At Siendo, we are lucky to have a team of incredibly well-rounded and experienced human beings who are insatiably passionate about making a positive impact in the world of mental health and wellbeing.

Here are our wonderful team of Associate Trainers who are qualified to deliver our Mental Health First Aid and Suicide First Aid courses.

If you would like to book one of our trainers, please get in touch with Rebecca to discuss your workplace wellbeing needs.

Christo Hudson

Christo was initially selected to become a pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF) after developing a passion for flying at a young age. After his Initial Officer Training at RAF Cranwell, he became a commercial airline pilot where he flew for a regional carrier for over 12 years. As his career developed, Christo became a Black Box Analyst and Flight Performance Investigator, where his role became increasingly pastoral as he discovered the importance of being able to actively listen.

Following a life-changing redundancy, he trained as a peer support volunteer to help pilots who were struggling with their own mental health and wellbeing. He quickly realised that his experiences as a Black Box Analyst had given him a unique skillset that he could use to help tackle the stigma around mental health. He now delivers Mental Health and Suicide First Aid courses that he truly believes can help save lives.

Christo uses his knowledge of human factors and skills as a facilitator to encourage people to become more confident with having “uncomfortable” conversations about mental health. He is kept busy in his spare time by his four young children and can otherwise be found attempting DIY to varying degrees of success!

Training Qualifications:

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA England)
  • Suicide First Aid Tutor (NCSPET)

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Clive Stevenson

Clive is a registered mental health nurse with over 30 years’ experience as a therapist and practising clinician. During this time, he enjoyed his role as Director of Nursing Services for a large NHS Trust where he held operational responsibility for the delivery of all mental health services (for young people, adults & older people) and was professional head of nursing.

Whilst working with NIMHE, the originators of MHFA in England, he led several successful mental health programmes for the Department of Health, and – whilst working alongside the organisation supporting healthcare commissioning in London – Clive developed a new model of care for mental health that was adopted across the capital. He has also lectured in healthcare and transformation for the University of Reading and Middlesex University and co-developed a twinned BSc programme in psychology and nursing with the University of Luton.

An elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, the accrediting body of the Mental Health First Aid instructor training programme, Clive has been facilitating MHFA courses since 2008. Clive co-wrote the current Adult MHFA Two-Day course, he wrote the MHFA One Day course and revised the MHFA courses that Ernst & Young currently have in place.

Warning: Clive is possibly the only Morris dancing Sunderland AFC supporter in the country.

Training Qualifications:

  • National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England)
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA England)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA England)
  • National Tutor for Suicide First Aid (NCSPET)
  • Suicide First Aid Tutor (NCSPET)

Imogen Wall

Imogen is a qualified therapist with over 20 years’ experience as an international disaster response specialist working on the frontline of crises, including the Haiti earthquake and Asian Tsunami.

Now working as an approved Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Imogen specialises in stress management and psychological welfare for aid workers. She also has extensive experience in suicide response with organisations including the Samaritans and the Maytree Centre.

In 2015, Imogen founded a Facebook group and a community of 18,000 aid workers, called Fifty Shades of Aid, which provides an online space where aid workers can share stories about their funny, inspiring, heart-wrenching, damaging, difficult and wonderful lives. This community provides members with a place to seek advice, discuss important experiences and support each other when it really counts.

Training Qualifications:

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA England)

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Julie Castleman

Julie is a qualified Integrative Counsellor with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), with over 18 years’ experience of working in the Counselling and Mental Health sector. Whilst working in Private Practice, as well as Educational and Workplace settings, Julie has provided individual, group and online counselling interventions, covering a diverse range of issues.

During this time, Julie also worked at the University of Bath for 9 years. In her role, she managed the operational delivery of the Counselling and Mental Health service, designed and delivered training, and introduced Peer Support in partnership with the Student Union, while also offering a variety of interventions, including face to face, on-line and group therapy to students.

Julie is passionate about raising awareness of mental health and providing training in the wider community, workplace and educational settings.  Her desire is to build individuals confidence in recognising the signs of poor mental health, reducing stigma and enabling the support of others’, whilst encouraging the development of people’s own self-care and personal resilience.

Training Qualifications:

  • National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England)
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA England)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA England)
  • National Tutor for Suicide First Aid (NCSPET)
  • Suicide First Aid Tutor (NCSPET)

Nick Ellis

Nick was a Police Officer, serving on the frontline in London, for over 17 years where he had to deal with innumerable mental health crises, as well as providing significant levels of support to his colleagues.  

During his time in the Police, Nick headed up the Schools team in Kingston Upon Thames, which included running two Police Cadet Units, and was also seconded to the Prince’s Trust to work as a team leader. Prior to the Police, Nick worked as a sound and lighting engineer within the Theatre.

Nick has been a MHFA instructor since 2014 and he combines the theoretical knowledge delivered in the courses with his own practical experience as a serving Metropolitan Police Officer, theatrical lighting engineer and youth worker, within both the Prince’s Trust and Scout Association. In addition to his professional interest in this area, he also has a son with autism, bringing in a very personal reason for his passion in supporting mental health and wellbeing.

Training Qualifications:

  • National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England)
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA England)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA England)
  • Suicide First Aid Tutor (NCSPET)

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