Gary LovattManaging Director
Gary is a serial entrepreneur with a relentless passion for building products that create significant and measurable social impacts, particularly within the youth sector. As Managing Director of Social Sense, Gary has co-created multi-award winning programmes in the areas of Social Norms, Social Action and Social Marketing.
Striking the balance between disruptive innovation and evidence based approaches, Gary’s work has seen Local Authorities, CCGs and Police Forces realise significant Social Returns on Investment (SROI) in the areas of Alcohol, Smoking, Violent Crime, Domestic Abuse, CSE, Cyber Abuse, Self-Harm, Anxiety and Stress.
It is the increasing movement in focus to Emotional Health and Wellbeing that led Gary into co-producing Mindful Me in 2014.
Since, he has worked tirelessly to develop the programme’s evidence base to promote greater acceptance, understanding, awareness and motivation to embed various self-help techniques in schools, workplaces and homes.
Currently Gary is developing a sustainable mobile based solution that can ensure greater sustainability and longitudinal impact assessments amongst young people. He is also co-developing a more advanced, licensed training model that guarantees a more consistent level of delivery across a full range of settings.
Julie StonesSenior Programmes Manager
Graduating from University of York with a degree in Linguistics and Education, Julie first worked at The Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham where her pool of languages increased to 5. She then moved to Hong Kong for a number of years where she got involved in charity work and found that working with children and young people in particular was rewarding and inspiring.
A change of career on her return to the UK took Julie into Kent County Council, one of the largest local authorities in the country. After 13 years in senior management, Julie took the opportunity to move into the charitable sector as a consultant working with multiple charities and bidding and leading on some large commissioned services including an emotional well-being service for all young people in Kent, parenting programmes, NEET, youth provision, breastfeeding campaign, maternal mental health campaign, community budgeting and Talent Match.
Julie has been brought in to lead the development of Mindfulness for the children’s workforce in Kent, working with schools, voluntary and community sector, HeadStart Kent and the local authority. Julie has contributed to the successful bidding on 3 projects in Kent.
Julie enjoys spending time with her four grown-up children, friends, two dogs and travelling abroad at every opportunity.
Stacey AdamsDirector of Operations
In November 2019 Stacey joined the team as Director of Operations, working closely with the rest of the team to expand and develop the reach of the programmes and packages Social Sense offer across the UK and beyond. In her spare time Stacey reads a lot of fantasy fiction, loves to travel, enjoys strength training/weight lifting and looking after her five cats!
Having worked across the NHS, local authorities and voluntary sector, Stacey has a wealth of operational and senior management skills and experience, with a track record of reaching targets and getting underperforming services back on track. For example, in 2009/10 Stacey implemented a recovery plan for the national chlamydia screening target locally in Salford, resulting in Salford being the only PCT area in the North West to achieve the target that year.
Stacey also loves to use creativity in service development and delivery, developing the award winning slogan for a sexual health awareness campaign, “Gonorrhoea – Hard To Spell – Easy To Catch”, leading on the design and development of safer sex packs and set up of Greater Manchester’s first Netreach programme – speaking to gay and bisexual men about sexual health and wellbeing utilising online dating platforms.
Stacey is incredibly passionate about helping others to help themselves, supporting programmes of work that facilitate this, promote equality and improve wellbeing.
Adam McCooeyBusiness Development Manager
Adam graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2003 with degree in Psychology and Criminology. Following several years managing teams in substance misuse and various mental health settings. Adam then moved in to business management for Children’s services, before moving to Social Sense in January 2018.
Adam became aware of Social Sense from a previous job and when a job role came up with Social Sense, he jumped at the chance to join the team.
Adam joined Social Sense as the Business Development Manager and will be working to grow the business through funding opportunities, bids, tenders and partnership networks.
In his spare time, Adam likes to play football with his local team and go the gym. Adam is also an avid listener to music and often goes to gigs to see new, up and coming music.
Ross McCooeySenior Project Manager
Ross joins Social Sense as the Senior Projects Manager and will be working to ensure the successful delivery of services including the HeadStart Kent, Mindful Me and Change Up programmes, whilst securing new funding to take these programmes into new areas of the UK.
Ross graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 with a degree in Psychology and Law. After working within education and substance misuse settings, Ross moved to children’s services managing several local authority commissioned services including disability, and emotional health and wellbeing. Ross then progressed into service development, before moving to Social Sense in May 2019.
In his spare time, Ross likes to participate in a range of sports including football, CrossFit and swimming. Ross also likes to participate in sporting challenges having managed to complete two full marathons and a triathlon.
Nadia MillerNorth West Mindfulness Training and Development Lead
Experienced course facilitator in the mental health field sharing lived experienced to bring hope, positivity and understanding to individuals and health care professionals
In my own time too, I am also a mental health advocate and deliver talks on my own experience of mental health and recovery across the North West. Most recently I have become accredited with Breathworks to teach the 8 week Mindfulness for Stress and Health course. I am passionate to help alleviate suffering in the world by sharing the gift of compassion which I feel I have received through understanding my own suffering. As well as the above, I also achieve this purpose by delivering mindfulness in the workplace via my employment with the General Medical Council and the delivery of Social Sense’s Mindful Me programme to schools across Greater Manchester.
Charlotte YiatrouDigital Marketing Apprentice
Charlotte joined Social Sense in October 2019 as a Digital Marketing Apprentice and has been assisting with the digital and creative side of Social Sense's content and social media platforms.
Having previously worked as a customer service receptionist, Charlotte made the decision to explore a more creative role, leading her to an apprenticeship through Social Chain. Here, Charlotte spends every Fridays being educated on all things from social media to content creation, which she then implements within her practice at Social Sense.
In her free time Charlotte, enjoys going to her dancing classes, going to the gym and seeing her friends/family.