Claire Purnell


Business Development Manager & Mentor

0333 023 2215

I have worked with young children and adults for over 20 years now with autism, social, emotional and mental health difficulties in a variety of settings within the community and within Education establishments in roles as a College Lecturer, Curriculum Manager, Fitness Instructor, Pastoral Student Manager, Assistant Psychologist and Education Manager.

I used to be a competitive swimmer for nearly 10 years and competed in many National competitions and in the Barcelona Olympic Games Trials. My favourite stroke was backstroke. I used to train every morning from 5am before school then 2 hrs most evenings with competitions most weekends, hard work and dedication juggling it all. I got to travel around the world with it and learnt how to apply discipline, hard work and time management.

I trained as a Sports Therapist when I was younger and became a College Lecturer/Manager. I completed my degree in Education and completed a Post-Grad Cert in Psychological Therapies (CBT) at Reading University which then gave me more insight into mental health conditions and how best to support, coach and guide individuals through them.

I am fun, reliable, compassionate, a good listener, with a solutions-focused approach to my work and sound knowledge in special educational needs, using team management experience, conflict management, mentoring and coaching using motivational interviewing skills to my daily job.

I enjoy running, going to the gym, socialising and spending time with my family.