Regional Development Manager (North)
Viv has been teaching in schools, often in challenging circumstances, for 22 years as a teacher, SENCo and senior leader. For the last 12 years she has been leading schools as both headteacher and executive headteacher in mainstream schools, a Co-operative Trust school and an academy. Most recently this has included Doncaster Road Primary School where she led the school successfully out of a special measures category by embedding Thrive as a core approach and using this as one of the tools to improve every area of practice.
Alongside these roles she has also been consultant headteacher for the Local Authority leading, amongst other things, the induction programme for new head teachers for several years. As an LLE it was her privilege to work alongside heads of other schools to support them in improving outcomes for children.
After successfully introducing Thrive into two of the schools where she has been headteacher she was thrilled to take up the role of Regional Development Manager for the North of England in September 2015 and is passionate about supporting other professionals to embed the practice and reach as many children and families as possible.
Regional Development Manager (London)
After 25 years in education, which covered teaching across the whole age range in both maintained and independent schools and Deputy Headship of two schools, a family move brought Julie to Devon.
After hearing about Thrive and the benefits which the Approach and programme brings to all children, she jumped at the opportunity to become involved and began working for Thrive in October 2011 as the Training Manager.
Building on this experience Julie is now the Business Development Manager, working closely with the Thrive Regional Development Managers and Co–ordinators around the country to manage client enquires and to help spread the Thrive Approach across the country..... and even further afield!
Regional Coordinator (Yorkshire and Humberside)
Kate originally trained as a Drama teacher and spent 7yrs teaching full time Drama in an inner London comprehensive school.
Following the dismantling of ILEA and the creation of the 1981 Special Education Act, she decided that her passion for teaching lay in engaging the more challenging pupils. This coincided with a move North to take up a post as Senior Mistress in an EBD school for 5-16 year olds in Oldham and eventually as a Behaviour Consultant for Kirklees.
She continued to work until she retired in 2013. However, retirement was short lived as during the last eighteen months of her working career she came across Thrive and was instrumental in introducing the programme across the Pupil Referral Service in Kirklees.
She was looking forward to pursuing her many interests of music, singing, dance and live theatre. However, the call came from Thrive and she was delighted to join the team as Regional Coordinator.
Acting Regional Development Manager (Eastern)
Ben joined the Thrive Team in September 2015 as Regional Coordinator and Trainer, based in the Eastern region. Originally trained in Law, Ben holds an LLB (Hons) degree, he has since gone on to complete the Thrive Practitioner Training, Thrive Action Plan Mentor training and most recently the Thrive Train the Trainer course. In addition, Ben works both privately, and in a voluntary capacity, as an Integrative Counsellor and has completed the BSc (Hons) in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
Prior to joining Thrive, Ben has a multidisciplinary background that includes; working within inner-city community therapeutic services, supporting marginalised and vulnerable young people as both Practitioner and Team Leader; Manager of a service dedicated to the rehabilitation of offenders; Action Research and Manager of services being delivered to children, young people and families, including managing a children and family centre; an Early Help Operational Manager for a Local Authority; and as a Counsellor within an NHS Tier 3 Youth Mental Health Service.
Ben loves working for Thrive and is passionate about supporting children and young people to develop their emotional and social availability, to overcome life’s challenges and experience life’s rewards.
Regional Co-ordinator (S.Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire)
Dominique has been working with children for 18 years, firstly as a swimming teacher, then progressing onto working in a school as a teaching assistant supporting children on a 1-1 basis with Social and Emotional difficulties. It was here that she discovered her passion for working with challenging children.
Dominique then moved on to Doncaster Road Primary School as the behaviour support worker where she later commenced Thrive training in 2012 and successfully became a Thrive Practitioner. This in turn lead to her becoming one of the lead Thrive Practitioners in the school and playing a vital role in supporting the school out of special measures.
Dominique then went on to complete the Thrive action plan mentor course and then became a Thrive Trainer. She has already supported many schools and professionals in embedding Thrive into their own settings, and feels privileged to have done so.
She is now in the next chapter in her Thrive journey as she has become a regional co-ordinator for the North and Central England.
Regional Co-ordinator(North East)
Dani has worked in schools for the past nine years since completing her degree in Childhood & Youth Studies and Social Psychology.
Specialising in early years education she spent the first six years as a nursery nurse at Doncaster Road Primary School where she also became a staff governor and active member of the personnel committee.
In 2012 she successfully completed the Thrive Licensed Practitioner training and became one of the lead Thrive Practitioners at the school, where Thrive was one of the core tools used to support the school moving out of Special Measures.
To further her skills Dani successfully completed the Thrive Action Plan Mentor course and went on to train as a Thrive Trainer.
Dani was delighted to accept the role of Thrive Regional Co-ordinator in September 2015 and continues to share her experience and knowledge with other professionals to develop their Thrive practice and support children.
Regional Development Manager (South East)
Diane started working in a secondary school 18 years ago, supporting children with special educational needs, emotional difficulties and highly challenging behaviour. She quickly realised this was an area she was passionate about and after a few years moved to a primary school, to learn more about the early needs of children with emotional difficulties. Diane then joined the senior leadership team as Deputy to the SENCo/Safeguarding Lead and worked alongside children, parents and carers to support their emotional needs and wellbeing.
Alongside this, Diane has also held roles at local authority level, including delivering induction training to Teaching Assistants, devised and delivered an NQT induction module on working with additional adults in the classroom and was a member of the HLTA selection panel.
Diane first heard about Thrive in 2012 at an awareness session and felt right away that all of her experiences had led her to this point, she completed her Thrive Primary Practitioner training in January 2013 and had a key role in embedding and developing Thrive in the school. She is passionate about Thrive and has seen some amazing developmental journeys using the Thrive Approach with children and families.
Diane was delighted to join the Thrive team and looks forward to this new phase in her career.
Acting Regional Development Manager (Wales)
Lee has been a teacher for 20 years in schools across England and Wales. During that time, she held the positions of SENCO, Leader for Learning, Foundation Phase Leader and, for the last eight years, Behaviour Support Coordinator for a local authority.
In addition to her practical experience in education, Lee has a BA Hons QTS in English Literature and Media, as well as a BSc Hons in Social Policy and Social Sciences. This combination of practical and academic experience gives her a broad understanding and knowledge of the complex issues that families face.
In 2014, Lee was part of the first cohort of Thrive Licensed Practitioners to train in Wales. Putting Thrive into practice with pupils, families and schools, she was amazed by the powerful impact that it had and decided to train as a trainer as a result. In February 2016, she gained her licence as a Thrive Trainer and, in May 2016, was delighted to join the Thrive team as Regional Development Co-ordinator for Wales. Lee has recently taken on the role of Acting Regional Development Manager (Wales) and she hopes to continue the work of improving outcomes and life chances for all.
Regional Co-ordinator (South West)
Jo joined Thrive in November 2014 after working in a variety of different industries since the start of her career. Most recently she worked within the health and wellness industry for several years, working alongside clients to support their needs.
Jo works closely with the Business Development Manager, Julie Moores, and the Thrive Regional Team to manage client enquiries and to support schools in embedding Thrive successfully. Jo also oversees training and support in the South West area and is passionate about reaching as many children and families as possible.
Regional Co-ordinator (Central)
Lesley has a wealth of experience in all the ups and the downs of teaching having been working in the industry for thirty years across all phases from Pre-school to Sixth Form, in mainstream and more specialised settings. For the last twenty years Lesley has been working as a SENCO in a mainstream secondary school.
As an experienced educator, Lesley really believes in the Thrive Approach and the difference in schools. Lesley is delighted to become part of the team that brings the Approach to more children in the Central Region.