Come and meet our dedicated, passionate and caring team here at Leo’s.
Andrew is one of the founding members of Leo’s and a Paediatric Consultant. His passion for compassionate care is uplifting, he goes the extra mile both in his work with children, and his work here at Leo’s. Here he is with our little Oska back in 2019.
Ali is one of our newest trustees. Bringing in her exceptional expertise as a midwife and a mum to Elodie who lives in the stars, and Ewan & Walt who have both needed neonatal care. Ali has also been a service user here at Leo’s, and is deeply passionate about ensuring families get the best care, when they need most.
Abby is one of our newest trustees here at Leo’s.
Abby’s first daughter, Edie, was sadly born unresponsive, despite Abby having a low risk pregnancy. Edie went on to spend three weeks in NICU, where she was seriously ill due to a lack of oxygen. Abby, began attending Leo’s groups in 2018, and was one of the very first families we cared for. Since then we have supported Abby, Edie and their family throughout their journey. Abby was so passionate about wanting to give back to the charity, being a trustee was the perfect role for her.
Philippa is also one of our newest trustees here at Leo’s. Philippa is a force for change in our local area as the Deputy Mayor of Middlesbrough, championing an array of voices in the town she serves – including neonatal and baby loss families. She’s also a proud mum of three and is always doing something wonderful for someone.
CEO & Perinatal Baby Loss Mentor
Hi, I’m Lottie. I’m the CEO here at Leo’s. My baby loss journey began in 2015 when my son Leo took his last breaths in my arms at just four hours old. Losing your baby is the last thing any parent prepares for when they become pregnant, you don’t just lose your child, you lose their entire life, and all the intricate moments within it. The aftermath of loss is crippling, and I feel very priviledged that our team will now be able to get support to pregnancy and baby loss families. After being so lost myself, I know first-hand how important this care is, and the difference it can make.
Perinatal Baby Loss Mentor
Hi I’m Danielle and I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to be part of Leo’s. I have spent most of my adult life working as a mental health support worker and within social support services for almost 14 years. In 2023 I will have completed my Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Skills. Alongside what I have learned I am very much using my own story moving forward to support the families I work with. I am a very proud mama to 3 and will forever hold our 3 angels who could not stay, they are all my motivation and I would not be here if it was not for them. I have and continue to walk the road of baby loss recovery since my first miscarriage in 2012 and understand the impact and ripple effects this trauma has throughout all relationships. It is really important to me that the people I work with know they are not on this road alone, we are very much together and I look forward to providing a safe space for your journey.
Hi my name is Leanne and I am Leo’s first Perinatal Practitioner. I am a qualified Counsellor specialising in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) and a Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Champion.
I am extremely passionate about perinatal mental health and supporting family’s when it matters and when it’s needed the most.
My role focusses on supporting parents when they feel at their most vulnerable, providing advocacy support, coping strategies and helping a family get to where they need and want to be.
Psychological Services Lead & Therapist. BACP
Integrated Counsellor BACP, Leo's Trainer
EMDR, Transdiagnostic Psychotherapist, High CBT, MBABCP
Integrated Counsellor BACP
Hello I’m Kate, and I am a Counsellor working in all areas of mental health. I have a 30 year lived experience on the rollercoaster that is the neonatal journey. I am passionate about supporting families and their mental health when they have been thrust into life in a whole new traumatic world.
Integrated Counsellor, CBT Therapist, Sibling Therapist BACP
Hi, I’m Helen! I am a qualified Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist here at Leo’s and I will be working within the neonatal and baby loss service. I am deeply passionate about supporting the emotional well-being and mental health of those affected by baby loss and the trauma endured by this. I will also be supporting parents and families of poorly babies who may have entered their world prematurely or through a traumatic birth. I fully understand the height of anxiety that can be experienced throughout a second pregnancy following baby loss. I aim to support you during this immensely difficult time where you may be experiencing a range of complex emotions. I understand the impact this can have on you and your wider family and managing this can require some additional support. I will work collaboratively with you, your family, and the team at Leo’s in providing you with the most appropriate care for your individual journey.
Integrated Counsellor, IAPT, Couples Therapist BACP
Grant Support Officer