Meet The Team

The Directors

Whenever time allows Jill travels the world in search of sharks to dive with

Jill Thorburn

Jill Thorburn

Director

Jill has over 25 years experience in social work leadership and management in all areas of children’s services.

Mark's first job was at the age of 8 sweeping up in a bookmakers

Mark O'Neill

Mark O'Neill

Non-Executive Director

Mark has had an extensive career building digital services and technology solutions for everything from national voter registration to the London 2012 Games.

In her spare time Yvonne enjoys creative writing and auto/biography

Yvonne Anderson

Yvonne Anderson

Director

Yvonne’s career has been spent in the public and voluntary sectors, across education, health and social care.

Mary danced with Leonard Cohen in 100 degree heat at the Coachella festival; she didn't realise it was him until he got up on stage!

Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna

Non-Executive Director

Mary is a well known technology entrepreneur and angel investor.  She co-founded successful public sector focused e-learning company Learning Pool.

The Mind Of My Own Team

Amanda loves nothing more than making jams, pickles and infusing

Amanda Mieras

Amanda Mieras

Finance Manager

Born in the Middle East, educated in the UK, living in Kent for the past 40 years, having two jobs one in property the other for Mind Of My Own but says her heart is with Mind Of My Own.

Hunter is a ski instructor and spent 2 years teaching in Switzerland and Italy.

Hunter Jones

Hunter Jones

Senior Account Manager

Hunter has over 11 years experience helping organisations make better decisions and get the most from apps and online software. 

Alexandra’s full time job is based in London working as a theatre nurse for a leading Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Harley Street.

Alexandra Walker

Alexandra Walker

Social Media Manager

Alexandra is a Registered Nurse from Australia who relocated to the UK. Alex began as a volunteer with Mind Of My Own then moved to her current role managing Mind Of My Own’s social media presence.

Cameron likes to take exceptionally long walks. He once hiked up Kilimanjaro!

Cameron Forester

Cameron Forester

Assistant Account Manager

Cameron is care-experienced and spent 3 years working for a charity for care leavers before joining Mind Of My Own. He has a background in journalism and photographic services.

Natalie lives on the coast and relaxes by regularly swimming and paddle boarding in the sea.

Natalie Trentham

Natalie Trentham

Expert Consultant and Trainer

Natalie has worked in Children’s Social Care for over 35 years, working across sectors as a practicitioner, senior manager and Ofsted Inspector.

Iris loves small planes and flew one across (part of) the South Island of New Zealand. Wisely enough, she was not allowed to land it!

Iris Steen

Iris Steen

Press Manager

Iris has almost 30 years’ experience of managing communications for not-for-proft organisations within the social care, health and housing sectors.

Amanda spends most of her spare time doing acrobatics in the air

Amanda Ottosson

Amanda Ottosson

Business Development Lead

Coming from a background in sales, Amanda first joined our Account Management for our New Zealand trial and later moved to the Business Development team

Natalie has loved Scuba Diving since she was 18 which has taken her to 9 different countries to see their native fish, recently completing her 100th recreational dive in the Maldives!

Natalie Ward

Natalie Ward

Business Development Manager

Natalie has over 10 years sales experience from market leading tech companies, moving to Mind Of My Own to help deliver their mission in tech4good

Alex was a child actor and who once performed a reconstruction of a lightning strike on a hit BBC show.

Alex Bell

Alex Bell

Business Development Lead

Alex possesses a wealth of business development experience in education and has helped several universities reach new international markets.

Jane spends all of her spare time with her two daughters, usually ferrying them from activity to activity.

Jane Wheeler

Jane Wheeler

Trainer

Jane worked for 18 years within Children’s Services within both Early Help and Children’s Social Care leading on involving children and young people in decision making about their own lives and also on the services they receive.

Since the age of 18, a year has not passed that Megan hasn't had a new tattoo.

Megan Pirie

Megan Pirie

Trainer

After graduating with a Social Work degree Megan found her passion for residential childcare and has worked in this field now for 8 years.

Scarlett was classically trained as a singer and has performed in an Opera and multiple symphonies

Scarlett Cinotti

Scarlett Cinotti

Business Development Lead

Scarlett has previous experience in digital marketing and communications as well as working in the not for profit sector

Roz has a passion for animals in particular horses having worked in all equine disciplines and carrying out equine rehabilitation.

Roz Allan

Roz Allan

Business Support

10 years Team Leader experience in a call centre environment supporting highest level of care to both internal and external customers

Nicola enjoys travelling and spending time with her dog Rocky

Nicola Higham

Nicola Higham

Trainer

Nicola has over 20 years experience working with children and families as a social worker manager and as a strategic lead in residential care

Sharon is proud to have been born in Liverpool and loves to get the opportunity to perform - either singing, dancing or acting.

Sharon Graham

Sharon Graham

Trainer

Sharon qualified as a social worker in 1983 and since then she has worked with children and young people as a social worker, independent reviewing officer, team manager and Senior Manager across a number of local authorities in the South East.

Simon had a misspent youth as a semi-professional skateboarder travelling around the world for the last 25 years.

Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis

Graphic Designer

Simon has worked the creative industry for 20 years and has directed a creative agency. He is lucky enough to have worked alongside many amazing companies, Mind Of My Own being the best!

The Neontribe Team

Alexandra has a passion for increasing diversity in the tech sector and has just set up a codebar chapter in Norwich.

Alex Moore

Alex Moore

Front-end Developer

Alexandra is a self-taught developer, originally starting from a customer service background and deciding that wasn’t for her.

Katja has been known to occasionally occupy her spare time with producing low budget films.

Katja Mourdant

Katja Mourdant

Senior Web Engineer

Katja has been creating web stuff for many years & is very happy building small apps that help make people’s lives a little bit better.

Charlie is known for the sartorial elegance of his waistcoats!

Charlie Strange

Charlie Strange

Senior Web Engineer

After over a decade developing the IT capabilities of a sector-leading claims management company, Charlie briefly tried his hand directing a SME focused IT services company in Norfolk,

In his spare time Nick runs his own video game development company.

Nick Wade

Nick Wade

Front-end Developer

Nick moved into software development by completing a degree as a mature student, and has since worked on websites, apps, games and VR.

Harry has been master of ceremonies at both gladiatorial arena and a jousting tournament.

Harry Harrold

Harry Harrold

Product Manager and Neontribe Lead

Harry helps Product Owner Yvonne balance competing needs of delightful usability, technical feasibility and easy saleability to help Mind Of My Own thrive.

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