Colin has over two decades of experience of managing and leading in charities delivering mental health and emotional wellbeing services. For much of this time he has led services specialising in addiction and working with clients and systems with particularly complex needs.

Deputy CEO

Shellie joined the charity in 2011 following a successful career in teaching and school leadership. Her experience of mainstream and sports education spanned over fifteen at her time of joining Sporting Chance.

JAMES WEST, Clinical Director

James West has been our Clinical Director since Sporting Chance first opened for residential treatment in the spring of 2003, overseeing the clinic's move to its current home in Forest Mere and the expansion of the range of services it can offer.

After completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Alex worked in industry on management teams responsible for large scale recruitment and procurement processes. 

ALEX MILLS, Education Support
Senior Therapist (Residential Treatment)

Andrew would have made significantly more than 21 appearances in the English Football League had his career not been so severely affected by injury; an astute and uncomplicated defender, he was selected to represent Scotland at Under-21 level in 1999 and was tipped by many to gain full international honours for his country.

Barry trained as a humanistic therapist in 2001, motivated by his own experience of addiction and the interventions which helped him to turn his life around. He views sustainable recovery as a holistic package of the ‘three thirds’ of the human condition

BARRY TROTT, Clinical Support

Despite being one of the newest members of our team, Craig took up a full-time Clinical Support post with Sporting Chance well aware of the history of our charity and the work that we do; up until that point he had been a valued member of our counselling network for a number of years,

CRAIG DEXTER, Clinical Support

Emily is likely to be the first person that anyone calling our counselling helpline will speak to and with good reason; she has a number of years' experience acting as a first responder in the voluntary sector and holds qualifications in counselling and working with vulnerable adults.


Triage and Administration