March on Stress Director Neil Greenberg is an academic psychiatrist based at King's College London UK and is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. He is also a principal advisor to UK charity Hostage UK and sits on the Board of Directors for the Forces in Mind Trust.
Neil served in the UK Armed Forces for more than 23 years and deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. He studied medicine at Southampton University and graduated in 1993. He then served as a general duties doctor in a variety of Warships, Submarines and with two Royal Marines Commando units. During his time with the Royal Marines he achieved his arctic warfare qualification and completed the all arms commando course, earning the coveted Green Beret.
Neil has specialised in psychiatry and completed a masters degree in clinical psychiatry, a doctorate in mental health and is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is a specialist in general adult, forensic and liaison psychiatry and is a member of the faculty of forensic and legal medicine and the faculty of medical leadership and management; he is also a member of the expert witness institute.
Since 1997 Neil has been at the forefront of developing peer led traumatic stress support packages which are now in use by a wide variety of organisations. The use of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) was initially led by the Royal Marines and has since been taken up by other organisations including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the BBC, numerous UK emergency services, and the London Ambulance Service.
He has also developed evidence-based workplace tools and training for preventing, detecting and treating occupational stress which are used by organisations across the security industry, finance sector and by ‘blue light’ emergency services.
Neil provided psychological input for Foreign Office personnel after the events of September 11th 2001 and in Bali after 12th October 2002 bombings. He has assisted with the aftermath management of a number of other significant incidents including assisting the London Ambulance Service in the wake of the London Bombings in 2005. He has also provided mental health input into the psychological repatriation of a number of hostages over the past five years.
In 2008 he was awarded the Gilbert Blane Medal by the Royal Navy for his work in supporting the health of Naval personnel through his research work. In 2013 his leadership of the UK military’s deployed mental health research team was recognised with a civilian-military award and in the same year he was awarded a Help for Heroes ‘hero’ award. In 2015 he was shortlisted for Psychiatrist of the Year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and in the same year the research team he led won a Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Award.
Neil has published more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters. He has presented to national and international audiences on matters concerning the psychological health of the UK Armed Forces, organisational management of traumatic stress and occupational mental health.
Neil served as the President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society for three years from 2014 to 2017. He has been the secretary of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Lead on Military and Veterans Health and is an examiner on the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes.
For more on Neil's academic work and research, click here to view his King's College London profile.
Gavin is a trauma and TRiM specialist and one of the leading TRiM trainers in the UK. As well as being a first class trainer, he provides operational expertise to March on Stress clients in how to plan, implement and deliver effective peer support structures and policies. Alongside Professor Neil Greenberg, he helped to develop, and regularly delivers, evidence-based occupational stress training through the March on Stress StRaW (Sustaining Resilience at Work) programme.
Gavin has worked extensively with blue light emergency services, delivering TRiM training and providing pre and post training support to a large number of police, ambulance and fire services, including Staffordshire Fire Service, Dorset Police, Greater Manchester Police Federation, London Ambulance, London Fire Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, among many others. He has also delivered TRiM within the media industry (BBC, News UK, ITN), to security organisations (G4S, GardaWorld), charities (Shelterbox, Hostage UK) and others in the public sector (NATO, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Maritime and Coastguard Agency).
He is the March on Stress lead for a structured TRiM programme for the Ugandan People’s Defence Force which began in 2014 and continues to run effectively, and in 2017 established and continues to lead a similar programme for the Kenyan Defence Force.
Gavin has delivered StRaW to delegates from corporate and public sector organisations, including News UK, the UK Home Office, Heathrow Airport, Babcock and Optima Health. He has continued to develop the training alongside Professor Greenberg, including in 2017 the development of REACT MH, a workplace mental health intervention tool which StRaW delegates are taught to use.
Client feedback regularly praises Gavin’s training style and his depth of knowledge and experience. Prior to joining March on Stress in 2013, he served for more than 30 years in the Royal Marines where he was a TRiM Trainer, TRiM Manager and Practitioner and regularly carried out TRiM assessments and co-ordinated TRiM responses.
As well as training and consultancy expertise, Gavin delivers operational inputs when required, including crisis response. His expertise was called upon after the In Amenas (Algeria) terrorist incident in 2013, where he delivered post-incident briefings and TRiM interventions to those involved.
He deployed on operations around the world during his military service, completing several security tours in Northern Ireland, deploying to the Falklands War in 1982 and the Iraq invasion in 2003 for which he was the unit TRiM Co-ordinator for Operation Telic. He has also supported humanitarian relief efforts including in Sri Lanka in 2004 after the tsunami.
In June 2005, Gavin was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in part for his contribution to TRiM whilst serving in the Royal Navy.
Gavin's training experience has been recognised with a Certificate for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS), a national teaching qualification. He holds the ESTSS Certificate in Pscyhotraumatology. He also co-ordinates the TRiM by March on Stress BTEC level 3 and 5 customised qualifications, overseeing the content of the assignments and the marking team.
Business Development Director
Georgina leads the business development team, and is responsible for the planning, co-ordination and development of the services March on Stress provides. She works closely with Neil and Gavin to develop and deliver services to meet the needs of our clients. This means she also works closely with prospective clients to identify and discuss their requirements, whether that is specialist training, bespoke psychological support, or more detailed programmes of work or clinical services.
Originally trained as a journalist, Georgina has led communications teams for NAAFI (the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes), private sector marketing and PR agencies and Dorset Police, where she won a national award for a campaign to reduce sexual violence. It was during her time working with the police that Georgina became aware of the benefits of TRiM to both organisations and individuals.
MBChB, MRCPsych, LLM, MFMLM
Karla is an experienced consultant psychiatrist who has previously worked for many years in the National Health Service. She is the clinical lead at March on Stress and oversees our mental healthcare activities including the Wellness (psychological health monitoring) service and the March on Stress Vetlife Health Support Team. In her role she is responsible for direct clinical care, supervision of other clinical staff and policy development, implementation and audit.
Karla has a particular interest in Older Persons’ Mental Health, including cognitive assessment and dementia care. She also has a keen interest in mental health law, particularly the Mental Capacity Act. As such, she has roles as both a Lord Chancellors Special Medical Visitor, with specific duties under the Mental Capacity Act, and a Section 12(2) approved doctor, with specific duties under the Mental Health Act.
In his role as Senior Trainer, Roy delivers TRiM, StRaW, Breaking Bad News, Awareness and Action in Mind and Advanced Mentoring Skills courses, as well as bespoke sessions to March on Stress clients from across public, private and charity sectors. Just some of the organisations Roy has delivered training to for March on Stress include South West Ambulance Service, Network Rail, Met Police, British Transport Police, Severn Trauma Network and Adam Smith International.
Roy is also the March on Stress lead for TRiM training at the BBC, where he routinely delivers up to six training courses each year and provides operational support and advice. He also led a number of TRiM training sessions for the RNLI as part of their TRiM pilot implementation in 2016.
In 2017, his expertise was called upon to deliver a series of bespoke, managerial mental health at work training sessions for a leading automotive company.
Like Gavin, Roy’s expertise also extends to delivering crisis response, he worked with Gavin to deliver a TRiM response after the In Amenas terrorist incident in 2013. He too has vast military experience, having served for more than 30 years in the Royal Marines where he deployed on operations worldwide including the Falklands War; Northern Ireland and peacekeeping in Hong Kong.
As a TRiM Practitioner during his military service, Roy carried out interventions as part of the TRiM team sent to provide support after the grounding of HMS Nottingham in Australia in 2002 and he was sent to the West Indies in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
His extensive experience and dedication to TRiM was recognised in June 2006 when Roy was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of his contribution to Trauma Risk Management.
Roy’s training experience has also been recognised with a Certificate for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS). He also holds the ESTSS Certificate in Pscyhotraumatology and the BTEC Level 5 in Trauma Risk Management.
Business Development and Marketing Executive
Kirstin co-ordinates and delivers marketing activity for March on Stress and assists in the co-ordination of training and other operational activity. As part of the Business Development team, Kirstin also liaises with clients and prospective clients and works closely with the Business Development Director to deliver a professional service.
A University of Reading Management and Business Administration graduate, Kirstin's background is in public sector media and communications. She led the Dorset Police safety and security communications campaign for the London 2012 sailing events in Weymouth and has extensive media and internal liaison experience during the aftermath of high profile incidents.
Natasha looks after finance for March on Stress, dealing with invoicing, payments and other financial administration. She is also the administration lead for our work with Vetlife Health Support, providing a first point of contact for client referrals and co-ordinating activity.
Natasha previously worked for Dorset County Libraries, in a customer service role where she led the team there to help turn the service around and increase visitor numbers, gaining praise and good feedback for the service provided along the way. She has extensive book-keeping experience and has run her own small online business in the past. She has also spent time undertaking charity work in India.
Julie provides operational and administration support for March on Stress, liaising with clients when training or other services are booked and ensuring members of the Operations Team are in the right place at the right time. She also assists with financial administration and IT co-ordination and support.
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