Our Team

Get to Know the Team

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

Dean Owen

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Mental Health  First Aid Trainer

Dave Leigh

 Director of Health and Wellbeing 

Graham Price

 Director of Operations 


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. 

Nicci Cairnes


British Army Veteran and also a Military wife, I understand the lifestyle from both the soldiers and partners perspective. All too often those who serve their country and the public along with the trauma that they experience are being forgotten about, which is why I want to help in any way that I can. I became involved with No Duff whilst facing my own struggles and I am now extremely proud to be a part of the team. I am currently studying to become a Mental Health Nurse.

Clinical Director

Rachel Burns 

I regard myself as a friendly approachable, empathetic person-centred counsellor who offers confidential and non-judgmental support.
At some point in our lives we can find ourselves struggling, whether that be with home, work, relationships or medical reasons. Depression, anxiety, work related stress, bereavement, trauma (PTSD), addictions and infertility are just a few things that we can find ourselves dealing with.
Please search for us on Facebook, online or contact us via email or phone. We are extremely responsive to all messages.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Theraputic Counselling.

Person-centred counsellor with Critical incident debrief and trauma training.

Empathy Counselling Services

Gillian Buchan FdSc 

I work with children from age 12 and adults of all ages who may be struggling with a broad range of issues including but not limited to anxiety, work/life stress, depression, low self-esteem, grief, relationship problems, loneliness, and I work towards introducing coping strategies to alleviate the pressures in life.

I am a fully qualified integrative therapist offering a holistic approach to the therapies in which I specialise and I promote a safe, supportive, confidential, non-judgemental environment allowing you the time and space to explore your thoughts, feelings and concerns.

Empathy Counselling Services

Matthew Leeming 

An enthusiastic, skilled, and well-motivated psychology postgraduate with six years ongoing experience as an Assistant Psychologist and Therapist working under supervision of consultant clinical psychologist. I have acquired transferable skills in assessment, formulation, and therapeutic intervention of individuals suffering from a range of psychological problems, including learning disabilities, personality disorder, mental illness and diverse presentations in trauma.

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychology Post Graduate 6 years as an Assistant Psychologist and Therapist working under the supervision of a consultant clinical psychologist.

Empathy / RockRidge Counselling Services

Catherine Jenkins 

I’m Cath, and I know that sometimes life can be so hard. I’m qualified to practice Person Centred Counselling, which is a talking therapy.   If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed talking therapy can lead you to explore your thoughts and feelings so you can better understand why you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or depressed. I have worked with clients across a range of negative experiences including trauma, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anxiety and depression. I also work with members of the armed forces, police forces and ‘blue light’ first responders who have experienced, and continue to be impacted by, trauma. 

I offer a  safe non-judgmental space so you can explore your thoughts, feelings and concerns. Understanding yourself better will lead you towards feeling  stronger and in control once again.

Counselling Services

Dave served 30 years in Merseyside Police. After 15 of those years he became involved in training on a part time basis before ending his career in a full time training role. He was the Lead Self Defence Instructor for Merseyside and the North West Representative on the National Self Defence and Restraint Practitioners Committee. He was also a Subject Matter Expert in Use of Force providing advice, opinion and evidence all over the country.

Dave was also a Lead Taser Trainer, Taser Trainer of Trainers, National Public Order Tactical Trainer and National Public Order Tactical Advisor.

Dave also holds qualifications in IOSH Managing Safely, NEBOSH General Certificate in Safety and Health, Level 4 Learning and Development, Gym Instructing and Personal Training.

He has a studied various Self Defence and Martial Arts systems throughout his life and developed his own simple and effective Self Defence System.

He also has a passion for fitness having attended gyms since the age of 13 years old, in the Police he used to run a Fitness Club in his own time to help colleagues get and stay fit. As Director of Health & Wellbeing he now runs the No Duff Fitness Training Group.

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