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Team Biographies

Clare Stafford

CEO, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Clare Stafford has worked in the mental health field for 20 years and it is her interest and passion. She has been CEO of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust since 2014. Clare’s background is as a senior manager within the NHS and voluntary sector in a variety of mental health services. She was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Health National Personality Disorder Programme and also worked with psychological therapy services to improve care for people with both physical and mental health problems. Her focus is always to make a positive difference to the lives of people experiencing mental health difficulties, their families and wider communities.

Andrew Reeves

Project Director, e-Learning For HE

Dr Andrew Reeves is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. He has worked as a therapist for 30 years, and in higher education for 18 years. He additionally works in school settings as a safeguarding link governor in a comprehensive school. He was Lead Author for Counselling MindEd, and has researched and written extensively around working with suicide and self-injury in counselling and psychotherapy. He is a Senior Lecturer on a Professional Doctorate/PhD programme and previous Editor-in-Chief of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal.

Jackie Williams

Training Facilitator and Case Study e-Learning Author, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Jackie Williams initially trained as a secondary school drama, French, and outdoor education teacher. Following her MA in Counselling she has worked professionally as a counsellor since 1987. She initially worked for 6 years in NHS community health settings and then moved into HE providing, managing and developing student and staff counselling services. Alongside her counselling practice she has provided training on mental health and counselling. She presently teaches part-time at UCLAN on the PG Psychotherapy course and has a small private practice. She authored CWMT's Parents' Guide to Depression, the case study e-learning session on this website and facilitates training for CWMT in North West England.

Tracey Gurr

Marketing Manager, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Tracey has been CWMT’s Marketing Manager since 2015. She has 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, in administrative, managerial and PR positions, most recently with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Tracey has worked for large and small charities, writing promotional material, editing magazines and creating online content. Previously she worked in social housing, providing direct support to vulnerable people. This included helping people with severe mental health problems move from psychiatric hospitals back into their local communities, a role which convinced her of the need to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues.

Barbara Lawton

e-Learning Author, Signs to Look Out For

Barbara Lawton is a CWMT trainer who has 26 years’ experience as a counsellor, lecturer and supervisor in further and higher education. Her work with students includes counselling individuals, running psycho-education groups on a variety of topics and teaching on vocational courses. She also designs and delivers training programmes for staff to raise their awareness about mental health and emotional well-being, equipping them to effectively support students and colleagues who may be experiencing difficulties.

Jules Howdin

e-Learning Author, Key Skills

Jules Howdin is a UKCP Registered Gestalt psychotherapist & supervisor and an accredited trainer for Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute. She worked at University of Liverpool for 12 years delivering a therapy service for staff and was actively involved in the development of counselling skills to support staff and managers deal effectively with mental health distress. Prior to this work she has been employed in statutory adult and adolescent mental health services and with a national sexual abuse consultancy. Jules is currently an independent practitioner providing therapy, supervision and training and is based in South Manchester.

Mary Dailey

e-Learning Author, Transitions

Mary Dailey is an experienced counsellor, trainer and supervisor and worked as the Head of Counselling at Bradford University for 12 years before her retirement. She has worked in the HE and FE sector for over 20 years as a counsellor and trainer and is experienced in delivering training to non-counselling staff. She worked extensively with the BACP-UC Division of BACP, helping to influence the development of counselling in the HE and FE sectors.

Brian McMinn

e-Learning Author, Students at Risk or in Crisis

Brian McMinn is a GPTI Accredited Psychotherapist, a BACP Registered Counsellor and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. He works part-time for the University of Liverpool and in private practice, with adult individuals, couples and groups, on the outskirts of Liverpool. Previously he worked for several years as a tutor and programme leader in FE settings and as a lecturer and course leader in HE. He practices as a Gestalt therapist and incorporates this philosophy in how he lives – generally Gestalt therapy is about living fully in the present moment, trying new things and accepting that we are all interconnected.

Sally Ingram

e-Learning Author, Key Principles in Supporting Students

Sally Ingram is an award winning psychotherapist who heads Newcastle University’s Student Wellbeing Service. She has over 20 years’ experience in the counselling profession as a counsellor, supervisor, teacher, author and manager of therapeutic services.