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imageJo Bush

Jo is the director of The Training Exchange. Qualified as a youth worker and trainer, she has over 20 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 has been involved in delivering drug & alcohol awareness and interventions training at professional and community levels for 22 years. Jo has extensive project management experience and has facilitated a range of service improvement initiatives.
imagePhil Harris

Phil Harris has worked in the drug misuse field for over 25 years as a practitioner, trainer and manager. He is a visiting lecturer at Bristol University, an advisor to the US BICEP programme, and has worked as an advisor to the World Health Organisation in the Balkans. He has written over 20 scholarly articles on effective practice and has published five books. At present he is working on a number of innovative pilot programmes in adolescent drug & mental health services, working with concerned others and enhancing treatment outcomes.
imageSusan Moores

Susan has 25 years experience in ‘people work’, in a range of paid and voluntary delivery and management roles, which she brings to her training, facilitation and supervision work. Her style and approach is grounded in values that recognise the personal story, collective endeavor and community development; whilst also paying attention to organisational change and the wider context in which we work. She is committed to reflective practice, and works from the heart to make a positive contribution. Having worked in Bristol for two decades, she is now living in Cornwall with a varied week, including development work with social purpose organisations, delivering training and supporting staff in Plymouth, as well as occasional and cooking at a residential centre on Dartmoor!
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.
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.
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.

imageDr Mike Peirce

Mike has extensive experience as a drug worker and trainer. He is founder and chief executive officer of The Southmead Project, where he developed specific services working with adult survivors of child abuse who had turned to drugs in order to suppress the emotions that follow such trauma. 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. He continues to help pioneer and encourage further research and training into the topic.

imageSal Ball

Sal has 20 years experience working in the fields of mental health, wellbeing and sexual violence. As a manager of both local and national helplines providing mental health and self injury support, she has built an expertise in training and developing good practice for both volunteers and frontline workers. Her approach aids participants to explore complex issues safely, and to manage the impact of work on their own well-being.
imageUna Corbett & Colin Young

Una and Colin co-ordinate and develop the work of Battle Against Tranquillisers. Experienced as trainers and in client support, their work seeks to lessen the harm caused by benzodiazepine tranquilisers and ‘z’ drugs.enter description here...
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).  

imageAmy Shortridge & Toria Moore

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imageClare Lucas

Clare’s background is in homelessness and working with young people. Since 2002 she has been delivering training to staff, managers and commissioners in supported housing and social care. Her particular interests and expertise are around professional boundaries, lone working, risk assessment, safeguarding and outcomes based support planning and the impact that these areas have on effective work with vulnerable people.
imageJo McDonald

Educated to degree level, and a qualified counsellor, Jo has four years practical experience working as an Equalities Officer in Bristol City Council. Prior to that she was Co-ordinator of Avon and Bristol Law Centre. Since 2012, Jo has worked as a freelance consultant and trainer, focusing on issues concerning equality and diversity and specialising in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in mental health and supported housing settings. She is committed to implementing practical solutions that embed equality and diversity in organisations, both in their workforces and in their service delivery.
imageAnthony Price

Tony has more than 30 years experience working in criminal justice settings. More recently he has worked for a local Mind association on a range of mental health projects as a counsellor, manager and trainer. Tony now works as a freelance trainer, he specialises in programmes to develop suicide awareness and skills that help to save lives. Tony is a Master Trainer in Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training (ASIST), safeTALK and suicideTALK.
imageSuzanne Pearson & Sal Ball

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imageSarah Blake

Sarah has over fifteen years’ experience working in frontline services. In the last five years these have been based within healthcare settings. Previously Sarah worked as an IDSVA working with high-risk clients and has experience of the MARAC, criminal justice and civil law systems. She also has experience of working with people with drug and alcohol problems. Sarah has worked directly with patients who have experienced domestic abuse and has trained clinicians and health practitioners to recognise and respond to domestic abuse. She has an MSc in 'health promotion, research and policy change' and a postgraduate certificate in the 'dynamics of domestic abuse'. Sarah also has a background in domestic abuse research.

imagePat Johnson

Pat was a social worker in local authority and NHS mental health services for many years. At a time when the impact of childhood abuse and trauma was not fully understood, she worked with survivors to raise awareness and influence practice by developing innovative training programmes on trauma and recovery. Later as manager of a mental health charity she set up a specialist counselling service for men and women who experienced childhood sexual abuse. She currently has a private counselling practice and is a freelance trainer.

imagePat Johnson & Dr Mike Peirce

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imageChris Johnstone

Chris worked for over 17 years as a doctor/group therapist within a specialist NHS alcohol team; before this working in mental health and general practice. He has over 30 years experience of teaching resilience skills, and has pioneered the role of resilience training in healthcare, education and the workplace. He has taught brief interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm since the mid 1990s. Over the last seven years he has worked closely with the Training Exchange in delivering both resilience and alcohol brief intervention training, running courses for hundreds of people throughout the South-West of England. He is the author of two books and many articles on the psychology of change, is a popular keynote speaker and now also runs courses online.