From varying backgrounds and areas of expertise, the Mindful Me team are a talented bunch driven by a common purpose. Individually we’re all very different which makes for an interesting office environment!
Gary is a serial entrepreneur with a relentless passion for building products that create significant and measurable social impacts, particularly within the youth sector.
As Managing Director of Social Sense, Gary has co-created multi-award winning programmes in the areas of Social Norms, Social Action and Social Marketing.
Striking the balance between disruptive innovation and evidence based approaches, Gary’s work has seen Local Authorities, CCGs and Police Forces realise significant Social Returns on Investment (SROI) in the areas of Alcohol, Smoking, Violent Crime, Domestic Abuse, CSE, Cyber Abuse, Self-Harm, Anxiety and Stress.
Since, he has worked tirelessly to develop the programme’s evidence base to promote greater acceptance, understanding, awareness and motivation to embed various self-help techniques in schools, workplaces and homes.
Currently Gary is developing a sustainable mobile based solution that can ensure greater sustainability and longitudinal impact assessments amongst young people. He is also co-developing a more advanced, licensed training model that guarantees a more consistent level of delivery across a full range of delivery settings
Reece graduated in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Marketing with Advertising. After several years, working in client relationship management roles, Reece moved to Social Sense as our Programmes Support Executive.
In 2017, Reece undertook the new role of the Programmes Manager for the emotional health and wellbeing programmes Mindful Me and HeadStart Kent. Reece is the key schools contact for Mindful Me and is responsible for supporting schools through the entire process including completing surveys, and scheduling and interventions.
Reece also manages the practitioner network who deliver the Mindful Me delivery days. He is keen on ensuring that all schools have a positive and valuable experience whilst taking part in the programme.
Reece is passionate about emotional health and wellbeing, and particularly children’s and young people’s mental health.
Sally graduated in 1998 with a BA (Hons) in English and Theatre Studies and started her career in the private sector working in Human Resources. She made the move to working in a secondary school as a teaching assistant and then training as an English teacher. Sally joined Social Sense in November 2016 as Lead Practitioner, bringing her passion and experience of working with young people with her.
Sally recognises the enormous pressure that young people face during their school years and wanted to do more to help them navigate through difficult times. Sally completed the Fusion Therapeutic Life Coaching Diploma in July 2016 and then went on to complete the ASIST Suicide First Aid course to further develop her counselling skills. Sally has recently completed an eight week MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction) course. In her spare time, Sally currently works for the Foundation for Ribble Valley Families Charity, coaching and supporting young people.
Sally delivers the Mindful Me group sessions and trains and supports Social Sense’s practitioners to ensure quality and consistency in delivery. Sally also delivers the Fusion 121 sessions with young people in schools.
Sally’s experience of teaching pupils from Years 7 through to 11 allows her great insight into the needs of young people and how best to engage them. Sally loves working in the school setting with the reward and unpredictability it brings!
Outside of work, Sally enjoys spending time with her two children.
Graduating from University of York with a degree in Linguistics and Education, Julie first worked at The Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham where her pool of languages increased to 5.
After 13 years in senior management, Julie took the opportunity to move into the charitable sector as a consultant working with multiple charities and bidding and leading on some large commissioned services including an emotional well-being service for all young people in Kent. Julie has also worked on parenting programmes, NEET, youth provision, breastfeeding campaign, maternal mental health campaign, community budgeting and Talent Match.
Julie has been brought in to lead the development of Mindfulness for the children’s workforce in Kent, working with schools, voluntary and community sector, HeadStart Kent and the local authority. Julie has contributed to the successful bidding on 3 projects in Kent.
Julie is the local programmes lead for the Mindful Me Kent programme and HeadStart Kent.
Adam graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2003 with degree in Psychology and Criminology. Following several years managing teams in substance misuse and various mental health settings. Adam then moved in to business management for Children’s services, before moving to Social Sense in January 2018.
Adam became aware of Social Sense from a previous job and when a job role came up with Social Sense, he jumped at the chance to join the team.
Adam joined Social Sense as the Business Development Manager and will be working in partnership with CCGs, police forces and other local authorities to expand Mindful Me.
Jayne has over 20 years’ experience delivering Administration and Office Management support to various industries and started her career working within Brewing.
In 2009, Jayne took up the role of Office Manager with Our Life, a non-for profit social enterprise based in Manchester, which focused on engaging with communities and empowering them to improve their Health & Wellbeing in a wide range of ways including mental health.
Jayne joined Social Sense in October 2017 in the role of Administrator. As part of the role, Jayne will be responsible for general admin, providing programme support to Reece & Julies Mindful Me projects and overseeing finance and HR.