Steve Alexander – Principal Trainer
Starting his career in adult mental health services and learning disabilities, then into children’s residential care and latterly becoming a headteacher of a SEN school, Steve brings a great deal of experience to his role as a Senior PRICE Trainer.
As a qualified Applied Behaviour Analysis practitioner, Steve’s training promotes a therapeutic approach that seeks to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and adults who suffer from psychological disorders. Steve is authorised under the RRN certification scheme to deliver approved programmes across multiple sectors and settings.
“I consider the theoretical application of our courses a key part in laying the foundation for organisations to become more person-centred and human rights led. Training needs to be accessible and welcoming to all, so we at PRICE Training use a variety of teaching methods to enable learners to reach their full potential as well as equip them to respond professionally when encountering behaviours of concern.”
Jamie Price – Principal Trainer
Having been a PRICE Trainer since 2016, Jamie has joined the team as a full-time Senior Trainer. From primarily a residential school background, Jamie has worked as a Senior Behaviour Support Worker with pupils diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and autism. Placing a significant emphasis upon learners maintaining the quality and fidelity of the techniques, Jamie prides himself on ensuring course delegates leave his courses more than just competent but instead, excelling in their technical knowledge and ability. Jamie is authorised under the RRN certification scheme to deliver approved programmes across multiple sectors and settings
“I always aim to make sure my course delegates leave feeling up-skilled and able to return to their organisations with a sound understanding of how to reduce the likelihood of an incident turning into a restraint. It’s equally important that they also feel confident when they do have to act and physically intervene; they can apply physical holds safely and with the person’s best interests at heart.”
Grant Quayle – Trainer
Grant has been a PRICE Trainer since 2015, having previously worked as a Classroom Support Teacher in a residential SEN school. Grant himself was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and received special educational support throughout his schooling. It is this part of Grant’s life that has led him to pursue a career in behaviour support training. With his lived experience, Grant offers the team an invaluable insight into the emotional impact of restraint, as well as contributing to PRICE Training’s course design and content.
“As a kid, having been restrained many times myself, I hope I bring a different dimension to our training. As I have become older, I feel more comfortable and confident to share my experiences in the hope that others can learn about the impact restraint can have on an individual’s self-worth and life chances.”
Sandra Whitworth – Principal Trainer
Sandra comes from an adult social care background, having joined PRICE Training from Mencap. Sandra has been a Senior PRICE Trainer since 2015 and specialises in caring for adults who have profound multiple learning disabilities. From her previous role as a manager responsible for training and recruitment, Sandra places a significant emphasis upon ensuring our training remains contemporary and relevant to the needs of staff as well as reflective of the needs of the vulnerable service users they support.
“It’s so important across the spectrum of social care services, that staff feel supported by their organisation in what is often a physically and emotionally challenging environment. Quality training is at the very core of valuing staff and impacts directly on the people they support.”
Corrie-ann Willetts – Principal Trainer
Corrie-ann comes from a learning and development background rooted in adolescent to adult life preparation services for adults with autism. She has been a Senior PRICE Trainer since 2015 alongside training in a range of other mandatory care sector courses (First Aid, Medication, Safeguarding and SPELL (an individualised and person-centred approach to support people on the autistic spectrum). Corrie-ann promotes a person centred, holistic approach to behaviour support and she is authorised under the RRN certification scheme to deliver approved programmes across multiple sectors and settings.
‘I love delivering PRICE Training… and I think it’s important to have women delivering high quality restraint training in an industry that has traditionally relied on men presenting as the ‘subject expert!’”
Mike McBride – Managing Director
Mike is the Operations Director of PRICE Training, balancing his role between primarily delivering training and supporting customers. With over 25 years’ experience in adult mental health and children’s residential care, Mike places customer support at the very heart of what we do. Taking a lead on the quality assurance of the physical components of PRICE Training courses, Mike seeks to uphold the highest standards of course delivery as well ensure the fidelity of the PRICE techniques are never compromised. Mike is the Lead Senior Trainer is authorised under the RRN certification scheme to deliver approved programmes across multiple sectors and settings.
“I love my job so much! Meeting some amazing people, practitioners and service users …. all of whom want the very best for their service and those they support. Some of the most rewarding pieces of work I get to do, are when we work in partnership with organisations to come up with creative solutions; for example, to offer support and guidance to prevent a placement breakdown and when we succeed, it doesn’t get any better than that!”
Colin Matthews – Director
As a Principal Trainer, Colin primarily focuses on course delivery for instructor courses. Prior to becoming a trainer in 2010, Colin came from an operational management background in children’s residential childcare both the statutory and independent sectors. As a qualified social worker, he has worked in many challenging settings from secure facilities to high security children’s services, where violence and aggression is all too familiar. Colin’s training focuses upon ensuring that the knowledge and skills imparted are fit for purpose and heavily rooted in the realism to match the challenge frontline workers often face on a daily basis. Colin is authorised under the RRN certification scheme to deliver approved programmes across multiple sectors and settings.
“The physical part of what we do is no longer the predominant feature. Today, my job is about motivating workforces to feel confident and skilled enough to search for other solutions before relying on physical techniques. Of course, we don’t always have a choice, but the more we seek to understand behaviours, the better we can develop strategies to defuse and de-escalate situations that otherwise may end in restraint.”
Jeaninne Law – Principal Trainer
From an Education and Behaviour Support background, Jeaninne first trained as a teacher in the mid-80s starting out as a teacher in a London Borough Secondary School. Jeaninne began to specialise in the area of Behaviour Support, gaining a Masters in Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, with a particular interest in School Policy and Practice Development around the use of Physical Intervention. Jeaninne has a respected expertise in the design, development and delivery of physical techniques. She has experience of a range of intervention systems and prior to joining PRICE Training, Jeaninne spent 20 years with Team Teach as a Principal Tutor.
“I am excited to be part of a multi skilled and holistic team that shares my passion and drive for promoting positive relationships, independence and best outcomes for vulnerable young people and adults. What is really important to me will be supporting staff to feel recharged, confident and well prepared to enable those they support”
George Panayi – Principal Trainer
Joining the team in early 2019, George is a former professional cricketer, playing 1st class cricket for Warwickshire for 6 years. Starting out as a trainee, George has quickly upskilled to become a Principal Instructor.
Alongside training social care and education sectors, George supports our sport and leisure customers. With so many inner-city youth activities and country wide junior sporting clubs bringing young people together, equipping staff and volunteers with the right skills to appropriately respond to potential disruption and conflict is essential to the smooth-running events.
“I’ve learned so much since I joined PRICE Training. As part of our job at Warwickshire Cricket Club, we would visit local schools within Birmingham and coach young people who were identified as on the fringe of exclusion or in need of positive role models. Some children would struggle to engage and their difficulties would play out as disruptive behaviour within the group. I wish I knew then what I know now!”
Gareth Wren – Associate Director of Practice & Development
Before joining the PRICE Training team, Gareth worked in a setting offering residential care, education and fostering services since 1998. Starting as a Residential Care Worker, Gareth progressed to managing a number of children’s homes and, after becoming an in-house PRICE Trainer in 2005, led on reducing restrictive practices.
Gareth was also responsible for Quality Assurance and policy development and implemented several innovations including a bespoke Model of Care focussing on the importance of developing safe, reparative relationships with children and young people. Gareth has been committed to his own development and in 2019 achieved a distinction in an MSc in Psychology, conducting a research project into whether contact with looked after children affected people’s perceptions of them.
“PRICE training has been part of my professional life since starting as an RCW in 1998. During that time, I’ve seen the commitment and dedication everyone puts into supporting staff to improve the lives of the people they support and I’m proud to be part of that. I know that high quality training is a vital tool in reducing restrictive practices and that is what PRICE offers.”
Elliot Wright – Trainer
With 10 years’ experience in the Health & Social Care sector, Elliot started his career in adolescent mental health in secure services, where Elliot was first introduced to PRICE training and saw an opportunity to become an in-house trainer in his setting. Upon completion, Elliot found his mindset changed completely. He felt inspired to change the way people viewed physical intervention and began assisting in development of improving practice. This increased the quality of training, with the fundamental goal of improving the lives of vulnerable adolescents. Elliot took these skills with him onto future roles in the prison service and in residential children’s care.
“It’s about the impact we have on the individuals we support. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with such talented trainers and to have the opportunity to pass my passion & knowledge in supporting those that support individuals in crisis.”