Positions held: Managing Director and Lead Faciliator
About me:- "I have always said that I have the best job in the world and now I am so pleased that I can share the pleasure with new facilitators! Even when I have one of ‘those days’, going into one of our lovely schools and seeing the enthusiasm of the children and those smiley faces lifts me like nothing else.Since I began Thumbs Up, we have presented to many schools throughout Wirral, Liverpool and Cheshire; every time a new school comes ‘on board’, I get such excitement from meeting new children and being inspired once more.As a company I will continue to evolve Thumbs Up as we work in new schools, meet new teachers, parents/carers and children, I will continue to learn from them – which I do every single time I work in a new school and I will ensure that Thumbs Up continues to offer that ‘personal touch’ that has been so successful with the company thus far.In my spare time I love to spend time with my wife,daughter and son (and our gorgeous cocker spaniel Louis), I also like to read, spend time with good friends, and love nothing more than getting stuck into a really good box set on Netflix…and of course preparing for more sessions with Thumbs Up (does that make me boring?!!!)"
Fun fact about Sue:- “I love music and love to dance and sing, but
can’t do either very well…but I don’t let that stop me!”
Position held: Co-faciliator
“I so happy to have joined Thumbs Up as a facilitator and have been working with Thumbs Up since September 2017. I bring a lot of experience of working with children to the programme, having been a dance and drama teacher for many years, I also do a little bit of singing teaching too. I have enjoyed my few months working with Thumbs Up immensely and have adored meeting the most inspiring children, and can’t wait to see how the coming months and beyond will progress with new schools coming along all the time. In my spare time I sing with three bands – mainly in Wirral which I enjoy very much and spending time with my husband, daughter and son. With my drama experience, I am hoping to bring some exciting new role play activities to Thumbs Up and use this to elevate the levels of confidence and self-esteem in the children. I love nothing better than having a really good laugh and I am sure this fun side of me will enhance the Thumbs Up ethos of the children learning through a fun delivery of the programme and the children learning well if they are feeling happy and positive.”
Fun fact about Cath:- “I have appeared as an extra in Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks!”
Position held: Trainee Lead Faciliator
“I am absolutely delighted to be part of the Thumbs Up team. I’m really looking forward to working with the children at the wonderful schools we have here in our community. Having been a teacher for 20 years and a mum for 11 years, I am aware of the many pressures and challenges facing young people in today’s society. I am passionate about encouraging young people to feel comfortable and at ease when talking about mental health.I believe ‘it’s good to talk’, and I am fully committed to help break the silence surrounding mental health, as the emotional and mental wellbeing of our children is paramount.I have recently worked as a volunteer CBT mentor at a local charity which helps people with anxiety and depression.I have a level 4 certificate in Counselling Skills and am currently studying for a level 4 diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.In my spare time I like to spend time with my husband and two sons, reading, enjoy writing poetry.I have recently started playing netball again and absolutely love it; it really takes me back to my school days!”
Fun fact about Louise:- "I can juggle and speak Dutch (sometimes both at the same time!)"