About Us

Dr Sonya Wallbank

Sonya WallbankAFBPsS; MCIPD is the Clinical Director of the Arden Centre. Sonya is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Sonya is also a registered member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Sonya is the founder of Capellas Nurseries Group and has worked in the UK, USA and Australia delivering direct therapy and also training a range of staff to utilise her model of restorative resilience within their work. Her most recent NHS position was Director of Children and Families. She has trained a range of staff in the NHS, Department of Health, Local Authorities, private organisations, Hospices and Charities. As a keen writer, Sonya has published in both professional journals and books and has a number of ongoing blogs.

The Arden Centre are a team of associates, all experts in their own field and delivering training on parenting, safeguarding, mental health, leadership, coaching and restorative resilience. We believe that building confidence and resilience, even in difficult times will ensure that you are more able to cope and less likely to suffer from the adverse impact of stress and/or difficulties with your mental health. We leave our delegates with insight, education and skills and always ensure sustainability is built into our training events.

Featured Associates

Gavin Speers


P1010518Gavin Speers is an enthusiastic and dynamic facilitator, resilience coach and leadership development professional with over 15 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors.  Gavin has worked at national and strategic level in the NHS and has a successful track record of leading and delivering development initiatives that enhance personal, team and organisational effectiveness.

As an associate with Capellas, Gavin has worked extensively with professionals (both practitioners and managers) in the health, voluntary and social care sectors providing restorative resilience coaching to enhance leadership confidence, practice and capabilities.  He would describe his style as “…supportive, challenging and focused on helping individuals to think differently.”

In addition to his professional background in leadership development, Gavin brings his recent studies in Performance Psychology into his practice with individuals and teams.  Gavin is originally from Northern Ireland but now enjoys the energy and cultural diversity of life in London.  He enjoys playing and watching sport, outdoor activities and socialising with friends and family, particularly his five young nephews.


Sally Brown


Sally is an energetic and experienced nurse and consultant restorative supervisor who has delivered training and supervision to professionals across England to build resilience and reduce work related stress.

Sally is an experienced senior manager with a particular interest in change and redesign and has over 30 years’ experience within the NHS. She worked at The Department of Health for over 7 years, leading programmes of work and teams supporting organisations to deliver sustainable change and reductions in healthcare associated infections and mixed sex occurrences and supporting the expansion of the Heath Visiting workforce and the transformation of the health visitor service.

Sally has also had experience in senior positions within Strategic Health Authorities and Clinical Networks all with the common aim of improving outcomes and experiences for clients. Sally has expertise in service improvement tools and techniques, the management of change, programme and project management, mobilising teams and individuals, supervision, coaching, teaching and facilitation.


Featured partners

Established in 1994 by Jane Wonnacott,in-trac In-Trac specialises in supporting our customers by delivering tailor made training and consultancy services of the very highest quality. This is achieved through the In-Trac network of dedicated and highly experienced training Associates, who come from a wide range of professions including social workers, health visitors, police officers, academics and teachers. We can respond to a wide range of requests for training and consultancy and can provide named staff for specific assignments and extensive projects.



Community Work

The Arden Centre are proud to be a community organisation volunteering our skills with a number of our local charities to support their work.

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England.



If you are interested in becoming an associate or are a charity wanting to work with us please contact us on 01926 298 780