Meet The Team

Workplace Well-being

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, and, in both cases, we are on a continuum, where our health can vary from day to day. Here at Meaningful Education we believe it is of the upmost importance for our staff and volunteers to feel motivated, valued, and to be treated with Dignity, in order for each individual to aspire to reach their full potential. 

A happy team is a productive team…


Clare copleston - Managing director

Strategic lead for Meaningful Education CIC and founder of the Bedfordshire Dignity
Network. Clare has successfully developed the strategic Vision, Scope and Mission
of the organisation and has a demonstrated history of working within the Health
& Social Care Industry. Clare has over 16 years’ experience, specialising in Mental
Health services both Public and Private Health Care.  A teacher of Mental Health studies, including the care act standards, experienced in Armed Forces and Emergency services Support including PTSD, employability and a lecturer at the University of
Bedfordshire for Undergraduates. Clare is also on the board of trustees for the National Dignity Council. 

- Qualified EFT Practitioner, CBT, Life Coach, PGCE - Degree in Teaching,
Emergency First Aid Trainer, Diploma in the following; Psychology, Mental Health
Studies and Dementia Care
- Trained in Mediation with Negotiation, Hate crime & violence reduction, 
Sexual Exploitation and Specialising in Dementia care and Activities provisions.


Rigerta ahmetaj - director & marketing manager

Marketing Manager for Meaningful Education CIC, Rigerta has led the organisation through its rebranding exercise, successfully merging with partnering organisations through web design, marketing materials and advertising. Rigerta is responsible for developing and maintaining several successful social media platforms. Rigerta is also an Interpreter, Teacher, and Community Volunteer with experience in Public Health, Local Authority and Social Service Sectors specialising in Mental Health, Education, Clinical Services, Sexual Exploitation, Hate Crime & Violence & Reduction and Immigration.

- Qualified BA (Hons) Marketing with Advertising, EFT practitioner and award in Teaching and Education.

- Trained in Hate Crime, Mentoring and Mediation with Negotiation.


 nicola richardson - Director

Nicola works empathically and intuitively, which enables her to connect and build honest and strong relationships. Nicola has a wealth of experience in Life Coaching, Counselling, Reiki, Colour Therapy and Spiritual Mediumship & Channelling and has a demonstrated history of working within the corporate environment for companies such a British Airways and Whitbread within HR. Nicola has impeccable leadership skills and embeds professionalism and integrity into the culture of Meaningful Education.

- Qualified in Life Coaching, Counselling, Reiki, Colour Therapy and Spiritual Mediumship
& Channelling. Nicola studied her qualifications at The Royal Society of Public Health in Understanding Health Improvements.

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Joshua Antwi

Art & Design Volunteer

Josh a creative artist who was appointed in February 2017. Josh's dedication and passion to create pieces of community art shines through in his creative designs. Josh has been involved in a number of artwork projects for both Meaningful Education and the Bedfordshire dignity network. Josh's work was selected to be displayed at an art exhibition event held in Bedford during September - December 2017. Josh supports with marketing and advertising, media, community projects and events.


Sharon Thomson

Activities Co-ordinator

Sharon was appointed in March 2018. Sharon a community coordinator, provides support and guidance to our service users within our community mental health peer support groups. Sharon participates in events, activities and projects and has successfully achieved the care act certificate after completing all her training on the care act standards.