The Team

The Team2023-11-27T12:17:25+00:00

Our Team

Christian Dixon

CHIEF EXECUTIVE - Christian founded The AOC.  The AOC was originally conceived in 1996 and reborn in 2014. Christian is also 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 [...]

Julie Frankin-Baker

CASE MANAGEMENT OFFICER - Julie along with AoC’s Chief Executive Christian Dixon work together to provide an array of training, therapy, counselling and contact for those accessing services. She has also worked with families in Europe and UK showing the amazing value and effect that therapeutic interventions can [...]

Richard Morris

DIRECTOR - 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 [...]

Ben Franklin

CENTRE MANAGER - Ben is the lead administrator for The AOC and The AoC Trust and currently the youngest member of the team, and also one of the longest serving members. Ben studied business at college in 2009 – 2011 for two years where he [...]

Jason Blakeway

EMPLOYABILITY CONSULTANT - 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.

Tenika Knowles

COMPANY ADMINISTRATOR - Tenika is our newest member of the team and has taken on the role of administrator. She started her role in November 2023 and is enjoying being part of the team Tenika has studied at the University of Central Lancashire from 2014-2017 [...]

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.

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