Meet our Trainers
Alison has been a qualified social worker for twenty years and spent the majority of her career working in fostering services both as a supervising social worker, senior social worker, head of recruitment and training, and as a registered manager. For the last ten years, she has been an independent social work consultant providing consultancy, panel membership and chairing, training and assessment services.
Alison has a special interest in the impact of trauma on children and young people and has had the opportunity to work with a range of psychotherapists over the years which has aided Alison’s own professional learning.
Ann is a recently retired Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder Specialist Nurse (ADHD). She set up a Specialist ADHD Nurse service in Maidstone, Kent which works closely with Community Paediatric Services, Families and other professionals; organised and ran ADHD clinics; and was a School Nurse for many years managing a caseload of both primary and senior schools.
Ann qualified at the well-respected Bristol Royal Infirmary, has worked internationally, and within the UK has worked within Social Services, the Residential Care Sector and the NHS.
Dr Lesley Hanney
Lesley is a Consultant Systemic Family Psychotherapist with over 25 years experience in the area of child and adolescent mental health. She has a special interest in attachment and developmental trauma, having published several articles in this area, and in working with young people with eating disorders. As well as seeing the more complex mental health children and young people Lesley has a special interest in working with children and young people in the care system.
Dr Natasha Emin – Life Train UK
Natasha is the director of Life Train UK. She is a professional qualified youth and community worker, author and life coach, with over two decades’ experience of working with practitioners and young people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Natasha presents a unique and lively style of training that keeps attendees engaged.
Gemma Lead – Foster Talk
Foster Talk provides the most comprehensive range of foster carer support services available, completely focused on support foster carers, which all Capstone Foster Carers are given membership to. Gemma is the Account Manager and Business Development executive for the south of England and works hard to help carers learn how to get the most out of their memberships.
Ian Johnson – Simply Fostering
Ian has nearly 20 years experience of working at many levels within private fostering agencies, working with Senior Management, Staff teams, Social Work Students, Foster Carers, Support Workers and Looked After Children.
Ian’s unique style of training includes many of his personal experiences, combined with his many years of social work experience and his theoretical understanding of the issues affecting children in the care system. The feedback given from nearly all of those who attend Ian’s training is excellent, confirming his status as a first class and inspirational trainer.
Ian has BA (Hons) in Practice Learning and Assessment, a Diploma in Social work and is also a qualified Practice Teacher holding the Practice Teaching A ward.
Jayson Woon – 1st Act
1st Act trainers consist of emergency service professionals who have over 30 years of experience in a variety of skill sets. Jayson set up 1st Act in 2007 with the aim of providing professional, accurate and enjoyable First Aid Training to every industry, specialising in paediatric. Jayson often leads the training sessions for us as a way to bring high quality life saving training skills to more people and they are fun and affordable.
Joe has over 30 years practice experience within children and families social work, including children’s residential child care, children and families, and within residential family assessment centres. He has a strong desire to advocate for disadvantaged people, including looked after children and parents facing difficulties caring for their children.
Joe has researched, written and facilitated training sessions for a range of professionals within the children’s social care and other associated professions. His sessions have a clear research and practice foundation and are presented in what has been describes as a ‘user friendly, generally jargon free, stimulating and safe manner, with a touch of humour to maintain interest’.
Lyla Ward & Helen Elliott – Wardell Associates
Lyla and Helen are the directors of Wardell Associates Ltd, with over the 30 years experience in the field of probation, youth justice and safeguarding. They have contributed to the practice development in local and national arenas. Their training is delivered alongside carefully selected associates who bring a range of professional expertise and, where appropriate, include current or former service users and colleagues working at grass root level.
Philip Andrews – Mind Positive
Philip is a psychotherapist, approved EMDR Consultant, writer, trainer and performance coach, an expert in helping people heal trauma. He has provided therapy, EMDR and counselling services to hundreds of people suffering from a whole range of mental health difficulties, including officers of HM Prison Service, the Kent Fire & Rescue Service, the Kent Youth Offending Team and professional sports people.
Outside of delivering training, he primarily runs a private psychotherapy and coaching practice in Canterbury in Kent.
Scott Henery – Social Care Training Solutions
Scott Henery is a nationally qualified trainer who has devised and delivered countless high quality training days and conferences for young people, staff teams and social care agencies. He specialised in drugs and alcohol training during his time in Birmingham working as a city wide training officer for a holistic treatment service for young people. Since 2002 Scott’s career has been focused on delivering innovative health promotion strategies and has been particularly active in the research and development of new teaching and training resources, promoting these on a regional and national basis for schools, treatment agencies, youth service and health and social care organisations.
Scott founded Social Care Training Solutions in 2011 to follow his passion and belief in psychosocial interventions and a belief that we can always redefine ourselves
Scott King – Section 31 Training & Consultancy
Scott King is a care leaver, trainer, children’s champion, writer, consultant, LILAC assessor, and Chair of MP Edward Timpson’s Care Leavers’ Advisory Group. He has a range of care experiences, having had 36 addresses in his life as well as spending six months living on the streets when he was age 16.
Scott created The Puppet Project as a short term initiative to help influence change in the care system by sharing the journey that looked after children go through in a way that helps listeners to not only understand but also feel their journey. However, the project received such huge support, including from children’s minister MP Edward Timpson of the Department of Education who wrote a personal letter to Scott conveying that they had been following his work and that what Scott does is invaluable and a much needed contribution to the development of children’s services. Scott then decided to expand on his original project, launched the company “Section 31” (named in reference to the care act that children who spend their whole life in care are on) and re-designed the training programme, including creating new sessions, and recruiting only ex-looked after children to deliver their training to offer the unique insight into the care system that care leavers share.
Viv has been working in the care profession for over 35 years. Viv worked directly with young people as a foster carer, later combining this with a career as a local authority fostering officer and qualified as a social worker in 1994. Before becoming a freelance social worker and trainer 15 years ago, Viv’s work included residential care with the Children’s Society, Essex Education Department and SCOPE. Viv still retains direct contact with young people and carers in her roles as an Out of Hours social worker and a Complaints Receiving Officer for several IFP’s; she also continues to undertake Form F assessments for potential new carers on a regular basis and chairs Xcel 2000’s fostering panel.
As a trainer, she aims to relate her experiences in a useful way that will inspire others to continue to offer a high level of care.