Our expert group of front-line professionals have a wealth of sector experience and are committed to building meaningful and long-lasting partnerships with our clients.


Meet our Team

Sue Penna MSc, DipCOT, Dip.Couns, FRSA

Sue is a Director 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 work 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.

Sue is a member of both The UK Psychological Trauma Society and the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Kevin Brownridge

Kevin is a Director with responsibility for financial management and planning. Previously, Kevin provided freelance consultancy for Rock Pool, writing tenders.

Kevin is a partner in Perfect Moment, which he co-founded in 1995 to provide business support services to third-sector organisations. This includes writing business plans and funding bids for major capital projects such as the Hall for Cornwall, Brighton Dome and the Leach Pottery.

Prior to Perfect Moment, Kevin was Director of Development for All Change - one of London’s major community arts organisations. Before this, Kevin managed a soul band, ran a period clothing business and spent 15 years working with disadvantaged young people as a teacher, community worker and ancillary probation officer.

Outside of work, Kevin can be found playing tennis, trying to improve his backhand. He is the chair of O-region (theatre and film company in Cornwall)

Jo Majauskis

Jo is our Interim Training Practice Manager and a Rock Pool Associate.

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.

Sally Riley

Sally is our Client Liaison 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 finds the industry fascinating and loves talking to people about their training needs.

Shannon Moody

Shannon is Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for assisting in implementation of business strategies as well as managing organisational development, business governance and business accreditations.

Shannon has 10 years’ experience in a quality management background managing business operational governance, compliance, health and safety and GDPR working in a variety of sectors including software development, product development and consultancy.

Lucy Emms

Lucy is our Training and Office Manager.

She is responsible for organising all of the training and is the principal contact for training Commissioners and Associate trainer liaison.

She also manages the Rock Pool office and financial administration.

Lucy joined us as an administrator in October 2020 and has improved our data collection and management systems which made her the perfect choice to become our office manager when the post became available.

Sarah Giles

Sarah is our Training Administrator.

She ensures the seamless execution of all pre and post-course administrative tasks for both delegates and associates.

Sarah is also the main point of contact for any delegate queries either pre or post training.

Sarah has worked at Rock Pool since September 2022.

Jonathan Saul

Jonathan is our Materials Coordinator

He is at the helm in our dispatch department and has overall responsibility for putting together and dispatching our wonderful training packs.

Jonathan has been with us since February 2024.

Vickie Sayers

Vickie worked in HR before a change of career to work as a Youth Adviser in a drop-in centre, supporting young people with a range of issues from support finding employment or training to homelessness.
Having worked with a number of young people in abusive relationships, Vickie volunteered with an out of hours domestic abuse service for a year, before gaining a full-time post with the local authority's in-house service where worked as an IDVA and Young Person's Violence Adviser for 7 years, offering direct support and advocacy to victims and survivors, including facilitating group work and delivering training to the wider workforce.

More recently, Vickie has worked in the Children's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, offering early advice and signposting to families with the aim of preventing the presenting issues from escalating and avoiding the need for statutory services.

Charlotte Robinson

Charlotte has experience working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking as a senior advocate. Charlotte has been working closely with Hampshire Constabulary response and patrol teams since 2021 attending incidents of domestic abuse with officers to offer specialist advice and support at the time of crisis

Charlotte has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with a focus on forensic and mental health and is currently studying a MSc in Forensic Psychology.

Kelly Till

Kelly is a Trauma-Informed Practitioner (TIP) who is working alongside police from response and patrol teams, providing support, advice and guidance on how to recognise and respond to trauma. Kelly joins us from the Probation Service, having worked as a Probation Officer for 18 years.

Kelly has worked with both adults and young people within the Criminal Justice setting, supporting them to desist from offending. She also has experience of facilitating Cognitive Behavioural Group programmes and has recently visited Romania where she delivered training to Romanian Probation Practitioners.

Kelly has a BSc in Sociology and a BA(Hons) in Community Justice.

Meet our Associates

Vashti Wickers

Vashti is the Trauma-Informed Lead at the NSPCC, responsible for supporting the NSPCC on their journey to becoming a Trauma-Informed organisation. Prior to this, Vashti was the Training Practice Manager at Rock Pool, so has a wealth of knowledge about, and experience of delivering on, all our programmes.

Vashti has a BSc in Psychology and an M.A. in Social Work and has spent over 20 years of her career in statutory child protection work both as a practitioner and a senior manager. This included a secondment to working with Domestic Abuse and managing a team of IDVA’s. Vashti is also a trained Mindfulness teacher.

Leigh Arscott

Leigh delivers Rock Pool’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 years’ 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 children’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.

Katie Bielec

Katie was previously a police officer in the Metropolitan Police for 5 years before becoming an IDVA in Dorset.

For 11 years Katie managed the domestic abuse service in Dorset and later in Somerset providing outreach, refuge, support groups, perpetrator programmes, support for children and young people and training. She is a qualified IDVA, IDVA Manager and ISVA Manager, developed and chaired the Stalking Clinic in Dorset as well as chairing MARAC and MARMMs.

Katie has been a panel member for domestic homicide reviews and is now a Domestic Homicide Review Chair, she also supports organisations in assessing their response to domestic abuse and stalking.

Katie has experience of delivering training of DASH, CCB and Stalking as well as being an Associate Safelives Trainer for DA Matters, she has also delivered different domestic abuse programmes along with ACEs Recovery Toolkit.

Amber Canham

Amber is a qualified Social Worker with over 15 years’ 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.

April Dawn

April comes from a background of more than 25 years in Training, Personal Development, Women’s Motivational Coaching, Academic Coaching and Mentoring.

She has years of working in the communities of London and Northampton managing projects including SRB5, Tackling Race Inequality Fund (TRIF), Supporting Women Back to Work with Northamptonshire Women’s Network and looking at The Impact of Domestic Abuse for BME women in Northampton with Sunflower Centre. Currently she working with Eve as a Domestic Abuse Training Consultant.

April is a Director of Creating Equalz she finds meaningful solutions to health and race inequalities, especially of women. Delivering training to professionals who have experienced trauma in the home and work through abuse in the name of tradition, culture and institutionalised racism. April is also a Group Work Facilitator for women who have experienced domestic abuse.

Chris Devaney

Chris currently works within the Family Support Service for Birmingham Children’s Trust, supporting children and families. Chris is the D/A and ACEs Programme Lead, co-ordinating practitioners in their delivery of Rock Pool’s Recovery Toolkits.

Chris is RESPECT trained, and facilitates several other D/A and Parenting-Specific programmes. Chris holds an Award in Education and Training (AET) and has qualifications in ‘Working with Families with Multiple and Complex Needs’, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Practice.

Chris has a BSc in Psychology, in which he specialised in Child Development. Chris has previously worked in both primary and secondary schools, Post-16 special provision, Children’s Centres and the third sector.

Cindy Gilmore

Cindy gained her CERT. Ed from University of Portsmouth and has Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status as well as NNEB and Level 4 (working with complex families) and SafeLives Service Managers Award. She began her career working with children and families and saw first-hand the impact domestic abuse, trauma and adversity has on families and children. She has worked for statutory agencies and within the third sector and has experience in Health, Education and Children's Services.

Most recently, she managed both victim and perpetrator services across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Cindy currently delivers a range of training to professionals wishing to improve outcomes for children and families, including her role as an associate trainer at Rock Pool.

Roxanne Hammonds

Roxanne has previously worked at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre Cardiff as an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate.

She has over 7 years’ experience delivering training on areas including, Sexual Violence Recovery Toolkit, ACEs Recovery Toolkit, Trauma-Informed Practice, Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit.

Luke Kendall

Luke delivers all of Rock Pool's training courses. He is a Practice Advisor for the DRIVE project, a Respect & SafeLives intervention for high risk perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. He holds a Forensic Psychology MSc, a Psychology BSc and is an accredited Trainer and Assessor.

Luke is an accredited IDVA & ISVA, specialising in supporting male victims, but also supporting women at high risk of DA. Luke is an independent Domestic Homicide Review Chair, 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 Martin

Luke is an accredited IDVA and ISVA and facilitates Rock Pool’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 Office’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 men’s experiences of abuse and is a guest lecturer for Goldsmith’s University on MA Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.

Rosie Leigh

Rosie is an experienced trainer, NLP practitioner, coach and manager, specialising in the field of domestic abuse, behaviour change and trauma.

Rosie’s previous work includes High Harm Team Manager for a domestic abuse charity, working closely with the police community high harm teams, substance misuse case management in prisons and mental health support work in the community and education sector.

Rosie has a BSc in Psychology, MSc in Forensic Psychology, is a Graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a member trauma focused networks. Rosie continues to train further as an Ollie coach (Ollie and his Superpowers).”

Mita Mistry

Mita is a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapist and Acupuncturist with 18 years of experience specialising in mental health and physical wellbeing. She has extensive experience of applying therapeutic practices for mental health and wellbeing in schools, hospitals and workplaces as well as delivering training.

Mita works with domestic violence survivors delivering Rock Pool’s Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She has a BA Hons in Traditional Acupuncture and is a fully qualified MBCT Teacher. She runs her own private clinic for individuals and writes a regular newspaper column on health.

Tracy Jean Thorn

Tracy Jean has 20 years’ 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 Trott

John is a retired, senior detective who was responsible for the prevention and investigation of domestic, sexual, child and vulnerable adult abuse in Cornwall and the Force Lead for Domestic Abuse. An experienced Senior Investigating Officer he has worked and led on a number of serious, protracted investigations up to and including murder.

John continues to work as a Domestic Homicide Review Chair and as the Independent Brighton and Hove MARAC Chair. He provides consultation and training in all areas of domestic abuse and is a key note speaker throughout the UK and continues to work with victims of abuse.

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