Here at bibic, we offer a vast amount of support for the children and young adults in need and help them reach their full potential.
Pip Buckley – Managing Director BA (Hons) DIP (ILM)
I have worked in senior management both in the Public and Charity Sector for 15 years. I studied Criminology at University and worked in The Probation Service managing group work programme’s across London for many years.
After leaving Probation I worked for a national charity delivering mentoring programmes for adults on Probation and leaving prison in and around Greater London. In 2015 I moved into the prison service managing three ‘Through the Gate Services’ in the South West until the Summer of 2018 when I decided to look for something new and applied to work for bibic as Operations and Development Manager. 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 haven’t looked back. We have gone from strength to strength over the last few years and I am so proud to be leading this amazing charity.
I have specialised in anger management whilst working with offending behaviour as a practitioner. My specialisms are operations, coaching, training and development, innovation and project management. I have a warm, open and engaging style and love to get the best out of everyone I work with. I have recently joined the Institute of Leadership and Management, and am also a member of ACEVO and the NCVO. Hobbies – Outside of work my main passions are musical theatre, travel, good food and wine and spending quality time with family and friends.
Chelsey Oxley – Therapy Manager BA (HONS), RQTU, MSc For Psych(open)
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 14 years, 10 years within education and 4 and a half 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 have completed my Master’s in psychology, I have always had a fascination with how the brain works and why people behave the way they do. In my free time 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 – Therapist BA (Hons)
I began working for bibic in March 2020 in the role of Family Services Coordinator after a short period of volunteering with the Therapy Team. I applied to become a Therapist in July 2021 as this allowed me a chance to work even closer with families and develop my career with bibic. I studied at Bath Spa University where I graduated in Early years and Primary Education, during this degree I spent time in many different schools where I worked with children with a variety of different ability levels.
I have recently chosen to start my master’s degree with the Open University in Forensic Psychology to further expand my knowledge around behaviour and how early interventions can support behaviour change.
My main aim as a therapist is to be able to support families and help children with their difficulties, supporting the family by giving them the understanding and strategies on how their child can achieve their full potential.
My hobbies outside of work include creating illustrations, photography, and Horse riding. I have owned my own horses for 11 years up until recently however I still spend a lot of time around my mother’s horses and spend my weekends at a local yard. I love being outdoors, going on long walks with my Golden Retriever, Huxley and aim to climb some mountains with him in the not so distant future.
Clare Partridge – Therapist BSC (Hons) MSC
Prior to joining bibic, I worked within the Local Authority for 10 years, working with schools and parents.
My degree is in Psychology and I have a keen interest in behaviour, behaviour change and improving health and well-being. I also hold a Masters in Health Psychology. Completing my Masters allowed me to advance in my academic achievements as well as developing my general knowledge around Psychology.
I hope to continue to develop and build on these experiences through my role as a Developmental Therapist at bibic.
Whilst at university, I volunteered with bereaved children and young people, and found working with children and trying to help make things better for them to be very rewarding. I feel honoured to be able to work with children and their families at bibic and to provide the support that they need to improve their lives and reach their full potential.
In my spare time I enjoy doing exercise classes, baking, crafting, and getting absorbed in a good boxset.
Eloise Keyworth-Wright – Administrative Manager
Here at bibic I have worked in various roles for over four 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 play video games.
Joely Smith – Family Services Coordinator
I have worked for bibic as the Family Services Coordinator since September 2021. Prior to this my career history was within Animal Rescue, the welfare of animals is a huge passion of mine.
I lived in New Zealand for a couple of years and travelled Australia and Bali. I enjoyed every second and loved experiencing and learning about different cultures.
I like being a person someone can lean on and rely on. Within my role I always aim to support in anyway I can and to be an ear for families.
You’ll usually find me at the beach or exploring new places and spending lots of time with my family and friends. I love the connection I have with the incredible children in my life. One day I hope to have some of my own.
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.
Jennie Jagger – Head of Fundraising and Marketing
I started my career in civil society working in corporate partnerships supporting older people. I also spent many years in the University sector working across a wide range of activities including capital projects, research and student support. I have also most recently worked in fundraising for national campaigns. I am passionate about communicating the amazing work that happens at bibic to a wide audience, and sharing the support that we are able to offer to families.
I hold a Masters in Literature and in my spare time I love to read, but more often to get muddy in the great outdoors with family and friends. I consider myself extremely lucky to live in the beautiful southwest and love the forests as much as the beaches.
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.
Grace Rose-Gale – Marketing and Communication Executive BA (Hons)
I began working at bibic in April 2021. I have a degree in Photography from Falmouth University, and enjoy living in the country and near the coast. I have a huge passion for helping people and animals, and like to help in any way I can. Prior to bibic, I volunteered and worked at an Animal Rescue Centre, where I was responsible for finding the dogs and cats their forever homes and helping people in difficult situations. I enjoy horse riding on Exmoor with my dogs, and walking on the beach. I have had horses all of my life and currently have four rescue horses and two rescue Lurchers, Wilfy and Wally. My partner and myself also have plenty of sheep to keep us busy. My spare time is often spent with my animals, my family, who are also big animal lovers, and my friends.
Josh Levey – Therapy Administrator
I have worked with bibic since May 2021 and before then I volunteered at a local primary school whilst studying for my AAT exams to the side. I have worked with children and understand that they all work in unique ways and I want to help them maximise their potential. In my free time I like to play videogames and spend time with my friends. I also enjoy music and am working my way towards a diploma in it when I get the chance.
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.