Board of Directors
Founder, Managing Director & Coach
Hi, I’m Hayley. I was the quiet one. The one that didn’t speak. Red-faced. Freezing when spoken to. Going sick to avoid presentations. Running away from speaking to guys or, well, anyone really. Using alcohol to help me socialise. I didn’t go to Uni because I was too afraid I wouldn’t make friends and couldn’t cope with presentations. Or grocery shopping. Instead, I sabotaged my job applications to avoid getting an interview and ended up in the Emergency Department with a suicide attempt at 19. I wish I had someone to show me that I wasn’t broken and that I had the courage I needed to speak up and be seen.
Now I’m an NLP Practitioner and a Certified mBIT Coach, with an ILM Award in Coaching, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and a Degree in Health and I even speak in public. I’m purposeful about using my personal experiences and professional knowledge and skills to help you to feel more calm and confident so you can speak up when you need to, join the social group you want to, make new friends and go on dates without the panic, get the grades that you deserve, and… actually enjoy talking with people! Read my story here.
Director, Coach & Community Coordinator
Hello! I’m Stacie. I was the girl who awkwardly blurted out half-formed sentences. Pretended to not know much – about a lot of things! Would go on a date to sit in silence. And nervously laughed to hide the fear of speaking. I dropped an A-Level so I wouldn’t have to do presentations. Spent 3 years ditching Uni applications because I’d have to live in halls (I got there eventually… not living in halls!). I couldn’t get a job in McDonalds and left jobs I did get because I felt too anxious. If only I knew back then what I know now… I would have seen that I was more capable than I ever thought I was.
Now I’m a qualified NLP Coach, passionate about helping people express their truest self and creating environments that encourage gentle participation so that those who are quieter, shy and struggle to speak up, can thrive, fulfil their potential, and achieve all that they want to and all they are capable of! I have a background in art and design, so naturally, I love bringing elements of these practises into the way in which I support people; mixing arts and crafts with coaching techniques to help with speaking clearly, confidently and calmly.
Non-Executive Director & Psychological Therapist
Hi, I’m Stacey. I’m a person-centred counsellor working in the NHS. I’ve always found it challenging to be in groups of people. Wanting to fit in, I used alcohol as a coping strategy to mask who I truly was when I was younger. I wanted to feel like I was more engaging, exciting, social and relaxed and, with alcohol, I earned the label of ‘life and soul of the party’. But that didn’t fit with who I really was. I came to accept my quieter, more introverted nature and learnt to follow my own internal valuing system and find the hidden gifts to my introversion, working with my more sensitive nature, rather than against it.
I trained as a Psychological Therapist and I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Group facilitation has been a key focus throughout my career and I have designed and delivered a number of programmes and psychoeducational groups. I bring all my experience to Quiet Connections to offer guidance with strategy and development. Read my story here.
Non-Executive Director & Registered Nurse
Hi, I’m Jason. I’m an Emergency Nurse Practitioner and First Aid Trainer with 9 years experience in emergency and urgent care settings, and have been a Registered Nurse for over 13 years.
Naturally in my work, I’ve seen a lot of people who are struggling with social anxiety. I’m also a quieter, more introverted person myself and despite delivering courses, I’d rather avoid being the centre of attention!
I sit on the Board of Directors for Quiet Connections, supporting the team with strategy and risk management and advising on health and safety issues and recruitment.