, social workers, healthcare professionals, charity workers and teachers (to name a few professions).

I’m trying to get the other trainers to the "Metafit" classes I run. So far, no joy.

Karen Daybell, Mental Health Trainer

Hi, I'm Karen and I’m passionate about how we look after both our mental and physical wellbeing. The two run parallel but sadly there is still so much stigma and lack of understanding about mental ill health.

I trained as a Mental Health First Aid instructor so I could give people the knowledge and practical skills to help someone who may be struggling, as well as being able to look after their own wellbeing. I enjoy teaching people from different professions and backgrounds.

I’m a busy mum to 3 amazing children, 2 dogs, a rabbit and several chickens - earning the name 'mother hen’! Oh - and I'm training for my 2nd London Marathon.

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Lauren Asquith, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I'm Lauren. I have worked in the Health and Wellbeing sector for over 5 years with Derby County Community Trust as the Club Development and Disability Manager. In a voluntary capacity, I am the Chair of the Youth Sport Trust Youth Board. I enjoy helping make a real difference to people’s lives particularly around Mental Health. I’m currently training my pet Jackahuaha ‘Prince’ to be a therapy dog, so he can also help bring happiness to others.

My second passion lies within football, I coach for Derby County RTC and on the FA Elite Disability Talent Pathway.

Since 2014, I have fundraised travelled out to Africa each year to support and develop local slum areas. So far I have been to Morocco, Rwanda and Kenya (3 times). I predominantly take out sports equipment and train up older pupils, teachers and community volunteers to enable continuation once I leave. I have also helped build classrooms, kitchens and dormitories. I absolutely love it!

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Michelle

Michelle Richardson, Mental Health Trainer

Hello I’m Michelle. I’ve been a midwife for 15 years and proud to be a Specialist Midwife for Perinatal Mental Health (a title that’s admittedly a little long for an ID badge!) at one of the largest NHS Trusts in England.

I genuinely care and get passionate about mental health and enjoy delivering training courses. I think together we can get people talking about mental health, work to reduce stigma and most importantly help and support each other.

I am a mother to four amazingly wonderful, grown-up children. Even more amazing because they have put up with years of house renovations and many deliberations about colours and cushions! And just when everyone thought I was done, welcome to “Da Bungalow” a 1970’s marvel of pink and avocado that seemed to be just waiting for me back in my hometown.

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Jeremy

Jeremy O'Dwyer, Mental Health Speaker

I'm Jeremy. For a number of years I suffered with mental ill health and thankfully am now fully recovered. I share my lived experience as part of Oakwood’s bespoke mental health training courses to encourage the topic to be discussed more openly and to reduce the stigma still so prevalent in our society.

I spent the first 20 years of my career in private industry (predominantly shoe manufacturing), traveling throughout Europe, America and the Far East. I then worked in the public sector for 19 years before joining Oakwood in 2018.

I can’t say I have the same level of fitness as some of my Oakwood colleagues, however I have completed a week long walk through the Sahara – an awesome experience and one not to be forgotten.

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Donna

Donna Hanlon, Admin Support

Hi I’m Donna. I have been working with Oakwood since 2016 providing admin support and supporting clients with pre and post course information and support.

I’ve had an extensive career in both HR and training, PA and admin work. I am a graduate member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and have worked in both recruitment and training across professional service firms and the services sector so Oakwood is a great fit for me!

In my spare time I love to walk in my beautiful local area with my family and crazy Welsh Springer Spaniel Monty. In addition to being a bit of a shopaholic, I also enjoy yoga, reading and ‘attempting’ to keep fit! I like to set myself a personal challenge each year – this year was the London Moonwalk and I am still open to ideas for what to do next!

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Pete

Pete Bumpus, Mental Health and Personal Safety Trainer

Hi I'm Pete and joined Oakwood in 2016. I love teaching people from a wide range of backgrounds and over the past 20 years have developed a real passion for mental health and personal safety.

I want to help remove the stigma and taboo of mental health by giving people the confidence to talk about it, know what to look for and most importantly, what to do about it if they see it so they can support others who may be experiencing mental ill health.

I know that managing conflict and aggression at work is often left up to employee's own 'life skills'. I have seen how being abused, threated or assaulted whilst at work can really damage a person's physical and mental health. I enjoy teaching people how to manage conflict, dynamically risk assess situations and use effective de-escalation techniques.

As a former landscaper and builder, I’m usually helping family and friends with their garden projects when I'm not teaching. Mates rates of course!

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Chris

Chris Burnard, Personal Safety and Physical First Aid Trainer

Hello I'm Chris. I recently retired from the Police after a very exciting 30 year career as an Operational Firearms Commander, Firearms Tactical Advisor and Weapons Training Instructor.

I had the privilege of completing the firearms operational order and tactical plan for the Olympic games when Team GB and Team Japan used Loughborough University as a training venue. I have also been involved in the planning of Royalty and other VIP protection operations.

I have been teaching conflict management, de-escalation and personal safety skills for 15 years and joined Oakwood in 2016.

I’m a keen photographer and am looking forward to catching a great shot of Gemma with a face full of mud! One for the album...

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Karen

Karen Daybell, Mental Health Trainer

Hi, I'm Karen and I’m passionate about how we look after both our mental and physical wellbeing. The two run parallel but sadly there is still so much stigma and lack of understanding about mental ill health.

I trained as a Mental Health First Aid instructor so I could give people the knowledge and practical skills to help someone who may be struggling, as well as being able to look after their own wellbeing. I enjoy teaching people from different professions and backgrounds.

I’m a busy mum to 3 amazing children, 2 dogs, a rabbit and several chickens - earning the name 'mother hen’! Oh - and I'm training for my 2nd London Marathon.

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Tina

Tina Byrom, Mental Health Trainer

Hi, I’m Tina. I have over 27 years’ teaching experience across a range of educational settings and other organisations. My teaching approach is highly interactive and I believe learning should be enjoyable even when tackling serious issues such as mental health illness.

I have a passion for social justice, particularly around the opportunities of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and co-authored a book about the educational experience of homeless young people. In the summer of 2018, I volunteered at an orphanage in Romania, developing and delivering summer school activities for children who rarely have the opportunity to play. Despite the lack of running water, I am going back in the summer of 2019!

My other passion is synchronised ice skating. However, my skating skills are not quite up to being on the ice and skating in synchronisation with 15 other skaters!

I have two wonderful children, although their teenage years have posed some challenges. My passion for helping to reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental health stems from my own and wider family personal experiences of mental health issues.

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Zoe

Zoe Brooks, Admin Support

Hi I’m Zoe, I’ve been with Oakwood since 2017 providing admin support and arranging travel bookings for the training team.

Previous to this I spent about 15 years working and travelling in holiday resorts, as a tour guide, then as an adventure travel operations manager and as a business development representative. My career took me to some fantastic corners of the world, as far as Antarctica, hiking the Inca Trail, the Amazon jungle, the Sahara desert, safari in Africa and the Beijing wall in China.

More recently my adventures involve my two year old daughter and showing her how our fascinating world works. I also like to run half marathons and I try to do at least one a year. I find running provides me with valuable me time!

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Moe

Moe Griffin, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I'm Moe. For the last 30 years having qualified as a Mental Health Nurse, I have worked in a variety of settings, as a Nurse /Mental Health Worker/Counsellor. These included the National Health Service, Alcohol/ Drug Addiction Charity, Primary Care and Higher Education.

I qualified as a Mental Health First Aid trainer in 2010 and introduced MHFA courses to the staff at the University of Bath before joining Oakwood in 2018.

What I love about training is every group is different, and I am passionate about increasing the number of conversations about Mental Health. I also like to encourage the participants to feel confident and to enjoy the course in an interactive way.

To relax I love to be outside (I have plenty of waterproof coats) either playing tennis, horse riding or walking my muddy Springer Spaniel.

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Hugo

Hugo Metcalfe, Mental Health Trainer and our Research Psychologist

Hello, I'm Hugo. I have had a life long passion for mental health and education. The former culminating in over 18 years of working with clients and service users across the life span with a range of mental health difficulties and the latter seeing me work my way through a BSc, MSc and currently part way through a Doctorate. I have worked extensively in both the NHS and Private Sector providing 1:1 therapies, assessment, coaching and support.

I have provided training courses and workshops in the NHS and for third sector organisations and have been a guest speaker at mental health conferences in my specialist areas of innovation and young peoples mental health dialogue online. I have also authored a number of publications in the field of young peoples mental health and schizophrenia. I joined Oakwood in 2018 and bring with me a wealth of experience and a genuine passion for training and development.

When not exploring mental health dialogue within the secretive digital realms of Instagram, Tumblr and anonymous message forums I spend my spare time exploring the 'real world' as a record breaker and adventure philanthropist.

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Becky

Becky Talbot, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I’m Becky. I am an experienced Mental Health First Aid trainer, counsellor and coach with a passion for improving the wellbeing of individuals and organisations. I joined Oakwood in 2018 and for the past 10 years have worked for the University of Leicester as their Senior Mental Wellbeing Facilitator and Coach whilst also providing one to one mental health support to students. I am also an Associate Trainer with Mental Health First Aid England and Student Minds.

I have wealth of personal and professional experience that allows me to bring learning to life. I enjoy bringing passion, creativity and humour to my sessions. In my spare time I enjoy writing spoken word poetry and playing the piano. My family are delighted by this!

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Carol

Carol Ridlington, Mental Health Trainer

Hello, my name is Carol. Before joining Oakwood in 2018 I spent over 10 years supporting victims of the most serious crimes with Victim Services. I was a national trainer and developed courses designed to help frontline personnel understand how best to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the wide range of people impacted by crime.

I truly believe that we can reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health simply by starting healthy conversations about it. I am a member of the Brain Friendly Learning Group and love exploring different ways to engage participants during training in the hope that it’s both an enjoyable and informative experience.

When I’m not working you’ll find me at home with my two Clumber Spaniels generally tramping through woodland in hot pursuit or covered in mud and dog hair cleaning them up afterwards!

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Michelle

Michelle Overton, Mental Health Trainer

Hello I’m Michelle. I am an accredited Senior Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and trainer who feels passionately about supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing.  

For the last fifteen years I have thoroughly enjoyed providing informative and engaging training sessions.  I have worked in the voluntary sector, private sector and for the last seven years in higher education.  My training and personal experience has provided me with an excellent knowledge and understanding about mental health issues.

I am a keen writer (watch this space for my first novel). I like to look after myself by going to the gym and practicing yoga.

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Ian (Bradders)

Ian Bradbury, Personal Safety Trainer

Hi, my name's Ian although I don't think anyone actually knows that... they all call me "Bradders".

I have been a Personal Safety, Conflict Management and De-escalation skills trainer for 20 years and joined Oakwood in 2017. I am also an experienced expert witness in the area of Personal Safety. I enjoy delivering courses to people from all different backgrounds and have trained retail staff, loss prevention teams, housing officers, social workers, police officers, youth workers, counsellors and teachers.

I really enjoy helping people get the ‘lightbulb moment’…when everything clicks into place and they understand what reasonable force really is, or how to safely breakaway from an aggressor.

I am a Metafit instructor (and general fitness fanatic) and have just started a coaching role at my local Youth Rugby club.

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Rob

Rob Chamberlain, Personal Safety Trainer

Hey, I'm Rob. I enjoy helping people learn effective communication skills and de-escalation techniques, enabling them to feel safer if faced with incidents of aggression or violence whilst at work. I understand that managing conflict at work is often left up to employee's own life skills, and seen as "part of the job."

I have taught Personal Safety, Conflict Management and Positive Handling skills for over 12 years. I joined Oakwood in 2015 and have delivered training to retail and loss prevention teams, housing officers, social workers, healthcare professionals, charity workers and teachers (to name a few professions).

I’m trying to get the other trainers to the "Metafit" classes I run. So far, no joy.

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Andy

Andy Flockton, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I'm Andy. I have worked in the Mental Health field for close to 30 years, most of that time in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist, a Family Therapist and Transformation Manager across a whole range of services from young people to older adults. I joined Oakwood in 2017.

I am on the National Training Team for Mental Health First Aid England and approved to deliver all of their products. I enjoy raising awareness about mental health and helping make a real difference to people’s lives.

I'm a keen adventure racer and on a weekend you will often find me navigating on foot and mountain bike (usually lost) in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.

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Lee

Lee Westbury, Personal Safety Trainer

Hi, I'm Lee. I have been teaching Conflict Management and Personal Safety skills for over 30 years and joined Oakwood in 2014. I’m a retired Police Sergeant with 30 years frontline service, where dealing with conflict and using strategies to overcome it was a core part of my role.

I was a Police Physical Training and Self Defence Instructor for 23yrs, alongside my operational roles. I enjoyed teaching frontline officers, support staff and volunteers, as well as those on specialist units.

I understand that just because behaviour may look like aggression it does not mean that it is. I enjoy showing people how to reduce, minimise and manage risks to their personal safety whilst at work in a wide variety of potentially difficult situations.

I’m a real coffee fan (which at times puts me in conflict with Terry who only drinks decaf caramel lattes!)

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Andy

Andy Daybell, Mental Health Trainer

Hi I’m Andy. I am currently a senior manager within a public sector organisation and have Leadership and Management qualifications, as well as having a raft of experience in managing Mental Health & Wellbeing within a workplace environment. I also have my own lived experiences with mental health illness.

Safety has been the real main focus for organisations over the past few decades, I am keen to highlight the benefits and importance of employers also looking after the mental wellbeing of their staff.

I am a keen swimmer and also a competitive swimming coach in my spare time. I look forward to meeting you on a course soon.

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Mark

Mark Ellis, Mental Health Trainer

Hi, I'm Mark. I enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds who bring real life experiences to the courses I deliver. I'm especially passionate about providing learners with the skills and confidence to spot the early signs of mental health problems in young people, which if addressed early on in life can really help them on the road to recovery.

I am a qualified RFU coach and have had the pleasure of running a number of teams in the past from Leicester University to my local club 1st XV. When I'm not at work you will find me either cooking a meal for my family (yes I know it's a strange way to relax but it works for me) or walking our two dogs in the beautiful local countryside.

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Dave (Ninj)

Dave Smith, Personal Safety Trainer

Hi, I’m Dave - but most people only know me by my nickname 'Ninj', which many people bizarrely assume is short for Nigel!

I've recently retired from the police with 30 years’ operational service. I have been an instructor in conflict management and personal safety for over 25 years.

I have put these skills to the test throughout my policing career in a number of operational roles but the highlight has been when performing the role of close protection officer (bodyguard) for British and Foreign Royalty or Ministerial dignitaries.

I am passionate about teaching and supporting people in learning and developing new skills that will allow them to recognise, manage and minimise risk to themselves and others.

I am a keen England and Leicester Tigers rugby supporter. My fingers are constantly crossed that they can return to their glory years of winning the world cup, being European Champions and beating a touring South Africa National side (what a great game that was Terry?!).