Our Team

Our team includes some of the UK’s leading child and adolescent psychotherapists, coaches, mentors, teachers and academics. Even though our experience and expertise are diverse, we are united in our passion to help pupils mature and develop in all areas of life, not just academic attainment. We have experienced almost every gamut of performance, mental health and wellbeing issues in education – so while we won’t pretend we have seen everything, it’s probably close. This allows us to not only experience the current challenges facing schools first-hand, but has also given us a deep understanding of what works in schools and what doesn't - especially price-wise and at a practical level. In creating The Other Subject, we have also worked with the most important people of all as part of our team: we have actively engaged school staff and pupils to find out what they think of our programmes and workshops – and all of our tools, techniques and strategies in The Other Subject have been improved and enhanced over time as a result of this process.

Trainers

Rachela Leonello

Founder & Senior Trainer

Rachela is a Master Practitioner Coach accredited with the International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring (IAPC&M) and the lead academic for the Practitioner and School Coaching Diploma offered by Noble Manhattan Ltd. She is also a qualified mentor and supervisor to training and qualified coaches, Mindfulness teacher and a fully registered psychotherapist and counsellor with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Rachela has worked as a School Coach, trainer and wellbeing lead in some of the UK's leading schools and also runs a private coaching, counselling and psychotherapy practice and consultancy in central London and Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Emma Tyer

Master Trainer

Emma is a Master Practitioner Coach accredited with the IAPC&M. Emma is a School Coach, trainer and wellbeing lead. She is also a qualified mentor and supervisor to training and qualified coaches and runs a private coaching practice and consultancy in Gloucestershire and neighbouring counties. Emma is also an early years specialist with over 15 years’ experience running courses across the UK on how to develop positive teacher and parent relationships with children. She is also a consultant for Winston's Wish, a child bereavement charity.

Shaun Goodwin

Senior Trainer

Shaun is a fully registered Child and Adult Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the UKCP and has a Diploma in Sandplay Studies. Shaun is vice chair of the UKCP Faculty for the Psychological Health of Children and a lecturer, teacher and supervisor at a number of colleges and universities in the UK, including the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE). He also works as a School Counsellor and runs a private counselling and psychotherapy practice and consultancy in Central London and Evesham, Worcestershire.

Dawn Grantham

Senior Trainer

Dawn is a fully registered Child and Adult Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the UKCP and has a Diploma in Sandplay Studies. Dawn is also a teacher and supervisor at the CCPE. She also works as a School Counsellor and runs a private counselling and psychotherapy practice and consultancy in Central London.

Rachael Williams

Senior Trainer

Rachael is a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), with more than 12,000 hours of experience working with children and young adults over the past 14 years. She is a co-founder of In Two Minds, a partnership that aims to promote Mindfulness skills in education and is a frequent speaker at UK and European conferences on adolescent mental health. She also works as a School Counsellor and runs a private counselling practice in Buckinghamshire.

Dawn Campbell

Senior Trainer

Dawn is a Master Practitioner Coach and Fellow accredited with IAPC&M. Dawn has worked as a consultant coach for over two decades with some of the UK’s leading businesses and institutions. She is also a qualified mentor and supervisor of training and qualified coaches and has published 12 books related to coaching and personal development. She has a special interest in health coaching, focussing on diet and exercise and runs a private coaching practice and consultancy in the UK, France and internationally.

Matteo Trevisan

Trainer

Matteo is a fully qualified teacher and Practitioner Coach and is registered with the International Coach Federation (ICF). He speaks four languages fluently, has a Masters in Physics from Bath University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from King's College, and a Diploma in Transformational Coaching with Animas. Matteo currently works as a School Coach, trainer and wellbeing consultant in schools across the UK and runs a private coaching practice and consultancy in central London and internationally.

Hermione Crawford

Trainer

Hermione is a Practitioner Coach and a School Coach, trainer and wellbeing consultant. She also runs a private coaching practice in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties. Hermione has over 17 years working as a well-respected writer and journalist for some of the UK’s leading consumer magazines and websites and was the original editor of The Other Subject programme.

Henry Johnstone

Trainer

Henry is a Practitioner Coach and a School Coach, trainer and wellbeing consultant. He is Head Coach for a leading health care organisation in the UK, a well-known podcaster and well-respected speaker on mental health issues impacting boys and men. He also runs a private coaching practice in London and Norfolk and is a well-respected artist, integrating creativity into the work that he does with his clients.

Ross Parrett

Trainer

Ross is a Practitioner Coach and a School Coach, trainer and wellbeing consultant. He also runs a private coaching practice in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and London alongside an online marketplace for coaches (aka the 'LinkedIn' for the coaching industry). Ross has a special interest in sport and health coaching, having been heavily involved in sport before his career as a coach. He is a professional UEFA level 3 sports coach with a formal certificate of credit in Sports Psychology.

Caro Parker

Trainer

Caro is a Practitioner Coach and a School Coach, trainer and wellbeing consultant. She is also a fully qualified teacher with over 10 years’ experience in both primary and secondary schools. She runs a private coaching practice in London and develops Character Education programmes for children and young people, both in and out of school settings.

Gemma Jennings

Trainer

Gemma is a Practitioner Coach and a School Coach, trainer and wellbeing consultant. She is also a fully qualified teacher in Business and Economics with 8 years experience in London FE Colleges, working as a lecturer and curriculum team leader. Gemma works with 16 to 19 year old girls in a boarding house and runs a private coaching practice.

Ella Dane-Liebesny

Assistant Trainer, Chief Editor and Marketing Manager

Ella is passionate about supporting schools and tertiary bodies with performance, mental health and wellbeing issues, and more generally about promoting mental health awareness amongst children and young people. Ella has always had a love of writing, and as part of her role has had the opportunity to write and edit tips and tools for The Knowledge, press releases and social media content. Ella is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, studying Human, Social and Political Sciences and utilises all that she learns in her work with The OS team.

patrons

Gerard O'Donovan

Gerard founded Noble Manhattan Coaching, Ltd., one of the world’s leading coaching colleges and the largest coaching college in Europe. Gerard is also the former president of the IAPC&M and is the founder of Westminster Indemnity, The Alpha Group, International Coaching News and Coach Radio International.

Dr. Martin Stephen

Martin is the former High Master of St Paul’s School in London and before that, Manchester Grammar School. He is also the former Chairman of The Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC). Martin was a founding Governor of the ground-breaking new state school, The London Academy of Excellence (The Sunday Times’ 6th Form College of the Year), and Chairman of the equally radical STEM centre, The National Mathematics and Science College in Coventry.

Sandrine Paillasse

Sandrine has been working as a pastoral leader in schools for students and teachers throughout her teaching career, and is currently working as Director of Pastoral Care for St Paul’s Girls’ School. In addition to her work in schools, Sandrine has been a learning coach for the National College of Teaching and Leadership and the European Council of International Schools. Sandrine is also the creator of an online International Baccalaureate (IB) community for international teachers, sharing good practice.