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29 year old Alex was bullied at school and as a result he has made it his mission in life to make sure this doesn't happen to others as the founder of a national peer support scheme, student 'Anti-Bullying Ambassadors'.
In 2017 he was made a Queen's Young Leader by Her Majesty The Queen representing the commonwealth for his work in tackling bullying and January 2018 was announced as one of Forbes 30 Under 30, an annual encyclopaedia of ‘the brightest entrepreneurs, innovators and game-changers under the age of 30 who are transforming business as usual and changing the world.’
Alex runs interactive workshops, speeches and assemblies exploring the issue of bullying by working with young people, teachers, parents and employee staff to help and inspire everyone understand their role in preventing bullying. He also speaks about online abuse, cyber bullying and internet safety, sitting on a number of global safety & advisory boards and councils for the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Ask.Fm, regularly visiting their headquarters in America as well as a being a founding member of Prince William's The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying.
Alex has over 7 years’ experience working in the education system in various roles from teaching assistant, learning mentor to Head of Year. He believes in the three Ps - Passion, Perseverance and Politeness- the latter being the most important as it has an important message for all young people, not just about bullying, but about looking out for each other.
Alex was named on the Independent on Sunday's Happy List as one of the 100 people who make Britain a happier place to live.
"Our pupils were engaged and he maintained a good energy throughout the three sessions."– Ruth Elliott, Assistant Head, Colfe's School
"Alex's talk was very inspirational and really drove his ideas home to the pupils. His engagement with the audience meant that the pupils came up with their own reasons for why banter is sometimes bullying, which gave great clarity. The way he spoke was engaging, clear and very reassuring. His experience within the cyber industry enabled him to give the right advice from a worthy source and our pupils are very keen to join his charity to become an Anti-bullying Ambassador.
Thanks Alex for a really great talk!"– Rosie Hase, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Lingfield College
"Alex was brilliant and our whole school community loved having him here. In fact, we would like to continue a future collaboration with him."– Lindsay Mackenzie-Wright, Head of Staff and Student Well-Being, The International School of Monaco
"Your work in schools is an inspiration to young people across the country & sends a strong message on how they can be positive role models"
– Nick Gibb MP & Minister of State for Schools, Responsible for Behaviour, Attendance and Bullying
"Our teachers were very happy with the work you did and felt that you addressed delicate issues though hands on activities and with age appropriate content and delivery. You were excellent with the older students as well and engaged them in topics that are not easy to identify. Again, thank you for your professionalism and keen understanding of our school culture. I heard many positive comments throughout the week."
– Denise Buren, PhD, Director of Student Services, American School of Milan, Italy
"The work has been an inspiration to many others."
– David Cameron, Prime Minister
"Before Alex and anti-bullying, the school was really down, but now it’s really lifted.”
– Year 10 student
"I’ve Googled you and you’re right up there at the top. This guy just seems amazing!”
– Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic Gold Medalist (not Alex’s sister)
"We thoroughly enjoyed Alex's talk"
– Christopher Graham, Royal Hospital School
"A huge thank you to Alex – we thought he was fantastic. He was inspirational, thought provoking and really personable. A great hit with our delegates."
– Jacqueline Shalks, Customer Relations Engagement Manager, Solutions SK
"Really enjoyed having him – a thoroughly nice guy that took on the fully packed day without a problem. He went down very well with the parents too."
– Neil Holbrook, Trent College
"He was fantastic – thoroughly enjoyed by our pupils and delivered a powerful message in terms of bullying. I would thoroughly recommend schools investing in getting Alex into their schools."– Mark Bushby, Deputy Head, St Josephs College
Thank you very much indeed for your great session yesterday. You not only hit home with great advice but managed to keep a group that are about to finish their schooling very much engaged. Your message, your work is vital, and I am very glad to have booked you. I will be seeking more visits next year because lower year groups will certainly benefit from your session.All the very best for your most valuable work.– Robert Mc Carthy, Careers and Enrichment, Phoenix Academy
The sessions with Alex went really well. He engaged the boys really well. The 6th Form, who having experienced the lecture programme in it’s traditional format, were very positive. They said that they found him relevant, engaging, interesting and that he had been realistic in his tackling of the issues around bullying, such as social media use and banter. They were impressed by his story, in part of the network he has developed, as well as the work he does. It is unusual to get such positive feedback from the boys as they often see ‘lectures’ as a chore. They were genuinely impressed and were discussing the presentation after it had finished, when normally they just move on to the next thing.
Personally I think he delivered a really strong story of his life and the journey it has taken him on, as well as how a passion has directed his life. He engaged the boys because he was honest, passionate, young (another comment the boys made as a positive) and he openly discussed racism as well as homophobia. The boys left with a lot to think about within the Sherborne community and I think he has given our Wellbeing programme a great start to build upon throughout the year.
Thank you for suggesting Alex and arranging his visit.– Andrew Griffin-Raphael , Sherborne School
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