Head of Education
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Since 2001 have worked at Dorothy House in a number of psychosocial roles as both Chaplain and Psychotherapist. This has included psychological and bereavement support for adults, children, young people and families. Alongside these roles, I have enjoyed working as an Education Facilitator which I now do whole-time. This has allowed me to engage with a passion for exploring how we think, feel and learn about the clinical work that we do daily.
Born and raised in New Zealand I joined the education team as a facilitator in June 2014 after deciding it was time for a change of scenery and some new adventures. Prior to this I worked as a social worker and team manager at a hospice in Auckland but soon realised it was the days of teaching within those roles that brought me the most fulfilment.
Education and research is my absolute passion and working in a hospice environment brings a lot of meaning to my life so combining the two and knowing that what we’re doing filters down to benefit patients and their families makes this my dream job.
After moving to Wiltshire in 2009, I joined the Education team at Dorothy House in 2010. I work 2 days a week usually Mondays and Tuesdays (plus a ½ day more often than not!), I’m involved with some external events, in particular ‘The Link Nurse Scheme’ and more recently the’ homelessness project’ and internally, I get involved with a lot of the bereavement courses, as well as a number of in-house study days.
Upon re-locating to the beautiful Bradford-on-Avon, I joined the Education team at Dorothy House in April 2016. With previous administrative experience in higher education, at the University of Bristol and for the NHS, at the Royal United Hospital, I hope to bring both backgrounds together in this role.
I look forward to embracing all that Dorothy House do and being a part of many fundraising activities - quite possibly showcasing a few baking skills with my infamous banana and chocolate loaf!
I joined Dorothy House originally as a PA to the Medical Team in February 2018 and then moved across to the Education Team in June 2018 working Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. With previous administrative experience in a Pharmaceutical Company dealing with airways related diseases in Chippenham, I hope to bring across my past experience of co-ordinating conferences and courses to this role.
I am very much looking forward to my new role in the Education Team and gaining new skills and experience.