Rob Woollen -Lead Consultant and Researcher

Rightway’s founder, Rob Woollen, holds an MSc in Work and Wellbeing and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH), the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (FIOEE).

Rob’s academic research interests are in the areas of resilience, and the nature of “good work”. In addition to leading our consultancy and research projects, Rob has trained hundreds of workplace wellbeing champions across the UK in a wide range of organisations.

Having left school at the age of sixteen for a career in construction (becoming an award-winning project engineer), he has first-hand experience of the issues faced by both manual and professional workers in high pressure environments. Rob lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Business School and has sat on the School’s Strategic Advisory Board; is a past chair of the North West Health and Physical Activity Forum; a contributor to the pan-European Resilience Project, and an assessor for the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. Alongside this, he is a prizewinning speaker at international academic conferences, is regularly asked to speak by the BBC, and has been published in Occupational Health magazine.

Rob is the proud father of two children who have first call on his spare time. When he can though, he loves to test himself in endurance events. In the last few years, he has completed Ironman triathlon (twice), a 96 mile mountain marathon (twice) and been “badged” in the nearest a civilian can get to Special Forces selection.

To talk to Rob, call (+44) 0161 242 1165 or email us here


Sharon De Mascia
Mental Health Lead

Sharon De Mascia, is a Chartered Psychologist with an MSc in Occupational Psychology. She specialises in Wellbeing, Leadership, Change Management and Executive Coaching. Sharon commenced her career with the NHS, working in the clinical field and has over 25 years’ experience of delivering organizational initiatives across all sectors e.g. Santander, BBC, the Vita Group, NHS, ATL etc.

A published author and a supervisor for the global MBA at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), Sharon provides coaching/training on behalf of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of People and Development) and is an Executive Coach for the AMBS leadership programmes.  She teaches Leadership Psychology at the University of Reykjavik and is the co-convener of the British Psychological Society (BPS), ‘Psychology of Health and Wellbeing at work’ group. She is also chair of the Manchester CIPD committee.


Teresa Barrett
Musculo-skeletal Lead

Teresa is a Chartered Physiotherapist and holds an MSc in Trauma and Orthopaedics.

Teresa’s 13 years in clinical practice culminated in a position as Musculoskeletal Lead Physiotherapist at Salford Royal Hospital where she won the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists’ Research in Practice Award for her Working Well project. This involved design and implementation of a vocational rehabilitation approach to staff health. She now runs her own successful practice in Manchester.

Away from work Teresa is passionate about travel and has taken several career breaks to see the world. She has twice interailed across Europe and further afield has covered the whole East Coast of Australia alongside extended trips in North America.


Kim Derbyshire
Nutrition Lead

Kim holds an MSc in Nutrition and Bsc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. In addition to providing health screening /coaching, and delivering some of our health improvement seminars, Kim consults on nutritional strategies within the workplace

A former healthy lifestyle tutor, she has an in-depth knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle advice and is a REPS registered Level 3 Personal Trainer. Kim has taught on personal trainer certification courses and continues to update her knowledge of weight management and healthy living.

In her spare time Kim loves to play ice hockey, thai boxing, or head to the Lakes kayaking and climbing. Always keen for a challenge, Kim regularly trains with the Territorial Army to test her skills and push her limits.