Catherine Roche, Chief Executive
Catherine Roche has been Chief
Executive at Place2Be since January 2014. She was Chief Operating
Officer from 2003, instrumental in delivering organisational
growth, before becoming Deputy CEO in 2013.
Originally a secondary and adult education teacher, Catherine
first became involved with Place2Be in 1996, giving pro
bono advice and support while a strategic planning and
organisational development specialist with KPMG Consulting. She
worked with a wide range of private and public sector clients
across Europe and the US with KPMG's UK operation and later as part
of the US based Change Solutions team.
Catherine holds an MBA, magna cum laude, from Boston
University, a BA (Hons) in English and French and a Post Graduate
Diploma in Education, both from University College Cork.
Dame Benita Refson DBE
Benita is a founding Trustee of Place2Be and a
qualified counsellor. After 19 years, Benita stepped down as CEO in
2014 and continues to support the organisation enthusiastically
through her role as President.
Benita received an OBE for Services to Children and Families in
2007; was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University
of East London in 2009; in 2014 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate
from the Institute of Education, University of London and Dame
Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Birthday 2016
Honours List in recognition of services to
education. Currently Benita is Trustee of Children of Success
Schools Trust, (RAPt) Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners and a
Governor at Bridge Academy Hackney.
Jennie Meadows, Director of
Jennie started her working life with BBC local radio
and then the British Soviet Chamber of Commerce working in both
London and Moscow. After a stint in PR consultancy Jennie moved to
Save the Children in 1990 becoming Head of Media and Campaigns.
Jennie joined Sightsavers in 1999 as Director of Fundraising and
Communications. In 2007 Jennie became Head of Fundraising at
Place2Be and, after a spell away working for the BBC'S
international charity BBC Media Action, returned to Place2Be as
Director of Communications in 2014.
Dr Fiona Pienaar, Director of Clinical Services
Fiona has a background of over 30 years in
teaching in primary and intermediate schools, special needs
education, counselling in schools, counsellor education,
educational and mental health resource development, private
practice and mental health research. She has a PhD in Behavioural
Science and a MEd in Counselling as well as teaching and special
needs qualifications. Fiona's research has focused primarily on
children's experiences of stress and coping.
Dr Olivia Curno, Director of Fundraising
Olivia began her professional career in research,
gaining her PhD in Evolutionary Biology and lecturing at the
Universities of Nottingham and Derby. During this time, she
volunteered with a number of charities, including international
work and four years as a ChildLine telephone counsellor. Olivia
joined the charitable sector professionally in 2008 working as an
evaluation consultant for Parents as First Teachers and then moved
into fundraising. During seven years in fundraising she has worked
across events, corporate, individual and trust fundraising, and was
most recently Head of Fundraising and Communications at Autistica,
the UK's leading autism research charity. Olivia joined Place2Be as
Director of Fundraising in 2014, and is a Trustee of UK poverty
Nick Herod, Chief Financial Officer and Company
Nick obtained his economics degree from Durham University and is a
Chartered Accountant trained by Ernst and Young, Manchester. Nick
joined Place2Be from Sequel Business Solutions, a successful
software company based in the City of London, where he was Head of
Finance for seven years.
Jan McCarthy, Director of HR and
Jan McCarthy is a Fellow of the CIPD and has over 25
years' HR experience in banking and the not-for-profit sector. For
the past 4 years she has been an independent HR consultant working
with business start-ups and charities where one of her early
clients was Place2Be. An experienced senior manager, she was
Director of HR at a large national disability charity employing
3,500 staff and 4,000 volunteers, working with schools, FE Colleges
and community services for adults and young people. Jan has an MSc
in Human Resource Development, Diploma in Training and Development
and is also a qualified Workplace Mediator. Jan is a Fellowship and
Chartered membership assessor for the CIPD and is a Trustee of a
Homeless Charity for Young People.
Our Senior Team
Keith Harvey, Head of Service
Keith Harvey is an accredited member of the BACP. He
joined Place2Be in 2008 as a School
Project Manager in a Manchester school. He has been a Cluster
Manager in East Lancashire and Regional Manager for the North West.
In April 2013, Keith became Head of Service Management for the
North. Keith has a PhD in Modern Languages from the
University of Manchester and had an academic career for ten years
before he trained as a Social Care Practitioner and worked with
young people leaving Care, assisting them to develop
independence. Keith has worked as a mentor for young
offenders at SOVA and during that time qualified as a Person
Centred Counsellor. Latterly he gained a diploma as a Supervisor at
the Metanoia Institute. Keith's clinical interests are in
person-centred, psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches.
Jonathan Wood, National Manager, Wales &
Jonathan Wood has worked in the voluntary
sector for 35 years, with 20 of those as a psychotherapist/art
therapist. He has also managed counselling-based projects for those
20 years. Jonathan joined Place2Be in 2006 as Edinburgh Cluster
Manager, becoming National Manager for Scotland in 2008. More
recently he took up the role of Service Manager for Scotland. He
has an MSC in Psychological Counselling, a PG Diploma in Art
Therapy, a Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology and an MBA.
Registered as an art therapist with the Health Professions Council,
Jonathan has worked in the fields of homelessness, drug addiction,
learning disability, mental health and children and families.
Dr Stephen Adams-Langley, Senior Clinical
Dr Stephen Adams-Langley has
practiced as a psychotherapist and counsellor for 20 years, working
with children, young people and adults. He has held senior clinical
and management roles at Place2Be for the past 15 years, managing a
number of Place2Be's services in Nottingham, Medway and Cardiff, as
well as in Enfield, Lambeth, Camden and Shoreditch. He was awarded
his Research Doctorate in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University
(Metanoia Institute) together with the Jennifer Elton Wilson prize
for his Professional Development Paper in 2012. He has an MA in
Psychotherapy and Counselling, a post-qualifying Advanced Diploma
in Existential Psychotherapy and a BA (Honours) in English.
Dr Niki Cooper (DPsych, MA, PGdip Couns, MBACP(Accred)), Programme
Leader for Professional Qualifications
Niki joined Place2Be in 2002. She is
co-author of the Place2Be Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
Children in Schools and, since 2007, has overseen the development
and management of a comprehensive professional qualifications
pathway at Place2Be from Level 2 to MA. Her doctoral thesis was a
critical examination of this pathway and the impact it has had on
the wider field of counselling children and young people. She
teaches on, or supervises, all of the qualifications courses.
Before joining Place2Be she was a community based counsellor in
South London for London Marriage Guidance and a secondary school
David Exall, Head Trainer
Dave has worked as a counselor for 15 years and
joined Place2Be as a School Project Manager in 2001 before becoming
a full-time trainer, delivering training to staff, volunteers,
professionals working with children and families, and trainee
counsellors. He is currently Head Trainer and continues to deliver
training, as well as developing new programmes and holding overall
responsibility for the Quality Assurance of training. Dave
continues to work therapeutically within schools and currently
works with young people in a secondary setting.
Sharon Cole, Head of Safeguarding
Sharon has worked at Place2Be since August 2013,
having worked with vulnerable children and families in a variety of
positions across public and 3rd sector organisations. This involved
working with looked after children, schools and alternative
provisions, children services, Women's Aid and other children's
Sharon was therapeutically trained in Psychodynamic counselling
and Psychotherapy at Regents College, she is also has accreditation
from the NSPCC as a Safeguarding and Child Protection Trainer.
Adrian is a partner at leading global law firm Clifford Chance
LLP. He has been a practicing lawyer for over 20 years and is the
Global Head of the firm's Real Estate Sector.
Dr Bob Jezzard
Bob is a Child Psychiatrist and has a wealth of experience gained
with the Department of Health and Child and Adolescent Mental
Health Services in south-east London.
Sir Charlie Mayfield
Former Army Officer and respected British businessman,
Sir Charlie is the Fifth Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and
is also Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He
received a knighthood in June 2013 for Services to Business.
Professor David Rose
David is a psychologist by training and is an Emeritus
Professor of Psychology at the University of East London. David is
also Chair of the Board of the children's head injury charity,
Lady Elizabeth Drummond
Lizzie has worked alongside young people for many years and has a
wide knowledge from different agencies across Scotland including
the Samaritans, the Girl Guides and the City of Edinburgh
Elpha LeCointe is a barrister practising in all areas of the law
relating to children. She has extensive experience in care
proceedings, adoption and private law disputes within families.
Professor Eric Taylor
Eric is an Emeritus professor of child and adolescent psychiatry
at King's College London. He is also a Trustee for the Association
of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and for the National Academy
of Parenting Research.
Laura Atherley joined Nomura in July 2012 as Managing Director,
Global head of Senior Relationship Management. Laura is the most
senior client facing woman at Nomura and is responsible for
managing Nomura's relationships and commercial activity with the
firms' key clients globally.
Liz has 30 years' experience of the global pharmaceutical and
biotechnology industries, primarily in assessing clinical trials of
products across all therapeutic categories. She is the former CEO
and Board Member of Drug Abuse Science, a private company dedicated
to developing prescription medications to treat alcoholism and
heroin and cocaine addiction.
Louise, Countess St Aldwyn
Louise holds a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and Supervision.
She has worked as an addiction therapist for adults, adolescents
and families for over 20 years. More recently Louise trained at
Place2Be and undertook a voluntary counselling placement in a
Michael Fowle CBE (Chair)
Michael is a chartered accountant and worked at KPMG for 40 years,
being Chairman of KPMG London & South for five years.
The Hon Robert Rayne
Robbie is Chairman of The Rayne Foundation, Chairman of Derwent
London plc, Senior Non-Executive Director of Weatherford
International and Non-Executive Director of LMS Capital plc.
Siân is Partner, Financial Services Tax at KPMG LLP. She
has over 30 year's experience advising clients on international
corporate tax issues particularly those arising on mergers and
acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructuring and
Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell
Stephen was a Member of Parliament from 1979-2015 and had a long
and industrious political career, with particular focus on Finance,
Health, Education and Employment. He was Secretary of State for
Health and the first elected Chair of the House of Commons Health
Select Committee. He is also a businessman and advisor on
Healthcare and the Public Sector.
Stephen Scott CBE BSc FRCP FRCPsych
Stephen Scott is Professor of Child Health and Behaviour at Kings
College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and
Neuroscience, and Director of the National Academy for Parenting
Research. He works clinically as a Consultant Child and Adolescent
Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital with a multidisciplinary
William spent five years at First Boston Corporation,
followed by 14 years at Merrill Lynch (working in Hong Kong and New
York) and then as Director of Red Savannah, Congham Hall Hotel and
Knightsbridge Schools International.
He is Chairman and one of the Founders of Knightsbridge School;
Chairman of Prostate Cancer UK; and a past Chairman of the
Development Board of the Royal Court Theatre. William is also an
Alderman and a member of The Worshipful Company of