Meet the Team


Evelyn Stewart

As well as running Sleep-Soundly and EDS Training Ltd, Evelyn was the Senior Paediatric Sleep Practitioner within NHS Southampton Children’s Sleep Disorder Service in Southampton for nearly nine years until the summer of 2017, where she managed a team of practitioners. In addition to this Evelyn was the course facilitator and trainer for the NHS Southampton Sleep Training Courses, teaching approximately 40% of the course. The Southampton courses have been highly praised by its attendees, many of whom are Consultant Paediatricians, Clinical Psychologists, Health Visitors, CAMHS Practitioners andLD Nurses. Evelyn is pleased to be able to continue to offer this same high standard of teaching privately and has taught on the subject of sleep, both nationally and internationally. Evelyn is a member of the British Sleep Society, The International Paediatric Sleep Association and The World Sleep Society. Before working in the world of sleep, Evelyn worked both as a Behavioural Advisor as part of a specialist ADHD service within an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Kirsty Vant

Kirsty trained as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse with a combined BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing from South Bank University in 1997. After 5 years working with adults as a general nurse, Kirsty joined the NHS School Nursing team in Ashford, Kent.

In 2007 Kirsty completed a postgraduate diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, School Nursing and in 2012 completed additional training at Canterbury Christ Church University to become dual qualified as a Health Visitor and School Nurse. She has been working with children and families for 15 years and has experience within both statutory and private services.

In 2015 Kirsty founded Nurture Family Health which offers assessment and support to children and families with a range of sleep problems. In addition to sleep, Kirsty is a qualified counsellor and has a particular interest in emotional health with experience of working with attachment issues, eating, anxiety and postnatal depression. Kirsty works both on a one to one basis with clients or in groups, either as part of therapy or training. Kirsty has completed Southampton Sleep Practitioner Training course, she has worked with children of all ages from babies to teenagers. Kirsty is a member of the Royal College of Nursing, the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), the International Peadiatric Sleep Association (IPSA) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Kirsty is currently studying for an MRes. in  research Methods in Psychology at Goldsmith University London 

Trainers and level six tutors

Sarah Wilson

Sarah is one of our guest speakers on our Paediatric Sleep Training for Professionals course and has contributed to the course content of the level six online course.

Sarah originally started her career in government and headed up a training & policy team that dealt with housing, benefits and poverty. She also volunteered at a food bank in London and wrote the policy on homelessness and addiction.

Sarah now works for the Lullaby Trust which is the UK’s leading charity on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). As part of her work for the Lullaby Trust Sarah trains all over the country on safer sleep and bereavement support to a wide audience, including doctors, nurses, health visitors, midwives and the police. Sarah also attends various Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP’s) and advises on national SIDS policy. During the Paediatric Sleep Training Course for Professionals Sarah shares her experiences of working with families who have lost a child to SIDS, as well as looking at the statistics, and advises on safe sleep practices.

Katie Palmer

Katie has been working with families on a one to one basis for 22 years. She completed her NNEB training and worked as a nanny around the world before moving to London. Katie then completed the MNT Maternity Nurse course, which resulted in her working as a private Maternity Nurse. This work evolved and Katie became a sleep trainer, setting up a very successful private sleep consultancy with two fellow practitioners. She attended the Southampton Sleep Practitioner Training course in 2012, which furthered her own professional knowledge, and provided her with more effective ways of giving parents informed, research-based choices, to manage their children's sleep problems. Katie has joined the EDS Training team as a guest speaker as she is keen to share her expertise and knowledge regarding sleep issues in little ones with other health professionals.

Katie is a member of the British Sleep Society and the International Paediatric Sleep Society

Jenny Stephenson

Jenny is one of our tutors for the level six online course as well as a trainer on our Paediatric Sleep Training for Psychologists  course.

Jenny is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with a specialist role in the area of sleep and well-being. She is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of sleep on children’s development and applying evidence-based practice to support families and schools in this area. She has worked as an Educational Psychologist for the local authority since 2005 and her practice has included training for schools, parents and professionals on understanding and managing children’s sleep and training for schools on promoting healthy sleep. Jenny has a special interest in sleep-related anxiety and was until recently an executive committee member of the British Sleep Society.

Jenni Bumstead

Jenni is tutor on our level six online course.

Jenni is a Senior Paediatric Sleep Practitioner working in a specialist NHS hospital based sleep clinic. 

Jenni has worked with children and families for the past 18 years, starting off her career as a pre-school practitioner and moving on to setting up and managing new pre-schools, nurseries and creches within children’s centres.

Jenni has also worked as a family learning tutor, writing and delivering accredited training courses and workshops on subjects such as weaning, sleep, behaviour management, developing confidence as a parent, safe and healthy baby and infant massage.

Jenni’s passion for sleep developed during her 4 years  working as part of the Community Nursery Nurse, School Nursing and Health Visiting team. Jenni joined an NHS Specialist multidisciplinary Paediatric Sleep Clinic in 2012, and works as a Senior Specialist Paediatric Sleep Practitioner supporting families of children with additional and complex needs to overcome sleep problems, including children with ASD, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental conditions. 

Jenni is a member of the British Sleep Society and the International Paediatric Sleep Society

IT and Social Media Manager

Emmeline Maline

Emmeline graduated from Cardiff University in 2003 with BA Hons in Communication. Unsure about what direction to take, three years work experience as a student in a London-based PR firm set her on the path of Marketing. Her first role after graduating saw her producing content in the form of articles and blogs. This was a time where social media was in its infancy.

From here, she moved to Wiltshire College, where her main responsibilities were to organise the events, including attendance at some well-known events such as Bath and West and Smithfields in London, as well as more local recruitment events.

After a break to raise her three children, she returned to work for four years in a Website company, where she worked on content, social media, client management and event organisation, her favourite being a customer-focus event, where she booked the popular Joe Wicks ‘aka The Bodycoach’ as the keynote.

Most recently, Emmeline has worked as Marketing Officer for an Independent School, where her focus now is on social media, design, photography and film. Emmeline has also been working with EDS on branding materials, social

media and the website. 

We are very grateful to others who are experts in their fields and have been kind enough to share 

their knowledge and experiences with our students    

We would like to thank Dr Carole Bignell for her contribution to the Research and Reflective Practice unit of the level six course

We would like to thank Dr Sue McCabe for her contribution to the Sleep and Thermoregulation unit of the level six course.