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imageJo Bush

Jo is the director of The Training Exchange. Qualified as a youth worker and trainer she has 15 years experience in the development, management and delivery of training. Jo manages the organisation as well as developing and co-ordinating training and consultancy, ranging from small community based initiatives to large scale regional and national programmes.


Jo and Jools set up the Training Exchange in 1997

imageJools Hesketh

Jools founded The Training Exchange with Jo Bush in 1997. He is a qualified health promotion specialist with extensive experience in the promotion, development, delivery and evaluation of training. Jools specialises in training development and substance use related courses with a growing expertise in emergency care.
imagePhil Harris

Phil has worked in the drug misuse field for over 20 years as a practitioner, trainer and manager. Currently he works as a researcher, treatment designer and writer in the area of evidence based practice, behavioural change and treatment policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Bristol University. He has published over 20 articles and papers on treatment and effectiveness, and published three books, Drug Induced (2005) and Empathy for the Devil (2007), which explore the evidence base of treatment and offer innovative approaches for addressing substance misuse problems, and The Concerned Other: How to change problematic drug and alcohol users though their family members (2010).
imageRowan Miller

After gaining a degree in psychology, Rowan has worked in drug and alcohol services for 18 years. Her experience includes working as a drug advisor for the national drug and legal advice agency Release; managing a busy West London needle exchange; providing young persons drug services in Exeter and developing and co-ordinating a community based harm reduction drug and alcohol project in East Bristol. Rowan was the Deputy Regional Alcohol Manager for the South West focusing on young people from 2009 until March 2011. Rowan's work is rooted in community development approaches and promoting the rights of drug and alcohol users to get the best possible service. She is currently working part time for the Training Exchange as a Development Manager, is a qualified coach and delivers supervision and consultancy work.
imageSusan Moores

Susan has 20 years experience working for the most part in the voluntary sector in a range of paid and unpaid roles including youth project manager, management committee member, trainer, organisational consultant and non-managerial supervisor. Her work is grounded in values that recognise the individual and collective experience, learning and development, community action and social change. More recently she has been a Programme Supervisor with Global Xchange (British Council and VSO).
imageSusan Lawrence

Susan is an experienced trainer and group facilitator, qualified in further & adult education, youth & community work and social work. She has 20 years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. Susan works from a community development perspective, using inclusive and creative methods to maximise participants’ learning and enjoyment.
imageElizabeth Mason

Elizabeth is an experienced trainer, counsellor, groupworker and supervisor.  A registered psychotherapist, qualified in both social work and youth and community work, she has over 20 years experience working with individuals, groups and teams in the voluntary and statutory sectors.

imageJustin Hoggans

Justin is a Services Manager at Bristol Drug Project. He has worked in drug services for over 16 years as a practitioner, manager and trainer. He delivers training on Psychosocial Interventions, Harm Reduction, Safer Injecting and Steroids. He has a background in work with young people.

imageTom Blackman

Tom has been a bodybuilder since 1997 and has competed since 2002. He researched steroids and associated drugs for 2 years before deciding to use them and has a vast knowledge of their uses. He worked for 2 years at a steroid clinic based within a drug service needle exchange, providing information, advice and guidance to steroid users. He also moderates on a number of UK internet boards that provide information on the drugs.
imageSuzanne Pearson

Suzanne is a mental health practitioner with extensive experience of working with people who have mental health and emotional support needs in statutory and voluntary sector services. She is an independent mental health and social care trainer, and regularly tutors on further education and higher education courses.

imageMike Peirce

Mike has extensive experience as a drug worker and trainer. He is founder of the Southmead Project, where he developed specific services working with adult survivors of child abuse. In 2000 he accepted an MBE for 'services to Bristol and for the welfare of drug users'. More recently Mike has accepted an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol for his work with adult survivors of child abuse.
imageSal Ball

Sal has 15 years experience of working in a variety of mental health settings. As a manager of both local and national helplines providing mental health and self injury support, she has developed an expertise in training and developing good practice for both volunteers and front line workers.
imageKaren Dumain

Karen has over 20 years experience in developing others to fulfil their potential and leadership qualities. Currently Head of Learning within a local public sector organisation, she is also a qualified coach and facilitator and has recently completed her masters in Leadership and organisation of public services. Karen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD).
imageChris Johnstone

Chris worked for over 17 years as a doctor/group therapist within a specialist NHS alcohol team, before this he worked in mental health and general practice. He has over 20 years experience of teaching resilience skills, and has pioneered the role of positive psychology within the NHS and within staff teams. He now focuses on teaching, training and writing. He is author of Find Your Power - a toolkit for resilience and positive change (Permanent Publications, 2010) and co-presenter of The Happiness Training Plan CD.
imageKathy Laurie

Kathy has over 20 years experience of working with people, including as a Child Protection Social Worker. She is a trained, experienced group facilitator and the groups she has led have included parenting groups and a group for women whose children have been sexually abused. She has been delivering training for the past six years on a range of themes including Assertiveness, Child Protection, Mental Health and Equalities.
imageElla Remes

 After gaining a degree in social policy and criminal justice, and a Masters in social

work; Ella worked in drug and alcohol services for 7 years providing support

to parents who misused drugs and alcohol. Much of Ella’s work involved child

protection assessments and multi-agency working to protect vulnerable children

aged between 0 and 18. For the last 3 years she has worked as a Children’s

Services Manager for Barnardo’s sexual exploitation service and early intervention

runaway services. Ella is an active member of a national substance misuse

safeguarding group and has experience of delivering training courses on a range of

topics including ‘Hidden harm’ on behalf of Bristol’s Safeguarding Children’s Board.

imageAmy Shortridge

Amy was an Associate HR Director in the NHS for a number of years where she led a large team of HR and Training personnel. She now runs her own consultancy which provides HR and developemnt support to many organisations across the public sector. Amy holds an MSc in People and Organisational Development which included MA Action learning, she also is an NLP and MBTI practitioner. Amy is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developement (FCIPD).  

imageJenny Cove

Jenny Cove is a qualified Social Worker and Family Therapist with fourteen years’ experience in working with children and families with complex needs. As Senior Practitioner for Bristol Drugs Project’s Family Support Service she developed and delivered services for substance-misusing parents and their children. Jenny now works as a therapist for CAMHS. An experienced trainer, she has delivered courses specialising in child-protection, Hidden Harm, parenting and couples work.