Our Team

Christian Dixon

Christian founded The AOC.  The AOC was originally conceived in 1996 and reborn in 2014. He was recently made a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and has always held a strong passion for working with children, young people and adults. Drama, acting and creative expression was a great... Read More

Jason Blakeway

Jason is a qualified and highly experienced integrative Counsellor and fully competent in an array counselling models and theories (including CBT, Psychodynamic and PCT) and has over twenty years experience working within the Welfare to Work Sector.

Richard Morris

Richard has been working in the charity and community sector for over 20 years. He has a wide experience of working within local communities helping to develop and deliver projects that aim to improve people’s lives. This has involved working with a wide range of organisations and groups across an... Read More

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin is the administrator for The AOC,  and currently the youngest member of the team. Ben studied business at college in 2009 – 2011 for two years where he finished with three distinctions. Ben deals with all the day to day runnings of The AOC.

Gemma Lees

Gemma is head marketing officer and in charge of all our promotion and newsletters. She is also a gifted and unique children's illustrator, with a passion for art and design. She also makes a mean home-made lemonade.

Associate Therapists

The AOC also manage a team of sessional associate trainers and therapists, affectionately known as ATs. They work with a variety of organisations by providing them with therapy and counselling or facilitation through workshops or short courses.


We also support a small team of volunteers with work experience and life-skills.