The PIE Futures group

Who's here?

Below - in simple alphabetical order by surname - are the names, images and some brief biographical detail of those who have already said they'd want to be part of this initiative.

There are a half dozen others who I have so far had a conversation with about what being in the advisory 'editorial' group' might entail, and who have expressed an interest, but either we've not yet had the conversation in any detail, or they have not yet decided who it should be that will represent their agency of area.  As others join, I will be adding them in.

In the side panel there are also some suggestions as to who/what others we might want to include and invite representatives from. In some cases, I am in the midst of doing so, but I'd still welcome any further thoughts and priorities - and how to go about approaching folk I don't already have connections with?

Other possible areas to have represented?

Research methods and evaluation

Systems and system change

Public health and/or primary care

General needs housing (or staff of care and support divisions)

Commissioning and/or local government

Substance (ab?)use

Older persons and/or other long term care and support needs

Community and networks

Southern Ireland

Europe and beyond ( Australia, the US and Canada)

Fran Anderson

Fran is away on leave this week, and I am NOT going to chase her for a short bio.

But you can read about Justlife here : Justlife website

Fran Anderson

Sian Erickson

I work with various agencies to train peer mentors, supporting vulnerable families and children to change entrenched behaviours, with strength based approaches, role modelling healthy behaviours, identifying a sense of purpose.


NB: There's a 10 minute interview with Sian on the PIElink, HERE

Robin Johnson

I guess most - but maybe not all - folk here will know me as the editor of the PIElink, and the principal theorist and modeller of PIEs, since I first suggested the phrase, some 12 years or more ago.

What you may not know is that 40 years ago my Masters in Social Administration dissertation (HERE) was on the variety and the underlying commonality in therapeutic communities; and all my work in the 21st Century was really just about recognising the same issues, now appearing in a much wider range of services.

And if you think I'm a bright spark and pretty energetic, you should see my daughter, who is now a professor of philosophy at Harvard.


Patricia Mazure

As a clinical psychologist I have provided clinical services to people of all ages and with a wide range of complex presentations. My clinical interests have included work with children and adults who are neuro-diverse, particularly those with learning disabilities, diagnostic assessment, emotion dysregulation, attachment disorder and trauma.

Currently, I am CEO of a psychologically informed housing association and consult with a specialist supported living property developer and investment company who provide homes to people with learning disabilities and mental health. I am passionate and committed to considering the built environment through a psychological and trauma informed lens in order to mitigate against triggers and harm and promote psychological and emotional well-being. I am in the process of creating a dynamic framework from which to generate design solutions to complex presentations.


John McGlone

Hello everyone,  I’m John and I come from a background of experiencing homelessness.

In January 2017 I was sleeping rough and in a YMCA night shelter. In 2018, I got a room in a hostel for the homeless. I was there for 8 months and then I moved to supported accommodation and spent 6 months there until returning to independent living in 2019.   I now work with Crisis as a Member Consultant on the PIE Advisory Group and also on the Framing Language Project.

I enjoy many interests in life, including music, history, literature and art. I also have an interest in creating a fairer society, in which we can reduce stigma and marginalisation, and all have a chance to fulfil our aims, aspirations and ambitions in life.



Patrick McKay

Patrick McKay is Operational Manager for Turning Point Scotland.

Ensuring that Turning Point Scotland’s operational staff are delivery high quality and effective interventions to the people who use our services. Making sure that services not only fit people, but that people are at the very heart of what we do.

  • Responsibility for all Turning Point Scotland’s Operational staff
  • Ensuring that we are compliant with all regulatory bodies
  • Developing services that respond to the needs of people
  • Ensuring that all people who use our services are able to maximise their potential

“The best part of working for Turning Point Scotland is working in an organisation that sees people and not labels.”

What more to say?


Ray Middleton

Dr Ray Middleton is an independent trainer at offering training on PIE, PRe-Treatment, PTMF, Reflective Practice and Trauma Informed Practice.

Ray is the Workforce Development Lead for the Fulfilling Lives programme and due to joint the Zebra Collective.

Ray has a PhD on dialogical/narrative approaches to complex trauma and is on the National Steering Committee for the Power Threat Meaning framework (PTMF) and has written a chapter for a book opening a dialogue between America and the UK about innovative approaches to people without a home (Cross Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness).

Previously, Ray has set up and managed personality disorder services, been a senior care co-coordinator in an early intervention in psychosis service and is a systemic practitioner within systemic family therapy. Ray has personal lived experience of surviving the psychiatric system in the 1990’s, an experience which motivates him to improve staff skills and services for others in the future.


Advisory group - core members

Alex Smith

Alex (she/her) is senior project manager in the National Practice Development Team at Homeless Link.  Alex leads the Housing First England project, working to scale-up high fidelity Housing First so that everyone who needs it is able to access it.
Previously, Alex worked with the Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead programme, and following the Transatlantic Exchange initiative, led one of the first Critical Time Intervention pilots in the UK.
Alex lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with her wife Cath and dog Kizzie and would consider Brene Brown to be her celebrity hero!


Anna Tickle

I am a clinical psychologist with two roles, based in Nottingham.

I work most of the week with Framework, a large East Midlands provider of housing, substance misuse and employment and skills services. This includes working with Opportunity Nottingham, which is one of the 12 national Fulfilling Lives project, although that is due to close (as planned after 8 years) in June.

My other role is as Associate Professor and Senior Research Tutor on the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, where I am lucky to supervise trainee clinical psychologists who are keen to carry out research regarding to homelessness and related issues.


Natalie Timothy

I am a Research Associate for HarmonI, a charity in Northern Ireland. I studied at the University of Striling graduating with a MSc in Health Psychology in 2021. I have worked in a range of setting with a range of people from those with severe and enduring mental health conditions to individuals with disability and ASD. My personal interests lie particularly in health and behaviour change.

Currently HarmonI are going through a period of change – the new strategy “research – knowledge-action” has led me on a journey to find new and more effective ways of delivering services both at our Men’s Hostel in Belfast and Supported Living Service in Bangor. Through this research process it has become clear that PIE and its pillars aligns well to the desired ethos and philosophy of HarmonI and the aspiration for both services.

As a researcher and organisation, both myself and HarmonI are in the very early stages of embarking on our PIE journey, however being one of the first services (to my knowledge) to put the principles of PIE into practice in Northern Ireland we are keen to evidence our findings and share knowledge with the wider sector, working closely with the Housing Executive, other policy makers and service providers.

I look forward to learning from everyone and their expertise as HarmonI embarks on its journey to become a PIE.



Anthony Vaughan

I’m the Head of PIE Operations & Therapeutic Services for The Wallich. We are the largest Welsh Homeless Charity with around 550 staff members working at over 70 services across the country, that operate under three core objectives: getting people off the streets; keeping people off the streets; and creating opportunities for people.

My role involves assisting the organisation to achieve its Strategic Priority No.5: To become a truly psychologically informed organisation. This means I have an interest in all areas of PIE and its ongoing development, but my previous experience of working in and managing services also means I am keen to make following a PIE approach as easily understandable and applicable to those on the frontline as possible.


Gwen Wells

Gwen - a couple of sentences please?