The Flower 125 Team
Who is Valerie Monti Holland?
I started out as an actor working with an issue-orientated children’s theatre company. While I loved acting, I felt there was something else I needed to be doing with my work.
After the birth of my children and a move to Sheffield from the US, I found a path through the Masters in Applied Theatre at the University of Manchester, focused on the use of theatre techniques in criminal justice settings.
I met Bethan and Siobhan in January 2000 and helped to develop the budding Flower 125 Health Club (as it was initially known). Once we realized what a powerful and effective engagement tool it was, we decided to bring the training to other Sheffield school staff, making action-based methods and drama a critical component of the delivery of the training and the health programme.
Julie’s arrival as the Programme Manager really took us to another level. Her attention to detail, infectious enthusiasm and incredible work ethic allowed the programme to grow and flourish throughout Sheffield and South Yorkshire. I feel lucky and grateful that we are colleagues, friends, and now business partners spreading the principles and practice of Flower 125 beyond our own garden.
Who is Julie Roberts?
My career started as a Biology teacher in Bristol. Always passionate about health promotion, I wrote the original Social Education programme (later named Personal and Social Education) at my first school.
After 2 children and living for a year in Australia, my family moved to Sheffield where I taught Biology, PSHE and Health and Social. This rekindled my love of health promotion.
So when an opportunity in public health arose, I jumped at it. I was appointed as a Healthy Schools Coordinator and the manager of the Flower 125 Health Programme in 2006. I had found my ideal job.
If being a teacher can be likened to parenting then this job was like being a grandparent! I learned more about the behaviour of young people during this time than I ever had as a teacher. I relished the opportunity to work closely with schools across Sheffield and be part of a close and supportive team.
I met Valerie Monti Holland at the beginning of my post with the Flower 125 Health Programme. She has been a truly inspirational influence on me personally and professionally as well as a good friend and work partner.
Since leaving my permanent post in October 2015, I have worked as a freelance trainer devote more time to my sporting interests, voluntary work and our children and grandchild.
Who is Lucy Owens?
Steering Committee Member
I¹m delighted to be a part of the team on the super Flower 125 health education programme. I¹m an experienced facilitator, trainer and coach in the field of personal, career and leadership development. My development work is all about helping people to thrive in their working lives. With Flower 125, my role is to co-deliver the training programme to talented, dedicated
colleagues who¹ll run the programme with young people across Sheffield.
I¹ve been an independent facilitator and coach since 2012. Before this, I worked in HR Development and Wellbeing with staff at Sheffield Hallam University. Before that, I was a Learning Consultant at the BBC. And before that, I was a BBC radio journalist.
I live in Sheffield with my partner, son and daughter.