Charity Director – Blue Smile
Jess Manley trained at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, has a Masters of Education degree in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling and has worked privately as an arts-based child and adolescent therapist.
She has been involved with Blue Smile since its infancy, initially as an arts-based therapist and then as a Team Leader in one of our Partner Schools. During her three years as a Team leader she also took on the role of Outreach Project Leader/Deputy Clinical Director for Blue Smile and developed the menu of services Blue Smile offers to schools before stepping into the position of Clinical Director and more recently Charity Director.
Having worked in education for over 10 years, Jess brings to Blue Smile extensive experience of school policies and procedures, and working within school settings. Other school based therapeutic experience includes running nurture groups and multi-systemic family therapy groups.
She also brings managerial experience having worked in local government, recruitment and private sector service industries.
Professionally and as a mother, Jess is very passionate about working with a charity that uses highly trained therapists, adheres to tight ethical guidelines and has, at its core, the desire to change children’s lives for the better.