Programme Leader/Lead Facilitator/Founder
BA (Hons), PGCE, PCC, MSc, FcollT, Ph.D (pending)
Inner Armour’s heart. Studying Psychology at doctorate level, he holds three degrees from UK Universities and is dedicated to enabling the use of Psychology for good for all. He has 12 years teaching experience of Drama, Music & Psychology in 4 state secondary schools in areas of high deprivation in the UK. Two years Lecturing at postgraduate level in the UK and one year internationally. An ICF (International Coaching Federation) professionally certified coach. He is down to earth, kind, private and centered.
Al’s DBS number is: 001594406410 issued November 2017.
“In the raft of dynamic educational professionals, Al stands out as talented, able and distinguished. Unique in that his professionalism has grounded itself in transforming educational provision for some of society’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised children; those whom society often marginalise because they are ‘too difficult’ and confront society’s norms and fail to conform.
The outstanding quality of Al’s work in education has been acknowledged by colleagues in that all advice and guidance given is always taken in the interest of all stakeholders, utilising all available resources to ensure the best possible outcomes. Not only does Al manage to establish and maintain high quality of training for all, but recognises unequivocally the importance of emotional stability and long term sustainability.
He undertakes his role with dignity, fairness, transparency, tenacity, coupled with kindness and empathy.
Whilst Al would always emphasise the team-work at all levels, at the heart of this team is a colleague with a dynamic and modern vision of the power of ‘Inner Armour’ to transform lives in children.”
Trystan Williams – Principal
Bristol – UK
– Director of Professional Learning
In addition to her senior role in Inner Armour, Stephanie Hill is Associate Assistant Principal (Professional Learning) and Head of Psychology at Passmores Academy in Harlow UK.
Originally from a small coastal town in Australia, Steph moved to the UK in 2005 to teach at Passmores. After a short interlude to teach back in Australia – Steph returned to Passmores to work alongside the teaching & learning team developing a bottom-up approach to professional learning across the academy.
Steph holds a Master of Education (Educational Leadership and School Improvement) from the University of Cambridge. Her research focused upon the development of a Student Learning Community (SLC) within her school context and investigated whether the positive impact that the SLC appeared to be having upon teaching and learning within her school was real or tokenistic. Specifically, it examined whether a SLC model of student agency could be a meaningful and sustainable model for school improvement.
Steph is currently reading and conducting research for a Doctorate of Education within the same faculty at Cambridge. Her research builds upon earlier exploration into student agency by investigating the relationship between student agency models and the creation of learning organisations in school settings.
Her writing & research has received recognition with BELMAS (British Educational Leadership Management & Administration Society) https://www.belmas.org.uk/through winning the “Reflective Practice Award 2018”.
Working closely with Al, Stephanie heads up the “Architect of Education Leadership Course [#ArchitED]
Senior Leadership Team
– UK State School Representitive for Inner Armour
– Vice-Principal: Passmores Academy
Inner Armour is honoured to have appointed Natalie Christie to our team. Natalie is the Vice-Principal of Passmores Academy in Essex that shot to fame with head teacher Vic Goddard in “Educating Essex”. Inner Armour conducts regular doctorate research at Passmores and trials new content for the SEPPT (Self Evolving Positive Psychology team) training. Natalie advises on policy, content and strategy related to Inner Armour’s mission of equipping 500 schools in 5 years with positive psychology and coaching.
– UK Non-formal Educational Representitive for Inner Armour
– Researcher: The University of East London
– Youth and Innovation Manager: Dragon Hall
James Dellow has managed a range of statutory and voluntary sector youth work provision for the last 18 years. Having overseen work with young people at Dragon Hall between 2006 and 2016, he is now heading up the development of our Old St centre, as well as providing strategic direction on Dragon Hall’s local (Holborn, Shoreditch, King’s Cross), regional (pan-London) and national/ international (Jersey, Palestine, Australia) work, with a particular focus on young people’s engagement with digital inclusion, digital skills and Smart Cities initiatives.
James has a Master’s Degree (at Distinction Level) in Youth & Community Work and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education (with Al), with a focus on the use of youth work and technology to reconnect young people with their local communities. This study is the next stage of Dragon Hall’s commitment to providing world-class digital inclusion opportunities for local young people. In addition, James is the: External Examiner (Youth Work Practice), Coventry University (YMCA George Williams); Co-Module Leader, Professional Development Certificate Module, University of East London (UEL) RadioActive101: Showcasing critical and creative thinking through radio; Convenor, Digital Skills Steering Group, Vision for Young Londoners; Youth Engagement Lead, Islington’s Smart Cities Advisory Group; Member of the Youth & Community Work Steering Group, UEL; Guest Lecturer, Master’s Degree in Youth & Community Work and Undergraduate Degree in Critical Pedagogies, UEL; Special Advisor to Save the Children’s Programming the Future initiative in New South Wales, Australia and co-author of 7 published academic articles on the use and impact of non-formal education and youth work.
Katrina is working with some schools delivering the “Building your inner armour” session to students from years 7-11. Her background is as Visionary Business Psychologist; committed to making a difference. Empathetic, positive & driven
– she has extensive experience (20 years plus) with research exploring personality, pedagogy choices, stress management, self-efficacy, and educational demands. Her focuses are; personality, pressure and well-being; how they can motivate, increase focus, and have a positive effect on an individual and group dynamic.
Katrina is part of the Global Unity Collective: strengthening organisations one person at a time.
Inner Armour Apprentice 2018/19
Bea is currently working for Inner Armour as an apprentice. She is 23 years old and has recently graduated from The University of Kent in Canterbury having studied psychology at undergraduate level. Whilst at university she was awarded the Canterbury Association of Women Graduates (CAWG) award for her academic performance despite difficult circumstances.
At 18 months old Bea was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart condition and since then has worked through a range of invasive operations including two open heart surgeries, the most recent being march 2018. She is passionate about post-traumatic growth and is ideally placed to help support young people through their own trauma situations.
Inner Armour Mentors
These are students in schools and colleges that have undertaken specific Inner Armour psychology training and are now actively using psychology to mentor and support fellow students within a range of issues that includes self harm, anxiety, depression and more serious symptoms. Mentors include students from as far afield as Russia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Japan, China & the US.
The training is difficult, occasionally overwhelming and requires a great deal of effort. These teams compliment the teachers who have been trained in the SEPPT (Self Evolving Positive Psychology Team) training and can help empower whole school cultures with Psychology. Below are some examples of successful teams.