Meet our Team
Sue Penna MSc, DipCOT, Dip.Couns, FRSA
Sue is our Chief Creative Officer and programme expert. Sue has worked with individuals who have psychological trauma as a result of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) for over 30 years in her professional life as a clinician, trainer and supervisor both within the NHS and independently.
She has specialised in writing psycho-educational programmes that promote trauma informed practice and a recovery model. Sue is passionate for the need for multi-agency working and committed to supporting front line workers to have the skills to support families with a trauma informed approach.
Sue has an extensive background in the domestic abuse sector and has written trauma informed domestic abuse programmes including the Inspiring Families Programme, Adult and Children and Young People Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit and the Sexual Violence Recovery Toolkit. Sue has also devised the ACE Recovery Toolkit written for parents and the ACE Recovery Toolkit for children and young people.
Kirsty Passmore BA(Hons)
Kirsty is our Chief Executive Officer. She has over 14 years experience of working in the public sector at a senior strategic multi-agency level specialising in Community Safety, Domestic Abuse and Family Intervention, for which she was nationally recognised.
During her time in the public sector she delivered a range of transformative projects across a breadth of public sector organisations, raised external investment to expand and create new provision.
Kirsty is passionate about working with the whole family and improving practice through the development and implementation of practical tools and programmes.
Sally is our Training Development Manager and is the first point of contact for all training enquiries. She provides course information and advice, as well as training dates and locations.
Before joining Rock Pool in November 2018, Sally previously worked in sales and marketing for 20 years, and most recently as an Independent Childminder.
She is finding the industry fascinating and loves talking to people about their training needs.
Laura is our Operations Manager. She ensures that the operational business of Rock Pool runs smoothly and efficiently so all of our customers new and existing have a great experience.
Laura is quite new to the company, having started in December 2018. She previously worked as Practice Manager of a Dental Surgery.
She is enjoying working in a new sector and loves reading all of the positive feedback that is received from clients.
Robbie is Rockpool's Quality and Impact Officer. Robbie has over 10 years experience working in Social Care, Troubled Families and Early Help impact and evaluation having worked within central government and a number of local authorities across the country.
He has worked on designing and delivering both qualitative and quantitative impact evaluations for domestic abuse and early help programmes within local authorities and private trusts, whilst also leading on the national high profile Troubled Families evaluation and cost benefit analysis.
Debbie has more than 15 yearsâ€™ project management experience, working in both charitable and public sector organisations leading the delivery of a wide-variety of public-facing activities and events.
Most recently Debbie was the Employment & Skills Lead for TDA and specialised in the development of relationships between Torbay schools and local businesses to highlight and raise awareness of potential future career opportunities to assist in raising young peopleâ€™s aspirations and encourage them to achieve.
Debbie is now utilising her skills to review the quality and impact of Rock Poolâ€™s training courses to ensure we are continuously developing and delivering the highest quality of course provision for our delegates.
Meet our Associates
Jo was the Director of Practice and Development at Safer Places, a Domestic Abuse Support Service covering Essex and Hertfordshire. She is also an Associate Lecturer for the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) at the University of Worcester.
Jo completed her Masters in Dynamics of Domestic Violence with Distinction in 2015. She delivers all of Rock pool's training courses.
Jo is a qualified Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) and an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker (ISAC). For eight years she facilitated therapeutic group work for survivors of domestic violence and oversaw over twenty groups per week across in the areas where she worked.
Leigh delivers Rock Poolâ€™s Recovery Toolkit training and is one of the lead trainers for the Working with Gangs and Exploitation Culture - Trauma Informed Approach Programme, which he co-developed with Rock Pool.
Leigh is a qualified Trainer, Youth and Community Worker and Parenting Practitioner with over 20 yearsâ€™ experience. He has worked as an Area Youth Work Manager, has taught in out of school provisions and works within Youth Justice as a Senior Youth Offending Service (YOS) Officer.
Leigh presently manages the Youth at Risk Matrix (YARM), team within the London Youth Offending Service which tackles gang and exploitation culture by working with young people and their families; and by working closely with agencies such as the Police, Education and childrenâ€™s services. He also manages the Parenting service where he delivers the Rock Pool ACES Recovery Toolkit to parents, and the Triple P, and Gang awareness parenting programmes.
Tess has 20 yearsâ€™ experience in the domestic abuse sector working directly with survivors and perpetrators across a range of roles including refuge, supported housing, helpline, survivorsâ€™ groups and perpetrator programmes.
Tess delivers the Adverse Childhood Experiences Recovery Toolkits, and Trauma-Informed Practice training.
Amber is a qualified Social Worker with over 15 yearsâ€™ experience specialising in mental health and trauma. She has also worked as an Health IDVA.
She has been a trainer for 12 years and has extensive experience of delivering domestic abuse, ACEs and trauma informed practice training to multi agency professionals.
Karen has a BSc Degree in Psychology which she studied for while working in a South West Refuge. She first joined the refuge as a Support Worker, however progressed her career to Trust Manager, a role which involved her representing the Domestic Violence sector at a strategic level across Cornwall.
Karen has worked as an Associate trainer for a number of years and was one of the first people to deliver the Adult Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit.
She is Rock Poolâ€™s lead Associate for the SPACE programme.
Chris works in Family Support for Birmingham Childrenâ€™s Trust; supporting children and families around issues such as domestic abuse, mental ill health, substance misuse, exploitation and crime. Chris is also the Programme Lead for ACEâ€™s and Trauma-Informed Practice across the Trust; co-ordinating practitioners in their delivery of Rock Poolâ€™s ACEs Recovery Toolkit, informing best practice and working with partner agencies to offer effective packages of support to families experiencing trauma.
As well as delivering the ACEs Recovery Toolkit to his client group, Chris also delivers Rock Poolâ€™s Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit; is RESPECT trained, and facilitates several other parenting programmes, including â€˜The Solihull Approachâ€™.
Chris has a BSc in Psychology, in which he specialised in Child Development, and is a member of the British Psychological Society. Chris has previously worked in both primary and secondary schools, Post-16 special provision, Childrenâ€™s Centres and the third sector; supporting children and families with multiple and complex needs.
A Rock Pool Associate since 2016, Chris delivers on both the ACEs and DA Recovery Toolkits, and the â€˜ABC of Traumaâ€™.
Anoushka is one of the lead trainers for Working with Gangs & Exploitation Culture- Trauma Informed Approach Programme, which she helped develop with Rock Pool. She also delivers Rock Poolâ€™s ABC of Trauma training.
Anoushka is a Detective of 18 yearsâ€™ service with the Metropolitan Police. The majority of this time has been spent in criminal investigations and criminal justice, working closely with victims of crimes, offenders and their families.
Anoushka is currently attached to a Gangs Unit in East London, specialising in community engagement and educational workshops. She collaborates with the Youth Offending Service and delivers training to parents and professionals about Gangs and Negative Youth Culture Awareness.
Anoushka also delivers training to MPS Detective recruits on Gangs and educating them on how to take a trauma-informed approach.
Giselle is a qualified social worker with a Diploma in Social Work and Post Graduate Diploma in Child Care Practice. She has over 20 yearsâ€™ experience in front line child protection work progressing to Head of Service for MASH, Early Help, Targeted Support, Youth Offending Team and Youth Service.
She has extensive knowledge of statutory social work legislation, principles and social work models of intervention across the range of Child in Need, Child Protection, Looked after Children and Court Proceedings.
Roxanne has previously worked at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre Cardiff as an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate.
She has over 7 yearsâ€™ experience delivering training on areas including, Sexual Violence Recovery Toolkit, ACEs Recovery Toolkit, Trauma-Informed Practice, Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit.
Luke delivers all of Rock Pool's training courses. He is a Practice Advisor working on the DRIVE project, a RESPECT, Safe Lives and Social Finance collaboration for high risk/harm perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. He holds as Psychology BSc and is an accredited Trainer and Assessor.
Luke began life in the sector as an accredited IDVA who built experience establishing a gender responsive Domestic Abuse service, specialising in supporting male victims, but also supporting women at high risk of DA. Luke is also a member of the board of trustees for a Sussex based charity for offenders and a Restorative Justice Facilitator for sensitive and complex cases.
Luke is an accredited IDVA and ISVA and facilitates Rock Poolâ€™s Adverse Childhood Experiences Recovery Toolkits, as well as the ABC of Trauma, and the Coercion and Control Enquiry training courses.
He has worked on the 'Boys to Men' research, exploring the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people as well as the Home Officeâ€™s This is Abuse campaign.
Luke has a legal background, including a Masters in Law, Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights. He continues to lecture on menâ€™s experiences of abuse and is a guest lecturer for Goldsmithâ€™s University on MA Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.
2016 saw the publication of â€˜Debates of Difference: Male Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuseâ€™ in Domestic Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Protection, Prevention and Intervention, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Janine has a Diploma in Community Health and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Education and has co-authored a number of publications. In 2016 Janine was awarded the Royal College of Nursing Wales Nurse of the Year Award for Improving Individual & Population Health.
In 2008 Janine set up and ran the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Cardiff and the Vale, developing a multi-agency service for children and adults who had experienced sexual violence. In 2012 Janine was the policy lead in Welsh Government for the â€˜Ending violence against women and domestic abuseâ€™ (Wales) Bill and was Lead for Violent Crime and Health Liaison with South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner.
Janine has extensive experience in leading transformation programmes for violence prevention, tackling vulnerability and ACEs. She has also led large multiagency teams across the public sector, developing partnerships and turning research into practice.
She now works independently, sharing her knowledge and passion for making a difference beyond the public sector. Janine has trained as a Domestic Homicide Reviewer and continues to take an active interest in all violence against women issues.
Tracy Jean Thorn
Tracy Jean has 20 yearsâ€™ experience in the domestic abuse sector working directly with survivors and perpetrators across a range of roles including IDVA, Senior Probation Officer, VAWG Strategic Lead and Operations Manager for a national charity.
Tracy delivers the Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkits, and Trauma-Informed Practice training.
John delivers training on Domestic Abuse, Inspiring Families Programme and Coercion and Control.
He served with the Devon and Cornwall Police for over 28 years and retiring as Detective Chief Inspector in 2016. He was responsible for the prevention and investigation of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, child and vulnerable adult abuse.
For the final four years of his police career he was the Force Lead for Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment, Forced Marriage, Honour Based Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults/Adults at Risk. He was a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adults Board.
He is also an experienced Hostage and Crisis Negotiator and Coordinator.
Vashti has a BSc Psychology and an M.A. in Social Work, and delivers Rock Pool's Domestic Abuse and ACEs Recovery Toolkits.
She is the Lead Trainer for the Inspiring Families Programme, and our CACE training.
Vashti has over 20 yearsâ€™ experience working in frontline Child Protection work in Local Authority settings, practising within statutory social work progressing to Head of Service.
She held operational responsibility for the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub as well as the frontline child protection teams and managing a team of IDVAs. She was the Principle Social Worker and took on the strategic role of improving the standards of social work practice across the child protection system, including the implementation of Signs of Safety.