Pooky directs the children, young people and schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity that provides fully-funded mental health training to schools. She is also the vice-chair and education lead for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, formed of over 100 UK charities working together to set the agenda for young people’s mental health in the UK and beyond.
The child is always at the centre of Pooky’s work where her first question is always ‘how will this benefit children and young people?’ Question two, which follows fast, is – ‘how can this be made usable, practical and relevant?’
Pooky is a passionate ambassador for mental health who loves to research, write, speak, teach and share all manner of ideas about mental health, wellbeing and PSHE. Her enthusiasm is backed up both by a PhD in child and adolescent mental health and her own lived experience of anorexia, self-harm, anxiety and depression.
Family is Pooky’s priority in her free time which is largely spent with husband Tom and her two young daughters from whom she learns more than she ever imagined possible.