Dr. Katie A. Koehler - Research Advisor

Katie is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in working with children and families, and providing supervision for professionals providing direct services in a variety of settings. Katie has facilitated training for us for the past nine years, and for eight and a half of those years was Child Bereavement UK's Deputy Director of Bereavement Services and Education. Prior to joining us in 2009, Katie worked in an NHS Child and Adolescent psychology service where she was the psychology lead for a multidisciplinary Child Development Team, supporting both children with developmental delay and those caring for them.


Katie has a particular interest in support around children with learning difficulties and autism, the area in which she carried out her doctoral research.


Ann Rowland - Clinical Advisor

Dr Ann Rowland (C.Psychol) retired from Child Bereavement UK in March 2019 after 10 years as Director of Bereavement Support and Education, where she managed the bereavement support and education services offered by Child Bereavement UK across the country. These services included the training of professionals, the support sections of the website, the national helpline, family bereavement support services across the UK, and projects in areas of deprivation in England and Scotland.

Ann is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with children, young people and families facing a wide range of difficulties, in community and health service settings.

Ann has provided training on loss and bereavement to the statutory and voluntary sectors both in the UK and overseas. In addition, Ann’s roles have included, service development, project management, supervision, consultation, audit and research. She has written a number of publications in a range of professional journals and books.


Deborah Leek Bailey OBE - Education Sector Advisor

Deborah is a former headteacher and government advisor. She is founding Director of DLB Leadership Associates Ltd. She chaired the ministerial Independent State School Partnership Forum (ISSP) from 2013-2017, was previously a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) National Associate, Chairman and Vice President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), and a former board member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) as well as the Bromley Safeguarding Children Board.

A journalist, researcher, key note speaker and adjudicator for the TES School Awards, Deborah has published work on outstanding leadership, bereavement, adoption and partnership engagement. She is a participant of many Think Tanks on leadership and community action and was awarded the lifetime Millennium Award for her work effecting positive global social change, in the areas of HIV and AIDS awareness, an OBE for services to education, and a London for Londoners Award.

Deborah served as a Trustee from 2013-2016. Through her involvement with multiple stakeholders and national work on social mobility and community engagement, Deborah is ideally placed to raise the profile of the needs of bereaved young people.

Read Deborah's article for ISA Magazine on how schools can help children develop resilience and coping skills here.


Dr Su Laurent MBBS FRCPCH - Medical Education Advisor

Dr Su Laurent MBBS FRCPCH has been a Consultant Paediatrician at Barnet Hospital, Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 1993, looking after children from babies to teenagers. She is the named doctor for safeguarding for her hospital and the Chair of Training Programme Directors for North Central and East London, responsible for ensuring excellent training and supervision of large numbers of trainee paediatricians. Su has a special interest in managing children with complex medical problems and in the importance of the interaction of mind and body in child health.

Su has been involved with Child Bereavement UK since its inception, inspired by what she learned about bereavement support on a residential course attended mainly by nurses, and hugely impressed by the focus on learning from parents. Keen to spread the teaching to doctors, she became involved in making training DVDs and facilitating on courses. She was a Trustee until 2013.

Su is involved in running a bereavement support course for paediatric trainees which is now mandatory in London. She also facilitates on courses across the UK and is on hand to advise the charity about what’s happening in medical education.