Meet the Rock Pool Team

Sue Penna is our Creative Director and programme expert. Sue has worked with individuals who have psychological trauma as a result of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) for over 30 years in her professional life as a clinician, trainer and supervisor both within the NHS and independently.

She has specialised in writing psycho educational programmes that promote trauma informed practice and a recovery model. Sue is passionate for the need for multi-agency working and committed to supporting front line workers to have the skills to support families with a trauma informed approach.

Sue has an extensive background in the domestic abuse sector and has written trauma informed domestic abuse programmes including the Inspiring Families Programme,  Adult and Children and Young People Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit and the Sexual Violence Recovery Toolkit. Sue has also devised the ACE Recovery Toolkit written for parents and the ACE Recovery Toolkit for children and young people.


Kirsty Mooney is our Director of Business. She has over 14 years experience of working in the public sector at a senior strategic multi agency level specialising in Community Safety, Domestic Abuse and Family Intervention, for which she was nationally recognised.

During her time in the public sector she delivered a range of transformative projects across a breadth of public sector organisations, raised external investment to expand and create new provision.

Kirsty is passionate about working with the whole family and improving practice through the development and implementation of practical tools and programmes.

Meet our Associates

Amber Canham



Amber Canham is a qualified Social Worker with over 15 years’ experience specialising in mental health and trauma. She has also worked as an Health IDVA.

She has been a trainer for 12 years and has extensive experience of delivering domestic abuse, ACEs and trauma informed practice training to multi agency professionals.

Chris Devaney



Chris Devaney has a degree in Psychology and currently works as a Senior Family Support Worker at Birmingham Children’s Trust.

Chris delivers the ACEs and Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit to families. He also delivers training on ACEs and trauma Informed approaches for Rock Pool.

Chris has great experience of working with and training people with lived experience and agencies where the trauma informed model is a new concept.

Roxanne Hammonds



Roxanne Hammonds has previously worked at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre Cardiff as an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate.

She has over 6 years’ experience delivering training on areas including, ACEs, trauma informed practice, domestic abuse including routine enquiry.