Administration and Assistants : Meet the Team

Diana Fernando

Senior Administrator

Diana’s career has taken her through the glamour and luxury of the hotel industry where graciousness and hospitality is expected, coupled with consistent excellence and quality people skills. Diana continued to broaden her expertise in customer service management in other fields such as telecommunication and education prior to her current role. Diana believes in a life long learning journey both professionally and privately.

Guo Hui Qing

Administrator/Intern

Qing is currently studying in Murdoch University majoring in Psychology and Criminology. She is passionate about behaviourism and neuropsychology and wants to be a forensic psychologist in the future. Before joining the Thrive Family, Qing worked in the food and beverage industry for 6 years where she gained many experiences and her favourite part of it was working as a barista! 

In the meantime, she takes on hobbies like film photography and gardening. She also loves solo travelling and going to musical theatres (her favourite musicals are My Fair Lady and Phantom of the Opera!). Qing spends most of time running after her boyfriend’s pets — three dogs and two cats!

Pablo Smithson

Psychology Research Assistant

Pablo is studying for a Masters in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, although he has never set foot in the Scottish city as it is taught wholly online. He is working towards eventually training as a clinical psychologist in the UK.

As well as being a trained journalist, Pablo has more than ten years’ experience in digital communications and marketing, leading the Goodwood Estate’s (West Sussex, England) digital marketing and social media strategy until coming to Singapore in 2019. Outside of studying and the Thrive Family, Pablo enjoys exploring the hipster coffee shops, hawkers and restaurants of Singapore (and South East Asia) with his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

Spring Leck

Education

MSc in Mental Health in Children and Young People (Psychological Approaches), BA Psychology (Honours)

Spring obtained her MSc from the University of Edinburgh and her Bachelors from Nanyang Technological University. She is a registered graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Background & Experience

Spring was a behavioural therapist at Dynamics Therapy Centre where she worked closely with the Early Intervention Team, supporting young children presenting with developmental challenges. While pursuing her MSc in Edinburgh, she also held the role of sessional worker at the Edinburgh Young Carers Project (EYCP) where she provided socioemotional support for children with early caregiving experiences. Spring continues to work with the children of EYCP via online digital sessions.  

In addition to her work at Thrive, Spring is also part of the pastoral care team at The Winstedt School. She supports the school counsellor by conducting one-on-one sessions with the students where she addresses social, behavioural and psychological concerns within the school context.

Spring is currently undergoing a Social Thinking training course.

Personal

Spring enjoys hand brewing her own coffee and tries to find pockets of free time for yoga sessions.

Rachel Francis

Rachel obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology (Honours) from the University of Bath. Although happy to be back home in Singapore, she is keen to return to her studies; this time on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with the ultimate goal of becoming a certified psychologist in the UK.

Before coming to Thrive, Rachel interned as a Behavioural Therapist at Nurturepods, working with young children presenting with autism and other cognitive and developmental delays. Prior to that, she got to know the assessment side of psychology when she interned at MindMatters Psychology Practice.  

Rachel is a family girl who admittedly loves spending time at home. In her spare moments, she likes to indulge her creative side — be that singing, playing various musical instruments, or getting stuck in some creative writing. The first aspiration she ever had was to publish a book, and she is still hoping to achieve that goal today.