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Our Ethos

Our mission is to equip young people with knowledge, as well as the emotional and practical tools they need in order to thrive on their journey to adulthood. We encourage students to become critically engaged and challenge accepted thinking. We believe that by creating an open conversation, we allow students to consider more carefully how to make healthy choices that will enable them to achieve their potential.

Gemma Holbird | The Conversation Stamford

Gemma Holbird - CEO/Education Manager

Gemma is a qualified Secondary English Teacher who has also taught Drama and PSHE as well as working with theatre in education. She has always had a pastoral leaning within her work and has managerial experience as Head of Year. Over the past five years Gemma has worked in the charity sector developing and delivering workshops in schools, as well as tutoring from home. She strongly believes that young people need to be equipped to grow their self-esteem in order to make healthy choices, acknowledge their true value and reach their potential. Gemma plays an active role in her church and enjoys theatre, music and socialising with friends and family.

Sarah Sauntson | The Conversation Stamford

Sarah Jane Sauntson - CEO/Education Manager

Sarah is an experienced Special Educational Needs Teacher. As such, her strengths are in creating and delivering exciting lessons and presentations to suit a variety of learning styles. She has also completed training in areas of sexual health. Over the past five years, she has been working in the charity sector managing the office, as well as delivering workshops. Outside of work, Sarah Jane enjoys being outdoors, reading and baking.

Carys Vaughan | The Conversation Stamford

Carys Vaughan - Lead Primary Presenter

Carys is a qualified TEFL teacher who has many years experience teaching English both at home and abroad. She has 5 years experience in the commercial sector, delivering language programmes for a large international education company. Carys has been working in the charity sector for the last three years and completed training in delivering sex education in the classroom. She is also working towards her counselling qualification. Carys' current focus is developing work on Mental Health and Wellbeing at "The Conversation", in ways that practically encourage young people to become self-aware and understand how to manage their emotions and develop healthy habits. In her free time, Carys is passionate about the environment and campaigning for more awareness of global issues related to climate change. She also enjoys reading, poetry and dancing.

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  • "... All relevant content was covered. Materials were relevant to children's age, they made the information clear and it supported concepts taught. Good range of materials and activities to keep them motivated and on task. Excellent presentation and good rapport between presenters and children. Went into appropriate detail - children were keen to engage in the next session."

    Staff member

  • "...Very informative presentation, with lots of hands-on activities and discussions. The leaders were very approachable and reinforced a safe learning environment. The material encouraged questioning and the use of correct terminology."

    Staff member

  • "...We really value what “The Conversation” brings to the PSHE programme. It means the SRE education is standardized, appropriate, neutral, informed, modern and so nicely delivered. Thank you most sincerely."

    Staff member

  • "...I learned that I am unique and valuable and no-one else can make me do things I don't want to do"


  • " the end of the session I felt better about myself. The content was inspiring"


  • "...showing how things work, in a way that I can easily understand"


  • "...before the session I was scared about all this, I learnt a lot and now I’m not scared anymore"


  • "...The children acted maturely, sensitively and with great interest, which was a reflection of the way that the presenters dealt with the subject matter. I know that the Year 6 staff were very pleased and impressed with both mornings and I would highly recommend them to any school covering this aspect of the curriculum..."

    Staff member

From Businesses

“At BGL Insurance, we are proud of our comprehensive Wellbeing Programme for our 1700 colleagues and are always keen to explore new opportunities to expand our offering even further. Supporting our colleagues to look after their mental health and emotional wellbeing are important areas for us and we believe the services The Conversation can provide will add an important new element around parenting strategies and healthy relationships. Gemma and Sarah were both really engaging and we are looking forward to working with them on some exciting new initiatives.”