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.
Sophie joined Our Time in January 2018 and brings four years’ experience working in management consulting, economic consulting and government with a focus on the public and third sector. Her clients included the Department for International Development; the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; and small businesses. Having lived and worked in a number of countries internationally, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as office manager.
Christina started working with Our Time in 2016 to develop a brand awareness campaign called ‘Be Kids Again’. Since then she has been working with the charity to support their ongoing social media activity and in 2018, she took on the role of communications lead to further develop the brand’s communications strategy. 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 with the voluntary sector with a number of charities. She is passionate about the work Our Time does and aims to broaden its reach and ensure the children we help are seen and heard.
Louise is an independent consultant with over 30 years’ experience of helping clients throughout the public, voluntary, charity and private sector, to win funding and contracts. She has worked with many local and national charities and social enterprises, including those in the fields of health and care, education, employment and training, criminal justice, youth support, the arts and heritage, and disability to support them with planning, business development, bid writing, appraisal and fundraising. She brings a wealth of experience in adult education, local government and the charitable sector to Our Time.
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.
Kirsty has worked with Our Time since 2011 in several capacities and is determined to ensure the impact of Our Time’s services is made available to more than just the lucky few. Kirsty attended Our Time’s KidsTime Workshops from the age of eight with her father who had bipolar disorder. She is clear that the support she and her family received at the workshops made a big difference to her confidence, as well as influencing her career choice. She is passionate about supporting families affected by parental mental illness and she now contributes to the workshops as a counsellor, drawing on her own experiences to support those in similar situations.
She continues to be involved in the development of the resources for schools as part of the ‘Who Cares?’ programme and has delivered numerous presentations to school staff and other professional audiences, including the Marlborough Family Service Conference.
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.