Our Team


Ed Gorringe - Chair

CEO of Mindwise, Ed has an acocunting background. His interest in the community sector is long standing. 

Liz Johnston

I am working in the SE Health Trust and involved in Early Intervention on the Colin Early Parenting Programme for the past two years, prior to this I worked in pupil support programmes and family support at YMCA Lisburn. In my spare time, I am currently studying to become a counsellor.

Stephen Tumelty

Stephen is a local self employed solicitor.

Martin Magee

Martin manages the PCSP programme in  Newtownards. 

Niall Banks

Niall is a teacher at the local CBS school on the Glen Road.

Thembi Lecky

Native to South Africa, Thembi brings a great can do attitude to the charity. She is a software engineer at Pramerica Ireland. 


Kate Laverty oversees the operations of the organisation and is responsible for the strategic direction of the charity.  She joined Colin Community Counselling Project in August 2015 as the Manager, having worked in the field of community mental health for 6.5 years.  She has significant experience in strategic planning, programme development and resource & budget management.  Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Byzantine History, MSSc Community Youth Work, MA Irish Cultural Heritage Studies, MEd in Education, MSc in Computer Science, Dip. in Business Finance, Ad. Dip. Sustainability in the Third Sector and a PhD in Education for Empowerment.  

Susan Harvey

As clinical lead, Susan holds clinical governance for the charity.  She has worked as an addicition counsellor for 14 years.  Using a physco-dynamic model, to understand the shame, fear and loss her clients are trying to escape, her work blends the various different models used by our team in working with over 600 clients per annum. 

Administrative Support

Elaine Smyth has worked in the charity from 2013, overseeing monitoring and evaluation and handling referrals from statutory services.  

Sheila O’Kane has been with the charity from its’ inception in 2003 and been a stalwart to the team, overseeing appointment allocation and managing the waiting list.  

Play Therapists

Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution.  Our therapists are accredited by PTUK. 


Our Counsellors are professionally qualified and hold a minimum of Diploma in Counselling and are Accredited with BACP.  A range of qualifications include;

·         BSSC Social Studies & Social Policy QUB

·         BSc Trauma Studies QUB

·         BSc Social Science QUB

·         BA Professional Development

·         Diploma Clinical Supervision CPCAB

·         MSc Counselling & Therapeutic Communication;

·         PG Dip Social Work

·         Diploma Humanistic Integrative Counselling