Who We Are

Changing Chances CIC is on a mission to improve the life chances of children and young people who struggle at home, in the classroom and beyond. We are passionate about understanding the reasons that lie behind behaviour difficulties. And we love sharing our approaches and strategies to empower children and their adult supporters to build new skills and make positive changes for the future.

Meet our core team

Kit Messenger

Co-founder of Changing Chances CIC, Kit is a former primary school Headteacher. She is a tutor at the University of Sussex and a qualified coach. Kit is determined to bring about big changes in how challenging behaviour is tackled in the education system and beyond.

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Kit believes in “building unconditional, positive, supportive relationships between adults and children.”

Alison believes that “coaching is a powerful catalyst for change – it’s not just a nice chat.”

Alison Rendle

Co-founder of Changing Chances CIC, Alison is a former senior leader in a local authority and in secondary schools.  She is a qualified coach, working with school leaders and people with neurodiverse conditions.

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Leslea Markwick

Leslea is a former Deputy Headteacher with 23 years of teaching and leadership experience from Early Years to KS4. She is currently a primary education advisor and a university tutor for the University of Brighton.

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Leslea believes that “behaviour change can only happen when high expectations are coupled with high support.”

Lara believes that “there’s always a reason behind challenging behaviour.”

Dr Lara Beaumont

Lara is a qualified Child, Educational and Community Psychologist, completing her Doctorate at The Tavistock and Portman NHS trust. Having also gained a MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health, she has a special interest in the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people. Lara also works as an educational psychologist with East Sussex County Council.

Introducing our wider team

We also draw on the expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm of a wider team of professionals that includes:

  • Educational and clinical psychologists
  • Coaches
  • Serving headteachers and school leaders
  • Careers advisors