Award Winning First Aid Classes across the UK

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Mum of six, Kate Ball initially started Mini First Aid in 2014 from her kitchen table in Leeds, offering high quality baby & child first aid classes to parents and carers. Demand grew and Kate saw the potential for growth, so she started franchising the business in 2015. In 2021, BBC Dragon’s Den star Sara Davies, also saw the huge potential in Mini First Aid and she came on board as an investor and adviser. Mini First Aid is now a multi-award-winning organisation and has almost 70 franchises nationwide.

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Meet The Trainers

Jen Fisher

Jen has worked with children, teens, families and vulnerable adults for over 15 years and has experienced many real life first aid emergencies through these roles. Jen is a qualified Youth Worker and Leader in Charge having also managed a local youth club and detached youth work team. Since having her daughter, who is now a toddler, Jen has become increasingly aware of the need for families to be able to access first aid training and is passionate about making first aid accessible to children, parents and professionals.

Emma Davis

Emma has worked in retail management and as cabin crew as she loves travel and working with people. Emma is also the mum of a young daughter. Having seen many different first aid emergencies at work and as a parent, Emma is keen to help everyone to learn first aid. She shares the team’s passion for the ethos of Mini First Aid and can’t wait to share potentially life saving skills with parents/carers and children.

Gillian Sparshott

Gillian has worked in health and social care and education for over 25 years. She is a qualified Nursery Nurse, Primary and Early Years teacher. Gillian has two young children and also supports her aging mother who is hearing and visually impaired. She has a passion for teaching all ages and ensures that he classes are fun, informative and interactive for the participants. Gillian moved into the area of first aid training after her son choked at a birthday party and realised how vital these skills are, especially to parents and carers. She is proud to be part of the Mini First Aid team and teaching people skills that could literally save someone’s life.

Lisa Caley

Lisa is married with one grown up daughter & lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends as well as her two dogs. Her interests include yoga, walking & cooking. During her thirty year career in childcare & education Lisa has worked as a nanny, nursery practitioner & a manager. She is also a qualified maternity nurse & decided to train as a first aid instructor 9 years ago. She has also worked with many childcare practitioners as well as families & feels happy that she has been able to give them all the knowledge that they might need in an emergency. She is a fun-loving, sociable person who really enjoys the company of very small people as well as grown ups!

Marisa Russell

Marisa trained as a qualified dental nurse in 2003 and has received regular basic life support training ever since. When she qualified as a dental nurse assessor in 2014 it became part of her role to assess her students in their first aid/BLS skills and the passion for this teaching this began. Knowing that you are passing on the skills that could potentially save a life, is why Marisa loves this job.

Sam Davies Payne

Sam lives in Haywards heath, West Sussex. She has 3 children and also is Nana to 3 grandchildren. Sam is friendly and fun loving and enjoys being around people, especially small people! Sam has a love of all art and enjoys spending time walking with her family & dogs in the great outdoors. Sam originally comes from an Aviation background and worked as Senior Cabin Crew & Cabin Crew trainer for many years. In later years, Sam has worked within Primary education & the childcare sector. Currently, Sam works in Critical Care at a hospital. Sam shares Mini First Aids passion for training First Aid. She has dealt with many Medical emergencies onboard the aircraft and knows the importance of being able to pass her knowledge of life saving skills on to others.



In The Press

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Mini First Aid is expanding as our demand for classes continues to grow.

Mini First Aid are looking for dynamic confident individuals who would like to work with all ages and feel passionately about teaching first aid.

The business is family friendly allowing our franchisees to balance owning a business with family life.

Full training is provided at the beginning of your franchise and Mini First Aid continue to support their franchisees with professional development training throughout their franchise period.

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Head Office Team

Matt Ball


Director of Operations

Kate Ball


Founder & Director

Charlotte Adamowicz


Marketing Administrator

James Reddin


Quality Assurance & Compliance Manager

Michelle Chandler


Buying and Product Development

Ewan Keighley



Kerry Dougal


Social Media & Marketing Manager

Angie Jay

Diversity Training Lead

Gemma da Silva


Franchisee Development

Peggy Wong

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