Dympna Cunnane has a BA (University College Dublin) in Psychology and Philosophy and an MA in Psychology (Tavistock Institute London) and a Post Graduate 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. She is a highly skilled executive coach combining organisational expertise with her psychological background.
She 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. Dympna believes that the mind is our most powerful resource and as such determines much of our life experience. She wishes to contribute to developing resources which will help young carers to understand and cope with families where mental illness is an issue.
Esther has a BA and MA in Visual Media and has worked with Alan over the past 10 years creating films around his work with Children of a Parent with a Mental Illness, including many that can be seen on the website.
Esther has played a key role in developing the Kidstime material and resources for use in Schools and with professionals. She has worked closely with our Founder Alan Cooklin to develop films and written materials for the children. She has been the project manager for our Who Cares? project material and pilot, and project lead on a range of work with our communications, online portal, training materials and materials to support the work we do with children.
Esther was a Company Director at Team Media Management where she worked as a production manager and editor on projects for both the corporate and NGO sector creating films and online learning projects in training and wellbeing.
She has enjoyed seeing the work of Kidstime make a difference to families and children and would like to see it become more widely available to ensure more families benefit.
Louise is an independent consultant with over 30 years experience of helping clients across the public, voluntary, charity and private sectors, to win funding and contracts. She has worked with many local and national charities and social enterprises, including in the fields of health and care, education, employment and training, criminal justice, youth support, disability, the arts and heritage, supporting them with planning, business development, bid writing and appraisal and fundraising.
Louise is a Psychology graduate with an MBA and PGCE (Post-16 education) and following a successful career in adult education, local government and the charitable sector, set up her own business (Tenderworks) in 2000. She has a track record and established reputation for going ‘above and beyond’ for her clients to help them secure the income they need to deliver high quality services.
Jessica Streeting, MA.
Jessica Streeting 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 writes for the nursing and national press, frequently present at national conferences and was awarded the Queen’s Nurse title for pioneering a school nursing project in one diverse, high need London secondary school.
Jessica has been struck by how often parental mental illness is at the root of many childhood problems and has seen how Kidstime concepts have made a real difference to families. Jessica feels very strongly that these concepts can be helpful to all of us; parental mental illness is common, but its effects on a child are specific – understanding this and exploring ways to explaining mental illness to the child in every one of us, has the potential to transform all our lives.
Social Media Manager
Christina has a BA (Hons) in European Business and French and a Bachelor Européen de Commerce et de Gestion from the University of La Rochelle, France.
Christina worked as a Digital Project Manager and Project Director for almost 10 years with experience running large multinational campaigns and accounts in digital advertising agencies including McCann Erickson, Zentropy Partners, Modem Media, Digitas and Publicis Worldwide. Her clients included multinationals such as Hewlett Packard, easyJet, LG Europe and Visa Europe. She has also worked with charities including a small children’s charity who support deaf children in Uganda and is currently supporting the Girlguiding London and South East England Region (LaSER) to run the social media accounts for the largest Rainbows unit in the UK.
In 2016, Christina formally trained with the organisation Digital Mums as a Social Media Manager where she worked with the Kidstime Foundation 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, continuing to spread the word on the work the charity does and building an engaged community of supporters.
Kirsty has a BSc in Psychology (University of East Anglia) and has worked in various capacities with the Kidstime Workshops and Foundation since 2011.
Kirsty attended a Kidstime Workshops from the age of 8 with her father who had bipolar disorder. She is clear that the support that she and her family received at the Kidstime Workshops made a big difference to her self-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 Kidstime Workshops as a counsellor, drawing on her own experiences to support those in similar situations. Shecontinues to be involved in the development of the resources for schools as part of the Who Cares? project and has delivered numerous presentations to school staff and other professional audiences, drawing on her own direct experiences, for example the Marlborough Family Service Conference.
Since finishing her degree, Kirsty has worked to collect evidence on the impact and reach of our work. She is currently working to engage with our service partners to collate outcome data and is working to produce an impact report with the help of a data analysis team at Ernst and Young.
As part of her degree Kirsty has undertaken her own research into children of parents with a mental illness and reports having witnessed dramatic changes in childrenwho attend the Kidstime Workshops. Kirsty is determined to ensure that the impact of our services is recognised for their brilliance and made available to more than just the lucky few.
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