Lead Trainer

Zoe has been part of the Parents 1st team since the very beginning, originally as a provider of antenatal classes, with her role developing to become lead trainer, which includes facilitating the Pregnancy Pal and Birth Buddy training programme on a yearly basis.

As lead trainer Zoe focuses on the recruitment, training and development of newly recruited peer supporters, enabling them to support expectant families through their pregnancy, birth and for approximately 3 months after the baby is born in a variety of ways.

Zoe also organises and facilitates monthly ongoing training sessions for the established peer supporters which encourages them to reflect on the support they give to parents as well as learning and being kept updated with existing guidelines.

Zoe qualified as a City and Guilds assessor in 2012 and assesses the City and Guilds 3599 Award in Working with Parents that peer supporters can complete as part of the Parents 1st training package.

Zoe has a background in antenatal education and has been facilitating antenatal courses for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) since 2001 and more recently in 2016 she has qualified as an infant massage trainer.

"I grew up and live in Thurrock with my husband, Sean and have 2 children, Hannah and Harrison. Leaving school at 16 I spent the first 12 years working in banking in London. Following the birth of my daughter and having attended antenatal classes with the NCT, I spent some time volunteering with the local NCT branch and at the end on my maternity leave took a leap a faith and retrained to become an a antenatal teacher. I completed my diploma in Antenatal Education in 2006 and have been running antenatal course ever since in Thurrock and the neighbouring areas of Brentwood, Basildon and Havering. In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the theatre/cinema and playing tennis."