Chair: Kate Howe

Kate Howe is a senior lecturer in social work. She has experience of working with children and carers as a child protection social worker as well as in adoption and fostering work. She now teaches on qualifying and post qualifying social work courses, with specialist interests in communication, conflict resolution, supervision and leadership.

Phil Blenkarn

Phil is the Honorary Treasurer of DAA. He is a tax consultant living in Swanage with his wife, Gill, sharing a large extended family. His other interests include golf, lead guitar in a travelling band, DIY and lazing around in the sun.

Ann Daniel

Ann is a founder member of DAA and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She currently works for DAA as a volunteer supervisor and is also a Trustee. She is a qualified, registered social worker and has paid work in the field of social work education.

Dr. Rosa Hubbard-Ford

Rosa is a DAA Trustee and an accredited BACP/UKRC individual, couple and family counsellor, psychotherapist, advanced clinical hypnotherapist, life coach and registered welfare officer. Rosa has practised for over 20 years and works in Bournemouth, Dorset, and Harley Street, London. Her doctorate from Middlesex University/Metanoia Institute London, focused on training religious leaders to help those who had been affected by childhood sexual abuse.

Gail Longhurst

Gail is a DAA volunteer counsellor and supervisor. She is an accredited member of the BACP. Gail's experience includes working with survivors of domestic violence and honour crimes. Her other interests include dressage and learning to play the piano (very badly).

Zoe Blake

Zoe is an ex-service user and co-facilitator for Friends of DAA. Her other interests include long distance running and current studying level 3 counselling skills, striving towards new goals. She has been a trustee for 2 and half years.

Liz Spreadbury MBE

Liz is a DAA Trustee and also secretary to the Trustees. She is married with five children and six grandchildren. She is also a facilitator for one of the DAA facilitated support groups. She has been a member of the Samaritans for 26 years; an ex-magistrate and School governor at two local schools. She is a lay member of the Local Safeguarding Board and loves gardening, reading, music and watching wildlife.