Our team

Our Management Team

Tom Owen, CEO

Tom joined The Green House as CEO in March 2019. His passion to help people access the care and support they need was born out of his experience as a frontline police officer in Bristol’s busy inner-city areas. Since leaving the police, he has held senior leadership, business strategy and consultancy roles in both the charity and ethical business sectors.

Claire Boulton, Development Manager

Claire leads on our funding and communications, sharing news about what we do and working to make sure we have the resources to carry out our valuable work. She joined the team in 2016 after five years working in business development for London-based charity, Solace Women’s Aid.

Emma Bull, Adults Service Clinical Lead

Emma oversees the clinical practice and quality of our adult services team. She has a wide range of experience working with survivors and those who have experienced trauma. She brings expertise in working, developing and managing therapeutic services in multiple settings including the NHS, education and the charity sector.

Dr Sayi Thomas, CYP Service Clinical Lead

Sayi manages the clinical practice of our CYP team and is responsible for the quality of services we provide for children and young people. Sayi has extensive experience as a child and adolescent psychotherapist working with children who have experienced trauma both in NHS CAMHS and the voluntary sector. Sayi also supervises and teaches locally on courses organised by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Polly Theedom, Operations Manager

Polly has worked in the voluntary sector for nearly a decade in a variety of different roles, from office management to campaigns, in both local and national charities. Passionate about equalities, organisational systems and the therapeutic approach, she oversees the Admin team here and generally makes sure we are running smoothly.

Our Adult Services Team

Our team of 9 counsellors are all highly skilled, with specialist expertise in working with sexual trauma and an average of 14 years counselling experience between them. They provide counselling from our centre in St Pauls and a satellite project in Taunton.

Our Children and Young People’s Team

The CYP team consists of Lisa, our Family Support Practitioner, and therapists Kate, Josephine, Tim, Anna and Lucy. They each bring extensive experience in working with children and young people who have experienced trauma. They provide therapy from our centre in St Pauls and Knowle West Health Park.

Our Service Administration Team

Service Administrators, Jen, Maddy and Clare provide a vital role in coordinating our services and providing a warm welcome to all our clients.

Our Board of Trustees

Steve Livings

A police officer for over 30 years in the Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Steve retired in 2001 having served as Chief Superintendent and the District Police Commander for South Bristol. He is currently the Safeguarding Chair for the Catholic Church’s Clifton Diocese. Steve has been active with The Green House for 15 years. As Chair he leads the Trustees to fulfill our charitable aims.

Jason Sprague

A transformation consultant with 20 years experience in large scale design and delivery of digitally enabled operating models, Jason supports The Green House in undertaking effective change. Jason has been active with The Green House for three years serving on the Finance and Resource Committee which he currently chairs.

Dr Cecilia Batten

As a psychiatrist working with adult patients, Cecilia specialises in women’s mental health and its impact on marital and family relationships. Cecilia has extensive experience in psychotherapy having fully completed training in 1985 with the British Association of Psychotherapists. Cecilia joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the Clinical Committee.

Dr Peter Walker

A Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience, including with adults and children. Peter has a specialist interest in the impact of trauma upon psychological health and the delivery of psychological therapies. Peter serves on the Clinical Committee and provides insights into new delivery methods.

Kamala Das

A barrister with experience working in family law, environmental law and academia. Kamala is a past trustee of other regional charities, a school governor and has acted as a voluntary advisor to a number of legal, women and environmental groups. Kamala joined The Green House in 2015 and serves on the Finance and Resource Committee.

Mike Bessant

Mike has a background in NHS mental health services with 34 years experience spanning clinical, research, management and health policy domains. Prior to joining the Board in 2014, Mike held the post of Regional Mental Health Leads for NHS Direct in the South West. Mike is a member of the Clinical Committee.

Dr Gemma Halliwell

A mixed methods researcher with a specialist interest in domestic abuse and sexual violence, Gemma brings in-depth knowledge of the challenges faced by providers of sexual violence therapeutic services. Gemma serves on the Finance and Resource Committee.

Karen Michael-Cox

The Director of Transformation and Improvement for Avon and Somerset Police, Karen has expertise in strategy development and change delivery. Karen specialises in data-driven decision making to advance significant organisational impact. Karen serves on the Finance and Resource Committee.


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