Andi Brierley

Writer, Public Speaker, and Life Coach in Leeds, UK

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In May 2005, I had the unfortunate position in life of being released from HMP Lindholme with nothing but a HMP bag full of toiletries & £46. This was the start of new life chapters after various adverse life challenges which included intergenerational trauma (mother was an abused Care Leaver at 17 when I was born), 4 prison sentences, heroin addiction, time in care myself and school exclusion.


I have now qualified in Youth Justice. I became a Specialist in the field only 8 years after release, playing an instrumental role in helping Children Looked After (CLA) in Leeds avoid contact with the Youth Justice System. Delivering training to professionals that work with CLA to prevent criminalisation & inspiring young people with experience of both Care and Youth Justice to desist from offending.

I transitioned into Education within a Leadership Team in a school for children with Social Emotional & Mental Health needs (prisoner CE7976 to Mr Brierley). I am now a University Teacher at Leeds Trinity University. Teaching Prison Officers on the Unlocked Applied Custodial Leadership Masters Degree. I have also published two Youth Justice books with Waterside Press.

I'm an Inspirational and Keynote Speaker. Speaking at events such for the Youth Justice Board, Ofsted, Her Majesties Inspectorate of Probation amongst others.

My talks include Relational Practice from 15 years experience of working in Youth Justice, Lived Experience of everything outlined above, combined with latest theory and science around Trauma-informed Practice, Toxic Stress, & Childhood Adversity.

My talk 'How love defeats adversity' at Tedx in Warwickshire can be found on Utube.

My books 'Your Honour Can I Tell You My Story?' & 'Connecting with Young People in Trouble' are published by Waterside Press.

I'm a qualified FA Football coach.

Most of all I'm a very proud family man with a wonderful wife and daughter.

My books, speaking services & email address can be found in the following links:

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  • Education
    • Youth Justice Degree