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Management and Clinical Team

Andy Yacoub - Chief Executive
Chief Executive

Andy Yacoub was appointed Chief Executive of Focus12 on October 1st 2013. Andy had previously worked in the public sector for over 30 years but was also a Trustee of Focus12 since 2009.

At Suffolk County Council Andy initially had the corporate responsibility for all aspects of diversity, equality and inclusion.  Andy then led on strategic planning and managed a large corporate team.  This Team’s roles were very diverse; from external funding and project management, to environmental management and sustainable travel, business and voluntary sector development, policy and strategy, through to adult social care commissioning.  Andy more recently worked at Essex County Council, both as a business manager for adult social care and health commissioning, and as a project lead for a major partnertship programme concerning volunteering in the county.  Andy has also been Cambridge City Council’s Equalities Panel Independent Chair.

Andy has benefitted from participation in 2 significant leadership development courses, one run by Common Purpose using the theme “leading outside authority” and the other based on the principles of Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Andy’s other interests are art, theatre, sport and travel; and being a mentor/coach.

Nancy Merfeld - Admissions Manager
Nancy Merfeld
Nancy Merfeld - Admissions Manager - joined Focus12 in July 2003 as a volunteer counselor. She holds a MA in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland College Park and a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. She is now Residential Services Coordinator.
She is also certified in Clinical Hypnosis, holds a Diploma in Non-Medical Nutritional Advice and has extensive training in addiction in the family and dual diagnosis. Nancy is the team lead on admissions, coordinating new arrivals and managing the Access to Treatment group programme. She is also the lead on Dual Diagnosis matters. As a full time member of the team, Nancy is a member of ACA (American Counseling Association) and EBACA (European Branch of the American Counseling Association)
Her role as Admissions Manager is vital to the smooth running of the project. Many people enquire about trying to get a place at Focus12. All these aplications have to be sorted, assessed and monitored to ensure that those clients that do eventually make it to admission are as ready as possible for the process of recovery to begin. Her role also involves preparing clients for what you can and can't do in rehab, helping people to realise they are coming in to treatment - not a leisure centre, and to answer as many of their questions as possible.
This can often mean managing would-be clients while they wait to be admitted. Instant admission is almost never possible and Nancy's job is acquire as much information as she can, as quickly as possible, to try and make the wait as short as bedspace availability allows.
Jose Pereira - Clinical Manager
Jose Pereira

José Carlos Lopes Pereira was born in Mozambique, where he worked for the Mozambican Government as General Director of fishing companies. In 2003 José arrived in the UK and then studied a Diploma in Addiction Counselling, in which he achieved a Distinction. José began working as a full time Addiction Counsellor at Clouds House/Action on Addiction in 2004. José was promoted to Senior Counsellor and eventually left in March 2011.

Between April and July 2011 José worked at Streetscene, Francis House (Southampton) as an Addiction Keyworker. In August 2011, José spent one month in Scotland at Castle Graig (Peebles, Edinburgh) as a Specialist Therapist.

In September 2011, José began working at the Priory Roehampton Hospital as an Addiction Therapist. José left at the end of September 2013 to take up his current position of Clinical Manager at Focus12.

Whilst working full-time as an Addiction Counsellor, José completed a Foundation Degree,  a Bachelor Honours in Addiction Counselling and a Masters in Counselling.

José also has a strong connection with sports such as Roller Hockey, having played for his country in World Cups, being the Captain, Coach and Manager of the Mozambican National Team, and as a pan-African Coach. He is currently the technical adviser to the Mozambique and Egypt National Teams.

Arthur Nicholls - Counsellor
Arthur Nicholls
Arthur Nicholls was born in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. His career began 23 years ago as a volunteer at CADA – South London. During this time he attended a generic training programme for professionals “Working with Problem Drug Users” at the Maudsley Training Unit, London. He then pursued and achieved his Diploma in Working with Addictions. His career has taken him full circle in the field of addictions providing him with skills in a variety of interventions.
Arthur joined Focus12 in February 2003 and registered as a member of FDAP. In 2004. He achieved a Diploma in “Working with Addictions” at CPPD. Arthur facilitates the Family support group, Aftercare and the DRR support service.
He is a very experienced and knowledgeable counsellor and has seen hundreds of clients successfully through the programme. Arthur's own personal life experiences mean that he has a great deal of empathy for the clients he supports.
Jackie Moss - Counsellor
Jackie Moss

Jacqueline Moss Dip Ed. Dip Couns.
Jacqueline trained as a teacher and worked for 22 years in rural and town placements.  Noticing the dis- ease in young people she re-trained to work with maladjusted children and school refusers working alongside the youth service. She is a mother of three and has involved herself in young people for 30 years. Her work took her into cases of substance misuse and Jacqueline undertook a four year Diploma in Phychotherapy. Her passion and belief that anyone can change led her to work in two prisons over a seven year period. She was a senior counsellor in R.A.P.T before transferring to Focus12. Jacqueline offers her experience and knowledge in our residential setting. In her own time Jacqueline continues her professional self development and is currently exploring different ways of offering therapy in groups. She assists at workshops that deliver intimacy/ communication and relationship skills.

Di Allen - Counsellor
Di Allen

Di Allen:Graduated from Focus12 in 2005. In 2006 she became a peer supporter then went on to become a student Counsellor.
She subsequently received a Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2008 andlater received a Degree in Integrative Counselling in 2010.
Di also has 8 years of Substance Misuse Training. She rejoined the Focus12 team in July 2012 after working in harm reduction for a year.
She is very passionate about recovery and empowering others to see the possibilities of making positive changes to their lives.

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