Ray Freeman

I am the Director and a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists. I am registered with CNHC as a Hypnotherapist. I attend regular peer supervision and have around 10,000 client hours experience in Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Coaching and Counselling. My background is lecturing in Psychology and Mental Health and this forms the bedrock of my ability to understand client issues and to communicate care and recovery plans. I also have experience of running my own training school in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy and with experience I formulated my own model of therapy to work with clients and to train others. I first met the Co-Founder Rose Latham over 15 years ago when she was a student at the college I taught at and we have since became firm friends.

I am fully aware of her journey through trauma, which has been a difficult process at times for her. However she now uses her own recovery and voice to empower others with similar experiences and also uses her personal experiences with professionals to offer educational and CPD workshops to allow professionals a deeper insight into best practice and being better at becoming trauma informed practitioners. I fully endorse and support the project and recognise the need for the services that Empower the Invisible Project offer.

Lisa Cooper

Lisa is a Director working within Community & Mental Health Services and has previously worked in a number of clinical and senior roles within the NHS, including being the national lead for Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation with NHS England. Within these roles Lisa has been privileged to work with children, young people and adults with lived experience of abuse on a wide range of issues including advocacy, access to support services, promotional campaigns and education for health staff on how to listen and support children, young people and adults.

 Lisa first met Danny through her national role where she saw first hand the amazing work that “Empowering the Invisible” does in highlighting the needs of survivors and the importance of supporting recovery. Lisa is delighted to be an Ambassador for “Empowering the Invisible” and is committed to supporting the continuation of its excellent work particularly with those working in health and social care roles, so that they listen to children, young people and adults and improve services as a result. Lisa has recently been appointed as a Trustee for The Survivors Trust.

Mark Gillman

Mark Gilman has spent 35 years working in addictions research, policy and practice. He has a first degree in Organisation Theory and a MA in the study of Drugs, Crime and Social Deviance. Mark was the Strategic Recovery Lead for Substance Misuse in Public Health England (PHE) where he initiated the work that PHE published as Facilitated Access to Mutual Aid ( Mark established Discovering Health in 2015. He is an associate of Cormac Russell, an advocate for Asset Based Community Development and the founder member of The Expert Faculty on Commissioning for Substance Use Disorders. Mark agreed to be an ambassador for the Empower the Invisible Project because of his experience of substance use disorders (professionally and personally) and his fundamental belief that child hood trauma is the root of many (or most) of the most challenging forms of ‘addiction’. Addressing trauma is the most urgent need in the substance use disorder treatment and recovery world.

Mark is also a personal friend of co-founder and CEO Rose.