The Academy For Health Coaching

Who we are

Dr Tim Anstiss

Dr Tim AnstissTim is a physician, experienced MI trainer and founder of the Academy for Health Coaching.

Tim has trained thousands of health professionals in motivational interviewing, health coaching, shared decision making, person centred care planning and related conversational approaches. He has worked with central and local government agencies, NHS organisations, health charities, universities, health clubs, pharma and has designed and delivered training around a range of different health issues: physical activity, obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, stroke, cancer, dermatitis, auto-immune conditions, mental health, smoking, addictions and return to work

He is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, and has authored an co-authored several papers and book chapters on motivational interviewing, coaching and related topics.

Dr Vanessa Bogle

Dr Vanessa BogleDr Vanessa Bogle is Health Psychologist and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She also has a BSc in Fitness and Health. She is a trained MI trainer and regularly provides training for a diverse range of health care professionals working in both primary and secondary health care settings, Health Trainers and exercise practitioners. She has worked clinically within the primary care setting with patients living with long term conditions, including diabetes, CHD and obesity to support them in making lifestyle changes. Vanessa has over 11 years of NHS experience.

Dr Jeff Breckon

Dr Jeff BreckonDr Jeff Breckon is a BPS Chartered psychologist and has been a member of MINT for 11 years. He has delivered MI training internationally as well as the Training New Trainers programme in Barcelona in 2009 for MINT. Most of the workshops he provides are to health professionals in the areas of lifestyle behaviour change and leads on the MI component of two large scale clinical trials exploring the role of MI in managing and preventing long term conditions.

Dr Melvyn Hillsdon

Melvyn HillsdonPreviously Fitness Director for Livingwell, Melvyn is a world recognised expert on the determinants of physical activity, regularly presenting papers at International conferences and publishing in international journals. Trained in REBT and a trained trainer in Motivational Interviewing, Melvyn is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Behaviour at the University of Exeter.

Rob Shannon

Rob ShannonRob is a Chartered Psychologist who has a background in exercise and health behaviour. He is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. The focus of his research is understanding how health professionals can help patients to initiate and maintain helpful health behaviour change. He is currently reading for a PhD alongside his lecturer responsibilities; the focus of which is exploring the effects of motivational interviewing on adherence to physical activity recommendations for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease referred for pulmonary rehabilitation.

Rob is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has trained numerous clinical teams to integrate MI based interactions within routine practice. Most recently, he was part of a team who was commissioned by the Department of Health to develop the ‘Let’s Get Moving’ Physical Activity Care Pathway and to create associated training packages for health professionals working in primary care. Let’s Get Moving forms part of the Department of Health’s attempt to embed physical activity promotion within the NHS.

Judith Carpenter

Judith CarpenterJudith Carpenter became an Motivational Interviewing trainer in 2000. A dietitian by profession, Judith worked in the NHS for 21 years in a wide variety of clinical areas, including diabetes, obesity, CHD and eating disorders, before opening her own training consultancy in 2008 to concentrate on delivering MI training. Judith currently delivers training in a variety of settings including healthcare, social care, leisure services & substance misuse both nationally and internationally. Trainees have included GP’s, practice nurses, community nurses, allied health professionals, Doctors, drugs workers, psychologists, health trainers, sexual health, school nurses, health visitors, pharmacists, public health, managers.

Judith has trained extensively in MI & behaviour change skills for over a decade. She has also been trained in the MITI Coding used in MI. Judith currently Chairs the board of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) which she has sat on since 2009.

Dr Guy Undrill

Guy UndrillDr Guy Undrill is a Consultant Psychiatrist with 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol, Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the Severn Deanery and Visual Images Editor for The Psychiatrist. He is a past chair of the board of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and remains an active member of MINT. His interests include motivational interviewing, medical education, service development and supervision/mentoring.

Glenn Hinds

Glenn HindsGlenn Hinds has over twenty years experience as a Social Worker supporting individuals and families affected by mental illness and addictions. He is trained in person centred and psychodynamic counselling and specialised in the provision of one to one and group counselling to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Trained as a Motivational Interviewing trainer by Professor William Miller (2003) and Professor Stephen Rollnick (2004) Glenn has delivered Motivational Interviewing, Brief Interventions and Substance related training to thousands of multidisciplinary health and social care practitioners across the UK, Ireland and the USA.

Glenn has been a full time independent training and coaching consultant since 2006 and is an active member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).