“Having set-out on this journey in 2008, I have been blessed to have met and collaborated with so many inspiring, innovative people and organisations.

Today, I am proud to see that our Ecosystem exists and thrives in collaboration with some of the best organisations in the world of social emotional development practice; making us a significant force for change across 3 continents.”

Jay Baughan, Founder & Executive Chairman

Our dedicated Social Emotional Development Institute

Our collaborations across the globe have created the first dedicated and expert-rich institute, through which we support educators, youth workers, young people and adults to build specific capability.

The Social Emotional Development Institute (SEDi) is a unique Structure led by two directors, who work through and with our partners to oversee professional and personal capability building on 3 continents.

Aled Owen

Operations and Logistics

Aled leads physical operations and logistics on 3 continents, which support all Learning Outreach activities with our in-country partners. Aled previously served in the British Army for 22 years in which he attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. Upon retirement, he spent 12 years working private security in hostile and dangerous environments.

Paul Davies

Learning & Development

Paul leads learning & development on 3 continents, through our digital and outreach provision, and qualifications, assessments and quality assurance. Paul has three decades of global experience in learning & development; from military and special advisory roles and then civilian senior consulting roles with the UAE government.


In 2013, we forged a partnership with RocheMartin which created our Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness Learning Zones. They provide globally respected assessment and training resources, and have been instrumental in shaping our Quantitative research.

In 2015 we forged a partnership with US non-profit TEI, which created our Social Emotional Learning Zone. They provide Social Emotional Learning expertise and CASEL recognised resources for the professional development support of education community members. 

In 2018, we forged a partnership with acclaimed US trauma-informed education expert Jim Sporleder, which created our Trauma & ACEs Learning Zone. Jim’s resources and support helps the professional development of our education and youth worker members. 

In 2019, we forged a partnership with Beyond Consequences Institute, bringing their world-renowned #TraumaIinformed approach & resources to our Trauma & ACEs Learning Zone. BCI enables us to share the latest thinking & methodology with members.

In 2018, we forged a partnership with The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL), to establish quality assured and accredited professional learning & development from a globally recognised organisation dedicated to excellence in learning and education. 

In 2020, we forged a partnership with Fuse Universal in 2020, to create a next-generation, mobile-first solution for our Learning Zones and members. The Fuse mobile technology establishes an environment of machine learning, AI and with beautifully-designed tools. 

Our dedicated Sustainability operation

Sustainability sits central to the SESA Community Ecosystem; connecting with and supporting countries over 3 continents.

A dedicated operation builds Community Alliances with public, private and third sectors, whilst developing partnerships with philanthropy networks and brand marketing teams. 

Find out more about our Sustainability.

Jon Kinnell

Social Finance (Philanthropy & Investing)

Jon Kinnell provides the strategic development guidance and Steering Group oversight for the Angel Philanthropy element within the SESA Community. Leveraging his extensive career experience and international network, Jon is guiding the development of Ethical and Social Financing and Philanthropy partnerships, plus forging social impact relationships with some of the most entrepreneurial and passionate individuals, families, companies and their advisors.

Our Social Emotional Research focus measures impact

Since 2012, we’ve been collaborating with leading organisation and academic institutions to create a robust Research activity within the SESA Community Ecosystem.

Our approach is now providing public, private and third sectors with unique insights and the metrics needed to tackle emotional insecurity and un-managed anxiety over 3 continents.  

Find out more about our Research

Dr Andrew Holliman

Research Development & Publications

Andrew provides research expertise and oversight for the SESA Community. Andrew is a chartered psychologist (CPsychol.), an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS.), a Fellow of the higher education academy (FHEA), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He serves as a Committee Member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (British Psychological Society), and is an Editorial Board Member.