Meet our committed team 

All trustees, workers, volunteers and advisers are deeply committed to serving children, young people and their families
in need of counselling. 

Choose a team to find out more, or scroll down to meet the whole FCT family.

Board of Trustees: 

We have 8 trustees who bring a wealth of experience and passion:  

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Major General Peter Currie was born and brought up in Tanzania before finishing his education in the UK and joining the Army, where he served in many different places including Northern Ireland, the Falklands and Bosnia.  After leaving the Army he went into business for a few years before becoming Lieutenant Governor (CEO) of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  He is now Chairman of two mental health charities, the FCT and Icarus. He was also chairman of Combat Stress. His interests include tennis, skiing, opera, jazz, walking in wild places and trying to keep up with his grandchildren in all sorts of ways

Peter Currie CB CBE
Chair

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Sue Wardell CBE
Vice Chair

Sue arrived in West Dorset from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa in 2016 following a life spent working in International Development.  She brings to the board extensive senior experience in Government, Multilaterals  and Voluntary organisations and has served as a Non-Executive Director on a range of Boards.  

She is now enjoying her retirement in West Dorset having just completed building a passive house on the outskirts of Beaminster.

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Robert Montagu trained as a family therapist at the KCC in London and subsequently worked for the NHS child and adolescent teams in Hertfordshire and London. He started in private practice in Dorset in 2006 and launched the Dorset Child and Family Counselling Trust at that time, which has now become the FCT. Robert is also a novelist and has published on the subject of family therapy and the use of the Problem Pizza in helping children to

identify their difficulties.

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Hon Robert Montagu
Founder

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Peter has been Treasurer of FCT since 2017.  He had a long career in the City from which he retired in 2014 after which he served as a District Councillor for West Dorset until 2019 as well as continuing to hold other posts in finance.  He is married with four children and has a small farm in the county.

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Peter Barrowcliff
Treasurer 

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Alison is a retired consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist who brings her wealth of clinical experience to FCT. She had a long career in the NHS  in Wiltshire and Hampshire CAMHS. 

Now retired, she is an aspiring artist, currently studying a Diploma in art. She also enjoys dance, playing piano and Pilates. Having grown up in East Africa, Alison has a keen sense of adventure and since retiring has travelled in Ethiopia, Kenya, Kashmir and Russia and can also be found roaming around the UK in her motorhome. 

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Dr Alison Sankey

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Colin has worked in the Equality & Diversity team for the Department for Children, Schools and Families. He has worked in a number of different government departments for over 25 years, including the European Social Fund; the Small Business Advisory Service and Private Office for the Secretary of State for Employment at the time. Colin has over 20 years experience working with young people, has run a youth club and is a primary school governor. He currently sits on the boards of several different charities

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Colin Adams CBE

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Joanne is a Solicitor and Partner in a well-regarded law firm in Dorset where she practised family law for 20 years before changing roles and now is Head of Risk and Compliance.  She brings to the Board her extensive knowledge of family law together with her experience from a risk and governance perspective.  Joanne lives in East Dorset with her husband and two children. She enjoys walking with her dog, cooking and reading.

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Joanne Clarke
 

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Emma is a mother of four who is passionate about improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. She was educated in London Queensgate and Courtauld and now works in contemporary art. Emma is also a keen horsewoman and loves riding horses in the Dorset countryside and enjoying music.

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Emma Treichl
 

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Staff: 

Our dedicated staff keep the service running smoothly:

 

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Roz Miller BEM is our brilliant CEO who keeps the ship sailing smoothly! She is incredibly passionate about improving the wellbeing of children and families and this is reflected in her dedicated work. Roz's work with charities has been recognised by the Queen who awarded her a British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2018. She is constantly fundraising to ensure FCT can continue to deliver its vital service. Roz is a devoted Mum, loves dogs and when not working she can be found walking in the Dorset countryside.  

Roz Miller BEM
CEO 

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Claire has 10 years experience working in communications & brand building, including founding two of her own brands which she later sold. Claire is also a mindfulness and yoga teacher, teaching individuals and groups in Wiltshire and online. Having recovered from an eating disorder, she is very passionate about improving mental and physical wellbeing.  On her time off she loves carpentry, kayaking, foraging in the woods with her dog and is currently renovating her old campervan.

Claire Sankey
Exec Support & Comms Officer 

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Glen joined in April 2022. He supports all finance functions and work closely with the CEO and the Treasurer.

For 25 years Glen was a Partner with a top ten accountancy firm providing audit and advisory services to not-for-profit organisations and regulated entities including many charities. Recently he has been providing accountancy services to a Wiltshire Baptist Church.

Glen lives in Coombe Bissett, Salisbury with his wife, Helen. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Glen is a keen golfer.

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Glen Jones
Finance Officer

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Jane Peacock
Family Liaison Officer & Recruitment Administrator
- Hampshire

Hello, my name is Jane and I am a Family Liaison Officer and Recruitment Advisor (FLORA), a role I thoroughly enjoy. The FLORA is the first point of contact for families who are referred to FCT and also families or agencies who require further information about what FCT are able to offer. Alongside my FLORA role, I am also a counsellor, working with adults in private practice as well as 2 other charitable organisations local to me. Prior to this I cared for children unable to live with their birth family and worked in Children’s Services where I facilitated contact between children in care and their family members. 

 At home I have 2 very loved and lively dogs who keep me active with walks,  my garden is a favourite place to be when not by the sea.   Lastly there is my Harley Davidson - representing the rebel in me!

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I joined FCT in May 2022 am enjoying my new role as FLORA at FCT. I have lived on the south coast for nearly 20 years, I love living in an area with beautiful coastland and countryside, which are great for walking with my Springer Spaniel. I have worked in a variety of jobs from nursing to swimming teaching and most recently returned to education in 2020 to train as a counsellor. Alongside my FLORA role, I am a volunteer counsellor working with adults in 2 other charitable organisations. I am happy to help with any questions or concerns in the referral process.

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Kay Parkinson
Family Liaison Officer & Recruitment Administrator
- Dorset 

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James is new to FCT and the FLORA role, he currently also works as a teaching assistant in a Special Educational Needs college. He has worked and volunteered for many charities over the years and is passionate about building relationships and helping people.

James is nearing the end of his training to qualify as a counsellor with the intention of studying further to become a psychotherapist. Having experienced his own challenges with mental health and how counselling and psychotherapy has helped, he is an advocate of talking therapy. When not working or studying he enjoys spending time in nature, playing music in his band and soaking in the tub.  

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James Poynting
Family Liaison Officer & Recruitment Administrator
- Wiltshire 

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Liz is new to FCT and the FLORA role, she has spent 20 years working in Primary education as a teacher, then SENCO and safeguarding lead.

She has experience of being an Acting Head teacher, Governor of a Pupil Referral Unit and Supervision for staff.

Liz has completed her level 2 Counselling Skills qualification, as well as advocacy training and is passionate about supporting people in anyway she can.

Liz has received counselling in the past to help with her own relationships and mental health and has referred families to FCT in her professional capacity.

She is a mother of two boys and the owner of a Dachshund named Frank, all of which keep her on her toes.

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Liz Loud
Family Liaison Officer & Recruitment Administrator
- Somerset 

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County Chairs

Each county Chair leads a committed team of hard working & enthusiastic volunteers.
Roll over each chair to go to the county team page :

 
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Liz Harrison
Chair - Hants

Liz is a retired medical practitioner with a lifelong interest in the psychological aspects of medicine; after working in hospital paediatrics,  she then worked for many years with children and families in the community. She helped to initiate a service of play provision in prison visits areas in this country, and has chaired a national charity as well as local ones. With two grandsons, and a large organic garden, she loves the outdoors.

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Robert Montagu trained as a family therapist at the KCC in London and subsequently worked for the NHS child and adolescent teams in Hertfordshire and London. He started in private practice in Dorset in 2006 and launched the Dorset Child and Family Counselling Trust at that time, which has now become the FCT. Robert is also a novelist and has published on the subject of family therapy and the use of the Problem Pizza in helping children to

identify their difficulties.

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Hon Robert Montagu
Chair - Dorset

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Alison is a retired consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist who brings her wealth of clinical experience to FCT. She had a long career in the NHS  in Wiltshire and Hampshire CAMHS. 

Now retired, she is an aspiring artist, currently studying a Diploma in art. She also enjoys dance, playing piano and Pilates. Having grown up in East Africa, Alison has a keen sense of adventure and since retiring has travelled in Ethiopia, Kenya, Kashmir and Russia and can also be found roaming around the UK in her motorhome. 

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Dr Alison Sankey
Chair - Wiltshire

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A former social worker and Fostering Officer who retrained as a Barrister and specialised in family law, particularly in child care cases. She has held various judicial positions  on Mental Health, Social Security Tribunals and as an Immigration Judge and spent the last 10 years of her career as a District Judge in the Central Family Court. She joined Family Counselling Trust as she was aware of the inadequate services available to  struggling children, young people and families to access much needed support, and  which FCT can offer.   

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Susannah Walker
Chair - Somerset

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Shan Tate

Family & Systemic Psychotherapist and Supervisor

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Dr Neil Harris

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Supervisor

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Dr Alison Sankey

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

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Susana Amez

Mental Health Campaigner, Author, Trainer and Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Clinical Advisers: 

We have a team of experienced mental health professionals who provide clinical expertise:

Counsellors:

As well as our staff, trustees and volunteers, we have an amazing team of highly experienced and passionate counsellors who deliver sessions to children, young people and their families.
Our counsellors have all been through a rigorous vetting process to ensure they are qualified and experienced to a high level. You can find out more about our counsellors here.