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Meet the Team

Team s- Stay Well at Work

Alison Smith:

Alison has over 20 years of experience of working in Human Resources and is a Chartered member of the CIPD. She has a broad cross industry background in building HR functions from scratch, end to end project management, leading on organisational redesign and large-scale restructure programmes as well as coaching, developing and leading professional teams. She has worked with start-ups, SME’s as well as large global organisations.

She has also run her own business working with individuals with mental health difficulties, qualifying as a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner and studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. As a former founder and business owner, she really gets what running a business is all about. She understands how hard it can be, but also how to see obstacles that stand in the way of success and growth as a challenge that can and will be overcome. She has brought her knowledge and understanding of people into her work with businesses and always make time to listen and hear people.

She is passionate about helping individuals and businesses realise their full potential and being part of the Staying Well at Work Team enables her to contribute to making a real difference to individuals and businesses within RCT.

When she’s not working, to safeguard her mental health and well-being from the stresses of her role she can be found on horseback enjoying the Welsh countryside and cantering along the beaches or cold water swimming off the south wales coast, whatever the weather or time of year – she loves it! 

Skills or Specialisms

  • MCIPD, Lead Change accredited Equine facilitated Coach
  • People Specialist, employment law, coaching, leadership, Health & Wellbeing, Project Management

Liane Burden:

Liane has over 12 years of experience of working in Human Resources from large global organisations to local government. She also has experience of working on funded projects. She understands how hard it can be for businesses to invest time to develop supportive policies and procedures and realise their full potential. As part of the Staying Well at Work team she can share her knowledge and experience, making a real difference to individuals and businesses within RCT. When she’s not working Liane loves nothing more than spending quality time with her family whether it be zip lining in North Wales or a picnic in the local part as they love nothing more than being outdoors.

Skills or Specialisms

  • Employment Law
  • HR policies / procedures
  • Coaching
  • Leadership skills
  • Payroll
  • Compliance

Jordan Hughes:

A Criminology graduate Jordan began his administrative career working in the Probate Registry of Wales under Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service. Since joining the Staying Well at Work team during lockdown he has progressed into the role of Practice Manager.

As this is a sedentary role, outside of work he takes part in several physical activities believing it is key to fit in exercise daily to make up for the lack of movement throughout the day. His morning routine involves attending the local gym and leisure centre and then in the evenings he does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes! He has a great love for music and travelling and, pre-Covid tended to spend most of his time and money on trips to European Cities and gigs all over the country.

Skills and Specialism

  • Compliance
  • Time Management
  • Finance
  • Organisational

Helen Rodway:

Helen is the senior nurse and clinical lead in the Staying Well at Work team.  She has been a qualified nurse since 1988 and has extensive knowledge and experience across a range of areas. She worked in the NHS in a variety of areas before opting to specialise in Occupational Health in 2005. She has since worked in a variety of settings including higher education, a recycling company, a power management company, and remote occupational health consultancy.

She gained her master’s degree in 2011 which also saw her receive the Denis D’Auria prize for an outstanding thesis; a condensed version of this theses was then published in 2013. She has completed further accredited training in mental health in the workplace, HAVS and IOSH. Outside of work she enjoys reading thrillers, skiing, and sitting at the beach.

Skills or Specialisms

  • Remote consultations
  • Management referrals and reports
  • Health Surveillance
  • EPP screening
  • Long- and short-term sickness absence case management

Christina Parker:

Since gaining her degree in Psychology in 2003 and qualifying as a Counsellor in 2012, Christina has worked in a variety of organisations including Welsh Women’s Aid, ChildLine, and New Pathways. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

Christina’s work is informed and inspired by Person Centered theory, Psychodynamic theory, and Attachment Theory. She has over 8 years’ experience in the counselling world and has gained extensive knowledge from working with adults, children, and young people with a variety of problems including bereavement, loss, depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, family, and relationship issues, with a particular interest in those that have experienced Violence against women, domestic abuse or sexual violence (VAWDASV).  When she is not in work, she enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family.

Skills or Specialisms

  • Trauma

Emma Robinson:

Emma is an integrative counsellor which is the use of a combined approach to therapy, bringing together different elements of specific therapies which allows for sessions to be tailored to suit the needs of every individual person. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is currently working towards accreditation.

Prior to joining the team, Emma worked as a lead counsellor for a mental health charity and has also volunteered in several organisations such as local drug and alcohol services, youth offending services and young children services. Each role was surrounding the mental health needs of those who engaged in the services and a role that she is very passionate about.  Emma says she feels very privileged in her role as a counsellor and that individuals put their trust in the counselling process and for allowing her to be a part of their journey.

 When she is not in work, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog and being outdoors and enjoying the little things in life. Nature is something she finds great pleasure in as this allows her to take time out, relax and enjoy what’s right on her doorstep.

Skills or Specialisms

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sexual trauma
  • Low self-esteem
  • Past trauma
  • Work related stress
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

Sebastian Adamczyk

As an occupational Health physiotherapist, Sebastian works with employees and employers to support physical and psychological health & wellbeing by managing and preventing musculoskeletal disorders. Occupational Health Physiotherapy is a specialist area of the profession that centres on the worker, work, and the workplace. The focus is on early intervention and injury prevention through expert assessment, treatment and support that is specific to both the employees and the work they carry out. This support can range from providing employees early access to assessment and work focussed rehabilitation, to supporting the business with proactive ergonomic assessments and health promotion campaigns.

Sebastian has a keen interest in occupational health physiotherapy and understands the importance of working closely with employees and employers to ensure that they get the right treatment at the right time and specifying treatment to each employee and their work tasks.

Before joining Occupational Health, Sebastian had worked in the NHS as an MSK physiotherapist, and in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and a strength and conditioning coach. He has experience in assessing and managing a variety of musculoskeletal problems which can impact people within and away from the workplace. Sebastian has a particular interest in holistic rehabilitation, and self-management strategies of long-term musculoskeletal disorders. He always aims to incorporate health promotion in his practice and deliver a holistic model of care.

Away from work Sebastian enjoys spending his free time actively. He practices, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mountain biking, skiing and weightlifting. He also enjoys expanding his knowledge on health and well-being and he is an amateur pianist.