Training team

Chris Sheridan

Chris Sheridan
Learning Designer

Chris Sheridan (MScEd, MScMM, FHEA, CMALT) is responsible for learning design and online delivery. She has over 15 years’ experience in education and L&D. Chris is a specialist in technology and digital learning. She has worked extensively within the public and private sector, including the NHS, The University of Edinburgh and global corporations.

Dr Laura Hodges
Mental Health & Wellbeing

Dr Laura Hodges has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is manager at The Scottish Mental Health Research Network which forms part of NHS Research Scotland. She aims to increase the number of active mental health studies in Scotland and supports academic and commercial studies across a wide range of clinical areas (e.g. depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities).

Linda Berrie
Disability & Mental Health

Linda Berrie has worked in education and social work for the past 24 years. She specialises in disability, social care and mental health training for the public, private and voluntary sector. She currently works with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. She has various Autism, Disability and Mental Health qualifications and is a Supervisor for Mental Health First Aid.

Susie Cavill

Susie Rose
Menopause & Disability

Susie Cavill has worked with telephone and online addictions counselling and advice lines for 20 years. She is a Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health First Response™ and Mental Health for Managers trainer and has written articles on all aspects of mental health and self care for UK and North American publications. She designs and delivers online workshops on writing/art as therapy and self care techniques. She also has a focus on Suicide Prevention.

Linzi Morrison
Head of Partnerships

Linzi Morrison has over 15 years’ experience as a Recruitment Business Partner. She has rolled out new recruitment processes, implemented talent attraction programmes and managed hiring campaigns for large corporate firms. Linzi has solid experience of working in a people and project leadership capacity with emphasis on strong stakeholder engagement. Linzi manages our training arm and also delivers training herself.

Kathleen Harkins
Leadership Development & Behavioural Change

Kathleen Harkins has worked in Learning & Development for 20+ years. As a People Development Consultant and Coach, she works with leadership roles, helping to make the shift to strategic thinking. Her facilitation of team development and business improvement workshops have helped drive real behavioural change. Kathleen is a practitioner in Mindfulness, NLP and Change Management.

Dr Joanna Alexjuk
Dementia

Dr Joanna Alexjuk (PhD, MSc , BA Hons) has over 20 years’ experience of working within academia, health, statutory, private and voluntary sectors. She is an independent consultant for UK based organisations such as Dementia UK and has worked as a National Trainer for 12+ years. Joanna is a leading expert in dementia and delivers training for the Universities and The Alzheimer’s Society.

Dr Ben Matthews
Deaf and Disability

Ben interprets BSL/English, and teaches at Queen Margaret University. He has interests in speech and language therapy and the importance of cultural models of disability, taking a person-centred approach to work as a health care professional.

Eilidh Quinn
Social Media Manager

Eilidh is our Social Media Manager and trainer in our management and communications subjects. She has worked in the third sector for the past 10 years specialising in education, project management and mental health. She has vast experience delivering and managing programmes that widen access to opportunities in diverse community settings across Scotland, South Africa and Tanzania. Eilidh also provides freelance consultancy and virtual assistant services to organisations, businesses and individuals in a range of industries.

Victoria Gardner
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Victoria is a collaborative learning facilitator who has worked on leadership, empowerment and social inclusion projects with migrant and refugee communities for over 15 years in Edinburgh, London and Brussels. She has contributed to various research reports for UK and EU audiences. She also conducts interviews and runs workshops for local and newly-arrived residents on the lived experience of communities within cities.

Denise Millan
Personal & Professional Development

Denise has worked in the charitable sector for 20 years with a focus on learning and development, quality assurance, accreditation and mentoring. She's delivered formal and informal learning to professionals, volunteers, trainees and apprentices. She is a qualified assessor and internal verifier and is a college lecturer in business and sustainable development. Her primary role is bringing up her two children and caring for her son who has additional support needs.

Adam Cavill
Creative Director

Adam has been working in communications and design for 35 years. His expertise includes branding, graphic design, motion design, typography, and learning design. His clients have included Lloyds Bank, Credit Suisse, Standard Life, BT and The University of Edinburgh.

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