Pooky directs the children, young people and schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity that provides fully-funded mental health training to schools.
Pooky is a passionate ambassador for mental health who has worked on the frontline, promoting mental wellbeing through teaching more than 20,000 young people and their parents.
Pooky is also Emotional Health Advisor & Business Development Manager at the PSHE Association and Expert Member of the Clinical Research Group on Eating Disorders at the National Institute of Health Research.
She has been recently nominated Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, which brings together leading charities to campaign jointly on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Pooky holds a PhD in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, and has lived her own experience of anorexia, self-harm, anxiety and depression as a teenager.
Recent publications include “Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: A Guide to Whole School Support and Practical Strategies”(Jessica Kingsley Publishing) and Department for Education’s funded “Guidance on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing”. Her new book “Using Poetry to Promote Talking and Healing” have been published in May.