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Meet The Team

The Office Team

Alicia Drummond, Founder of Teen Tips

Alicia is passionate about providing evidence-based advice to parents, teachers and all those looking after children and young people, so they can be proactive in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of those in their care.  Alicia also works directly with children and young people empowering them to look after their mental health and wellbeing. She draws on the latest research from psychotherapy, psychology and neuroscience, along with her experience of working as an adolescent therapist.

Alicia is a BACP accredited therapist, parenting expert, sought after keynote speaker, member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for a Fit and Healthy Childhood, author and a mother.  She is regularly sought for her expert opinion by the media.

Having worked with schools across the UK for more than a decade delivering webinars, talks and workshops to parents, carers, staff, and pupils; in 2020 Alicia created The Wellbeing Hub. This award-winning platform provides schools with a whole school, pro-active approach to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

Katie Lawson, Head of Business Development

Katie spent 15 years in sponsorship and events working with a number of sports governing bodies and large corporate businesses before starting her own social business, Huddl in 2017. After four years of successfully building this business, Teen Tips have purchased Huddl and are excited to welcome Katie as part of the growing team.

Katie has three young children of her own and is passionate about early intervention; empowering parents with tools and knowledge so that they can help their children through the bumpy path to adulthood. As Head of Business Development Katie is looking to work with organisations that share similar aims to create real impact, transforming the lives of as many children as possible.

Ashton Paige, Office Manager and Digital Marketing Executive

Ashton is responsible for the day to day running and digital marketing. After graduating from university with a degree in Law (LLB), she has worked within digital content management for over 8 years.

Ashton has been dedicated to a career in mental health since leaving law school after the loss of her brother to mental health struggles. Starting out within the NHS at a medium secure psychiatric hospital before moving to Teen Tips to aid the promotion of proactive and preventative mental health support.

Charley Bennett, Senior Account Manager

Charley is Senior Account Manager at The Wellbeing Hub and has been working as part of the team for over two years. She is responsible for bringing schools onboard The Wellbeing Hub and ensuring their school communities get the most out of the wealth of resources available.

Charley is committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people and helping to shape the landscape for future generations. 

Amy Prifti, Account Manager

Amy joined Teen Tips as an Account Manager for The Wellbeing Hub in December 2023, bringing extensive experience from her roles in supporting Primary Care for NHS England and developing award-winning training programmes for General Practice Leaders. Prior to this, Amy spent 23 years as a hair and makeup artist, opening her own school teaching these skills to students and aiding in their self-confidence and career readiness. Her diverse background fuels her excitement to integrate a proactive approach to young people’s mental health and wellbeing within Teen Tips. Amy firmly believes in prevention over intervention and is passionate about supporting schools, teachers, and parents in nurturing the wellbeing of our children and young people. Her multifaceted expertise and dedication will be instrumental in advancing our mission.

Tess Belgrove, Content and Website Manager

Tess is responsible for the everyday running of The Wellbeing Hub and the wealth of content it provides. With a background in writing and content creation, and a degree in Journalism, Tess aims to create meaningful content that resonates with The Wellbeing Hub’s audience. Her passion for mental health advocacy shines through as she works to improve and prevent mental health issues among young people.

Dr Jane Byrne, Safeguarding Lead

Jane is our safeguarding lead. She also contributes to The Wellbeing Hub content and oversees quality control of all PSHE resources and lesson plans.

Our Experts

Alicia Drummond - Therapist & Parenting Coach

Alicia Drummond is a BACP accredited therapist, parent coach, speaker, author, mother and the founder of Teen Tips and The Wellbeing Hub. For the past 12 years Alicia has been working in over 180 UK and international schools as well as businesses, and the NHS. She is the in- house mental health expert for School Notices; the in-house parenting specialist for CQC clinic Esher Groves; she is a popular speaker at conferences, regularly appears in the press and is the author of “Why Every Teenager Needs a Parrot”.

Dr Tamara Scully - Clinical Psychologist

Tamara is an experienced chartered clinical psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience in the NHS. Tamara is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She specialises in working with children, young people and their families and is passionate about building resilience and wellbeing in young people.

Julia Philpott - Parenting Coach

Julia is qualified in both executive coaching and psychology and combines these skills with her experience as a parent to offer coaching, tools and techniques so that parents can help their children navigate the school years with confidence.  Her particular area of expertise is resilience – how to create environments that develop resilience in children, as well as building resilience and resourcefulness in both parents and children.  The key characteristics of Julia’s coaching style are her warmth, insight and solutions-focus.  Parents also appreciate her sense of humour – the topics can often be serious, but the coaching doesn’t have to be.

Camilla Crichton-Stuart - Conflict Resolution Specialist

Camilla is a Conflict Resolution specialist who trained with renowned Mediator, Maria Arpa, at the Centre for Peaceful Solutions. Camilla has OCN approved qualifications as a Conflict Resolution Facilitator, Practitioner and Mediator. She specialises in a method that is founded in the principles of NVC (Non-Violent Communication).  She is also an accredited Life Coach, and Systems Coach, and has been in Private Practice for 10 years.

Elizabeth Swan - Special Educational Needs and Neurodiversity Consultant

Elizabeth offers education consultancy for families trying to access SEND support (i.e. EHCPs) and for adults accessing reasonable adjustments at University or in the workplace. She also offers specialist coaching for neurodivergent children and young people (with / awaiting diagnosis of ADHD, ASD, OCD and dyslexia). Coaching sessions may be delivered alongside education consultancy for families to help navigate the complexities of the special educational needs (SEND) systems. Elizabeth’s experience draws upon her professional expertise from over 20 years as a qualified teacher including 15 years as SENDCo (CELTA, NASENCo qualified), leadership of mainstream secondary schools and headship of a special school. A lifelong learner, after completing her MA Modern Languages, Elizabeth pursued her passion and successfully completed her MSc Psychology. Elizabeth’s professional expertise couples with lived experience disentangling the complex health and SEND systems for her own child and herself as a neurodivergent adult.

Julie Wilkinson, Director and Trainer at Brave the Rage

Julie has over 20 years’ skills, qualifications and experience regarding the intervention and prevention for vulnerable children and young people, including the delivery of professional and parent training workshops for the Permanent Secretaries of Barbados, Anguilla, and St Lucia.

Her qualifications include Domestic Violence Crisis Counsellor, CEOP Ambassador, Conflict Resolution Mediator, Safeguarding Level 3, and Professional Certificate in Teaching Practice.

Julie provides pupils, parents and professionals with a comprehensive, ‘The 5 Steps’ solution focused, home and school support programme, with a range of practical tools and techniques to enhance life skills and ensure robust leaders for the future. From temper tantrums to bedwetting, bullying or anger, Julie tailor makes, step by step programmes to raise confidence, resilience, and self-esteem for all tricky modern-day scenarios.

Dr Maryhan Baker, Psychologist and Parenting Expert

Dr Maryhan; Psychologist, Parenting Expert and Host of the How Not To Screw Up Your Kids Podcast. She is passionate advocate of positive mental health, not only for children but parents and adults too. For over 20 years Dr Maryhan has been supporting children with anxiety and helping parents raise confident, resilient children.
Her practical approach has been hailed by parents, schools and organisations and earned her a reputation for straight-talking, non-judgemental, real advice.

Kate King, SEND expert with specialisms in dyslexia, dyspraxia/DCD, ADHD and difficulties with maths

Kate’s training as a Montessori teacher led her to become a dyslexia specialist. She has postgraduate diplomas in Dyslexia and DCD/ADHD, combined with training across many other difficulties such as ASD, dyscalculia, sensory processing disorder and play therapy. Her breadth of training and experience on the things that impact on learning, enable her to make links and see past labels. Kate now works as an independent consultant guiding teachers, tutors and parents to empower learners on their educational journey. Kate also helps parents to understand clinical reports, breaking down labels, with a focus on the individual. Practical recommendations and strategies enable effective support and intervention, working on the current challenges and building towards the next stage of the educational journey.

Advisory Panel & Consultants

Guy Burnell, Consultant and Mentor

With a career spanning 30 years, Guy is a consultant and mentor, advising early stage entrepreneurial businesses in the UK and Europe.

With a focus on growth, strategy, operations, funding, marketing and sales, Guy works across a range of sectors including property management and development, renewable energy, corporate advice, life skills and mental wellbeing. 

Jane Lunnon, Advisor

Jane became the first female Head of Alleyn’s School, Dulwich, in January 2021 having been Head of Wimbledon High School from 2014 to 2020. Jane was previously at Wellington College and Prior’s Field Schools in a variety of roles: Head of English, Assistant Director of Studies, Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Pastoral and Housemaster’s wife, before becoming Senior Deputy at Wellington in 2010.

Jane has a broad experience of both single-sex and co-educational environments; helped set up The Sunday Times / Wellington College Annual Education Festival and has run (and spoken at) numerous workshops and conferences. Her first book, “The State of Independence” was published in 2019 and the second edition was released in January 2023. She is currently Chair of the Teenage Mental Health Commission.

Jane is also a Governor of the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, Barrow Hills School and King Edward’s School Witley. She is also a Trustee of the Royal National Springboard Children’s Foundation.

Dr Ian Drever MB ChB, MRCPsych

Dr Ian Drever MB ChB, MRCPsych is the Founder Director of The Academy of Mental Fitness, a dedicated facility to teach everyone the skills to navigate life effectively. Ian is a big believer in the importance of sharing parenting skills far and wide, as he’s seen from clinical experience the impact that such knowledge can have, both for parents as well as for the next generation. Prior to this role, he was a practising Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS and at The Priory. His areas of particular interest were the treatment of depression, anxiety and stress, and the importance of early recognition and treatment of mental illness.

Durell Barnes

Durell spent 20 years teaching in independent schools, latterly as a Deputy Head for thirteen years in two HMC schools. He then spent over ten years as Deputy Director and Head of Communications at the Independent Schools Inspectorate where he was responsible for liaising with the Department for Education, Ofsted, school associations and schools about issues relating to quality assurance and safeguarding. He has been a governor of independent charitable schools, for profit schools and state maintained schools.

Since leaving ISI, Durell has been Head of Governance and Compliance at RSAcademics, providing reviews of governance and training in effective governance and inspection readiness to schools in the UK and overseas. From 2018-22 he was Chair of the Independent Schools Examinations Board. Durell is also on the board of the Emmott Foundation, the advisory board of Ivy House and is a specialist partner at Alder Communication. He regularly writes and speaks at conferences about governance and safeguarding issues and is passionately committed to the promotion of wellbeing of staff and students in schools and in life.

Dr Amanda Gummer

Amanda has a PhD in Neuropsychology, the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and over 20 years’ experience working with children and families. Having worked in children’s industries for many years, Amanda is now widely considered as the UK’s go-to expert on play, toys and child development. She can regularly be seen in the media, including BBC News, Sky News, The Daily Mail and many more, offering advice on news stories and issues surrounding children, families and child development.

Lottie Leach

After attempting to take her own life following years of depression and an eating disorder, Lottie became determined to destigmatise discussions around mental health through education and raising awareness in her school and the wider community. Lottie began by organising a 24-hour danceathon, attended by 500 students and teachers, and raised £3,200 for charity Mind.

Lottie gives speeches about her own mental health experiences, as she ‘speaks from the heart’ at school assemblies, external workshops, and teaching young people about the importance of looking after their mental health. Lottie is praised for her openness and candour to help break down taboos in school, especially amongst boys who are more acutely affected by mental health stigma. Lottie currently supports many mental health charities to stop stigma around mental health and has her own platform @time.2talk_ supporting young people and mental health. Her work is described as truly ‘life-saving’.”

Patrick Foster

Patrick is a former professional cricketer, insurance broker, and independent schoolteacher whose life was torn to shreds by his pathological gambling addiction. Having been driven to the brink by problem gambling, Patrick now shares his journey with young people and their parents who may be experiencing similar difficulties, inspiring them to have the courage and confidence to reach out for help.

He is now the Founder of GAM-Ed where he actively works to take the risk out of gambling, and the author of bestselling book Might Bite: The Secret Life of a Gambling Addict, his brutally honest account of over a decade of pathological gambling addiction to recovery and beyond.

Gavin English

Gavin is pastoral Deputy Head of Alleyn’s school in Dulwich. With a background in coaching and with a wealth of experience in developing potential and enabling high level performance, as a result of his own experiences, Gavin is fiercely committed to driving social mobility through sport and education. Something that he pursues not just at Alleyn’s but through voluntary roles with a number of like minded organisations and charities. Gavin is a Chair of Governors for a large inner London state secondary school, a consultant and content provider for number of youth mental health research and action groups and an advocate for proactive, positive pastoral care promoting agency, ownership and engagement of young people in their mental health.

Data Protection & HR

Derek Mann, Data Protection Officer

Derek is a Registered Independent Security Consultant with a professional diploma in security management and is a Certified Data Protection Officer.

Derek previously enjoyed a 30-year career in the UK Police service, working in high-risk operations as well as strategic business change programmes. Following a period running multiple transformation programmes at the National Police Improvement Agency, Derek retired from the Police Service in the rank of Chief Superintendent in 2010 and entered the private sector. He worked as a management consultant in the Police, Justice, and Security sectors, focused on business transformation and business efficiency before moving into the security sector specifically. His security experience extended to working overseas in conflict-affected regions until 2017 when Derek focussed his work primarily on data protection.

Ruth Seddon - Head of HR

An independent HR Consultant who has assisted SME businesses in all sectors for over 20 years, I supply Teen Tips with HR and employment law support and advice.