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 TISUK’s Ambassadors

We are delighted to work with our team of TISUK Ambassadors. With a shared vision, for change and improvement in mental health support they are all an inspiration for the groundbreaking work they are doing. 

Dr Mine Conkbayir

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An award-winning author, lecturer, trainer and researcher, Dr Mine Conkbayir has worked in early childhood education and care, for 25 years. Mine is passionate about bridging the knowledge gap between neuroscience and early years. She designed the first-ever NCFE Neuroscience in Early Years qualifications and award-winning accompanying textbooks as part of this endeavour and her latest award-winning book, Early Childhood and Neuroscience: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice, is now in its second edition. 

She is the winner of the Nursery Management Today Top 5 Most Inspirational People in Childcare Award. She is the founder of the two times award-winning online training programme, Self-regulation in Early Years. She is the designer of the two times award-winning free self-regulation app, the Keep Your Cool Toolbox and has contributed to the non-statutory guidance for the EYFS, Birth to Five Matters, on the subject of self-regulation. 

Trained in trauma-informed approaches, Mine regularly delivers training on behalf of local authorities and fostering organisations, as well as various early years providers in achieving trauma-informed care. Mine is a frequent main stage speaker and has spoken at the Ofsted Big Conversation events, as well as hosting three sold-out Funzing lectures and Q&A on the subject of adverse childhood experiences and the long-term impact of trauma. Her debut therapeutic children’s resources are now available.

“The work of Trauma-Informed Schools UK continues to demonstrate that prioritising children’s mental health in schools is not only achievable via meaningfully adopting trauma-informed principles, but that it works

TISUK shows us that prioritising mental health is not wishy-washy wellbeing mumbo jumbo – schools, families and communities reap the benefits of practice that is more relational and inclusive; practice which leaves everyone feeling safe, seen, soothed and secure. It is a privilege and an honour to be an ambassador of the trail-blazing TISUK.” Dr Mine Conkbayir

Jonny Benjamin


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Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award winning mental health campaigner, author, filmmaker and public speaker. He speaks publically about living with mental illness, and has given various interviews on TV, radio and print around the world to help educate and break the stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 about mental health.

He has written 3 books. His most recent paperback, the Book of Hope, was published in 2023.

In 2018 Jonny co-founded the youth mental health charity, Beyond. Each year they hold an annual wellbeing festival for schools and colleges, as well as giving grants to provide mental health support for young people across the UK .

Jonny's passion for youth mental wellbeing is born out of his own lived experience. He first began seeing a psychologist himself at the age of 5. Jonny believes that there is simply not enough help for young people struggling with their mental health, as well as famillies and educators, and that the situation has been rapidly deteriorating instead of improving. His vision is for a total revolution in mental health, which includes a shift towards focussing on both prevention and early intervention instead of mostly 'crises'.

Humphrey Berney

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Humphrey Berney is a member of classical Brit award winning vocal group Blake. Over the past 13 years, Humphrey has been luckily enough to travel the world with Blake performing in some of world’s most iconic concert venues, with over 150 international television appearances and working with a range of artists.   
In 2005, Humphrey’s sister Rose tragically took her life. After the huge impact of this tragedy, mental health support, awareness and suicide prevention have become a priority. Humphrey has created the Rose Berney Memorial Fund in association with the Norfolk Community Foundation which supports local charities and organisations in Norfolk, working in this field.  Humphrey produces an annual concert at Bracon Hall in Norfolk which raises money for Rose’s fund and helps raise awareness of these issues in Norfolk. 
Humphrey recently accepted an invitation to be one of our ambassadors.  
“I am delighted to have been asked to be an ambassador for TISUK. The work and training they are doing is so vital and sadly, so needed. After the death of my sister and the subsequent conversations this has led to with other families who have experienced suicide, it highlights how essential the work TISUK is doing. I am looking forward to working with this excellent organisation to continue the life-changing and life-saving work they do”

Pastor Mick Flemming

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Pastor Mick has a remarkable life story- of being raped on the way to school at age 11, never crying again for decades, moving into a world of crime, violence, and drug dealing, having a breakdown, going to university when he could barely read or write, getting help, ending up with a good degree and then becoming ordained. He then had a life choice: ‘Do I go to work in a church somewhere, giving the sermon every Sunday, or do I sit outside McDonalds with a suitcase and talk to people sitting there too?’ He chose the latter and has never looked back.

His enterprise, the Church on the Street, offers refuge for anyone struggling with life. Since 2019, it has served thousands of people and brought trauma recovery to many. He recognises importance of having the courage to deeply connect to those in abject emotional pain - a great many in his community are actively suicidal -and letting their pain touch you.

“Investing in communities, bottom up, will save millions of pounds and thousands of lives, bringing very isolated people back into family, by being alongside them.”


 TISUK’s Board of Advisors: Lived Experience

We are thrilled and honoured to have three heroes on our board to advise us about the needs of children and teenagers in schools and communities. Their vital work with the most vulnerable in society is inspirational.

Tanayah Sam

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Tanayah Sam is living proof that the destructive cycle of re-offending can be broken. His harrowing but uplifting life story shows that no-one is beyond help and that solutions to issues such as gangs, extremism and violent crime can be found. Tanayah runs two non-profit organisations, Tanayah Sam Associates and One 2 Engage. His organisations work with young people in schools and prisons who are part of, or at risk of, joining gang culture, as well as those vulnerable to extremist influences. Tanayah is also an ambassador for Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice. Article about Tanayah Sam and mentoring programme here. He also offers training for those working in the criminal justice system, giving them deeper insight into the backgrounds and culture of BAME offenders and how to tailor their programmes (especially sport projects) to engage and achieve the highest impact with that particular audience. 


Mark Johnson




Mark Johnson’s father had ‘LOVE’ tattooed across his left hand, but that didn’t stop the beatings. The Johnson children would turn up to school with broken fingers and chipped teeth, but no one ever thought of investigating their home life. Mark just slipped through the cracks and kept on falling. For years. Constantly in trouble at school, Mark began stealing at the age of seven, was drinking by the age of eight, and took his first hit of heroin aged eleven. A sensitive, intelligent boy, he could never stay on the right path, and though Art College beckoned, he ended up in Portland prison instead After that, he was homeless for years as a heroin and crack addict. No one, least of all Mark, believed he would survive. And yet, astonishingly, Mark somehow pulled himself through. Mark is bestselling author of Wasted which documents his descent into the depths of addiction and criminality.

Mark now has an OBE and is founder of the charity User Voice. Mark’s story embodies the transformative change which User Voice strives to achieve. Mark’s direct contact with the criminal justice system, and later as an employer of ex-offenders and consultant for government and other charities, left him convinced of the urgent need to create a model of service user engagement that is fair for all involved. His principal aim was to foster dialogue between service providers and service users that is mutually beneficial, aiding rehabilitation and recovery and results in better and more cost-effective services.

James Docherty


James’s multiple extreme adverse childhood experiences left him passionate to help others who like him had suffered terribly as a child.   He is now Development Officer within the Violence Reduction Unit. He has worked on various VRU projects Mentoring people with convictions seeking to re-create their lives and supporting change. James advocates strongly for change and awareness in how we address the hidden cost of untreated trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) in our society. Previously he has worked with a leading Children’s charity on diversion programmes with young people on the cusp of organised crime. James has both professional and personal experience of navigating the care and criminal justice system.