Lena has been teaching and working in education since 1992. She trained in England and taught Drama and Modern Languages in Cambridgeshire, London and Cumbria before moving to the Outer Hebrides and then Argyll in Scotland. Early in her career, she also trained in Dramatherapy and Counselling Skills and this training gave her very useful insights into the emotional needs of children and young people, as well as nurturing practices. She has held a range of middle and senior leadership roles.
Lena was very fortunate to be seconded to her local authority team shortly after arriving in Argyll and she worked to develop policy and practice around Getting it Right for Every Child and Child Protection.
She is currently seconded again from her Head of Teaching and Learning post to lead on support for Looked After Children.
She writes and speaks extensively and is an advocate for challenging stigma around mental health.