Bryony heads up our specialist education and wellbeing support programme and, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, plays a wider role in RSN's mission, strategy development and governance.
Prior to joining RSN's team in 2013, Bryony worked for seven years in an international humanitarian and development organisation, deployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. She has since carried out consultant research and evaluation contracts, principally in Afghanistan, focussing on projects supporting displaced young people, including male child survivors of trafficking. While at RSN, Bryony project-managed an international research project about access to higher education for refugees in low resource environments and completed fieldwork in Jordan and Malawi. She was one of the principal researchers on RSN’s After Return report which documented the outcomes of former unaccompanied minors who are forcibly removed to Afghanistan.
Bryony is passionate about supporting young refugees holistically in promoting emotional wellbeing and in exploring and enabling access to education. She has been actively involved in the Springboard Youth Academy, a summer education programme for displaced young people. Bryony has a masters in Near and Middle East Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a postgraduate certificate from the Tavistock Centre in mental health and wellbeing for young people and adults, which takes a multidisciplinary approach combining psychodynamic and systemic therapeutic modalities.
Bryony continues to enjoy opportunities to study and learn, prioritising themes of mental health and building resilience amongst young survivors of trauma. Later this year, she will be taking up an introductory course in Transactional Analysis psychology to support her growing specialism in grass roots wellbeing support to young people.