Katie Lawson, Founder
After 15 years in sponsorship and events, most recently as Head of Events for the Essentially Group, I was looking for a new and more meaningful challenge. With 3 young children I wanted to gain further insight into all the possible problems they could face so that I can be better equipped and more confident in helping them. Huddl is a way for me and other parents to do this.
Maria Collins, Social Media
Maria worked in marketing and social media in the financial services prior to having her two boys and moving out of London with the family. Since then she has used her skills for a children's charity, local fundraising activities. As the Huddl Social Media and Website Manager Maria is constantly looking for the latest research, stories and news that reflect on the topics Huddl covers and assists parents gaining knowledge to help their children flourish. Maria says "Huddl is so needed, as a parent of two wonderful boys I want to feel confident I understand some of the modern concerns they may face so that I am prepared and able to help as best I can".
You can email Maria here
Huddl Advisory Board
Dr Rosemary Taylor
Dr Rosemary Taylor is a qualified teacher with a Masters Degree in Leadership & Management. Early in her career she rose to become one of the youngest Headteachers in the country, before returning to her primary interest in Behavioural Psychology.
Early in 2007 she was appointed as ad advisor to the UN, working in the Middle East in developing senior leaders and in 2012 she was appointed as a consultant for the Council of British International Schools.
As a Huddl Advisor Rosemary brings great depth of relevant experience on all areas of Huddl from the business side to the topics we cover. See what Rosemary has to say here in this video.
Dr Ruth MacConville
Ruth has 30 years experience as a practicing educator working with children and families both as a teacher and as a head of the Special Education Needs Service in the London Borough of Ealing. Ruth has an MA degree from Cambridge University and advanced diplomas in the education of Deaf Children and in the Education of Children with Disabilities of Sight.
Ruth conducted research for her doctorate on the topic of Social Inclusion and most recently studied at the “Social Skillz” Centre in New York. Inspired by the ever-growing field of positive psychology, Ruth is a prolific author and has a passion for translating research into practice. She has published extensively on topics such as well-being, resilience, positive psychology, participation and inclusion, the development of friendship and social skills. Her most recent publication is entitled “Positive Body Image; A strengths-based curriculum for Children aged 7-11” and is shortly to be followed by a version for the Early Years.
As a Huddl Advisor Ruth brings an amazing amount of knowledge and experience on topics we are discussing, helping us shape our Huddl tool box. Ruth is currently working with us on a Huddl glossary of terms.
Toby is an independent consultant, currently working in the education sector.
His particular areas of interest include creativity, disruptive thinking, change and leadership. He works for both public and private sector clients and balances paid and voluntary roles.
Toby has an active interest in social and community-based business and is a Fellow of both the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Royal Society of Arts.
He is also a jazz pianist.
Nina has held various non-exec roles as Co-Chairman of The Prince’s Trust Suffolk and Director of DanceEast. In 2012, she founded Platform505, an online journal for women. One of Nina’s passionate interests has been the effects of the internet, and in particular social media, on children. As a Huddl advisor she wholeheartedly supports the invaluable work Huddl is doing in helping and educating parents and carers on current mental health issues and other current topics of concern.
Passionate about all things Suffolk, has helped connect Huddl for our first series of events through his network and experience, from the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival to TA Hotel Collection.
Dr Hazel Harrison
Dr Hazel Harrison, is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 10 years' professional experience in both the National Health Service (NHS) and private sector. Hazel is founder of ThinkAvellana which offers a range of services designed to help individuals, families, schools and businesses to thrive using the science of psychology as the foundation.
Photo credit: Sarah Brown (EADT)