Qualifying as a primary school teacher in 1996, Andi worked in schools in Kent and Redcar & Cleveland for three years before training to become an Educational Psychologist. Andi trained at the University of Birmingham and obtained a Masters degree in Educational Psychology in 2000. Andi spent the first five years of her career as an Educational Psychologist (EP) in Birmingham, working in a range of inner city schools. Andi came to North Yorkshire in 2005, initially as an Area Senior EP, then as Deputy Principal before becoming the Lead EP in 2012.
In 2013, Andi completed her doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Birmingham, looking at the impact of consultation on service users (teachers, parents and pupils).
Andi manages the EP team across the county, and is particularly interested in consultation, solution focussed approaches, mindfulness, supporting schools following a critical incident and delivering the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) training course. Andi is also interested in the initial training of Educational Psychologists and supports with the selection process at the University of Newcastle and the University of Sheffield each year.
Andi is a member of the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional group of Principal Educational Psychologists who meet on a half termly basis to discuss issues relevant to the profession and is secretary for NAPEP, the National Association of Principal Educational Psychologists, which meets in London five times a year and organises a national conference for Principal Educational Psychologists every year in May.