Meet the BigTalk Education team
For information about the BigTalk Education founder, please see our page about Lynnette Smith.
Deb graduated as a mature student from Lincoln University after working for 15 years within the banking & finance industry. She then worked as a Youth Worker helping to keep young people safe and has worked for BigTalk Education since 2011. Deb works across the country delivering age appropriate Relationship and Sex Education within schools and colleges, she is also our one-to one specialist with a wealth of experience.
Hazel has been part of the BigTalk team since 2016. Before this, Hazel worked for fifteen years as a Teaching Assistant in Primary and Secondary schools working with children on the SEND register. She has been involved with the Local Authority Adoption Panel and as a mother and grandmother, Hazel is able to relate well with the Parents and Carers who come along to our Introductory sessions.
Laura’s career is built around supporting children, young people and their families. Laura has a BA honours degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 12 years’ experience of working in a day nursery with children aged 0-12 years, then as an Early Help Practitioner supporting children and families in their homes. She now combines her work at BigTalk with supporting teenagers with the Local Authority. Laura is Mum to two boys.
Tracey has been with BigTalk since 2016, prior to this she spent twelve years working with children and young people in the Education sector. With a focus on children with behavioural problems and special education needs. Tracey is skilled in helping those children and young people that just need a little extra support, she does this through our one-to-one service to Schools, Local Authorities and families. Tracey is a mother and has recently become a grandmother.
Victoria achieved an MBA as a mature student with Hull University. She has over 15 years experience working with children and young people in a variety of education and learning settings. She has a proven track record working with vulnerable and challenging young people and is keen to make a difference through her work with BigTalk.
Chloe, a more recent addition to the Team, has a degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. After having worked for several larger organisations she now combines her work for BigTalk with running her own business. Chloe loves the fact that with every session we deliver the children leave more informed, safer, and confident. Chloe is also a volunteer for the Samaritans.
After a career in manufacturing, where she worked her way up to Senior Management, Helen decided on a change of direction. She decided she wanted to follow her long held dream of working with children to help keep them safer in this changing world. Helen decided to take the plunge by retraining for her new role at BigTalk, her enthusiasm and love for the job shines through!
After a successful career in Administration, IT and Training, Louise decided on a change of direction, prompted by her involvement in the Parent Teacher Association at her children’s school over the last 12 years. Louise is keen to get involved in a job which makes a difference and helps to keep children safe. Louise has two children.
We have recently welcomed Jo to the BigTalk Team.
Jo brings along to the team over 27 valuable years of nursing experience. Although a change in direction and approach, she is keen to continue in a career which advises, helps, and supports children and their parents. Jo has two grown up sons.
Office & Operations Manager
Hayley is the Office and Operations Manager at BigTalk Education, organising the team and liaising with schools. Having previously run her own business, Hayley loves working with the BigTalk Education team and knowing her work makes a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families. Hayley has a son at Secondary School.
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Introduction to age appropriate RSE
Our guide to high quality, age appropriate Relationship & Sex Education for your child, helping you know what to expect from us.
BigTalk Education's Growing Up Safe Programme
Children want their parents to be the first people to talk to them about growing up, sex and relationships. Yet many parents say they lack confidence to answer their children's questions frankly, Schools are there to help, and BigTalk Education are here to support Schools and Teachers. Members of the BigTalk Team can come into School for a part or whole day, ensuring your children (and you as parents) are well educated to keep them safe, healthy and happy! Find out more >
BigTalk Education's RSE Lessons for Life
Our Programme in Secondary Schools uses a Youth Work approach to RSE delivery, participation, empowerment and inclusion are fundamental to its success. Our Team fosters a non-judgmental, relaxed, receptive atmosphere, which doesn’t shy away from sensitive issues.
Bodies, Babies & Bellybuttons
This book is a gentle introduction for children about their bodies and where they come from. A must have for all parents to help answer your children's questions in a simple, understandable and age appropriate way.