Head of Product & Innovation
Qualifications: BEd ( Hons)
Work Experience: Viv’s passion for Thrive started as Headteacher and Executive Headteacher of primary schools across Barnsley, first becoming a Licensed Practitioner, then a Thrive Trainer. She introduced the approach into schools and saw first-hand the impact it has on behaviour, attendance, and attainment as well as mental health and wellbeing.
Viv has taught across all age ranges and often in schools in challenging circumstances. Having specialised in early years and SEN Viv was thrilled to take on leadership roles as SENCO, assistant head, deputy head and eventually into headship. Viv was asked to become a School Improvement Partner and to lead a school Special Measures, this included embedding Thrive as a core approach and tool to improve every area of practice. She was part of the team that established a Co-operative Trust and a Multi Academy Trust.
In 2015 Viv was thrilled to join the team, originally as Regional Development Manager for the North before moving to become Head of Innovation and Thrive’s Principal Trainer and now Head of Product and Innovation.
Currently Viv is a Director of a MAT and a foster carer leading a Mockingbird constellation. Viv is endlessly passionate about supporting other professionals to embed Thrive practice.
A little more about me: Viv loves being outside and travelling, visiting over 60 different countries and travelling around the UK in her motorhome. She especially loves cooking outside, and has a woodfired oven, cooking all different types of food in there.
I also own a dozen pairs of DMs!