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 is one of our level six Advanced Paediatric Sleep Training course tutors.

Kirsty trained as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London, qualifying in 1997. After 5 years working with adults as a general nurse, Kirsty joined the NHS School Nursing team in Ashford, Kent, and in 2007 Kirsty completed a postgraduate diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, School Nursing. In 2012 Kirsty became dual qualified as a Health Visitor and School Nurse. She is also a qualified counsellor.

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

Kirsty has been working with children and families for more than 17 years and has experience within both statutory and private services. She is passionate about improving sleep for both adults and children, and recently completed a course in CBTi. Kirsty has experience in supporting families and individuals with sleep problems and works across the age ranges, from babies, through the teens, and up to older adults.

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). 

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 our senior tutor and course administrator.

Jenni has worked with children and families for the past 20 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 worked 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

Maria Pickford

Maria is tutor on our level six online course.

She qualified as a Children’s Nurse in 2004 and has worked with children and families in the NHS since qualifying. She currently works as part of a multidisciplinary NHS hospital-based team, as the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for both inpatient and outpatient sleep diagnostics services. As part of her role Maria runs nurse led sleep clinics for children who present with behavioural sleep disorders, parasomnias, circadian sleep disorders and complex sleep difficulties associated with a variety of co-morbidities. Her growing areas of interest include the effects of sensory processing disorder upon sleep, demand avoidance and Autism and CBTi (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia). 

Maria is passionate in promoting the importance of sleep and has led on the implementation of World Sleep Day promotions, Southampton Sleep for Health in Hospital initiative working group for her NHS Trust, and developed a parental sleep booklet, now widely used in primary care settings and two Hospital NHS Trusts. She is currently collaborating with colleagues within her Trust and plans to develop and provide sleep talks to local schools and universities.

Maria also recently completed the Oxford University mindfulness for life course and is currently obtaining a level two certificate in Counselling. She feels that these elements very much compliment her current work with children and their families.

Maria is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is a member of the British Sleep Society, World Sleep Society and the International Paediatric Sleep Society. 

Deborah Hartland

Deborah is one of our guest speakers on our Paediatric Sleep Training courses for Occupational Therapists (OT) She has worked as an OT for over 20 years and has experience in the field of chronic pain, having worked at the renowned residential pain management unit in St Thomas’ London. Deborah has post graduate training in sensory integration, counselling and worked as a dyspraxia assessor for many years.  Deborah is trained to Level 6 in paediatric sleep training. She is very passionate about supporting families of additional needs and complex needs to overcome sleep problems, including children with dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Deborah 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 was on social media, design, photography and film. She now works for a PR Agency as a Content Creator for a range of clients. 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.