Here at bibic, we offer a vast amount of support for the children in need and help them reach there full potential through our lovely, caring and understanding staff.
Pip Buckley – Managing Director BA (Hons) DIP
I have worked in senior management both in the Public and Charity Sector. I studied Criminology at University and worked in The Probation Service managing group work programme’s across London. After leaving Probation I worked for Catch22, a national charity delivering mentoring programmes for adults on Probation and leaving prison in and around Greater London. I moved into the prison service managing three ‘Through the Gate Services’ in the South West until the Summer of 2018 when I moved into a new career at bibic. I was able to transfer my skills to the excellent work we do at bibic. In June 2019 I accepted the role of Managing Director and am excited to be working with an excellent team.
I have specialised in anger management whilst working with offending behaviour as a practitioner. As a manager my specialisms are operations, coaching, training and development, innovation and project management. As a manager I like to think I have a warm, open and engaging style.
Hobbies – Outside of work my main passions are musical theatre, travel, good food and wine. I have recently bought my first home and am starting to enjoy DIY and Gardening.
Therapy Manager FDA, BA Hons, RQTU
I am a Registered Qualified Test User (RQTU). My FDA is my foundation degree in education and my degree with honours was in education and professional practice. Both of these degrees I based around special educational needs.
I specialise in extreme behaviours and have worked with children with behavioural difficulties for 12 years, 10 years within education and 2 years here at bibic, enabling me to make a big impact on the children in helping them reach their full potential. This was for various reasons mainly around funding available.
I am the Therapy Manager at bibic, I re-designed the training plan delivered to our therapists and designed a series of training programmes that are CPD accredited that we deliver to parents and professionals. I manage the therapy team and we always love to go out socially as a team too. I also manage any work experience for placement students that we have in.
I am currently studying part time with the open university for my Master’s in psychology because I have always had a fascination with how the brain works and why people behave the way they do. This all means I don’t have much free time but when I do I love to watch crime drama’s and go shopping, I must confess I do have a spending problem!
Claire Williams – Therapist BSC (Hons)
My degree in Occupational Therapy enabled me to develop my passion for working with children with a variety of needs. Prior to joining bibic, I worked within a family support role, creating and developing the service from the beginning. I have worked with children for 20 years and specialise in both children and young people with anxiety and challenging behaviours, believing that it is never too late to make a positive difference for our young people.
On a personal level, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to visit the theatre, find time to be crafty and to lose myself in a good book.
Jessica House – Therapist B.Ed (Hons)
I have been a therapist at bibic since 2018 and before this I was a portage home visitor in Kent for two years after completing my degree in primary teaching for children with additional needs. As a part of my training I have taught in mainstreams schools, specialists school provisions, specialist and mainstream nurseries, a hearing-impaired unit within a primary school and within the preparatory school environment. I have a particular passion for working with children and families especially those with more complex developmental or physical needs.
When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with family, friends and playing with my godchildren. If I’m not with them you will usually find me in the kitchen cooking and dancing.
Jess Peterson – Therapist BA (Hons)
I have been a therapist at bibic since July 2018, before this, over the past twelve years, I have worked with children with a variety of difficulties. I worked in a specialist school provision supporting children and their families with profound multiple learning difficulties. This is a huge passion of mine, alongside communication and ensuring all children have a voice even through alternative methods if required. Every child has something to say and when they share it with us their voice is invaluable.
Through my work and having the fantastic opportunity to provide respite for families, I have had the true joy of seeing how a small amount of support or fun can make a huge difference to the child and their family.
In giving my skills, time and passion I am privileged to work with the most wonderful families and be rewarded with the amazing results that children can achieve with support. They are always a child and individual before their difficulties are taken into consideration meaning endless amounts of fun and opportunities are needed.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling, cooking and spending valuable time with my family, friends and their children. When I’m not doing this, you may find me doing sports or challenging myself to do new and exciting things.
Tabitha Addison – Therapist BSC (Hons)
Prior to joining bibic I worked as a teaching assistant in a primary school and spent a lot of time working 1:1 with children who have Special Educational Needs. This experience showed me just how rewarding it is to help others reach their full potential and overcome their difficulties, which is something I am very passionate about and now have the privilege of doing on a daily basis whilst working for Bibic.
I have previously completed a degree in Psychology in which I specialised in Child Psychology, as I have always loved working with and spending time with children and young people. At the moment I am completing a Masters in Mental Health Science to further expand my knowledge and understanding of how people’s brains work, which is a subject I find extremely interesting.
During my free time I love being active and exploring new places. I also enjoy spending time at my happy place (the beach!) and relaxing with my family and friends.
Natalie German – Family Service Coordinator BA (HONS)
I have worked for bibic as the Family Service Coordinator since March 2020 and volunteered within assessments with bibic beforehand. I have recently Graduated from Bath Spa University where I studied Primary Education, within my degree I spent time in different schools carrying out work placements where I got to spend time with a variety of different children. My hobbies outside of work include creating illustrations, photography, and Horse riding. I have owned my own horses for 11 years up until recently. I still spend a lot of time around my mother’s horses and love being outdoors going on long walks with my Golden Retriever Huxley.
Eloise Keyworth-Wright – Assistant Therapist/Administrator
Here at bibic I have worked in various roles for over two years starting with the charity as an admin volunteer. Previously my experience has been in retail working in various shops like Debenhams and the famous Langport stores where I picked up a good knowledge of vitamins and supplements.
I have completed a level 3 diploma in children and young people’s workforce through bibic and have loved doing it. I love seeing the difference that bibic can make in children and have witnessed it first hand with my daughter. I am hoping to carry on learning and developing my knowledge through bibic.
Outside of work I love to spend time with my family especially my daughter and also love to game on my PlayStation 4.
Phil Cullum – Finance Manager
Born and brought up in south London and moved westwards with my wife in 1990.
Accountancy has been my career and although I have had some jobs that have been outside of that sphere, most of my work has been based around numbers. My role within bibic is a Finance Officer and I am able to use my skills to support the charity and the therapy team as they provide direct support to children and families.
Andy Hirst – Fundraising Manager
I have 30 years experience in retail trade, mostly as a buyer and over 10 years working in the charity sector. Both revolve around asking for money for something but each requiring different skill sets; in the charity sector we can’t demand anything! During my years in the charity sector I have developed high levels of compassion and empathy through working with the homeless and the penniless. I have also developed my teaching abilities by delivering training in money skills, carer support and understanding dementia.
As a fundraiser at bibic I will work with businesses and community groups across somerset and surrounding counties. Seeing the difference our therapists make to a child with learning difficulties and disabilities is just amazing!
I recently moved from North Lincolnshire to Somerset to be nearer our daughter which was probably the biggest and scariest thing I’ve done in a long while! My specialists are blagging, never missing an opportunity, negotiator, pedantic and great at making things happen. I love music (I play piano), am passionate about sport and nature photography and I love cooking all types of food, I will even follow a recipe if it is written well.
I had the pleasure of working with the team at bibic recently. A fun time was had by us all but new headshots are an important way for the community to connect with the team. I didn’t know much about the organisation so it was interesting to learn more about the great work they do and to help in my own small way.