CEO and founder of the charity Liz Fordham is a BACP registered counsellor with a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy from Cambridge University. Over the past 9 years, she has worked in various school settings with the County, offering school-based counselling and classroom support similar to that offered by Making Me. As well as being CEO of Making Me, Liz also runs a small private counselling practice for young people and adults and is the mother of three teenage children.
Lesley joined the Charity in May 2019 as a Workshop Facilitator before taking on a more operational, strategic and financial role to become COO in 2020. Prior to joining the Charity, Lesley had a career as a Business Analyst specialising in strategic development and best practice methodology, before taking a career break to spend more time with her family. Following appointment as a School Governor for a local lower school, Lesley became Bursar and went on to complete a diploma in School Business Management. Lesley has three children and lives in North Bedfordshire.
Natalie trained as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse and went on to become a specialist practitioner in Community Learning Disability Nursing. Since 2010 she has worked as a facilitator and trainer on a number of community-based child development and parenting programmes across the Borough. Natalie was a volunteer for the NSPCC delivering their schools service workshops and assemblies and has worked independently in several schools developing emotional wellbeing tools for children and offering support for parents. Natalie lives in the Bedfordshire area and is the mother of three teenage boys.
Sarah is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies at the Anna Freud Centre, and works therapeutically with autistic children and young people. She previously worked as a Senior Teacher in a maintained nursery school and has supported a number of children’s charities with research and fundraising during the past fifteen years, including the Young Witness Service and Emergency Nutrition Network Infant Feeding in Emergencies. Sarah lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and four young children.
Helen began her career as an NNEB Nursery Nurse working across all year groups in a Bedford Lower School with nursery attached, where she continued to study for her Advanced Diploma in Childcare & Education. Despite a career break to have her children, Helen continued to be involved in her local community by chairing the under 5’s group, being a committee member of the local playgroup and Chair of the parents’ group at her local primary school. Helen also works as an independent Interior Designer and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three teenage children.
As well as our core staff team, we also have a committed cohort of Workshop Facilitators and School Engagement Managers who are all trained to a high standard to understand and deliver the Emotional Literacy Programme tools.