The Team behind the Frank Bruno Foundation

Here you will find information on our board, who are all involved and responsible for the creation, progress and delivery of our wellness programs.

Janet Potts - Chair

Janet has a strong interest in mental health having seen the effects it has had on prisoners serving sentences in the UK and how it has affected their progression through their sentence and also on the potential for release back into the community. The scant resources available to serving prisoners is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed, Janet still sees this situation regularly.

Janet would say that its so important that those dealing mental health receive support and the means to help themselves its something that people can move on from they just need that arm around them to help them along for a while. From whatever background you are from your mental health can be affected at any time and if this charity can help a few people to feel good about themselves again then its totally worthwhile doing. Mental health can be a constant battle for people their entire lives and this charity aims to help individuals to defend themselves and equip them with ability to hopefully at least win some of those fights.

Janet Potts, (Chartered Legal Executive) along with two other partners founded North East Law LLP in 2013 following the extensive Legal aid cuts which resulted in them all being made redundant from their previous employer in 2013.

North East Law LLP aims to provide good legal advice at an affordable price and which is provided through a regulated firm to ensure that its clients are protected. North East Law LLP also has a strong background of providing pro bono assistance to local and national charities.

Janet has worked in the private sector for the last 9 years having previously worked for Durham County Council for 22 years in areas such as Regeneration and Community Safety.

Janet is also Trustee for Charity Durham County Carers Support a charity providing advice and support to carers and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Carers caring for someone in County Durham.

Frank Bruno - Board Member

The Frank Bruno Foundation is a direct result of Frank wanting to give something back to the community. Frank has faced challenges both in and out of the ring and has always done so with determination, dignity, humour and humility.

But it is Frank’s bravery and honesty in talking about his battles with mental health issues, which continue to earn him the respect of those whose affection he won as a boxer. It is fitting then that supporting sufferers of mental ill-health is where Frank feels his attention best focussed.

Sam Warner - Board Member

Dr. Sam Warner is a chartered and consultant clinical psychologist. Sam qualified in 1991 and currently, holds ann holds an associate lectureship in social sciences at Salford University. Sam works as an academic, consultant, expert witness, researcher, psychotherapist, public speaker and trainer.

Throughout Sam’s career she has specialised in helping children and adults make sense of how their relationships impact on their mental health. Her work is focussed on helping people make sense of trauma associated with abuse, neglect and loss; and related issues such as attachment difficulties, dissociation (including working with visions, voices and dissociated parts), self-harm and suicide. She has written various books and articles on these issues. Sam has a particular interest in sexual violence. She has worked in and led a variety of specialist sexual violence therapy services both in the third sector and statutory mental health services, working with both children and adults. She has been engaged by the Department of Health and British Government as an expert in mental health on national and international sexual violence projects. Sam is also a leading trainer in promoting a better understanding of mental health in the workplace.

Sam has written books and papers on abuse and related issues. Sam is currently working on a new book on child sexual abuse and designing a training manual and DVD pack based on this. Sam is also currently co-writing a major report on self-harm and suicide.

Sam is on the board of directors of two charities: BASPCAN, a leading multi-agency child protection charity. She is also a founding member of the Frank Bruno Foundation Fighting Back, which aims to support children and adults with mental health difficulties.
Sam has been an equity card holder (the professional actors’ union) since 1987. She has used drama, alongside art, as psycho-educational and psychotherapeutic methods for example to develop the community mental health art project Drop in Dreams (this is alongside award-winning poet, Clare Shaw). Since 1991 she has also occasionally worked as an applied sports psychologist with children and adults of all abilities from novice to elite standards.

Steve Myers - Trustee

Steve Myers is the Director of Social Sciences at the University of Salford. He is a qualified and registered Social Worker who has worked with children and young people in both statutory and voluntary organisations.

The author and co-author of several books, Steve has developed research and practice with young people who have sexual behaviour problems and promoted the use of solution focused and strengths-based approaches in social work. The emotional well-being of children, young people and their families has been at the heart of his work.

Sonia Murray - Treasurer

Sonia Murray is a Behaviour Support Consultant/Play Therapist and Director of Jogo Behaviour Support. She has worked in a specialist school for children with complex social, emotional, mental ill health and behavioural difficulties for 22 years. She has experience of supporting children, young people and their families both in special schools and mainstream provisions. She holds a Diploma in Social Work and is a registered Play Therapist and Supervisor with the British Association of Play Therapists. She has thirty years’ experience as a practitioner in the fields of education, child abuse, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, children’s mental health, childhood trauma, parenting programmes and Play Therapy. Her work history includes employment as a childcare Social Worker, parent worker, Play Therapist in Education and Social Care and Health settings. She has supported staff, other professionals, children, young people and families in all of these areas.
Jogo Behaviour Support provides services to schools, pupils, parents and carers and other agencies to bring about positive change for children and young people experiencing social, emotional and mental ill health difficulties who are displaying their distress with their behaviours. Our aim is to improve the behaviour and decrease the barriers to learning by working collaboratively and holistically with the pupils, their families and schools, therefore reducing the risk of exclusions.
Sonia trains nationally and internationally on topics related to Play Therapy, understanding behaviour, play, communicating with children, behaviour management, positive parenting. Sonia has also contributed to a number of publications, including The Use of Therapeutic Stories.
Sonia has served on the Board of Directors for British Association of Play Therapists in a variety of capacities including Treasurer and chair of Business and Research sub-committees for nearly ten years.

Marcia Worrell - Secretary

Marcia is currently Head of Contemporary Studies at the University of West London, a Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology of Women Section of the British Psychological Society. I have a background in working across third sector organisations and in academic practice nationally and in a number of countries including South Africa, Vietnam, New Zealand and Cambodia, where in the latter of which Marcia ran a three year capacity building project funded by the British Council.

Marcia has sat on the boards/management committees of a number of charities in addition to chairing the board of the Children’s Legal Centre. I have developed, delivered and evaluated a range of courses across academic and third sector settings and it is this experience – with particular reference to evaluating projects/interventions – that I could contribute to the Foundation. Marcia is also happy to work across and provide support to any areas where my expertise may be useful.

John Murray - Non Executive Board Member

John Murray is a Behaviour Support Consultant and Founder/Director of Jogo Behaviour Support and has worked in and with schools for over 25 years. From his first post as an English and History teacher to managing Northamptonshire’s Behaviour Support Service, John has a wealth of experience as a teacher, manager and trainer in the areas of social, emotional and mental health issues.
He has held a number of senior roles within the Local Authority and schools and was a qualified Ofsted Inspector. John has built up an extensive knowledge of social, emotional, mental health and behaviour support principles, techniques and practices and believes in the practical application of behaviour for learning. He has demonstrated a consistent track record of working successfully with schools, other agencies, staff, the children and young people and families that they serve.
John is also an experienced trainer with an excellent reputation for designing and delivering courses that whilst providing a theoretical basis are very much rooted in the practical application of strategies and interventions to support social, emotional, mental health and behaviour management and the techniques that support it.
As founder and Director of Jogo Behaviour Support he works closely in partnership with others in developing services that are relevant to the needs of all those working with issues of behaviour, emotional health and well-being.
Jogo Behaviour Support provides services to schools, pupils, parents and carers and other agencies to bring about positive change for children and young people experiencing social, emotional and mental ill health difficulties who are displaying their distress with their behaviours. Our aim is to improve the behaviour and decrease the barriers to learning by working collaboratively and holistically with the pupils, their families and schools, therefore reducing the risk of exclusions.

Peter Holiday - Non Executive Board Member

Peter Holiday is an Accountant and Business Adviser.

Peter worked as a Chartered Accountant for 38 years both in industry and in practice.
He has worked with businesses of varying sizes, from Multi- nationals to the corner shop,
across many different areas of industry and commerce.

Peter has used this experience and knowledge to assist developing businesses achieve their potential and has sat on the Board of many companies both as an executive and non-executive director.

He has also worked with a number of charitable and community projects and is currently
working with a youth development organisation and a charitable trust sponsoring
PhD students.