Who we are
Alex Fryer trained as a nurse at Guys Hospital in 1985 and is now one of the UK’s leading PSHE speakers specialising in issues around sex and healthy relationships.
Having enjoyed a wide and varied nursing career, 15 years ago she decided to focus all her attention on sexual health and contraception, an area she has been involved with throughout her nursing career.
Having trained as a Specialist Practitioner in Sexual Health and Contraception (ENB 901) she initially spent much of her time working within the Norfolk Primary Care Trust. This involved the running of sessions and clinics in the local schools and colleges, advising on matters of relationships, sexual health and contraception. Alex completed her Independent and Supplementary Prescribing course in 2004.
Alex has many years of experience providing information to young people, parents and teachers. This has been helped enormously by her own experience as a mother of two, now, grown-up children. Recognising and appreciating the problems and pressures facing young people today with regard to negotiating healthy relationships and safe sex in an increasingly challenging world, has enabled her to develop the necessary skills and sensitivity to communicate effectively with young people. The work she carries out in schools has now extended to teachers and pastoral care teams and over the past years she has also worked at the University of East Anglia as an associate lecturer.
Alex has to date visited around 120 schools throughout the UK most of these now on an annual basis and the numbers continue to grow.
Over the last 15 years, Amy Forbes-Robertson (BA, MPhil, PGCE, QTS) has worked in education. During this time, Amy has interacted with young people and their parents, carers and teachers; as a volunteer, a project leader, a community outreach worker, in youth work, as a school governor and as a secondary-school classroom teacher (KS3 & KS4).
Amy is also responsible for running the Beacons Project at The Hay Literature Festival. Furthermore, Amy is currently an accredited trainer for Cambridge Assessment International Examinations delivering teacher training both online and in international educational establishments.
The combination of a good education and a love of travelling has enabled Amy to explore many communities and cultures. During this time, Amy has gained a great deal of experience and understanding of a wide variety of people. Her role as a teacher included being a ‘Form Tutor’ and this means that Amy intrinsically understands the lives of teenagers in a school-setting. She has been closely involved in pastoral care and safeguarding issues and is familiar with the challenges that face young people as they experiment with their own identity, friendships and relationships.
Amy shares the view that providing young people with good information is vital. She believes that talking honestly about bodies, relationships, sex and their recreational lives is a key factor in enabling young people to make better choices.
Honestly and clarity will inform and empower young people… young people who are seeking answers to so many questions. Good information from the right person will inevitably have a positive impact on their emotional safety and wellbeing. Most importantly Amy has a wonderful ability to communicate and empathise with young people; this, combined with a lovely sense of humour means she is the ideal person to be delivering this kind of information.