Dympna has a BA (University College Dublin) in Psychology and Philosophy, an MA in Psychology (Tavistock Institute London) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking, as well as professional training in psychoanalysis (Jungian). She has worked as an organisation development specialist in large organisations and has over twenty years’ experience of working as a consultant to top level executives in international public and private sector companies. Dympna is interested in mental wellbeing in its broadest sense, having trained and worked in therapeutic settings as well as applying her knowledge to the world of work and workplaces. She believes that the mind is our most powerful resource, and as such, determines much of our life experience.
Helena joined Our Time in September 2018, in the role of development director, to promote, develop and expand the work of Our Time. Helena previously worked in local government for several years as a project manager, coordinating a range of change and transformation projects and reviews of public services, undertaking the National Graduate Development Programme as part of her training. Helena joined Our Time as she was keen to make a direct, immediate and positive difference to children and young people’s lives, and to campaign for an issue that is close to her friends and family. Helena has a BA and MA in European Social and Political Studies (with German) from University College London. Outside of Our Time, Helena runs a public speaking training company with two business partners, helping people of all ages and walks of life to build confidence and resilience.
Angela joined our time in January 2019. She is a counsellor and mentor with a holistic approach to life. She is committed to Our Time’s work as she herself experienced mental illness as a young mother, and saw first-hand how this impacted her husband and young children. She says that dealing with parental mental health in a positive and constructive way is a vital aspect to ensuring children feel empowered and resilient, and enables families to live healthy lives. Angela also brings over 25 years’ experience managing business operations as well as extensive project management experience. Along with responsibility for managing finance and operations, she is the Who Cares? Project Manager, championing our in-schools work.
Christina started working with Our Time in 2016, working with the charity to support their ongoing social media activity. In 2018, she took on the role of Communications Lead to further develop the brand’s communications strategies. She has previously worked as a digital project manager in the advertising industry, managing pan-European campaigns for many leading brands. She has also worked for the voluntary sector with a number of charities. She is passionate about the work Our Time does, aims to broaden its reach and ensure the children we help are seen and heard.
Chloë is an experienced project manager with cross-sector expertise and knowledge, particularly in the field of digital marketing, communications and branding. For over a decade, she has been working as a consultant and freelancer for a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including Crisis, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, Hull York Medical School, Well North and Channel 4. Chloë started working for Our Time in 2017, project managing the delivery of the new website. She loves a challenge and enjoys finding creative but pragmatic solutions to help Our Time advance their invaluable work.
Caitlin joined Our Time in January 2020 as a coordinator and will be helping run Our Time’s KidsTime workshops. She has a plethora of experience working with charities and developing skills around community engagement and volunteer management, including building and delivering tailored training courses. Caitlin was drawn to working with families, after supporting a family member with mental health challenges and substance misuse. She enjoys empowering others, believing in them as individuals and facilitating their access to services. When she’s not working, Caitlin enjoys going to stand-up comedy and listening to podcasts!
A passionate designer, illustrator and animator with over six years of professional experience; Owen has applied his artistic talents to e-Learning, teaching courses, art gallery promotion and children’s workshops. Beginning regular work with Our Time in June 2019, he previously created posters for 2018’s ‘Who Cares?’ programme. He’s excited to continue this work, helping to create activities, graphics and materials that will stimulate children’s imaginations and raise awareness of parental mental illness.
Jessica is a Queen’s Nurse. Her professional background and expertise is in child and adolescent public health – primarily nursing and lecturing. She is the Named Nurse for Looked After Children in Westminster, working for CLCH NHS Community Trust. Jessica’s school and public health nursing career has afforded her diverse opportunities including a recent secondment to Public Health England Chief Nursing Directorate as a school nurse advisor and a practice lecturer post at London South Bank University. Jessica has been struck by how often parental mental illness is at the root of many childhood problems. She has seen how Our Time concepts have made a real difference to families and has played a key part in establishing the ‘Who Cares?’ programme for the charity.
Fawn is a Senior Health Professional with 21 years experience in acute and primary care settings as a Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor, Family Nurse and currently as a Specialist Health Visitor in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (SH –PIMH). These roles helped to develop her passion for working with vulnerable and excluded groups within the community.
Fawn’s current role as a SHV –PIMH involves working with women and their partners experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties in the perinatal period.
As an advocate for improving physical and mental health within families, Fawn is passionate about the KidsTime workshop model. Consequently, she was part of the core team in shaping Newham KidsTime Workshop from its embryonic stages. With all the evidence around the negative outcomes for children of parents with mental illness (COPMI), she believes that KidsTime Workshop is a step in the right direction as it is a unique early intervention programme proven to be a crucial mitigating factor in reducing the negative impact of parental mental illness on children and young people.
Nadya joined Our Time in February 2019, advising on Our Time’s PSHE programmes for schools. Since then, she has designed programmes for Primary and Secondary schools as well as teacher training materials, including materials for schools’ Covid-19 recovery curriculums. Nadya is a qualified teacher with a BA in Drama & English and has taught in London schools for many years in both Secondary and Primary settings. She has a particular passion for working with vulnerable young people in both school and community settings, supporting them and their families to access support services. Nadya feels very fortunate to be working with Our Time to develop resources that will support teachers to better understand the challenges facing young people living with parental mental illness. She is excited to continue working on Our Time’s education strategy in order to broaden their reach, especially across higher education settings.
Bojana works as an Assistant Psychologist for Barnet CAMHS. She joined Kidstime in September 2017 as a volunteer for the Barnet workshop where she helped facilitate the KidsTime Workshop. In December 2020, Bojana took the role of Barnet KidsTime Coordinator. In her therapeutic work with families, Bojana often witnesses the transformational power of narrative therapy reflected in the families’ ability to re-tell the stories of their lives. She has a Psychology degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic observational approach in working with children, young people, and families. She is currently completing Intermediate level Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families, and organizations. Bojana believes that KidsTime workshops use drama to build individual and family resilience as well as restoring parents’ confidence and repairing ruptures in relationships caused by parental mental illness. Bojana says that her belief in the efficacy of this model lies behind her devotion to KidsTime. When she is not busy working or studying, Bojana enjoys long walks and reading.