• Meet The Trainers

  • Joanna Buckard

    Joanna is a specialist trainer and qualified Health and Social Care lecturer and has been working in the social care sector for 25 years. She previously worked for a Social Services Children and Families assessment team and as a Residential Social Worker for children with significant emotional and behavioural problems.

    Joanna has delivered training throughout the UK to various children and families social workers, fostering and adoption teams, foster carers, family support workers, residential social workers, teachers, inclusion teams, midwives, doctors, psychologists and many more.




    Joanna has spoken at various conferences throughout the UK, taken part in and consulted on 2 FASD films, written FASD booklets, FASD e-courses and presented at international conferences. She has also presented to the Duke of Kent and High Sherriff of Cheshire and spoken in the House of Commons at the APPG on FASD.

    Joanna is on the expert’s committee for National FASD and the steering group for a FASD parenting project.

    Joanna also arranged Pregnant Pause Events working with members of the public, an actor, MP and students to raise awareness about FASD. You tube films were made about these which went viral. She has been interviewed on Sky news, ITV news, quoted in newspapers, Midwives Magazine and in an FASD book. She has also written a book chapter due out soon.

    Joanna has trained clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and levels within their organisations. Her feedback analysis shows that she is passionate, engaging and knowledgeable and that she uses a wide variety of learning methods and tools making learning enjoyable.



    Joanna with The Duke of Kent

    Lucy Vaughan

    Lucy is a qualified lecturer and has taught Health and Social Care for the past 14 years, specialising in equality and diversity and social sciences. Prior to this she worked as a social carer, supporting adults and young people with learning disabilities in residential settings. Lucy also worked as a specialist teaching assistant, supporting learners with visual impairments.

    Lucy has a keen interest in promoting social justice and she has been involved with organisations such as Stand Up to Racism and the Amnesty Teacher Programme. She has also trained with the Alzheimer’s Society to become a Dementia Champion, and she has now trained over 100 people to become Dementia Friends.

    Lucy has worked with therapeutic reminiscence workers to run inter-generational events between young people and older people with dementia.

    Lucy has also organised events to promote citizenship and equality and diversity, including events for Holocaust Memorial Day, International Women’s Day and a mock election to encourage young people to engage with the democratic process.