Michael Conroy (MA, BA, PGCert, PGDip, YMHFA, ASIST) is the founder, trainer and training programme designer for Men At Work C.I.C. (see #10Dialogues for Boys & Young men (and Those Working with Them) Michael worked in Secondary Education in England for 16 years, until Dec 2021, delivering a wide range of citizenship and well-being programmes for students in Years 7-13. School and community-based programmes and initiatives Michael has steered have been recognised by awards including a Sinnott Fellowship and a Suzy Lamplugh Young Person’s Safety Award. In recent years he has developed a training programme for educators in unpicking social influences on the values and beliefs of boys and young men and how some of those influences can manifest in a range of problematic behaviours.
Michael has presented on this work at the National Education Union’s ‘Challenging Sexism in Schools’ conferences, the National Men in Early Years Conference and the Young Trades Union Conference (YTUC). He has recorded a TEDx Youth Talk and twice spoken at Parliamentary events: the Women & Equalities Select Committee in Parliament on the topic of Sexual Harassment and an APPG on Sex and Safeguarding in Schools. Men At Work was co-sponsor in Oct 2021 of the first global conference on the conflict between porn and effective Sex Education in schools. Michael is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a member of the Worcestershire Suicide Prevention forum.
Michael / Men At Work was featured in the Big Issue’s ‘100 Changemakers’ in January 2022.
Tamasine Preece (PhD, MA, BA, PGCert, PGDip, YMHFA, ASIST) is Curriculum Lead for Health and Wellbeing at a secondary school in South Wales. Tamasine also holds a Level 7 Qualification in Leadership in Education and a Level 6 Introductory Qualification in Counselling. Following the completion of her PhD on the subject of Adolescent Suicide, Self-harm, and Social Media Use she has carried out freelance consultancy alongside her teaching, predominantly in fields related to social media, self-harm and suicide, exploitation, sexual health and substance misuse.
Tamasine is a member of the Expert Panel for national charity Internet Matters and, as an advocate for the teaching of pornography through the lens of exploitation, consults regularly for US Not For Profit Culture Reframed on matters related to Relationship and Sex Education. Tamasine has previously presented her work on Inclusive Relationship and Sex Education at national and international events and conferences, including at two APPGs, Health in Wales (NHS), Inside Government, Westminster Briefing, Hackney Learning Trust, Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health, the Department for Education, and Culture Reframed. She has also worked with schools to develop bespoke Relationship and Sex Education policy, curriculum and resources and in response to specific challenges including schools impacted by Everyone’s Invited. Tamasine was recently interviewed talking about Social Media and Sex for the ‘What Parents Don’t Know’ Podcast with Amit Singh Kalley.