Petros is about Resilience
Petros brings an unparalleled wealth of expertise to the private, corporate and public sector, as the team support people of all ages and from all walks of life to live more resilient, balanced and productive lives.
A not-for-profit company, all our profits are put to work supporting some of the most vulnerable and damaged in our society, who would otherwise be unable to access this level of support.
We are also all parents. Meet the people behind Petros.
Jo Clarke PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS, EuroPsy HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist
Founder and Director
During 23 years of working in the criminal justice system, Jo’s attention has focused on the concept of resilience, both for individuals and the organisations in which they live and, or, work.
For criminal justice staff, questions about surviving and thriving in roles that often involve exposure to potential trauma led Jo to undertake a PhD in the area. Since its completion in 2004, she has worked with a wide variety of organizations and individuals applying research evidence to practice, to enhance psychological well-being.
In 2003, Jo became accredited to deliver The Challenge of Change resilience training; an evidence-based intervention developed by Dr. Derek Roger of the Work Skills Centre. Jo is a regular speaker, both nationally and internationally on the subject of individual and organizational resilience and has authored a number of chapters and papers on the subject.
Since 2013, Jo has been working with challenging and disruptive children. Training with Dr. Ross Greene www.livesinthebalance.org in the application of The Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model, Jo is committed to finding ways of enhancing the resilience skills so often lacking in such children, whilst also supporting parents, carers and professionals charged with their care. Jo is the first person in the UK accredited to deliver the one-day CPS programme. Jo is also currently an external examiner for the MSc in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health at Queen Mary’s University, London.
A mum of a now adult daughter and foster carer of teenagers, Jo also has a menagerie of animals, including a registered therapy dog and two horses in training to assist in interventions with children.
Di Gammage MA HCPC Registered Dramatherapist & UKCP
Registered Child & Adult Psychotherapist\r\n
With 25 years’ experience working in the area of trauma and abuse, Di is a State Registered Dramatherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) and Play Therapists (BAPT). Di was invited onto the UK Council for Psychotherapy Child Register via the Northern School of Child Psychotherapy in recognition of her clinical experience and publications in child therapy.
Her adult training is in Buddhist Psychotherapy. Di has been Co-director of Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship Project, Devon, and has published and presented on the benefits of equine therapy, particularly for looked-after children who have experienced attachment breakdown. She lectures on the Terapia Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy programme in London and currently chairs the Viva panel at Terapia.
Her interest in resilience has developed over years of practicing as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.
Di and Jo met as mums-to-be and their now grown-up daughters have also forged a deep friendship. Di also has a adult son, cameraman partner and her own collection of cats, horses and Mopperley the dog.
Maxine Daniels DPsych., BSc (Hons),
BPA registered Senior Trainer, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Maxine has been an Associate with Petros for the past 5 years and really enjoys the work. She currently works as an Independent Consultant and Clinical Supervisor for the NHS, Broadmoor Hospital, Elysium Healthcare and the Priory Group. She completed her Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Metanoia/Middlesex University in 2012.
Maxine originally trained as an actress and went on to teach drama workshops in colleges and prisons. She qualified as a psychodrama psychotherapist in 2002. Maxine has consistently combined her arts background with clinical practice and business. She set up her own business, using drama-based learning and role play in organizations, which included clients such as St Thomas’s Hospital, Colgate/Palmolive, Philips Electronics, Lord Chancellor’s Dept, South East Rail Network, to name a few. In 1991 a paper was published titled: ‘The use of role play in teaching medical students obstetrics and gynaecology’ Coonar, Dooley, Daniels & Taylor, highlighting the use of actors in medical training, which led to an explosion of drama-based learning and the use of role-play in business.
During the last 25 years Maxine worked for HMPPS (Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Services) where she consulted and developed offending behaviour treatment programmes and trained staff across the prison service establishment. This work has taken her to America, Scandinavia and Ireland. She is published in this field and has presented at many conferences both nationally and internationally.
Maxine currently teaches on the Doctorate for Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy programme and is an Academic Adviser for the Doctorate by Professional Studies at Metanoia. She teaches in Hong Kong on behalf of the London Centre for Psychodrama. She works in private practice and is registered with UKCP, MBACP and BPA professional membership bodies.
She is married to a professional musician and has two daughters, one who is following in her father’s footsteps by playing jazz trumpet, and her other daughter who is training to be a primary school teacher.
Laura is likely to be the person you speak to or connect with about training, event bookings, course programmes, diaries and logistics. Laura is also part of the marketing and communication support.
The admin glue for many years, local to York and with a young family, Laura ensures people are where they’re supposed to be, meetings diaried, deadlines are met and rooms booked, together with so much more! Please feel free to get in touch if you have any queries and Laura will respond as fast as she can.
After initially qualifying to be an interior designer in the early 80s, Mark eventually “stumbled” into a job in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) clocking up over 30 years’ experience working in this area, as both a front line member of staff working within specialist units and as a wellbeing manager looking after the psychological wellbeing of staff who work in some of the most challenging environments the prison system has to offer.
In his latter role Mark has developed and delivered resilience and supervision training, as well as post incident staff care training to many staff within the Prison Service of England and Wales, including Northern Ireland. Well known for his committed and humorous approach, Mark also develops deep connections with both the groups and individuals he works with.
As a qualified mindfulness and meditation teacher, Mark teaches both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and has also worked extensively with celebrated mindfulness author and teacher Shamash Alidina.
In 2017 Mark also qualified as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist with the EMDR Centre in London.. This relatively new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy has been found to be particularly helpful to people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A resident of Manchester and life-long guitar player and semi-professional musician, within the next couple of years, Mark hopes to gain his private pilot’s licence.
Sophie Brigstocke, PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS\r\n
HCPC Registered Educational Psychologist
Dr Sophie Brigstocke has over 15 years’ experience offering comprehensive assessments for children and young people experiencing specific learning difficulties or difficulties engaging in the classroom. She is passionate about the importance of ensuring that assessments are strengths based, focusing on what children CAN do well, and offering recommendations, supported by research evidence, on how these strengths can be promoted and used to support areas that are more challenging.
Sopnie also works for the Anna Freud Centre, offering training for teachers on promoting resilience and supporting mental health difficulties in school all over the UK. She also had an interest is supporting children with Autism, offering educational services at The Retreat’s service for children and young people with Autism in York on a sessional basis.
With an ongoing interest in research, teaching on the DPsych Counselling at York St Johns, Sophie also worked for over 10 years as a lecturer part time at The University of York on Assessment and Treatment of Developmental Disorders. For the past five years Sophie has delivered advanced level professional training to teachers on best practice in supporting children with special educational needs at the University of Hong Kong, funded by the Bureau for Education.
On a regulatory level, Sophie has full professional indemnity insurance, transferable, online, enhanced level DBS clearance to work with children and young people and has safeguarding and data awareness training each year, as well as professional supervision to ensure she meets full requirements to work with children independently and go into schools. She is also on the HCPC register for Practitioner Educational Psychologists and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She had a doctorate in psychology, MSc in Reading, Language and Cognition, a PGCert in CBT for children and young people and is ADOS trainee to clinician level and completes continuing professional development regularly to ensure she is up to date on the latest cutting edge knowledge and techniques.
Sophie is also a mother to two school-aged children and has hands-on experience of the challenges and rewards of bringing up a family.
Tracy Brookes, MSc., C.Psychol.
HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist
With a background in Forensic Psychology and two decades working within the criminal justice system, including prison, mental health and wider community, Tracy is chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered by the Health Professions Council (HPC).
Tracy has been involved in both the assessment and treatment of offenders, delivery of national training to a range of professions and become involved in supporting other trainee psychologists in their route towards qualification with the BPS and HPC.
More recently, Tracy has worked as a Lecturer at The University of York which led to her contribution to a publication. She continues to work directly with offenders and staff, working as a practitioner in a medium secure unit.
It is through her experiences of working with offenders, as well as being a parent to two school-aged children, which has led to her desire to improve the support offered to challenging children and their parents!
A qualified workplace mediator, Matthew supports people in conflict to maintain effective communication and avoid the human and organisational cost of personal and professional relationships deteriorating through misunderstanding and blame.
Over the past eight years, Matthew has successfully mediated conflicts in a broad range of sectors and situations: between colleagues at work; between senior managers and staff members; between neighbours; and between teenagers at risk of homelessness and their parents or carers. Whatever the context, Matthew is passionate about giving people the opportunity to find a way out of conflict and avoid the misery involved.
Matthew’s mission is always to create a safe space where both parties can hear each other and come to an agreement that will improve things for them both in the future. This also involves supporting both parties’ mental health in escaping the personal burden and reducing the cost of conflict for the organisation from stress-related absence, quitting, grievance procedures, investigations, tribunals and litigation.
Prior to mediation, for 20 years Matthew worked as a professional cameraman and also undertook training in psychotherapy, which informs his current role. Today, with two adult children forging their own paths, mediation skills are now only rarely called for at home and Matthew can lose hours tinkling the ivories and sharing life with a menagerie of domesticated creatures and psychotherapist wife, Di.
Physical health, fitness and well being have been at the heart of Tom’s life for long as he can remember. With over 12 years’ experience as a fitness professional, Tom’s goal is the provision of physical health training to people of all ages and abilities, from elite athletes training for specific events, to the over-70s who may have never trained before.
Tom’s philosophy is simple. He believes that physical health and wellbeing are a holistic process. His practice is collaborative and multi-disciplinary and he also believes that training for physical health and fitness can take place anywhere and that anyone can train, whatever their history or ability. In recent years this has led to an increasing interest in working with people who might previously have been excluded from fitness because of poor health or chronic illness. Tom is passionate about the difference that fitness and lifestyle changes can make to people’s lives, wellbeing and happiness.
Tom lives with his wife, two children, dogs and many hens near York.
Ned Hoste FRSA
Brand and communications
Ned started his first business at 14, then at 15 as a professional designer on a national magazine and has never lost the buzz. After studying Graphic Design at art college for 4 years moved on to work in-house at a London publisher. He set up 2H design in 1986 and has worked on book projects for all the mainstream UK publishers and many international projects with authors as diverse as Kirk Douglas, Jeffrey Archer, Jilly Cooper and The Rolling Stones.
In 2007, Ned set up the Big Ideas Collective (BIG), with co-director Jacky Fitt; a virtual agency specialising in brand development and articulation of brand messages on and offline. We work with businesses all over the UK working long term with companies and organizations helping to build brands based on values. BIG has won 2 major green awards for their business model, The Green Dot Award in 2008 and the Green Award from Investors in the Environment in 2016.
The BIG philosophy is to work with sustainable businesses with a particular interest in social enterprises that understand that enterprise has to work in balance with the social, and without the enterprise the social part of the business will not be sustainable.
2014 BIG launched The Big Ideas Library to publish Independent authors book to the standard of the mainstream publishers.
Ned now also runs TEDx workshops and spoken on the Goldman Sachs 20K small business programme on the good business module and is ILM qualified. He is also a trustee of DAISI, Arts inspired learning for young people and communities.
Proud father of Katy and partner to mosaic artist Alison Hepburn, Ned has known Jo since Katy and Madi were about 6 months old.
Jacky Fitt FRSA
Award winning author, editor and copywriter, Jacky’s work is all about listening, understanding and articulating ideas and concepts through words; persuasive, engaging and informative. Raising profiles and profitability online and in print.
Co-founder and Director of The Big Ideas Collective and business education series the Principles of Profit with graphic designer Ned Hoste, Jacky is also currently establishing a multi-language, Europe-wide marketing support website for sole traders and small businesses.
A TEDx speaker, Jacky’s first book, How to Get Inside Someone’s Mind and Stay There won the 2015 Small Business Book Community Choice Award in Marketing. The book, now fully revised, is currently published by Business Expert Press in the US and is available in print and download here.
Jacky is a mum of two amazing young women who are a constant source of love, exhaustion and fun (mainly fun).
Rebecca Milner, PhD, MSc., C.Psychol., AFBPsS
HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist
Rebecca is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of working within the criminal justice system. Rebecca’s focus has been on the assessment and treatment of offenders, designing national treatment and training programmes and the clinical supervision and training of staff. Rebecca is trained in a variety of risk assessment and intervention methods and has conducted applied research in the field. She is committed to evidence-based practice and the evaluation of therapeutic interventions.
Having worked as a lecturer at The University of York, and also having completed her PhD examining the process of desistance in male offenders, her interests now focus on young people who have become involved in the criminal justice system. She currently provides clinical supervision to staff working with young offenders.
Rebecca is also a mum to two school-aged boys who provide her with an abundance of fun and interesting challenges.
Claudine Bowyer-Crane PhD, C.Psychol
Claudine studied Psychology at the University of York. In 1999 she joined the Centre for Reading and Language as a PhD student in to study children’s reading comprehension.
Following this she carried out a Post Doctoral Fellowship investigating children’s reading and language intervention. Since that time her research has focused on developing, implementing and evaluating school based interventions to support children’s early reading and language development. Most recently she has been working on research focused on supporting children learning English as an Additional Language. While at the Centre for Reading and Language, Claudine worked in the clinic carrying out assessments for children with specific learning difficulties and providing recommendations for support. Like other members of the Petros team, Claudine firmly believes in identifying children’s individual strengths and areas of difficulty in order to provide appropriate and effective support.
Claudine is now a member of the Psychology in Education Centre based in the Department of Education at the University of York.
• She is programme leader for the BSc Psychology in Education.
• She is continuing to develop work in the area of reading and language intervention.
• She is also a mum of two.