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Our Team

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Alix

Sheppard

Director

Alix Sheppard has worked in the field of Public Health for over 20 years, in the voluntary sector and for the NHS, specialising in the development of community projects to reduce health inequalities at local, regional and national level.
She is UKPHR registered (PR0322) and a practitioner member of the Faculty of Public Health, FRSPH and FRSA.
Her interest in community health and wellbeing stretches beyond her work, as a volunteer she chairs the organising committee for Brightlingsea WinterFest, a music and arts festival held annually to promote mental wellbeing and raise money for Mind, the mental health charity and in 2017 the team was recognised with a Pride of Tendring Award, in 2019 a Pride of Essex award. In total this project has raised over £30,000 and now delivers a “Winterfest Wellbeing Fund” a grants programme to support members of the local community to access sports, arts and wellbeing activities.
See below for publicity and press coverage of the many projects she has been involved with.
Her vision for Health Talks is to develop a company which can offer evidence based public health training to all sectors, with the aim of providing subsidised training and consultancy to the voluntary and public sectors.

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Kim

Mitchell

LEAD FACILITATOR, HEALTH TALKS COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES
Kim Mitchell comes with a wealth of experience in the education and public health sectors. With over 15 years teaching/training background within various specialist settings including secondary, primary, post-16 and community-based.
Her experience includes delivering a broad range of subjects to a diverse and challenging demographic including the development of a Relationship, Sex and Health education programme.
Kim recognises that in today’s modern world where pressures are mounting on our young people to achieve and conform, where social media has consumed their lives and identities, promoting positive health and wellbeing is more important than ever.
With an enthusiastic and interactive teaching style Kim is committed to delivering key health messages and education to improve quality of life and well being.
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Danny

Ayling

ASSISTANT FACILITATOR, COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES
I am former a youth health champion in Essex. I was invited to become a youth health champion in 2010 to play an active role within my school along side my studies in health & social care.
Since leaving full time education I have worked as a support worker with adults who have learning disabilities, mental health and challenging behaviour in the community as well as experience in NHS mental health units as a health care experience. I have also had experience volunteering with both the HM Coastguard and RNLI after working as a member of the beach patrol team where I have just completed my 11th season.
During my time as a support worker I was supported to go to university and study paramedic science. I have been a registered paramedic for three years working on frontline ambulances and very recently been employed to work as a paramedic within police custody. Over the years I have been involved with community education, teaching basic life support courses as well as being a youth leader, and was delighted to have been asked help Health Talks  with the delivery of the new youth health champion programme.
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Cassi

Metherell

Administrator

Cassi has had extensive experience in administration and finance, having worked in the banking and mortgage sector for many years before joining Health Talks Ltd. Her organisational and communication skills are excellent and she is responsible for engaging with stakeholders to ensure that the highest standards are maintained in the delivery of all our programmes.

Moving from the banking and finance sector has been an interesting move for Cassi and she is enjoying developing her public health knowledge, and working with people at all levels across the public health community.

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