CEO and founder of the charity Liz Fordham is a BACP registered counsellor with a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy from Cambridge University. Over the past 9 years, she has worked in various school settings within Bedfordshire, offering school-based counselling and classroom support similar to that offered by Making Me. As well as being CEO of Making Me, Liz also runs a small private counselling practice for young people and adults and is the mother of three children.
Lesley joined the Charity in May 2019 as a Workshop Facilitator before taking on a more operational, strategic and financial role to become COO in 2020. Prior to joining the Charity, Lesley had a career as a Business Analyst specialising in strategic development and best practice methodology, before taking a career break to spend more time with her family. Lesley spent several years as a Governor for a local lower school, before she became the Bursar and completed a diploma in School Business Management. Lesley has three children and lives in North Bedfordshire.
Helen began her career as an NNEB Nursery Nurse working across all year groups in a Bedford Lower School with nursery attached, where she continued to study for her Advanced Diploma in Childcare & Education. Despite a career break to have her children, Helen continued to be involved in her local community by chairing the under 5’s group, being a committee member of the local playgroup and Chair of the parents’ group at her local primary school. Helen also works as an independent Interior Designer and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three teenage children.
As well as our core staff team, we also have a committed cohort of Workshop Facilitators who are all trained to a high standard to understand and deliver the Emotional Literacy Programme tools.
Kristianne has a 1st Degree Honours in Marketing with Psychology and holds Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). She has managed community development workers in disadvantaged areas, led a successful Sure Start Children Centre, taken time out to raise a young family, worked for a specialist marketing consultancy helping over 80 Start-Ups and most recently she has been supporting her husband’s business through the ‘covid years’ but she is very pleased and excited to be back in a role supporting families, children and young people where her passions lie.
Sarah has a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and is a qualified teacher. In her early career she greatly enjoyed working as a research assistant piloting preventative programmes which were delivered in schools, before embarking on teacher training and spending many fantastic years teaching primary-aged children, as well as raising her wonderful young family. She loves to learn; is passionate about the importance of wellbeing; believes strongly in the power of education and loves working with people, especially children and young people! Sarah lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and four young children.
Before joining our charity, Charlotte’s career was in Digital Publishing and Marketing in Paris and London. After having children, she turned her focus to blogging on a parenting website, freelance writing, and publishing two books. In addition to her role in Making Me, Charlotte volunteers for the Bedford Disabled Horse Riding Association and runs a small business as an Artist. She lives with her husband, a dog, a cat and three teenage sons in Cambridgeshire.