Our Speakers

We are thrilled to work with a range of international industry experts.
For more information please read below.

OUR TEAM

Who We Are

Lyndsey Hookway
Lyndsey Hookway
BSC; RNC; HV; IBCLC

Lyndsey is an experienced Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and Birth Trauma Recovery Practitioner, with almost 20 years experience working with infants, children and families in hospitals, clinics, and the community.
Lyndsey runs a busy practice offering one-to-one specialist breastfeeding, bottle feeding, sleep, eating, behaviour and parenting support to families in the UK and Internationally. Lyndsey is a published author and respected speaker, trainer and mentor.

Emma Dewey
Emma Dewey
BA Hons


Babyem specialises in offering accredited childcare and postnatal maternity nurse training courses in the UK, internationally and also online. In addition to running Babyem, Emma works with organisations internationally, supporting them to develop their training, policies and procedures.
With a background in Children Services, Emma speaks frequently at conferences and has written a number of best practice guidance documents for Local Authorities and Associations.

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Charlotte Treitl
BSc Hons, IBCLC


Charlotte is a recently qualified IBCLC with a Psychology degree from Leeds Metropolitan University. Charlotte works with Babyem and the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program as a course administrator, assisting and supporting students and graduates with their course progression; managing the program behind the scenes; and creating social media content. Charlotte is passionate about responsive, empowered parenting.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

We are committed to providing responsive, attachment-focused, comprehensive, evidence-based information that equips professionals, transforms sleep support, and empowers families.

Vision Statement

We guide practitioners to work in a way that:

  • Positions parents as experts in their child’s care
  • Promotes co-creation of sleep support that is responsive and truly gentle
  • Prioritises attachment, attunement and developmentally appropriate care
  • Places a high value on holistic assessment, including a child’s emotional, psychological, relational, social, physical, developmental, nutritional, health and biological needs
  • Provides safe, evidence informed, respectful, inclusive and compassionate care for all families regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, disability or religion.

Our Guest Speakers

Dr Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Dr Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Dr Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and Editor-in-Chief of Psychological Trauma. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas and Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

Laurel Wilson

Laurel Wilson

Pregnancy and Lactation Expert

Laurel is an author, international speaker and pregnancy and lactation expert. She served as the Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association for 16 years and now is on the Senior Advisor Board. She is on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee and also on the Advisory Board for InJoy Birth and Parenting. She owns Mother Journey, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

Laurel is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever and contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves.

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Professor Amy Brown

Associate Professor in Child Public Health

Professor Amy Brown is an Associate professor in Child Public Health in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University, UK. Her research explores the psychology of maternal and infant health and wellbeing, particularly during the first 1001 days of pregnancy and the first two years of life. She has a particular expertise in infant nutrition, but her research also explores the wider yet inter related issues of normal baby behaviour, sleep, parenting and postnatal depression.

As part of her role, Professor Brown leads the MSc in Child Public Health – an interdisciplinary programme which explores the evidence base behind child public health policy in the UK and internationally. This programme is particularly popular amongst health professionals and graduate students alike and has attracted students from South Korea, Nigeria, Canada, Guatemala and Ghana to name a few.

Nekisha Killings

Nekisha Killings MPH IBCLC

Master of Public Health and Lactation Consultant

Nekisha is our latest speaker for the program. Nekisha has led in equity education across a variety of fields over the past 20 years. Nekisha launched Lioness Lactation, which provides lactation support focusing on marginalised communities. She is co-founder of Nikki & Nikki: Lactation Career Consultants. This organisation provides the necessary equipment and support for aspiring IBCLCs of colour. She has written a chapter for the latest Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care entitled Cultural Humility and is a renowned public speaker, featuring in the 2021 Gold Lactation Online Conference. Nekisha's mission is to normalise brown breasts and equip healthcare providers in the accurate assessment of and treatment of people of colour. Her contribution to the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program includes a module on Race & Culture and her first Live webinar for the program in Spring 2021.

Anna Richardson

Anna Richardson

Occupational Therapist

Anna is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has worked in a variety of settings. She has post graduate qualifications in Neuro-Developmental Therapy (Bobath); Sensory Integration Therapy, SCERTS and COOP. She has advanced training in the use of Therapeutic Listening (TLP) and is one of the two UK trainers and mentors for this treatment program.

Anna has worked providing specialist therapy in acute, community, and outpatient settings. She specialises in the assessment and treatment of children under 5 years with complex needs, including Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including Autism. She vice-chairs the OT ASD forum and is a member of the OT managers and clinical leads forum at the College of Occupational Therapy.

Dr Robin Fawcett

Dr Robin Fawcett

Family Doctor

Dr Robin Fawcett is a family doctor with a special interest in integrative health and child wellbeing. She completed her medical doctorate at Duke University in the United States and an MA in the History of Medicine at UCL; she now practices as a GP in the NHS. Dr Fawcett also speaks at public events (including TEDx) to raise awareness of the importance of lifestyle medicine and our connection to the natural world.

Sarah Oakley

Sarah Oakley

Independent HV, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Tongue-tie Practitioner

Sarah Oakley’s background is in community and practice nursing and health visiting. In 2009 she left the NHS to focus on breastfeeding and set up a private practice having qualified as in International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In 2011 she trained at Southampton to perform frenulotomy and has done over 3000 procedures privately since. She also continues to work on a volunteer basis for the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) as part of the training team. She regularly provides training healthcare professionals and breastfeeding supporters in infant feeding and tongue-tie and continues to run two breastfeeding support groups.

She is a founder member and Chair of The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners.

Professor Helen Ball

Professor Helen Ball

Professor of Anthropology and Researcher

Helen Ball is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University, England, where she runs the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab. She has published widely on infant sleep, breastfeeding, bed-sharing, SIDS-risks, and postnatal care. She works with UK hospitals, breastfeeding and parenting organisations on infant sleep safety, feeding interventions and is involved in local and national policy development. She is a member of LLLGB’s Panel of Professional Advisors, NCT’s Research Advisory Group, and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Human Lactation.

Paula Hallam

Paula Hallam

Registered Dietician

Paula Hallam is the owner of Tiny Tots Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian with 20 years experience, working in both the NHS and private healthcare settings as well as consulting to charities. Paula has also completed additional training in paediatric nutrition and dietetics at Masters level both in the UK and South Africa.

Dr Adele Cowper

Dr Adele Cowper

Paediatrician

Dr Adele has worked as a paediatrician in the NHS for well over a decade, and is in the final year of her post graduate training, sub-specialising in paediatric emergency medicine. She has worked in all areas of paediatric medicine, from neonatal care through to community and developmental paediatrics, as well as having significant experience overseas. Her interest in gentle parenting approaches was deepened when she had her own children, and she is excited to see a gradual but widespread shift towards this within child health services.

Leona Tucker

Leona Tucker

Play Therapist

Leona is a Certified Play Therapist (Play Therapy UK) and Supervisor who has extensive experience working with children from a variety of circumstances; particularly those who have experienced trauma, abuse, anxiety, low self-esteem and attachment difficulties. She is also trained in Therapeutic Life Story Work, Parent-Child Attachment Play, and working with trauma. She has published articles in ‘Play For Life’ magazine and has undertaken research into the use of hide-and-seek in Play Therapy.

Shel Banks

Shel Banks

International Board Certified
Lactation Consultant

Shel is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with extensive experience within the NHS in research, training and project management. Her own successful private practice assists mothers and babies with feeding issues, and she also works in the tertiary sector with various national organisations. She is the author of “Why Formula Feeding Matters”, and is currently working on the Cochrane systematic reviews on Infantile Colic. Shel is heavily involved in the voluntary sector being the Vice-Chair for the UK Association of Milk Banking, and Chair of Communications Team for the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain.

Andrea Strang

Andrea Strang

Child Sleep Consultant, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Postpartum Doula

Andrea is trained and certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Child and Infant Sleep Consultant. Andrea has helped over 8000 families get better sleep. She also has extensive hands-on experience working with babies throughout the night.

Gillian Caine

Gillian Caine

LGBT Advocate, Campaigner and Human Rights Activist

Gillian is an LGBT+ advocate, campaigner and human rights activist. A former primary school teacher, she is passionate about ensuring that the education system and youth workers are suitably equipped to support LGBT young people. Gillian delivers training to corporate companies, conferences and private organisations, as well as actively campaigning for equality, and an intersectional and inclusive future for everyone.

Laura Phillips

Laura Phillips

Digital Marketing Specialist

Since leaving the corporate world in 2014 Laura has built an incredible community, hosted and been invited to speak at international events, achieved multiple 6-figure sales in her product launches and taught her methods to thousands of people all over the world.

Laura will be showing our Sleep Coaches how to attract their dream clients, stand out online and generate value, in order to grow their business.

Nicole Murray

Nicole Murray

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

After completing her first degree in French Studies (including phonetics, linguistics and socio-linguistics), Nicole went on to study Communication Science as a Post Graduate Diploma, where she gained a distinction and was also awarded the RCSLT Gold Medal for Clinical Excellence.

Nicole has nearly 20 years experience of working with patients with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) and over a decade of working with children with significant sensory-behavioural feeding difficulties and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

Nicole currently works part-time for the NHS as well as privately with the Sensory Smart Child Practice, Walton and also independently from her own home.

Anna Horn

Anna Horn

Breastfeeding Specialist and founder
of Every Woman Collective

Anna Horn is a breastfeeding specialist and founder of Every Woman Collective, an online platform showcasing interdisciplinary work on inequalities with women’s health. Holding a MSc in social epidemiology and a BA in anthropology, Anna’s main areas of interests include breastfeeding, maternal-child health, infectious diseases in pregnancy and particularly, understanding the social determinants underlying health outcomes for women, their babies and families. Previously, Anna has worked in education, HIV/sexual health outreach and national maternal-child health surveillance.

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Sejal Fichadia

IBCLC and Postpartum Doula

Sejal Fichadia is a mother of two teenagers, IBCLC, a postpartum doula, TummyTime!™ method tutor and a certified educator of infant massage. She offers infant massage instruction to sleep deprived parents who want to learn how to build a lifelong connection with their babies with a happy side effect of sweet slumber. Sejal continues to refine her skills by continuing her education through classes and conferences.

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Become a Guest Speaker

Do you have a unique or special interest that would benefit our students and add value to our comprehensive program? Would you like an opportunity to speak to an international audience of responsive, holistic students? We would love to hear from you!