Speaker Programme

VERVE’s experienced speakers will cover a range of topics including Sleep, Nutrition and Gut Health, Sex & Relationships, Mental Health, Confidence Building, Habit Breaking and more.


Speakers lined up so far are:

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Shahroo Izadi – The Kindness Method

Shahroo is Behavioural Change Specialist, speaker and best-selling author of The Kindness Method. Her approach to changing day-to-day habits is influenced by the experience she gained working in various roles across the addiction treatment field. She has since been dedicated to highlighting what those in long-term recovery from substance misuse can teach the general population about self-esteem, self-belief and resilience. 

Shahroo is also an expert by experience. Using the same tools she now hands over to others, she managed to shed 8 stone in weight and learn to treat her body with respect and compassion after a life-time of abusing it with negative self-talk and extreme, punitive diet plans.

During this talk, Shahroo will share her personal story of change and introduce her simple motivational framework that is helping people around the world to like themselves more, know themselves better and treat themselves with the kindness they deserve, in order to achieve any goal of their choosing. 

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Actress Serena Evans – Speaking with Confidence

Serena Evans is a professional actress of some 30 years; She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and subsequently she has worked extensively in the West End and for all the major theatre companies, including The RSC, Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, and on television in The Comic Strip Presents, The Thin Blue Line, and more recently, “Catastrophe” for Channel 4.

She has also worked as a trainer and coach for 20 of those 30 years, bringing her theatrical skills, knowledge and talent to help people to connect and communicate more effectively and authentically when they are presenting to others. Serena works with mindfulness techniques, investigates whether presence and charisma can be learnt (she believes that they can), and, using a combination of her theatrical knowledge and her coaching skills, she opens participants to their innate storytelling skills. 

At VERVE, Serena will be providing us with a masterclass on how to find our voice and speak fearlessly and confidently.

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Aoife Drury -  Sex and Relationships

Aoife is an accredited Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist with extensive background in psychiatry. Aoife  works with both individuals and couples and the issues they present so that they may become comfortable in their relationship, sexuality and exploring what is meaningful for them. Aoife is LGBTQ+ and KINK Aware and committed to creating a therapeutic environment where people of all backgrounds and gender-identities feel safe and supported.  

Aoife will be talking all things sex and relationships. Unpicking how to better improve your sex life with or without a partner!

she will be debunking myths and explaining how you can best explore and uncover your body so you can have a healthier, more fulfilling sex life. 

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Alli Godbold – Gut Health & Nutrition

Alli qualified from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition in 1996, and for over 20 years has been practicing as a nutritional therapist from her clinic in Chiswick, West London. She specialises in weight loss and fatigue as well as digestive and hormonal health. 

Alli has worked for The Food Doctor and since 2005 for The Healthy Holiday Company as a nutritionist on their in:spa retreats. Alli frequently runs cookery workshops and has her own popular cookery book ‘Feed Your Health’, she is currently writing a second book of simple, healthy recipes which is due to be out this year. 

Alli will take us on a journey through the gut and will focus on the importance of a healthy, diverse microbiome.  She will be telling us about fermented foods and will show us how easy it is to make sauerkraut.  Come and taste her home-made kefir water and sauerkraut and learn more about how you can boost your gut health.

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Harrie Ellaway – NATURE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Harrie will be will be talking about outdoor adventure and exercise and how it links to mental wellbeing.  He will also cover how creating challenges in the outdoors helps us unplug from our day to day pressurised lives. 

He will also discuss the necessity of making the outdoors interactive for our children to help them engage.


Managing the mind and body for better sleep, presented by WeSleep

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Julie Wright and Kata Armitage from WeSleep will help you understand the theory of neuro-hypnotic repatterning, which is a gentle form of deep meditation and relaxation technique, to rewire our thoughts and our brains towards calm, positive thoughts and better sleep.

Learn or refresh your knowledge of sleep then let yourself be led into a neuro-hypnotic repatterning session which can help improve your sleep, by rewiring our brains towards good feelings at a neurological and physiological level. This taster session is conducted with a soothing voice over very soft music. Our coach therapist will lead attendees to a relaxed, in between sleep and awake state.

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