Who we are…..

Dr Dee Gray

Hello my name is Dee. I am Director of grays. I provide leadership and expertise to our team and for development of all of our programmes and research. My professional qualifications and experience includes that of health, law, higher education, leadership and coaching. I am particularly interested in the resilience and wellbeing of front-line workers, and I include informal carers in this as the ‘third workforce’ that sits between health and social care.

You are welcome to tweet with me @grays100 and connect with me on linkedin http://tinyurl.com/nbf8vuk


Katherine Fiona Jones. BA Hons. MFA.


Hello my name is Katherine. I lead the grays resilience and wellbeing creative research programmes. I am an artist and facilitator. I have a BA (Hons) in Illustration and a Masters in Fine Art, both gained at the Cardiff School of Art and Design.  I was trained in visual facilitation by international expert Fran O’Hara, and have gone on to develop my skills to that of graphic recording for research purposes. I offer facilitation using both cutting edge technical and traditional illustration methods.

Underpinned by years of disciplined training, I have a natural skill in narrative, observation and communication, which make my visual facilitation clear, memorable and meaningful. I am accustomed to working with people from all backgrounds, age groups and professions. I have a natural ability to make you feel at ease, and am able to help you communicate your ideas so that you can take them forward in a productive and practical way.

Cecilia Rathe

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Hello my name is Cecilia. I lead the grays professionals programmes. I come from a legal background, having spent over 20 years as a solicitor in the public sector, culminating in the role of Director of Law and Governance in a large North West local authority.  I specialise in personal development and managing change, combining my motivational coaching practice with my expertise as a yoga teacher. The latter introduces how to develop a greater self awareness and understanding of the interplay between your body, your mind and emotions.Working with me, you will find your coaching experience is inspiring, and action driven. My approach is also utilised within gray’s team coaching programmes, particularly where the group or team share similar issues or goals. I am currently studying for a diploma in occupational psychology.

Olwen Mary Huws

Hello my name is Mary. I lead the grays coaching in practice programmes. I am both a qualified coach and coach supervisor (ILM level VII), and active researcher. I have had over 33 years’ experience in managing people, programme management and developing and implementing policy and strategy, particularly around the relationship/partnership agenda, within and across Government (UK and Wales) organisations. This includes as a trade union officer and as a project officer for the top Board at the Welsh Assembly Government. I have managed projects within major change programmes, including mergers of organisations, and designed and run a senior development leadership programme. I am passsionate about coaching and the possibilities it brings to support people through transition to a positive, engaged and meaningful future.

Stefano Ghazzali

Hello my name is Stefano. I am lead advisor for grays blended learning programmes. I am an Educational Technologist with over 16 years experience of the development and implementation of innovative online teaching solutions.  My knowledge and expertise has been developed working in environments that include the Language Technologies Unit of Bangor University, and with the Bangor Business School for the Chartered Banker MBA. I am an experienced Programme Development Manager, having led on all pedagogical and technological design for the MBS MBA and DBA courses at Manchester Business School. I have held senior posts as Senior Management Team Member for MBS, and as Non Excutive Director for a CIC. I am a Chartered Learning Technologist (CMALT) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute (FLPI) and a Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development (MBILD).

My work interests include Personal Learning Environments, Collaborative Learning, student centric learning and my techie interests lie in Web 2.0, Data Mining, SQL, Relational Databases, XML, Middleware, Machine Translation, and Speech Recognition. I am a fluent Welsh speaker.

Alan Henry

Hello my name is Alan. I lead the development of grays LGBTQIA+ resilience and wellbeing programmes. I am a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and am passionate about equality and human rights. I have experience of working with the Merseyside Aids Support Group (Sahir House) throughout the 1990’s, initially as a phoneline support volunteer and later, providing one-to-one support to service users and their families. I am a teaching and learning professional with expertise in programme design and research, my experience extends to co-facilitating training for new Aids Support volunteers. I hold a Diploma in Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Education. I am a qualified coach and have experience of coaching and mentoring in higher education.

Pamela Luckock

Hello my name is Pam. I lead the development of grays community resilience and wellbeing programmes. I am a qualified coach and mentor (ILM level 7) facilitator, mediator and action learning set adviser with more than 15 years experience in strategic management roles leading cultural change and implementing legislation and policy in the field of equality and human rights within NHS Wales. In my earlier career I was a senior NHS biomedical scientist working in Biochemistry and Immunology and a trades union health and safety officer. More recently I have worked as a consultant, co-designing and delivering the ‘Working With Not To’ project then in 2017 helping to establish ‘Working With’ a community interest company of which I am a co-director. I am a member of the Advisory Group to the Coproduction Network for Wales. Passionate about coaching and its potential to support people through change, I now mostly work with women in caring professions who feel overwhelmed with the demands of life and work, helping them to rediscover a passion for their work and create a life they love.

Caroll Gray

Hello my name is Caroll.  I lead on all the administration and co-ordination of services at grays. With over thirty years experience, I bring my common sense and clarity to the role. You will most likely be contacted by me or work with me on our programme delivery, where I endevour to ensure our working relationships are smooth running and productive.



Anwen Thomas BA, BN, MAR-CRM5Dip

Hello, my name is Anwen Thomas. I am the business owner of Troedio Adweitheg Gwynedd Reflexology. I am a MAR-CRM5Dip qualified Reflexology practitioner, I have a special interest in stress and anxiety. I have a particular interest in working with individuals who work in challenging environments to reduce and manage stress in a positive way. Besides working with clients in the private sector, I have developed my reflexology practice to work with Carers. I have trained in a specialist protocol called NEPIP (Neuro-Endo-Phycho-Immuno-Pody).

  • Neuro (neurology)
  • Endo (endocrine sysytem)
  • Psycho (psychology, mind & emotions)
  • Immuno (Immune system)
  • Pody (feet)

This is an advanced clinical reflexology protocol that is only available from reflexologists who have completed the Level 5 Reflexology Mastership courses. This specialist protocol at the cutting edge of reflexology focuses on stress and anxiety. It supports the connection between the communication centres of the mind with the immune, endocrine and nervous system. The feet are worked simultaneously using guided visualisation, breathing techniques and intention. It has been developed following scientific studies in to the relationship between the brain and the nervous system, their relationship to the endocrine system and how this affects our immunity when stressed and anxious.

I have a BA (hons) in media and TV and have worked within the media industry for many years. Prior to becoming a reflexology practitioner, I worked in the NHS for over 13 years as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) BN (Hons). I have experience of facilitating group work for patients with dementia and their family. I have run stress and anxiety reduction groups.

Helo, fy enw i yw Anwen Thomas. Rwyf yn berchennog busnes Troedio Adweitheg Gwynedd Reflexology. Rwy’n ymarferydd adweitheg cymwysedig MAR-CRM5Dip, gyda diddordeb arbennig mewn straen a phryder. Mae gennyf ddiddordeb penodol mewn gweithio gydag unigolion sy’n gweithio mewn amgylcheddau heriol, i leihau a rheoli straen mewn ffyrdd gadarnhaol. Ar wahân i weithio gyda chleientiaid yn y sector breifat, rwyf wedi datblygu fy ymarfer adweitheg i weithio gyda Gofalwyr. Rwyf wedi hyfforddi mewn protocol arbenigol o’r enw NEPIP (Neuro-Endo-Phycho-Immuno-Pody).

  • Neuro (newroleg)
  • Endo (sutem endocrine)
  • Psycho (seicoleg/ emossiynau)
  • Immuno (sustem imiwnedd)
  • Pody (traed)

Protocol adweitheg clinigol uwch yw hwn, sydd ond ar gael gan adweithegwyr sydd wedi cwblhau cwr lefel 5 Meistrolaeth Adweitheg.Mae’r protocol arbenigol hwn, sydd ar flaen y gad mewn adweitheg, yn canolbwyntio ar straen a phryder. Mae’n cefnogi’r cysylltiad rhwng canolfannau cyfathrebu’r meddwl gyda’r system imiwnedd, endocrin a nerfol. Mae’r traed yn cael eu gweithio ar yr un pryd gan ddefnyddio delweddu dan arweiniad, technegau anadlu a bwriad. Fe’i datblygwyd yn dilyn astudiaethau gwyddonol i fewn i’r berthynas rhwng yr ymennydd a’r system nerfol, eu perthynas â’r system endocrin a sut mae hyn yn effeithio ar ein himiwnedd pan dan straen pryder.

Mae gen i BA (Anrh) mewn cyfryngau a theledu, ac rwyf wedi gweithio yn y cyfryngau am sawl blwyddyn. Cyn dod yn ymarferydd adweitheg, bues yn gweithio am dros 13 mlynedd yn y GIG fel Nyrs Iechyd Meddwl Cofrestredig (RMN) BN (Anrh ). Mae gennyf brofiad o hwyluso gwaith grŵp i gleifion sydd â dementia a’u teuluoedd. Mae gennyf brofiad o redeg grwpiau lleihau straen a gorbryder.

Sharon Perry

Hello, my name is Sharon Perry. I’m the Research Technical Support for gray’s Programmes”. I have over 25 years experience in the tertiary education and NGO training sectors. I have an MSc in Information Technology and have more recently been involved in developing e-learning content for the commercial sector. I am also an author and you can find my event running guide, “Prepare to Meet: how to successfully plan your meeting the stress-free way”, on Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B01L01XYF0/). This book was based on many years experience organising events as part of my project management role in the university sector. My skills involve content editing, proof-reading, research, web design, graphic design, human-computer interaction, and project management.

Dr Oggy East

Hello my name is Oggy East. I have close to 20 years building, deploying and supporting online collaborative learning environments for a varied client base, ranging from local authorities, schools, further and higher education colleges, not-for-profit organisations, businesses and charities. Before establishing Semantise in 2000, I had two years academic experience in educational technology in the School of Education, University of Bangor. I have worked on innovative online teaching and learning projects funded by the UK Department for Education, British Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. Prior to that I worked for eight years as an experimental neurophysiologist, working at Liverpool University, Wellcome Research Laboratories and the University of Manchester.