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Melanie Adeley
Melanie Adeley
Co-founder, Clinical Director

Doctor of Medicine and consultant Anaesthetist with the NHS, Melanie provides the Brain Collective with a robust medical and scientific grounding, catapulting us into one of the best clinical practices of neurofeedback technology in the world.

Melanie’s foray into neurotherapy was rooted in a frustration with main-stream medicine to successfully heal her own son who was struggling with developmental difficulties and epilepsy. Like business partner Maria Walters, her passionate quest culminated in Canada with an avid determination to bring neurofeedback technology back to the UK to share the technology’s revolutionary healing potential.

Mel has spearheaded the practice in the exploration and mastery of a comprehensive and diverse range of neurofeedback technologies in different cities and countries across the globe. We can design personalised, powerful and effective protocols for our clients thanks to her commitment to continuing clinical experience, research and education.

Equipped to cater not just for the entire gamut of mental strains, stresses, diagnoses and disorders (including extremely rare conditions) we are able to look at the spectrum of every individual experience and manifestation resulting in prodigious benefits for our clients!

Maria Walters
Maria Walters
Co-founder, Clinical Leader

Maria’s decades-long iridescent career managing large workforces for FTSE 100 companies came to a challenging crossroad when her four-year-old, younger son, was diagnosed with ADHD and medicated for it. An exhaustive international quest for effective alternative therapies culminated in Maria’s life-changing journey with neurofeedback technology which finally saw her son off medication – and now at university!

A visionary and inspiring business leader, Maria’s magical way with people, gleams the best out of both staff and clients revealing her effortless ability to put together extraordinary teams. With a degree in Applied Sciences, Maria has also fruitfully run a national consultancy firm coaching individuals and companies in the navigation of significant personal change and her philanthropic passions saw her successfully fund and restore the expansion and relocation of a special school on threat of closure.

The business back-bone of the Brain Collective, Maria has engendered a cutting-edge culture of nurture, innovation and best-practice not to be beaten. We watch enthusiastically as Maria, together with business partner Melanie Adeley embark on an engaging journey pursuing this shared passionate dream of healing the world – one client at a time!

Paula Conroy
Paula Conroy
Clinician

A Leeds Met Alumni, Paula’s versatility as a Primary School teacher and subject-leader across key-stages makes her popular with our junior clients. Having worked closely with Special Educational Needs Departments in schools and disabled children at Barnado’s, Paula has a keen insight into how we can team-up with schools to engender the provision of an inclusive education for our clients. Couple that with a brief foray in healthcare, working at the CT department at St. James Hospital in Leeds, and a natural talent for management and business; Paula is a strong team asset. Passionate about mental health, Paula spends her time away from work taking on challenging charity fundraisers having already trekked the Sahara to raise money for WellSprings, set up a charity ball for Bobath (a Cerebral palsy initiative) and finished the Great North Run for GetsKidsGoing!

Laura Hunt
Laura Hunt
Clinician

With a degree in Biology, post-graduate certification in Education, and 15 years experience teaching primary school children of every age, Laura also doubled up co-ordinating literacy, science and PE at schools in Yorkshire before her career change with us. Her varied interests, passions and experience spanning sports, education and science, make her a dynamic and much-loved clinician. Outside of work – watch out for Laura in North Yorkshire and Harrogate League Netball Tournaments!

Kay Smithells
Kay Smithells
Administrator

Executive life-line and resiliently-genial face of the Brain Collective, Kay is our latest asset! With an eclectic academic and professional background embracing hotel management, teaching and administration; Kay is responsible for keeping us ticking on a daily basis and your first port of call for the resolution of all things administrative!

Mike Renolds
Mike Renolds
Non-Executive Director

Retiring as group Finance Director with a multi-national contracting business, Mike spent the majority of his career as CFO for eclectic companies. His growing portfolio of interests in the health sector began as a personal journey to properly care for a parent struggling with dementia, setting up a nursing home group in 2011 now with three homes including one specialising in mental health. Non-executive director at South Tees Hospital Trust, member of the Bradford Care Association committee, qualified Chartered Accountant (including a stint with Arthur Anderson) and a Mathematics scholar, Mike has joined our team to provide the solid financial direction necessary to ensure we at the Brain Collective, sustainably realise our daring dreams!

The Brain Collective is a unique set of individuals with a broad range of skills. The Brain Collective also offer an International panel of Advisors through strong, working relationships with the top, key pioneers in the field, and other international connections. The panel of advisors consist of:

The Brain Collective Network / Board of Advisors

Dr Nick Dogris

Dr Nick Dogris
Licensed Psychologist, and inventor / founder of Neurofield
www.neurofield.org

 

Dr Robert Thatcher

Director of Applied Neuroscience Laboratories, and Neuroguide expert
www.appliedneuroscience.com

 

Dr Joel Lubar

South Eastern Neurofeedback Institute
www.eegfeedback.org

 

Dr Phil Jones

www.centerforthehealingarts.com
www.nftools.org

 

Jamie Moore

Registered Nurse and neurotherapy practitioner at Moore Neurotherapy, Nebraska
www.mooreneurotherapy.com

 

Professor Paul Swingle

Registered Psychologist, and one of the founding fathers of Clinical psychoneurophysiology
www.swingleclinic.com

 

Other Professionals we have associations with:

Gail Rhodes
York Human Givens
www.yorkhumangivens.co.uk

Kathryn Elliot
Osteopath – The Kathryn Elliott Practice, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
01423 868388

Amanda Donkin
Counsellor and Horse Therapy