The Trauma Informed Schools Senior Team

In addition to our Senior Team we have a large group of expert trainers

Dr Margot Sunderland
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  • Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health, London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Senior Associate of the Royal College of Medicine
  • Child Psychotherapist with over thirty years experience working with children and families
  • Author of over twenty books in child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries
  • Psychotherapist for Looked After Children and Teenagers for 10 years in residential care homes
  • Author of the acclaimed book, 'The Science of Parenting' which achieved First Prize in the British Medical Association Book awards 2007 (Popular Medicine section). The book has also been voted one of the top 'brain books of our time' by The Dana Foundation
  • 'Helping Children with Feelings’ series (Speechmark) are used as key therapeutic tools by child professionals all over the UK and abroad
  • Co-Founding Director of the Higher Education College, The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education, academic partner of University of East London which runs Masters degree courses and Diplomas in Adolescent Therapy, Child Counselling and Parent-Child Therapy
  • Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice

Margot is a member of the Early Years Commission, the Centre for Social Justice, Westminster, and co-author of the Cross Party Advisory Report ‘The Next Generation’ (early years intervention). She is Founder of the ‘Helping Where it Hurts’ which is a programme offering free arts therapy to troubled children in North London Primary schools. Underpinning all her work is Margot's lifelong interest is neuroscience. Her research in this field originated with her Doctoral Thesis 'The Art and Science of the Psychological Treatment of Children'. This was based on 10 years of neuroscience tuition from the founder of Affective Neuroscience Professor Jaak Panksepp.

Julie Harmieson


  • Former Headteacher of a School for Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Over 17 years experience as a qualified teacher in supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and/or challenging behaviour at both a practitioner and senior leadership level within both the mainstream and specialist sectors
  • Trust Lead for Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) and Inclusion for the Bright Tribe and Adventure Learning Academy Multi Academy Trusts
  • Member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for SEMH at Penryn Primary Academy
  • Independent freelance Consultant supporting teachers, education professionals and counsellors with individuals and groups of challenging and/or vulnerable children
  • Extensive experience in training, coaching, mentoring and supervision
  • Co-Director of Training for Trauma Informed Schools UK (TISUK) informing delivering and supporting mental health training to schools in the UK
  • Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice

Julie is passionate about supporting children and young people to be the best they can be helping them to remove the barriers preventing full engagement in life and learning. She has a particular interest and expertise in supporting schools to develop a fully inclusive approach with both students and members of the school community, facilitating an environment where the mental health and well being of all is central to the school ethos.

Julie divides her time between working at the chalkface in both a practical and advisory capacity, with training, supporting and challenging schools to embed and develop their trauma informed practice. Julie is delighted to be working with Trauma Informed Schools, focusing on supporting professionals to understand and embed a whole school approach to good mental health and emotional well being.


Dr Coral Harper

Director Trauma Informed Schools Wales

  • Former Deputy Head Teacher for 10 years of a local authority special school in Bristol for children with SEMH needs and over a year as acting Headteacher
  • Former Head of Foundation at Mulberry Bush Organisation; a psychotherapeutic institution for very traumatised children
  • 24 years experience as a qualified teacher and then Senior Lead in supporting children and young people within the mainstream and those with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and/or challenging behaviour
  • Qualified Nurture group teacher; Professional Certificates in Educational Therapy and in Understanding and Managing Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Outdoor Learning consultant and Level 3 trained Forest School leader; experienced in supporting the strategic and philosophical development and practice of outdoor learning
  • Experienced Trainer and Consultant in the theory and potential of Outdoor learning and Animal Assisted Interventions for learning
  • Independent freelance Consultant supporting teachers and other education professionals with individuals and groups of challenging and/or vulnerable children. Specialising in understanding and supporting behaviour for better learning
  • Extensive experience in training, coaching, mentoring and supervision
  • Experienced researcher, speaker and presenter in the above fields
  • Owner of a registered ‘Pets as Therapy’ dog who regularly accompanies her with work
  • Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice

Coral now spends much of her time as a freelance consultant and trainer, and some as a practitioner at the chalk-face. Coral is delighted to be working with Trauma Informed Schools, focusing on supporting professionals to understand and embed a whole school approach to good mental health and emotional well being.

Dr Lynette Rentoul

Clinical Consultant

  • Clinical Lead CAMHS, Kernow NHS Commissioning Group
  • Independent Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Cornwall)

Previous Posts include:

  • Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Psychology and Therapy Service, Cornwall Council, Children, Psychology, Schools and Families
  • Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist, Cornwall Partnership Trust, Learning Disabilities Service
  • Director of Children’s Services (Project Liberty) New York State Office of Mental Health, USA
  • Consultant Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Barnet CAMHS
  • Principal Clinical Psychologist, Northgate Clinic, London
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Cassell Hospital, London
  • Lecturer in Psychology, Kings College, London University

Paul Harris

Senior Trainer

Family systems / Parent-Child therapy
Addiction / Looked after Children

  • Registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist
  • Senior Tutor Masters Degree programme in Child Psychotherapy.(Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education/Academic Partner (University of East London)
  • Group-work Practitioner (Institute of Group Analysis) for  troubled adolescents and young adults who experience problems with addiction
  • Post- Adoption psychotherapeutic work for many years  with extremely challenging children diagnosed with developmental trauma (Family, Parent- Child and individual therapy) 
  • Senior Lecturer The Centre for Child Mental Health London 
  • Specialist in treating  children  who have experienced complex trauma and their  families in a variety of contexts for more than twenty years, including education, the community arts, health & social services
  • Founder  of Ahimsa Associates at Cortijo Verde in Andalusia-an interspecies family and retreat centre dedicated to permaculture and the somatic arts. Qualified yoga therapist and Continuum Movement Practitioner
  • Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice

Ellie Baker

Course Director London

  • UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist
  • Educational Consultant and Trainer Masters Degree programme in Child Psychotherapy leading to nationally recognised registration (UCKP). Adolescent Counselling and Emotional Literacy
  • 28 years of experience in the field of Education and Emotional Literacy, Psychotherapy and Psychology working with adults, adolescents and children
  • Psychotherapeutic work in hospitals, schools, private practise and for Parenting Groups, and Art Therapy Groups
  • Founder of HeartSpace, Holistic, Education and Art Related Therapies
  • Principal Trainer for Headstart Kernow roll-out for 3 Years Big Lottery Project to promote emotional wellbeing in schools
  • Chair for The Centre for Child Mental Health international conference programme
  • Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice

Ellie believes in the healing power of The Arts, Nature and Animals and regularly teaches accompanied by her therapy dog Gem


Jocelyne Quennell

Senior Consultant & Trainer:

Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Community Wellbeing: Groups, Families and Organisations. Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice

  • Fellow of The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
  • Director of the University of East London validated trainings in Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice (Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice and Community Wellbeing: Families, Organisations and Communities)
  • Co- Director Clinical Supervision Training at IATE
  • Convenor of the Working Group for Children and Young People in the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College HIPC within the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy UKCP
  • Former Course Leader Central/Sesame Training in Drama and Movement Therapy at Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Former Principal of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and Course Leader MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Director of The Schools Programme
  • Registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Child Psychotherapist UKCP
  • Drama and Movement Therapist and Art Psychotherapist HCPC
  • MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies
  • Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice

Suzie Franklin

Senior Consultant:

Supporting Vulnerable Children in Education

  • Former Headteacher of three schools, all facing significant challenges
  • Former Local Education Authority Adviser for Torbay (responsible for the development of alternative provision for primary aged children and working for all Primary, Special and Secondary Schools to implement new programmes and support for the most vulnerable children
  • Former Ofsted Inspector
  • Over 30 years experience in education (a range of settings from small rural primary schools to large urban schools in areas of considerable deprivation)
  • Leader of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools Programme and worked with agencies from Health, Social Care and Education to develop services to support families and children in need. Delivered training in Developing Emotionally Healthy Schools and Change Management to support schools in changing the culture of their settings to put the well being of staff and children at the heart of their vision and values
  • Educational Consultant specifically supporting schools in developing inclusive practice and meeting the needs of vulnerable learners
  • Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice

Dr Paul Sepping

Senior Consultant:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for over 20 years.
  • Group Analyst.
  • Past Internal Advisor on Child and Family Mental Health for the Department of Health (1990-91).
  • PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies.
  • Author of several book chapters and journal articles including Integrating Object Relations Narratives in Analytic Work with Children and Adolescents (2002), and ‘Narrative and Interpretation’ in Heart and Soul: The Therapeutic Face of Philosophy (1999, Mace, C.(Ed).

Kate Anthony


Senior Consultant and Trainer

  • Working in Devon as an Educational Psychologist  for over 15 years, providing psychological support and advice to schools, families, children and young people, many of whom have suffered abuse, neglect and trauma
  • Extensive experience working across educational settings from pre-school, primary, secondary, special schools and pupil referral units and children out of education.
  • Developed training for professionals working in social care and for foster carers and adoptive parents.
  • Senior Educational Psychologist Babcock LDP
  • Generic EP providing an applied psychology service of consultation, assessment and intervention regarding the educational needs of children and young people in Devon
  • Works closely with children, parents, teachers and other agencies and delivering a range of services to schools and other settings

Clare Williams

Senior Consultant & Trainer:

Trauma Informed Practice and Emotional Health

  • Senior Consultant and Trainer in Trauma Informed Practice and Emotional Health
  • Educational Psychotherapist (MA in Therapeutic Education) Caspari
  • Senior Trauma Informed Trainer for Trauma Informed schools UK


  • Mental Health Practitioner for CAMHS, leading a programme of training on Emotional well being, attachment and mental health across Dorset. 
  • Consultant for the Primary Strategy Team in Dorset, coordinating Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and later as the Emotional well being Adviser for the Borough of Poole.
  • Advisory teacher in Tanzania, East Africa
  • Advisor for an East London Behaviour and Advisory Team
  • Led a number of LA and multi- agency initiatives and has written and created PSHE materials for schools.
  • Has a range of experience in training and consultative work having been a facilitator and trainer at National Conferences and a consultant trainer for the Institute of Education, London.
  • Manager for Chesil Emotional Health and Behaviour Service, a team of professionals working to support children, families and schools, and created  Thrive Education Zones that operated as Thrive nurture bases for  children at risk of exclusion and supported families and schools to enable the children to return to mainstream provision. The project also worked with parents to support them and to enable them to build their own self-esteem in supporting their children.

David Taransaud

Senior Consultant & Trainer:

Extreme Sexual & Physical Violence

  • UKCP Reg Psychotherapeutic Counsellor working internationally with children and young people who have suffered extreme sexual and physical violence
  • Established an Art Therapy service in Kitgum (Uganda) in an orphanage for former child soldiers, AIDS orphans and young people affected by murder of close relatives and extreme trauma.
  • Foreign Consultant in Karachi (Pakistan) for the psychological treatment of children/ teenagers who have suffered extreme sexual and physical violence
  • Trainer with over 15 years experience working with challenging youth
  • Author of several books on working with traumatised teenagers: You Think I’m Evil: Practical strategies for working with aggressive and rebellious adolescents (2011). I, Monster: Positive ways of working with challenging teens through understanding the adolescent within us (2016). The Rage for Life (2017): A psycho-educational resource for professionals working with young people who have experienced abuse or witnessed domestic violence
  • Produced Film ‘Kitgum’s Orphans; Invisible Wounds’ on children and teenagers affected by extreme trauma (Entered Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA 2013). View Here

Chris Davies

Senior Trainer TIS UK

Head of Training TISUK East of England

  • Over 25 years’ experience in education as a teacher and senior leader in mainstream and special schools and as a Local Authority Adviser
  • Local Authority adviser: supporting and advising primary, secondary and special school senior leadership teams and school staff in all aspects of policy and practice regarding inclusion, pupil behaviour, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) and overcoming pupils’ barriers to learning
  • Head of an Education Partnership, working strategically to provide a range of additional intervention and support services for the ten partnership schools and the families and communities they served
  • Extensive experience as trainer, mentor and assessor of trainee teachers on school-based initial teacher training programmes and as a trainer supporting adoptive and foster parents
  • Qualified restorative practices facilitator; solution-focused teacher coach; Massage in Schools Programme trainer; infant massage instructor
  • Independent freelance consultant working with schools and professionals from other agencies to support troubled and troubling children and their families
  • Extensive experience in training, coaching, mentoring and supervision

Chris is passionately committed to supporting colleagues and families to improve the life chances of troubled and troubling children and young people. She is fascinated and inspired by the ever-deepening knowledge and understanding of the brain and body that neuroscience gives us and how that is now being woven into the understanding and practice of clinicians. She is enormously excited by the potential impact of this research on school culture and on improved outcomes for children, young people and for families.

Jill Mahon
Jill Mahon

Senior Trainer

Head of Training TISUK Devon

  • Headteacher of two different schools with over fifteen years experience
  • Extensive experience in education, including Special Education and mainstream schools, both in Devon and the North West
  • A wide range of teaching experience across Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stages One, Two and Three
  • Experience in training, mentoring and supervision focusing on social, emotional and mental health needs in school
  • Embedded a whole school approach based on inclusion and understanding of the importance of relationship
  • Created a support network addressing social, emotional and mental health needs across local learning communities, with continual professional development
  • Experience of working with a wide range of agencies and ensuring effective communication

Heidi Hoskin

TISUK Trainer & Consultant

  • Heidi has been teaching in schools for 19 years, with 10 years as a headteacher or executive leader across both maintained and multi-academy trusts. Heidi has a successful school improvement track record
  • Heidi’s most recent school leadership role has been as a CEO of two sister Trusts
  • Heidi has extensive experience of supporting school leadership teams to prepare for external inspections. Her own experience as a teacher and, later, headteacher has given her a firm understanding of school pressures. Her enthusiastic and rigorous approach to school improvement focuses on ensuring all children have access to the very best educational opportunities
  • Heidi passionately believe that headteachers and staff should be empowered to focus on their central purpose—achieving outstanding outcomes and providing broad curriculum opportunities for each and every child. She believes this is best achieved through high quality leadership and teaching – effective inclusive practice and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable learners is central to this
  • A qualified teacher with a passion for supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and/or challenging behaviour at both a practitioner and senior leadership level
  • Educational consultant for Trauma Informed Schools UK (TISUK) informing delivering and supporting mental health training to schools in the UK
  • Trainer for Trauma Informed schools UK
  • BSc Hons Psychology
  • PGCE (Primary Education)
  • National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH)

Heidi divides her time between working both a practical and advisory capacity, with training, supporting and challenging schools to further develop their school improvement systems and processes alongside, embedding and developing their trauma informed practices. Heidi is delighted to be working with Trauma Informed Schools as a trainer and educational consultant, focusing on supporting educational professionals to understand and embed whole school approaches enabling children and young people to be the best they can be.

Denice Tulloch-Johnson

Senior Trainer:

ACEs impacting on early years, language, communication & play

  • Over 20 years experience working with young children and their families
  • Working in OFSTED Outstanding Nurseries where her particular service was
    highlighted in the OFSTED report
  • Family Support worker in various settings, nursery, Hospital based
    children and families social care team
  • Extensive training and experience in working to improve attachment in very troubled infants and parent- infant relationships
  • Working in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals to improve the outcomes for children and families most in need
  • Holding caseloads of families ensuring they receive the right support from the appropriate agency at the right time
  • Play and Communication Early Intervention Practitioner (Several Children’s Centres)
  • Assessing the needs of troubled infants and their families
  • Providing specific support packages that enable children to develop their communication skills
  • Supporting parents in attuned regulating interactions with their infants and addressing attachment ruptures
  • Working in partnership with outside agencies to provide a service to the local community
  • Co-Director: Parent- Child Relationship Spa (Centre for Child Mental Health London) - supporting parents to interact with their infants through attachment play to optimise relational and emotional health
  • Co-Presenter DVD series Best Relationship with your Child with Parenting Expert Dr Margot Sunderland

Rachel Toller

Training & Development Manager and Trainer

  • 7 years working in an Area Recourse Base Nurture Group supporting children on the brink of exclusion from mainstream provision
  • Former Primary school Lead rolling out a whole school approach to support children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Nurture Group Outreach worker supporting children in mainstream schools and working with school staff to implement strategies to support children with SEMH difficulties
  • Learning mentor in a primary school working with children with SEND
  • Voluntary group leader for Pyramid Kernow, running groups for children to raise self-esteem and confidence, whilst building relationships, resilience and tackling bullying
  • Trainer for Trauma Informed Schools UK
  • BSC hons Psychology

Carly Warburton

 Training Officer:

TISUK Training Officer

  • Former SEMH lead and coordinator in a primary school continuing to embed and implement a whole school approach
  • Family support worker within mainstream schools providing care and support to families and children within the home to support and enable learning
  • Lead playworker across five inner city primary’s for children with SEMH needs
  • Learning mentor for 14-19 yeas olds within secondary schools
  • Qualified Complementary Therapist
  • BA Hons Business Administration
  • FDSC Complementary Health Studies


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