Nicky Spencer-Hutchings

Nicky is an Education and Family Support consultant specialising in SEMHD supporting primary and secondary schools, alternative providers and birth, adopted and foster families.

Nicky Spencer-Hutchings
Nicky Spencer-Hutchings

She has over 15 years experience of working in education, in the community and with parents/carers supporting children and young people with complex social, emotional, behavioural and mental health needs. She has been a senior manager in education responsible for the therapeutic strategy, staff development, and supervision.

Inspired by time spent early in her career working in a Romanian orphanage, Nicky maintains a deeply held belief in the human potential for change and growth.

She has a deep understanding of the importance of connections within and across human networks. This informs all her work in training and consultancy enabling practitioners to gain transformative insights.


  • 2015–Present: Self employed Education and Family Support Consultant
  • 2008–2015: Head of Therapeutic Working and Specialist Services
  • 2005–2008: NHS - Occupational Therapy Work Placements
  • 2005–2008: Inclusion Worker
  • 2004–2005: House Parent
  • 2003–2004: Avon and Bristol Law Centre - Management committee volunteer
  • 2002–2004: Connexions Personal Adviser
  • 1999–2002: University of the West of England SU - Advice Centre Manager/Adviser
  • 1998–1999: Bristol City College - Support worker
  • 1998–1999: Include - Project Manager
  • 1997–1998: Blackhorse RAC, Social Care - Support Worker
  • 1997–1998: South East Essex College - Student Adviser
  • 1995–1996: Farm Volunteer
  • 1995–1996: Southampton University New college - Vice President Welfare Officer
  • 1995–1995: Camp Counsellor
  • 1994–1994: Romanian Orphanage Volunteer
  • 1991–1994: Southampton University New college - Nursery Assistant


  • BSc (hons) Occupational Therapy, University of the West of England, 2008
  • Postgraduate Diploma Emotional Literacy for Educators, Bristol University, 2005
  • Postgraduate Diploma for Connexions Personal Adviser, Exeter University, 2003
  • Diploma in Indian Head Massage, Bristol City College, 2000
  • Diploma in Holistic Reflexology, Bristol Folkhouse, 1999
  • Diploma in Professional Development in Voluntary Organisations, Middlesex University, 1997
  • City in Guilds Certificate in Education: training qualification, Southampton City College, 1996
  • BACS (hons) Sociology (major) Theology (minor), La Sainte Union, 1996


  • Meeting the needs of children with attachment disorder – Pearsons, 2016