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Student Support & Development Team

Through workshops and one-to-one appointments, the SDT can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of issues, from personal and academic issues to specialist referrals. The SDT also work alongside other members of staff and students’ GPs, all of whom can provide ongoing support.

Sharon Godfrey MA (Southbank University)

Sharon Godfrey MA (Southbank University)

Mental Health Adviser

Sharon is responsible for providing guidance, support and information for students with mental health concerns as well as promoting wellbeing events and workshops. Prior to joining NCH, she worked as a Staff Counsellor at Transport for London before moving into education at BPP University, the University of Waterloo and London Metropolitan University in their Counselling/Student Support Services.

Sharon initially trained and worked as a Cardio-thoracic Intensive Care Nurse at Papworth Hospital and The Harley Street Clinic before gaining a degree in Humanities (Hons) at Greenwich. To explore her interest in emotional as well as physical wellbeing, she completed her Masters in Trauma Counselling and Humanistic Psychotherapy & Object Relations at South Bank University. Sharon is passionate about supporting students to maintain their wellbeing whilst on their academic journey.

sharon.godfrey@nchlondon.ac.uk

Hilary Murrell

Hilary Murrell

Academic Adviser

Hilary works with the Student Wellbeing Team, providing advice and guidance to students who need academic or learning support.

Before joining NCH, Hilary worked at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, providing support for students in the Academic Success Center.

Hilary completed her BA in Communication at Auburn University and her MA in Communication Management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Hannah Dolby

Hannah Dolby

Mental Health Adviser

Hannah is responsible for providing guidance, support and information for students with mental health concerns as well as promoting wellbeing events and workshops. Hannah is passionate about supporting students through the many life transitions, challenges and opportunities that can occur during their time at University.

Hannah is a BACP registered psychotherapist with Masters degrees in Health Psychology (University of Nottingham) and Existential Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (University of Middlesex) and over a decade of experience working in a broad range of Higher Education, NHS and mental health charity roles.

Ellie Cousins

Ellie Cousins

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Ellie is a Student Wellbeing Coordinator at NCH responsible for ensuring students get the appropriate support and adjustments required whist they are studying here. This may involve guidance around a disability, learning difficulty, mental health or extenuating circumstances which impact their studies.

Ellie has a BSc in Psychology from Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as a Transformational Coaching Diploma and spent several years supporting and coaching professionals and students around motivation, identity, direction, and mental wellbeing before working at NCH.

Outside of NCH, Ellie is also a photographer and enjoys bringing a creative perspective to her work supporting others.

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

Student Support Coordinator

Tom works within the Student Support and Development team at NCH, with a specific focus on enabling students to understand and access more practical support. Tom is responsible for NCH’s Money Advice Service, as well as supporting students’ general financial and practical wellbeing. Tom also supports students who are independent, care-experienced or estranged.

Tom is passionate about supporting and empowering disadvantaged people and has worked towards this is a number of previous roles. Prior to joining NCH, Tom worked with Action Tutoring, an organisation that partners volunteer tutors with young people at risk of not passing SATs and GCSE exams. Before that, Tom worked at both the University of Westminster Students’ Union, and Leeds University Union, where he served as the Union’s elected Education Officer, representing 33,000 students.

Tom holds a BA Politics at the University of Leeds, and recently completed a Masters in United States Studies: History and Politics at UCL’s Institute of the Americas.

Esther Pearce

Esther Pearce

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Esther works with the Student Wellbeing Team, providing advice and guidance to students who require wellbeing support during their studies. This can include guidance on disability or learning support or mental health needs. Esther is also part of the team responsible for supporting students with extenuating circumstances applications and exam adjustments.
Before joining NCH, Esther worked at London Academy of Excellence as the sixth form’s wellbeing lead, supporting the welfare needs of around 500 students and taking a senior role on the Safeguarding Team. Esther completed her BA in English at the University of Exeter in 2019.
Outside of her role, Esther is an avid top rope climber and yoga enthusiast.