Introducing our Team

William Andrew Reid MBE


Former Corporal with the Yorkshire Regiment. He is a triple amputee and active charity fund raiser. Honorary Colonel of the Merseyside Cadet Force and recently awarded an MBE by HM Queen.

John F Tabern MSc

Founder & CEO

A local businessman with many years’ experience in industry and commerce. Ex-Foster Carer. Chairman of the Town Deal Board, Chairman of the Cannington Shaw Preservation Trust CIC and Board member at the World of Glass.

Charlie Eke

Executive Officer

Charlie is a highly motivated, passionate Marketing and Events professional, with over 15 years experience in the Media and Entertainment industry.  She has  planned and executed regular high profile industry events, including thought leadership seminars, conferences, digital training days and international awards ceremonies.

Moving into the charity sector seemed like the right progression, and Charlie is extremely passionate about working for the Foundation and everything is stands for. Being in recovery herself, Charlie can identify and empathise with our client base and knows from lived experience, how much courage it takes to ask for help.

Phil Parr

Lead Mental Health Counsellor

Phil is a Qualified Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mental Health worker. Philip has 15 years experience working within a wide range of areas including one of Merseyside’s highest and securest hospitals where he provided one-to-one and group support. He has worked for several addictions teams facilitating group work and one-to-one counselling. Phil empowers others to lead a drug free life and supports people with issues including Depression, Anxiety and P.T.S.D. He has worked for Children and Mental Health Services (C.A.M.H.S.), supporting young people to become the best version of themselves and to overcome trauma. Philip has, on numerous occasions advocated for young people, adults and families who are in crisis. Philip is a conscientious and compassionate individual who has a genuine desire to help others.

Laura Jane Waterhouse


I am a person-centred counsellor (PCT) and also have a qualification in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST).

I believe counselling is a journey of self-discovery and personal development that is a continual process both during and after therapy has taken place. Through counselling, a person will learn about themselves in a way they would never intend or maybe expect. As a counsellor I will be alongside you on your therapeutic journey and create a safe space that is respectful and non-biased to allow you to discover yourself and work through any issues that may be troubling you.

I have experience in working with a variety of issues such as depression/anxiety, ptsd, abuse, relationships, bereavement to name a few. I offer client led sessions that are focused around you and your specific needs.

Although you may have a good support network within family or friends it is sometimes more beneficial to speak to someone unconnected to you without bias to help you explore and understand your feelings, emotions and behaviours and to begin to implement change that is in benefit of self and allow you to look towards your future

Josh Troops

Addiction Support Worker

At the age of 22, Josh suffered a traumatic brain Injury, a consequence of an unprovoked attack. This led to him becoming increasingly isolated and suffering with mental health problems. During the next few years, Josh used drugs and alcohol as a crutch to help him cope with his ongoing struggles. This eventually led to full blown addiction resulting in him hitting what is referred to, as rock bottom. After entering a private rehab facility in 2019 to get help, Josh is now on the path of recovery and a better life, and to this day remains clean and sober. He practices the 12 steps of recovery in his daily life and has helped many others recover from their addictions by passing the message on.

Josh has worked closely with the Foundation, and not only received Mental Health Counselling and Addiction support but has also become a SMART Recovery Facilitator and delivered many sessions on behalf of STF. More recently, Josh now manages our addiction side of the business, seeing clients on an individual basis as well as in group sessions for addiction recovery.

Josh also runs Exercise and Wellbeing classes here at the hub for the local community, and sees clients individually for their physical wellbeing. We welcome Josh to the team, as he continues to thrive and grow on his own recovery journey.