Meet the i-act team

i-act are always keen to hear from you, and you may contact us via the contact page on the 'about us' tab. 

If  you wish to contact our Board of Directors, Strategic or Research team - we' d love to hear from you -  please email: info@i-act.co.uk and mark the email for the attention of the Directors, Strategic or Research team.

 

Peter J. Green

Chartered Psychologist

CPsychol. Bsc Psy, BPS, PG Dip HRM, CIPD, PGCLT, FHEA

Pete is a Chartered Psychologist and the research and development lead at i-act. Pete is also an Academic Associate at Cardiff Metropolitan University working in partnership with the i-act research team at Doctoral level.

 

 

 

  • Delivered mental health and wellbeing training for over 18 years.

  • PhD Academic Associate at Cardiff Metropolitan University in partnership with KESS and i-act, researching the effectiveness of mental health literacy programmes.

  • Worked as a therapist and counsellor.

  • Accredited and approved i-act instructor delivering throughout the UK and internationally. 

Joanne Lombardi

Project and Digital Manager

BA (Hons), BTEC Nat Dip

Joanne is a project and digital manager at i-act  and works to promote  i-act across the UK.

email: jo@i-act.co.uk

  • Experienced  Graphics and Communications Manager

  • BA in Design University Of Wales

  • Project and digital manager at i-act

Rhys Hartley

Accounts and Events Manager

CIM: Cert PM, BA (Hons)

Rhys is the accounts and events manager at i-act and provides customer support to our corporate clients.

email: rhys@i-act.co.uk

 

  • Experienced  Events, Marketing and Client Relations Manager

  • BA (Hons) in Events Management

  • CIM: Certificate in Professional Marketing – Level 4

  • Accounts and Events Manager at i-act

 

Jen Green

Exhibitions Manager

HND

Jen is the exhibitions manager at i-act and works throughout the UK and internationally facilitating i-act events and exhibitions.

email: info@i-act.co.uk

 

 

  • Experienced Senior Manager

  • Experienced Office and People Manager

  • Exhibitions Manager at i-act

 

Florence Brandt

 i-act International Team

Accredited i-act Instructor

BA (Hons) Psy, DELTA, 

 

Florence is part of the strategic i-act international and implementation team and is also an accredited i-act instructor.

 

 

  • Highly experienced facilitator, learning designer and trainer

  • Master trainer in Facilitation skills

  • Holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology

  • An accredited i-act instructor, delivering the i-act training across the UK and internationally

  • Part of the strategic i-act international and implementation team

  • Has a background in education and received a Merit level on the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults - DELTA (Master's level)

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Andy Marshall

Action Learning Team

Accredited i-act Instructor

Andy is an experienced course designer and facilitator of equality, diversity and inclusion training. Andy is also an accredited i-act instructor delivering across the UK.

 

 

Andy has dedicated his life to assisting others in learning and in improving their lives and has done so across a diverse range of people: from ‘lifers’ in prison, to CEOs of major companies.  His ability to build rapport, communicate complex ideas and guide changes in behaviour is the foundation of his work as a facilitator.  

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Bethan Roberts

Action Learning Team

Accredited i-act Instructor

Bethan is an experienced  facilitator and mindfulness practitioner. Bethan is also an accredited i-act instructor delivering across the UK.

 

 

Bethan is a highly experienced facilitator of mental health and wellbeing training. Bethan has been a mindfulness practitioner for many years and also works with Bangor University teaching mindfulness. Bethan is an accredited i-act instructor delivering the i-act training across the UK.

 

Linda Francis

Accredited i-act Instructor

Dip L&D, CIPD, Dip in T&LLL, CMI L5, MA in Coun &Psy

Linda is the Learning and Development Delivery Manager at Sandwell Council and, as an accredited i-act instructor, delivers the i-act training to her colleagues at the council.

 

 

With a masters in counselling and psychology, Linda has a sound understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues. As an Associate Member of the CIPD and vast experience of delivering training, Linda enjoys delivering the i-act training to her colleagues at Sandwell Council.

 

Emma Coward

Accredited i-act Instructor

Dip L&D, CIPD

Emma is a HR Business Partner for one of Wales's largest public bodies and, as an accredited i-act instructor, delivers the i-act training to her colleagues.

 

 

Emma is highly experienced in people and change management and as a member of the CIPD, has a vast experience of delivering training. Emma enjoys delivering the i-act training to her colleagues within the public sector, in her capacity as a HR Business Partner.

 

Jo Green

Accredited i-act Instructor

BA (Hons)

Jo works within the public and voluntary sectors and is also an accredited i-act instructor.

 

 

Jo is highly experienced within the field of equality and diversity and has a vast experience of delivering training within both public and private sectors. Jo enjoys delivering the accredited i-act training and is passionate about promotive positive mental health and wellbeing.

 

Sophie Isaacson

Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator

Accredited i-act Instructor

Sophie works within the private and voluntary sectors and is also an accredited i-act instructor.

 

 

Sophie is highly experienced within the third sector and also volunteers at her local sheltered housing. Based in Scotland, Sophie enjoys delivering the accredited i-act training and is passionate about promotive positive mental health and wellbeing.

 

Samantha Mason-Evans

Advocate for Mental Wellbeing

Accredited i-act Instructor

Sam has vast experience working within the voluntary sector and is also an accredited i-act instructor.

 

 

Sam is highly experienced within the third sector and has a background in support work. Based in the South East, Sam enjoys delivering the accredited i-act training and is passionate about making a positive difference to peoples lives. Sam is often invited as a guest speaker to various events, such as the AA recovery networks.  

 

Anne-Marie Gawen

Approved freelance i-act instructor

As a Wellbeing Trainer Anne-Marie delivers in many different Corporate settings, whether International Law Firms or Construction Industry, Academia or Engineering, IT or Communications. The workplaces may vary but the powerful messages of making our workplaces as positive as they can be is the same. Having Employees who are flourishing and enjoying positive wellbeing is good for the bottom line too - saving employers money due to high turnover, absenteeism or presenteeism.  Always delivering with compassion and humour, Anne-Marie has knowledge from working in the field of mental health too - inspirational training.

 

Debbie Jarman

Approved i-act instructor delivering the i-act training at Castlebridge Hospitality as Head of Human Resources & Development

Debbie is a self-motivated, fun, engaging, HR professional with over 15 years’ experience. Debbie has the ability to analyse situations and provide advice and solutions confidently. With a demonstrable record of building relationships and engaging staff, she thrives on solving problems, translating ideas into action and delivering change that adds real value to the business. Debbie has HR business partnering and people development experience, which has been gained in both standalone and team environments within fast-moving, multi-site customer facing organisations.

 

 

Emma Saccomani

Approved freelance 

i-acinstructor

As well as benefiting from the experience of holding senior positions such as a Trustee and an Inclusive Service Panel Member, Emma has also been commissioned as a consultant for her skills in Learning and Development by numerous organisations. As an approved i-act instructor, Emma is on a mission to get workplaces and communities putting mental health and wellbeing on their agenda. Emma is passionate about enabling others to find a way to grow and thrive, not ‘in spite of’, but due to our challenges, Emma believes that we are more capable and courageous than we might think, we just need the right guidance, emotional intelligence and tools to hand.

 

 

Joan McGregor

Approved i-act instructor delivering thei-act training as the Director of Fairfield Care Scotland

As well as qualifying as a registered general nurse, Joan also holds a post-graduate degree. As the Nursing Director for Fairfield Care Scotland, Joan is committed to maintaining excellent provision of care and standards and she has also worked as a Scottish Care Inspector for Older People. Joan is passionate about creating and maintaining healthy working environments and is committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing within the workplace.

 

Helen Harries

Approved  i-act instructor delivering the i-act training as the Organisation and Staff Development Officer at Cardiff University

As a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and with an NOCH in Mediation, Helen’s role as Organisation and Staff Development Officer also involves delivering the i-act training to her colleagues at Cardiff University. Helen is a member of Cardiff University’s Time to Change staff steering group and has offered support to members of staff experiencing mental health issues and her work has helped to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and promote positive working environments.

 

Sarah Daniel

Approved i-act instructor delivering the i-act training as a Staff Wellbeing Officer at Cardiff University

As an experienced Human Resources Professional and one of Cardiff Universities Staff Wellbeing Officers in the University’s Central Staff Wellbeing Service, Sarah delivers the  i-act training to her colleagues at Cardiff University. Sarah is passionate about promoting positive working environments and supporting those experiencing a mental health  i-act instructor.

 

 

Katie Behrens

Approved freelance i-act instructor

After training as a GP, Katie also worked as a Medical Advisor for The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Whilst working as a GP, a large proportion of Katie’s work involved supporting patients with psycho-social issues. Katie now works with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust improving Workplace Mental Health.

Tony Haynes-Gould

Approved i-act instructor delivering the i-act training as Learning and Development Officer at Linc Cymru

Tony is a highly committed, versatile and dedicated professional, holding management experience in hospitality, learning and development, and the care sector. Tony delivers thei-act training at one of South Wales’ largest housing associations and care providers, Linc Cymru. Tony has a passion for delivering exceptional service whilst developing members of his own team to achieve their full potential. Tony holds a Level 7 Advanced Award in Employment Law (CIPD) and the Preparing to Teach in The Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) Level 3 award.

 

 

Roxanne Noel

Approved freelance 

i-acinstructor

Having worked as a Recovery Support Tutor, Roxanne is passionate about supporting others in mental health recovery through essential components to reinforce hope empowerment and social inclusion. With her added experience as a Theatre/Artistic Director and Drama Teacher, Roxanne brings energy, passion and real engagement to her training courses. Roxanne holds a BA in Theatre, Arts and Drama, a Btec in Education and Training and a Certificate in Counselling.

 

 

Helen Whelan

Approved i-acinstructor delivering the i-act training as a HR Business Partner at Instron

Helen is a Durham CIPD graduate and experienced HR professional with solid background in finance, further education and manufacturing sectors. Helen currently works a HR Business Partner and delivers the i-act training to her colleagues at a leading international company manufacturing materials testing systems, Instron. Helen is passionate about creating positive workplaces through coaching managers to have conversations with employees who are exhibiting symptoms that could be indicators of mental ill health, to enable them to have early, supportive dialogue around their wellbeing and their performance. Working for an international company, Helen hopes to deliver the international version of i-act to her colleagues in the company’s offices around the world.

 

Victoria Brookbank

Approved freelance  i-act instructor

Having been a CEO for a mental health charity and a team leader at a financial consultancy in the City of London I can personally vouch for the benefits mental health training brought to my daily working life in supporting myself and my teams. It can be a tough as managers are expected to have all the answers and employees expected to have the self-care skills. Often this isn’t the case.

As an experienced manager and leader in both corporate and third sector settings, I understand the various environments and challenges employees at all levels face. I therefore, I have a passion to be part of the body of people who contribute to improving an individual’s wellbeing within the life they lead particularly at work.

Highly experienced mental health professional. Skilled and trained in group facilitation and 1-2-1 support. Highly experienced in delivering corporate learning design. Specialist workplace mindfulness instructor at Mindful Community. Former CEO of a mental health and wellbeing charity. Background in corporate leadership. Wellness Coach for workplace stress. Psychotherapy training from Regent’s University, London.

Sandra McCombie

Approved i-act instructor delivering the i-act training as the Business Support Manager for Fairfield Care Scotland

With a BA in Business Management and qualified in Health and Social Care, Sandra is passionate about investing in the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing within the workplace and has seen the human and business benefits of doing so. As a highly organised, empathetic and confident trainer, Sandra delivers engaging, enjoyable and highly effective training. Sandra delivers the i-act training as part of her role as the Business Support Manager for Fairfield Care Scotland.

 

 

Rachel Kisley

Approved i-act instructor delivering the i-act training as Senior Learning and Development Officer at Sandwell Council

As the Senior Learning and Development Officer for Sandwell Council, Rachel primarily partners with the Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing directorate. Rachel has 6 years’ experience working in the Learning and Development field and delivering to and designing for a range of audiences. Rachel graduated from Keele University with a First-Class Honours for her BA in History and English and she then went on to graduate with a Distinction from Birmingham University for her MA in Heritage Management. Rachel delivers the i-act training to her colleagues at Sandwell Council.

Sarah Page

Approved i-act instructor

With a BSc in Occupational Hygiene and a PGDip in Occupational Safety, Sarah is passionate about ensuring the health and safety of employees. Working within the Prospect Trade Union as a National Health and Safety Officer and as a HM Inspector and Policy Advisor for The Health and Safety Executive, Sarah has gained excellent expertise and experience. Sarah is passionate about supporting organisations to aim higher to effect greater influence in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing within the workplace and she supports organisations to tackle the stigma and discrimination that harms so many. Sarah delivers the i-act training as a freelance instructor.

 

 

Kate Rodde

Approved i-act instructor

Kate has many years experience of leading and mentoring teams of varying sizes in changing and rapid-growth businesses as well as working within or closely with top management. Many of these roles have been in international environments in places as diverse as France, Israel and Singapore, mostly across technology, pharmaceutical and food sectors. Lucky to have had an amazing assortment of colleagues who have taught her much about the various challenges that can confront employees in bringing their whole selves to work, she is passionate about encouraging and enabling people to do their best work, as well as sharing great tools to facilitate their professional lives. 

 

 

Adelle Shaw-Flach

Approved i-acinstructor 

Adelle has over 25 years working at a senior level in the health and education sectors. Her knowledge and experience in promoting and developing both healthy, empowered individuals and communities means that she is now ideally placed to work with businesses and organisations across all sectors. Her mission is to embed culture change through a strategic approach to the creation of a healthy workplace. She specialises in helping senior managers develop their leadership skills in order to tackle challenges related to improving engagement. She currently is working within the science and professional sector assisting companies with issues such as high staff turnover, absenteeism, presenteeism, poor morale and performance.

 

Andy Hind

Approved i-act instructor

Andy is a former Head Teacher, with over 25 years of educational experience, and is now a senior consultant with an independent consultancy company, supporting over 500 organisations in the U.K. Europe and Asia. Andy is passionate about the role of wellbeing and mental health, the links between these and organisational effectiveness and in supporting leaders and managers in creating healthy, vibrant workplace cultures. Through a range of thought-provoking and challenging professional learning and development approaches, he looks to assist organisations in looking

inwards, reflecting on their current status and growing towards being genuinely effective learning organisations. Andy is a qualified performance coach and is a registered consultant for a number of national organisations, including NCTL.

Hannah Smith

Approved i-act instructor 

Hannah is an enthusiastic, empathetic, and engaging being, she has a wealth of knowledge and skills with over fifteen years of experience in leadership, HR, training, and specialising in workplace resilience and wellbeing. Hannah is a board member for a psychotherapist association and she is commissioned as a consultant by a diverse range of organisations to support changes in behaviours and responses to mental health, resilience, and wellbeing in the workplace. Hannah’s quest is to support organisations to better their understanding of their employee’s emotional needs by recognising the human in every process and change. She is passionate about creating cultures to nurture good mental health and grow the resilience of employees using this as a platform for achieving success.

 

 

Matt Longley

Approved i-act instructor

Matt is the co-founder of an organisation that promotes wellbeing and mental health for crew members in the Entertainment sector. He also advises the film and TV industry on improving workplace mental health.  Matt is an experienced Chemical Engineer with management experience in not only the chemical industry but also rail, equipment hire and the entertainment sector.  Matt is passionate about promoting positive work places on order to improve mental health and wellbeing across the freelance/self-employed entertainment sector as well as the construction and process industries.

Sara Billington-Cox

Approved i-act instructor

Sara is an approved i-act instructor and delivers the i-act training to her colleagues in her capacity as the Learning and Development Delivery Manager at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Sarah has good listening skills, an empathetic approach and is passionate about positive mental health and wellbeing.

 

 

Ben Edwards

Approvedi-act instructor

Ben is the Lead Learning and Development Consultant at Ignite Training (Dubai) and delivers the international version of the i-act training in Dubai and across the United Arab Emirates. Ben has over 15 years of experience delivering and designing training programmes in the UK and in Dubai. He is passionate about making the learning interactive and enjoyable.

 

 

Rob Donnelly

Approved i-acinstructor 

Rob has had 35 years of experience working in a corporate environment wearing many different hats working under pressure and to tight deadlines. Rob is also a Master Cognitive Therapist having worked with a vast array of clients including managing directors and front-line workers. During his 14 years as a therapist, Rob has acquired a good level of knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and how to best to approach and support someone experiencing mental ill health. Rob is very much a people person and his ability to make complicated things seem simple helps him deliver training that people will both learn from and enjoy. Rob has a real passion for learning, and this helps him to deliver quality training but also making it fun.

 

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