About MAST

MAST (Multi-Agency Support Team) is part of Plymouth Learning Partnership (PLP). This service provides effective training and interventions to support the mental and social needs of children, families and schools across Plymouth and beyond.

Plymouth Learning Partnership Mentor with Pupils Outside

A wheel of supports

MAST’s service comprises a ‘wheel’ of supports encompassing three key elements: child and family support, school staff development and whole school system enhancement. These areas allow us to deliver an adaptable range of interventions to meet schools’ unique needs and priorities.

Diverse professionals, working together

The MAST team includes specialists from a variety of disciplines, including educational psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, therapists, systemic family therapists and family learning mentors. This breadth of expertise enables us to direct the right help to the people and areas needing it. 

Creative and responsive

The collaborative approach of MAST allows us respond effectively to a variety of challenges. We work proactively with schools, SATs, MATs to promote best practice in mental and social wellbeing. But we also provide fast, targeted interventions where urgent needs arise, for example in a situation of crisis for a child.

Our mission

To respond to the psychological and social needs of every child and family that needs it – and to provide a connected system of support for positive mental health across schools in Plymouth.

Educational Psychologists and Practitioners

Family Support Team

Learning Mentors

Speech and Language Therapists

Therapists and Counsellors

Christiaan Stirling
Christiaan Stirling

Emotional Logic Lead

Jon Couch
Jon Couch

Senior Educational Psychologist

Owayne Ovenstone
Owayne Ovenstone

Senior Educational Practitioner

Paula Davies
Paula Davies

Psychotherapist and Therapist/Counsellor Manager

Sarah Aldrich
Sarah Aldrich

Senior Educational Psychologist

Sue Thompson
Sue Thompson

Senior Educational Psychologist

Will Roberts
Will Roberts

Senior Educational Psychologist

Aimee Rice
Aimee Rice

Family Learning Mentor

Andrew Hartley
Andrew Hartley

Senior Educator

Anna Sutton
Anna Sutton

Educational Psychologist

Chloe Ridgway
Chloe Ridgway

Speech and Language Therapist

Claire Bergman
Claire Bergman

Speech and Language Therapist

Claire Wilkinson
Claire Wilkinson

Family Learning Mentor

Debbie Carter
Debbie Carter

Family Learning Mentor

Gail Howells
Gail Howells

Family Learning Mentor

Gaynor Winsor
Gaynor Winsor

Family Learning Mentor

Guy Rapson
Guy Rapson

Drama Therapist

Helen Seager
Helen Seager

Learning Mentor (Virtual School Team)

Helen van Deijl
Helen van Deijl

Volunteer Counsellor

Jo Williams
Jo Williams

Family Learning Mentor

Judith Brettell
Judith Brettell

Learning Mentor (Virtual School Team)

Julie Spencer
Julie Spencer

School-Based Learning Mentor

Justin Ranger
Justin Ranger

Drama Therapist

Karen Hapgood
Karen Hapgood

Counsellor

Kathy Taylor
Kathy Taylor

Counsellor

Kerry Sumareh
Kerry Sumareh

Family Learning Mentor

Kirsty Daw
Kirsty Daw

Speech and Language Therapist

Liz Row
Liz Row

Family Learning Mentor

Lloyd Chilcott
Lloyd Chilcott

Educational Psychologist

Martin Huggins
Martin Huggins

Counsellor

Nicky Walters
Nicky Walters

School-Based Learning Mentor

Nicola Blundell
Nicola Blundell

Speech and Language Therapist

Rachael Cameron
Rachael Cameron

Learning Mentor (Virtual School Team)

Sally Chugg
Sally Chugg

Family Learning Mentor/Counsellor

Sharon Thomas
Sharon Thomas

Senior Administrator

Suzi Norris
Suzi Norris

Art Psychotherapist

Elize Thomas
Elize Thomas

Educational Psychologist Assistant

Finnley Wilson
Finnley Wilson

Educational Psychologist Assistant

Lexi Dawes
Lexi Dawes

Educational Psychologist Assistant

Tammy Baker
Tammy Baker

Senior Educational Psychology Assistant / Family Learning Mentor

Tom Andrew
Tom Andrew

Trainee Educational Psychologist

Tom Shipp
Tom Shipp

Senior Educational Psychology Assistant / Family Learning Mentor

Supported by people who care

University of Exeter
HCPC
BACP
University of Plymouth
Our Time Foundation
Autism Education
Marjon University
Outcomes Star