Consultants

Dr Belinda Hopkins  - Director of Transforming Conflict, the National Centre for Restorative Approaches in Youth Settings.

Belinda has been pioneering restorative approaches in youth settings across the UK and beyond, for over 13 years. In the early 90's, after a career in secondary education, she founded Transforming Conflict which has become one of the UK's leading providers of training and consultancy on restorative approaches in youth settings.

Between 2002-4 she was on the Home Office committee that developed the National Practice Guidelines for Restorative Practitioners (published in early 2004). She is now on the Board of Trustees of the Consortium and advises on issues relating to children's services. She currently chairs the  Education Committee of the European Forum on Restorative Justice and has been promoting restorative approaches in schools all over Europe for the past 10 years.

Since the mid 1990's Belinda has published numerous articles and book chapters. Her publications include:
Just Schools    (2004 Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
Peer Mediation and Mentoring Training Manual (2006 Optimus Publishing)
Just Care  (2009 Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

In 2006 she completed her doctoral research on the implementation of restorative approaches in schools - the first Phd to be written in this field.

Visit Transforming Conflict


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Caroline Newton is currently a lead trainer with Transforming Conflict, The National Centre for Restorative Approaches in Youth Settings.

She has over 30 years’ experience working with children and families, in the fields of youth work, residential care, youth justice and education.

She has been a restorative practitioner and trainer for over 15 years and became interested in the Restorative Approach whilst working at Lewisham Youth Offending Team.  She became the first secondary school based restorative approaches co-ordinator and went on to be the borough co-ordinator for Lewisham.

Caroline has worked with MakeBelieve Arts to support them in becoming a restorative theatre company and has worked with them to create and deliver restorative approaches workshops to pupils and staff in primary and secondary schools. She is also working with them on a new and exciting project, Restorative Theatre.


Linda Pound's passion is early childhood education, a field in which she has worked throughout her life as a teacher, head teacher, local authority inspector and as a trainer.  Her interests include children's learning and curriculum.

She became particularly interested in mathematics when it became clear that the way in which maths is taught does not always correspond with the way in which children learn most effectively.  The approach she favours to teaching and learning mathematics emphasises the importance of fun, play and rich experiences.  She writes widely about young children.

Her most recent book is entitled Thinking and Learning about Mathematics in the Early Years.

Linda's new book, Teaching Mathematics Creatively, is co-written by Trisha Lee and is due for release in November 2010. Follow the links to view the book and Linda's author page on Amazon.


Roy Leighton has been working in value-based environments, in education, arts and business environments for over 25 years... but looks good on it.

His areas of expertise are many and varied; from providing stimulating key-note speeches, whole day conferences and workshops and sustainable programmes that run for weeks and years, and on rare occasions, possibly lifetimes.

Visit The Roy Leighton Partnership.


Dr Andrew Curran is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, author, presenter and paediatric neurologist working in a hospital in the UK. He specialises in all aspects of paediatric neurology but especially in autistic spectrum disorder, long term severe neurodisability, brain injury and migraine. 

Andrew makes the complicated workings of the learning brain not simple but understandable. And he does it in such a way that everyone can use what they have learned to improve what goes on in school. Apart from his hospital and education work, Andrew has also been featured on TV, has been presenting nationally and internationally to audiences within education for many years and is the author of The Little Book of Big Stuff About the Brain.

Visit his website HERE.