Robin Barker, National Director

Robin is the National Director of We Can Talk and a senior mental health nurse in the NHS who has more than 15 years experience working with children, young people and their parents / carers in a variety of community and acute hospital settings. He is the Director of Healthy Teen Minds and worked on national programmes at NHS England and Health Education England before leaving to focus on We Can Talk.


Karen Whitelaw, Director of Engagement

Karen is the Director of Engagement at We Can Talk where she ensures local children and young people are involved in the development, delivery and ongoing sustainability of the project. She has over 10 years of experience working with children and young people in a variety of community settings and also works in a national role at Youth Access supporting voluntary sector organisations to improve access to high quality, community based, mental health services. Karen is also Co-Director of Knit Aid, a social enterprise that uses craft to empower refugees.


Chris Kerr, Lead Trainer

Chris is a dual trained registered nurse (adult and child) with more than 30 years experience and specialist qualifications in emergency care, paediatric intensive care, autonomous practice and practice education. Chris was part of the original We Can Talk pilot project and has continued to work with us alongside roles at Health Education England and currently as Head of Nursing for Quality Improvement at Kings College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Olivia, Young Advisor

Olivia is a Young Advisor at We Can Talk. She delivers training alongside local project leads and the project team across the country. She was introduced to the project by a family member who attended one of our training days and thought she’d be a brilliant; they were right!

Nadia, Young Advisor

In addition to delivering training Nadia also develops content for our social media channels. She created the We Can Talk  #TopTips247 campaign on Twitter to give hospital staff daily advice to improve the experience of young people attending due to their mental health.

Riley Reign, Young Advisor

Riley joined We Can Talk after meeting some of the team at a one act play festival. Alongside their role as a Young Advisor Riley is a performer, songwriter and creator and runs Here & Queer Productions which delivers educational workshops for schools focused on LGBTQIA+ awareness.

Anand, Young Advisor

Anand previously worked with Robin and Karen to help develop a children and young people’s mental health workforce strategy and apparently that didn’t put him off joining We Can Talk as a Young Advisor to help co-design and co-deliver our online tool.


Martha Reilly, Project Coordinator

Martha is based at the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) where she ensures everything is running smoothly and is a source of information, advice and guidance on all things We Can Talk.


Luís Costa da Silva, Research Associate

Luís is part of the team at the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) who oversee and analyse all our data to ensure we are measuring the impact of the project.


Melissa Tidswell, M.Sc. Research Associate

Melissa is collaborating with We Can Talk to co-produce a tool to measure young people’s experience of going to hospital for their mental health. She is an M.Sc. student at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families/University College London. Melissa attends We Can Talk events and training and conducts focus groups with young people in order to ground her research in the We Can Talk principles.


Beth Ingram, Associate Trainer

Beth started as a Young Advisor at We Can Talk delivering training and supporting our engagement with local young people’s organisations. She now continues to support the development of the We Can Talk project and the training of new Young Advisors in an Associate Trainer role. She is an active YouTuber and run’s a peer education charity called Hearts & Minds that run peer support groups for young people experiencing mental health difficulties.


Caroline Johnson, Associate Trainer

Caroline is a counselling psychologist with over 6 years experience working with young people and their families in child and adolescent mental health services in the UK and Australia. She has joined the We Can Talk Team to support in delivering training to project leads and staff



Our We Can Talk Project Leads from acute and CAMHS working in partnership in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


Our We Can Talk Project Leads from acute and CAMHS working in partnership in North Central London.


Our We Can Talk Project Leads from acute and CAMHS working in partnership in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

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Our We Can Talk Project Leads from acute and CAMHS working in partnership in North East London.


CORC are the preferred data partner for We Can Talk as they are amazing to work with and really know their stuff. They independently analyse our staff survey and impact data to ensure we can provide high quality reports to partners and build the evidence base for training acute hospital staff in children and young people’s mental health.

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