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Our Team

Get to Know the Team

 Each member of the team is experienced with in the field of Mental Trauma. 

Dean Owen

Director / Creator

Since forming No Duff, Dean Owen has played a crucial role in the continued success of the services No Duff  provide.Our exceptional skill set, true passion and own experiences have inspired people to come to terms with their Mental Health and help remove the stigma.

Having seen service in HM Forces, HMP, Police and RSPCA there isn't a lot that I haven't seen or that shocks me anymore. My aim is to help those of us who have kept the monsters at bay, but who too fight their own Demons and Black Dogs. I was diagnosed with Severe PTSD and Adjustment disorder in 2009 which led to my Medical Retirement from the Police Service.

Nita Deasha

Senior Occupational Health Practitioner

Since joining No Duff, Nita has played a crucial role in helping service personnel with their general well being and Mental Health.Nita's exceptional skills, no nonsense, down to earth, tell it how it is approach resonates with service personnel, enabling them to open up and realise their potential. Nita has a true passion for help those that keep us safe.

I ‘Qualified’ as a nurse in 1983 (old git) Went on to Specialise in Intensive care from 1993. Began working in Occupational Health in 2002, went on to get a degree in Public Health and started work as an Occupational Health Advisor with Merseyside Police in 2004.

....I very nearly joined the Police in 1982, but got cold feet at the interview stage!

Sarah Doyle

Chaplin

I became a volunteer police chaplain in 2018. My reasoning behind by decision was my husband who was a serving police officer with Merseyside Police was killed in 2014 after being recognised as an off duty police officer whilst on his works Christmas night out. The support that I received from his friends and colleagues was invaluable and they got me through some very dark times hence my decision to join the chaplaincy team as I wanted to give something back to those who have and continue to help me. I have battled PTSD and anxiety so know exactly what it’s like first hand. I also understand the pressures that the police can put on family life as I have experienced that part of it too.

Tony Barton

Mental Health  First Aid Trainer

As a police officer for 30 years I was ideally placed to witness first hand the effects of stress and trauma on colleagues in a dynamic and fast moving environment. As head of the representative body for police officers I became passionate about providing help and support for their mental health and well-being. 

Being in a role with responsibility for the health and welfare of colleagues I have extensive experience in supporting numerous colleagues through their mental health journey. I have supported numerous colleagues suffering with conditions from Anxiety and Depression through to mental health crisis and suicide providing one to one assistance and signposting to the  appropriate treatments and support. This has  assisted them to access the necessary support and either staying in work while receiving treatment or returning to work sooner following effective treatments. Where appropriate I have also assisted colleagues to leave the organisation with dignity and integrity when recovery has not been possible.

We provide MHFA training to staff and line managers in many other organisations from both private and public sector industries. .

Graham Price (Pricey)

 Volunteer 

(Pricey)

18 years Royal Corps of Transport a proud TROG

Having served in BAOR, NI, Belize and UK.

I have seen many instances effecting colleagues and myself. With no formal mental health training I look forward to completing mental health first aid training very soon. I’m always willing to listen and learn. 

Garry Proctor

 Volunteer 

From a military background with the last 15 years in HMP I took the decision to get involved with No Duff having met Dean and experienced his passion and dedication to helping those in need. I have no formal nor professional qualifications in mental health and have been extremely fortunate not to have suffered like so many. So why and what do you bring to the table would be the obvious question. I have been in and around uniformed personnel my entire 51 years and the passion for their safety and welfare is ingrained. I am stubborn, head strong, tenacious, aggressive and determined to mention a few double edged attributes. There is no door I will not knock on, no telephone I will not call and no avenue I will not explore in order help those that are unable to help themselves. I feel privileged to be involved with No Duff and honoured to have the opportunity to make a difference to those that have done so for others.