Dr Tina Rae

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Dr Tina Rae has over 30 years’ experience working with children, adults and families in both clinical and educational contexts within local authorities and specialist educational services. She is currently working as a Consultant Educational and Child Psychologist in a range of SEBD/SEMH and mainstream contexts and for Compass Fostering as a consultant Psychologist supporting foster carers, social workers and Looked after children. She is also an Academic and Professional tutor for the Doctorate in Educational and Child psychology at the University of East London. She is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council and a full member of the British Psychological Society. Tina is also a member of the SEBDA council and executive, a member of ENSEC (European Network for Social and Emotional Competence) and, until recently, a trustee of the Nurture Group Network (NGN).

Tina is also a member of the editorial board for the SEBDA journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and for the International Journal of Nurture in Education.

Tina is a prolific author and her 75 publications to date can be accessed via Sage publications, Paul Chapman publishing, Folens publishers, Jessica Kingsley, Speechmark, Routledge, Hinton publishers, NGN and Optimus publications. She is currently working on research into staff well-being and resilience and writing 2 books on this topic including – one which focuses in peer group supervision systems.

Tina also contributes to national and international conferences and events on a regular basis including those for SEBDA, NGN and Optimus whilst also providing training courses and supervision for school based staff in both special and mainstream contexts and Educational Psychology services across the country and abroad. She will be presenting her work on staff well-being and resilience building at IBSC events in the USA during 2016 and also contributing to the development an Msc course in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of Athens.



Dr Laura Cockburn

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Dr Laura Cockburn, Chartered Educational Psychologist

Laura is a Specialist Educational Psychologist (EP) She has over 30 years’ experience working with children, adults and families in both clinical and educational contexts within local authorities and specialist educational services as well as internationally.

Laura now works for the National Autistic Society. Laura began working for the NAS in January 2014 as the Manager of the Lorna Wing Centre for Autism; she also carries out clinical and consultative services. The Lorna Wing Centre has built up a national and international reputation for training and assessments relating to autism particularly linking to complex needs. Laura also works at the University of East London where she is an academic and professional tutor on the Doctoral Training Programme for trainee EPs.

Following graduation, Laura worked as a teacher in several special schools in the UK where she began to develop her interest and knowledge in working with children and young people with complex needs including autism. Her first teaching role was working with children and young people with significant behaviour and emotional difficulties.

Laura then worked in London as an EP for a few years before moving to take up a post in Singapore. Whilst in Singapore, Laura worked for the Singapore Government to assist them in setting up special educational support services and to develop a school psychological service for the Singapore school system. She also worked as a consultant in a special school organisation in Singapore helping them to improve services for the children, young people and adults (many of whom had behaviour difficulties and autism). Following this, she set up her own company where she worked with both the local community and many of the international schools to support children, young people, adults and their families in different ways. This included: individual assessment and intervention; consultation and guidance; and some systemic work. Laura returned to the UK in 2003 and worked in the London Borough of Haringey as both a specialist EP in autism and as a manager until she moved to the NAS.

Laura also contributes to national and international conferences and events on a regular basis and provides a range of services within the NAS. She is also on the scientific and advisory committee for Research Autism, the only UK charity dedicated to research into autism treatments and therapies.

Dr Laura Cockburn, CPsychol AFBPsS

Lorna Wing Centre Manager

Specialist Educational Psychologist

HCPC Registered

The Lorna Wing Centre for Autism, NAS

020 8466 0098

Nicola Jennings

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Nicki Jennings began her career in SEN education in 2001 at an Essex EBD school for boys aged 11-16.  Whilst her main subjects are Design Technology and Religious Education, she has also taught PSHE and IT.  She has worked in various SEN settings including an ‘independent’ SEMH secondary school and has a broad range of school experience. 

In 2013 Nicki took on the role of County Trainer (SEMH) for Kent.  This role had a vast remit and called for Nicki to advise Heads, Teachers, TAs and Governors on issues around managing challenging pupils.  In addition, Nicki was also called upon to support teachers during periods of crisis of confidence and or competence.  Whilst this can be challenging for all involved, Nicki’s empathetic style and supervision skills have helped bring about positive outcomes. 

Nicki delivers training in a wide range of strategies and Professional Development including:

  • Lego® Therapy
  • The Wellbeing Toolkit
  • Mindfulness
  • Team-Teach

As part of her 10 years voluntary work for Sebda, she sat on various committees, her last four years as Chair.  She played a pivotal role in guiding the association through a period of change and uncertainty.

Nicki returned to Essex in April 2016 to venture out on her own with Giraffe Training and also to get back to her teaching roots as a consultant Specialist Teacher and Tutor with Langham Oaks Outreach Provision. 

As can be seen, Nicki has a very privileged experience of the SEMH world locally and nationally.  This and her own experiences give her an ability to call upon a breadth of knowledge to help instigate real change in teachers and pupils and the way both groups can manage behaviour and self-control.

Dr Benjamin Hibbard

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Dr Benjamin Hibberd

Ben is an HCPC Registered Educational and Child Psychology (D.Ed.Ch.Psy). He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Social Psychology and has over two years experience as an Assistant Psychologist working with children and young people with mental health conditions at The Priory Hospital in South West London. Subsequent to this Ben spent over a year training to become a Voluntary Play Therapist through CareFree Kids, a charitable organisation based in Leytonstone, East London, working with children who have social, emotional or behavioural challenges to overcome. Ben’s most recent employed role was as Mental Health Lead at City & Hackney Carers Centre, supporting those caring for people with mental health conditions, which on occasion would include children and young people. More recently he has developed a special interest in Nurture Groups; his doctoral thesis explored views of the young people themselves around their experiences of a Secondary Nurture Group. In addition, he has a growing portfolio of presenting on topics such as Attachment Theory, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. Ben is a member of the AEP (Association of Educational Psychologists), SEBDA and the Nurture Group Network, working closely alongside Dr Tina Rae in disseminating her well received ‘Wellbeing Toolkit’ training package to national and international audiences.

Mobile no: 07764 754 171

Email: ben_hibberd@hotmail.com

Bob Weatherby

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Bob trained as an actor and worked professionally for over thirteen years. Toward the end of this period he began to work increasingly within the third sector specifically creative arts charities, firstly providing drama and creative arts workshops and then latterly securing funding and project managing community projects around London and Kent. During this time he learned about creative arts therapies and in particular Dramatherapy. He decided to train as a dramatherapist and last year qualified with an MA in Dramatherapy from Roehampton University. Most recently Bob has been providing early intervention groups for schools and colleges, working with Addaction, who are a substance misuse charity, running a 6 week programme around substance use. He also volunteers at the homeless charity Trinty Foyer in Maidstone which is part of the Stonehouse group providing weekly Dramatherapy groups for the residents.

Bob has provided training for both corporate and state companies, including team building, forum theatre for ‘London Underground’ and attachment theory training for ‘Acorn Homes’ residential homes staff.

Dr Karen Wadey

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Dr Karen Wadey has over 19 years’ experience working in Education. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Child Psychology and is an HCPC registered Educational Psychologist working with children, young people, families and schools in an inner London borough.
Having an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, Karen is also a Positive Education consultant.
Karen is a trained mindfulness teacher (MISP) and has experience teaching mindfulness in primary and secondary schools.

Billy Rae

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63 South Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7LT |07896 271085|01795 538905

Email: billyrae@cordobagroup.co.uk| uklinkedin.com/in/billyrae

Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant

A highly skilled and motivated former Chief Executive, experienced in leading large organisations, working with Boards and Politicians to achieve transformational change. Financially astute with excellent experience of managing 220m capital and 40m revenue budgets. A qualified Corporate and Executive and Personal Performance Coach, working with senior leaders and their teams across Public and Private Sectors. Delivers training across these sectors, working with a range of organisations to maximise staff potential and capacity through Leadership, Assessment and Development, individual and team interventions. Leadership style described by Investors in People UK in their assessment as “Strong and committed leadership from a Chief Executive who is respected for his knowledge and understanding of the sector and who is visible to his staff”

Key Skills and interventions

Executive 1-1 Coaching| Team Coaching | Strategic Planning| Change Management| Bespoke Leadership Development| Appreciative Inquiry|360 assessment and feedback| Psychological profiling and feedback

Presentation Skills| Personal Effectiveness Training with NLP| Building mental and emotional resilience| Creative Thinking Skills

Negotiating and Influencing| Managing in a Political Environment

Key Leadership Experience

  • Chief Executive Hammersmith and Fulham Homes 2004-2008
  • Assistant Director of Housing , Hammersmith and Fulham 2001-2004
  • Interim Head of Housing, Thurrock Council, 2008-2009
  • Managing Director, Cordoba Consulting (lead coaching associate) 2009-present

Recent Assignments

Public Sector London Boroughs

  • Brent-1-1 and team coaching, senior team strategic planning, facilitating Health and Well Being Board and working with the Chief Executive and her team.
  • Westminster and tri borough: 1-1 and team coaching, organisational development to promote excellent behaviours, conflict resolution
  • Barking and Dagenham-1-1 and team coaching, organisational development
  • Haringey-Managing a flexible workforce
  • Waltham Forest-Social Care strategic planning

Private Sector

  • Willmott Dixon Partnerships-1-1 and team coaching, strategic development, values and behaviours organisational development, Senior Managers Academy
  • Wates Living Space-1-1 coaching
  • Keepmoat Construction-1-1 coaching
  • Acis Group-Board development

Relevant professional qualifications:

  • Diploma (Distinction) In Corporate and Executive Coaching, The Coaching Academy
  • Diploma ( Distinction) In Personal Coaching, The Coaching Academy
  • NLP Practitioner, The Coaching Academy
  • BA(Hons) Film and Literature, University of Warwick
  • Post Graduate Opera Singers Diploma, Royal College of Music, London
  • Professional Membership
  • Association for Coaching

Sample Recommendations

“Billy has provided coaching support for our senior managers. We all found it extremely helpful, He is very knowledgeable, has a good empathetic approach and succeeds in motivating people to identify and achieve their goals”

Carolyn Beech, Corporate Director of HR, Westminster City Council

“We have a long standing and excellent working relationship with Billy Rae and Cordoba. Over the years we have engaged Billy in a wide range of Business Improvement initiatives including Business Strategy planning, one to one Senior Team Mentoring and Effective Boardroom Working. Through his unique and in depth understanding of our business, its drivers and our people Billy has been able to support us to implement a managed programme of change delivering a wide range of benefits.”

Mick Williamson, MD Willmott Dixon Partnerships

Dr Jodie Lambert

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Jodie works as an Educational Psychologist, having completed a Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology at the University of East London. Jodie has conducted research exploring children’s experiences of mindfulness, aspects of social behaviour and techniques for acquiring literacy skills.

She has a BSc in Psychology and is a qualified and experienced teacher with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Early Years Leadership and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Research.

She has worked with children and young people of all ages and in a variety of educational contexts for over 10 years, including mainstream, specialist and independent educational settings. Jodie has also worked in the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and is experienced in working with children and young people who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Jodie holds particular interest in the emotional wellbeing of children and young people and in facilitating therapeutic approaches. She has received training in integrative art psychotherapeutic approaches and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts in Therapy and Education.

During her work as an Educational Psychologist she has been especially interested in positive psychology, solution-focussed approaches, attachment theory and alternative approaches to mental health and wellbeing, for example mindfulness. She has delivered training to professionals in education and social care on these topics.