My name is Paula Baker, I live in Exmouth with my husband and two children. We’re an active family who love being outdoors on the beach, walking and playing sport. I have more than 15 years experience in the mental health field and over 7 years in an educational environment. I have a Psychology Degree (BSc) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I am also a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider and have diplomas in Life Coaching; Mindfulness for Children and Advanced CBT. My three passions in life are working with young people, sport and getting people talking about mental health. I’ve combined these passions to create and deliver HeadsUP Mental Health Awareness CIC.
My name is Morwenna Axon. I live in Exmouth with my husband and daughter. We like to be outdoors; I enjoy spending time at the coast, walking our dog in the local area. I also love to read. I’ve worked in education for the last 20 years. I have a Creative Arts Degree (BA Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Art Education. I have taught Art and Design in secondary schools. More recently, I have held various posts in the SEND Department at the local community college, including working as the Exam Access Arrangements Assessor and Coordinator. I have always enjoyed working with young people and young adults, especially when I can help and support them with their mental wellbeing.
Hi, I’m Leigh Davis. I live with my husband and three children. We love spending time at the beach and you will often find me swimming in the sea. I have worked in education for over 5 years and have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I feel strongly about supporting the mental health of young people and enabling them to have the best foundations possible on which to build their future.
Hi, I’m Emma Ramm. I live in Exmouth with my husband & 2 girls and really appreciate everything it has to offer. I love to sing and am part of 2 function bands – these take up a lot of my spare time! Fitness is also something that is important to me. I’m a member of a local gym and love to swim in the sea as often as I can. I have professional experience working with adults, children and babies in various NHS mental health settings. I also ran my own children’s party business for a number of years which gave me valuable tools in engaging with children from a range of different backgrounds. Mental health is so important to me and increasing awareness, in my opinion, is vital to help future generations.
Hi, my name is Rachel Garner I live in East Devon with my husband and 3 children. I love paddle-boarding, walking my dog on the beach and watching the sun go down over the sea. My family and I are keen skiers, there is nothing more exhilarating than feeling the sun on your face as you ski down the mountain. Equally I love to spend cosy afternoons curled up on the sofa with my family reading and watching films, particular favourite’s being “Inside out” and “Top Gun” at the moment. I love spending time laughing with my friends and family and enjoy a good piece of cake. I have worked in Primary education for over 20 years and more recently as a Counsellor. I love working with children, I love the light bulb moments and the enthusiasm they bring. My main passion is mental health for all, and believe if we can create the right environment for our children to express their emotions and feelings, then we are on the right track to having well-rounded mentally healthy individual’s with a “tool box” of strategies to help when things become tricky or overwhelming.
Hi, my name is Sharon Haggerty and I live in Exeter with my husband and two teenage boys. I am really passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people and I care deeply about supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing. I have worked in primary education, for the past sixteen years as a TA, HLTA and a Forest School Leader. My favourite thing to do is to spend time with my family and friends however that looks. I take great pleasure and comfort in being in the great outdoors connecting to nature through walking, wild swimming and taking photographs.
Hi, my name is Becky Shand, I moved to Budleigh Salterton 10 years ago with my husband and youngest son. Most recently I worked at the local comprehensive school as a Senior Learning Mentor attached to the Learning Support Department and with a special interest in social, emotional, and mental health. I am also a Youth Mental Health First Aider. I feel strongly about social justice and that access to support for good mental health for everyone, especially our young people, is part of a fair and kind society. I am a member of several book clubs and am proud to be a geeky book worm. My family and I have a small brown dog and love spending time with friends and family, especially on the beach.