WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE NEW OUTCOMES

The team

Dr Toby Quibell, PhD.

Dr Toby Quibell, PhD.

Director

Toby Quibell is a teacher and charity leader. As a class teacher, social researcher and voluntary sector leader, Toby has worked with children and schools throughout his career. Having assisted Nick Blackburn in establishing NEW, he took over as Chief Executive in 2013. With special interest in the causes of disaffection, Toby is focussed on providing solutions that address the needs of children that are associated with poverty, trauma, and adverse circumstance, and believes that NEW is an innovative and effective force in delivering these solutions to children.

‘The best thing about being part of NEW? The people are wonderful and the effects of their work visible and uplifting.’

Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston

Project Leader

Lynn Johnston works for North East Wellbeing as the Project Leader for their Curious Beasts project. Lynn is now retired but for many years she worked as a teacher in rural Northumberland, being particularly interested in rural depravation and the impact of isolation on young children. For the last 13 years of her work in mainstream education she was the Head Teacher of an outstanding Northumberland First School. Having also spent time as a consultant with the Northumberland Thinking Skills Unit she has delivered skills-based curriculum training across the country. She is now focused on delivering programmes that impact on the lives of vulnerable children in the North East.

Neil Richmond, MEd, BEd (Hons), NPQH.

Neil Richmond, MEd, BEd (Hons), NPQH.

Project Leader

Neil qualified as a teacher in 1990 at Northumbria University and started his teaching career in a small, rural Primary school in Durham. Whilst there, he gained his Masters in Action Research through Newcastle University, became a Deputy Head in Corbridge before taking on a Literacy Consultancy for Northumberland which enabled him to visit many schools developing aspects of English. He became Headteacher at Stobhillgate First School in Morpeth before retiring in 2018.
He now works for Northumbria University teaching aspects of English and other curriculum areas as well as visiting students in schools on placement, assessing presentations, conducting NQT research and interviewing future students.

North East Wellbeing is a perfect opportunity for Neil to support schools, children, staff and parents in all areas relating to their various needs, working together on the ‘frontline’ which he believes is the best place to be.

Rachel Dawber, BA (Hons), PGCE

Rachel Dawber, BA (Hons), PGCE

Project Leader

Rachel is an experienced primary school teacher with specialisms in nurture, outdoor learning, creative curriculum, skills-based learning and bush craft skills. She also has expertise in working with schools to establish and make improvements to nurture and BESD/alternative provisions. She is a strong advocate of curriculum-based outdoor learning where she has witnessed children flourish when they are no longer constrained by the four walls of the classroom – where learning can be active and hands-on; allow for exploration and risk taking; develop enterprise, practical skills and knowledge; give children the opportunity to develop and display life skills including resilience, collaborative working, perseverance and independent and lateral thinking.

Rachel’s favourite aspect of her role? Providing the building blocks so that young adults and children develop confidence and self-esteem which they then take into other aspects of their life; allowing them to think for themselves and be independent; watching them smile, laugh and enjoy.

Jenna Charlton,  PhD. in Education

Jenna Charlton, PhD. in Education

Researcher

Jenna has worked with children in schools for many years as a Research Associate, delivering and analysing behaviour and language assessments for research projects at Newcastle University, as well as writing reports for a variety of organisations including Public Health England, Education Endowment Foundation, Early Intervention Foundation, Nuffield and Department for Education. She is experienced in leading and managing complex applied social research programmes from bid stage to data analysis and presentation, and lectures in Research Methods at Newcastle University.

Jenna is the writer of NEW’s Curious Beasts programme which uses innovative approaches to measuring and providing intervention for social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Jenna oversees the evidence-base for all NEW programmes as well as carrying out commissioned research for outside organisations looking to capture the impact of their own programmes.

The best part about being a part of NEW is having the opportunity to really make a difference to children’s development, wellbeing, and educational progression within a team of like-minded people who are all passionate about the wellbeing of children.

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