Management and Clinical Team
Chip Somers is the Strategic Director of Focus12 and has been working with addiction and alcohol problems for over 27 years. He initially trained and subsequently worked at Clouds House, Wiltshire. He went on to co-manage a 23 bedroom residential unit for men recovering from addiction and alcohol problems called Thurston House in London – part of Action on Addiction.
He then moved to the Priory Hospital Group as Treatment Director for the Dukes Priory Hospital in Chelmsford working with people with addiction, alcohol and eating disorders. Whilst there, he completed a senior management course. He has also worked for the Priory Hospital Group in Jersey, Channel Islands and Roehampton, London.
His expertise has been used by the Centre for Social Justice on a State of the Nation report on Addiction. This was published in September 2013. He is also Vice Chairman of the Recovery Group UK (RGUK) and sits on the Parliamentary Rehabilitation Committee for David Burrowes MP.
He is now responsible for the fundraising efforts of Focus12 and for ensuring that the charity is well placed and well thought of. His knowledge and expertise helps to keep the charity up to date with current developments in the field.
In addition, Chip runs his own private practice in Harley Street. Chip set up Focus12 in May 1997.
Andy Yacoub was appointed Chief Executive of Focus12 on October 1st 2013. Andy joined Suffolk County Council as their Diversity Manager in April 2001. He had the corporate responsibility for all aspects of diversity, equality and inclusion. This is an extremely wide subject and positive change was only ever achieved through the networks that Andy built from across Council and collaboration with the public, voluntary, private and community sectors.
Andy has more recently led on strategic and service planning from a corporate centre. He has also led a major departmental change programme that required and achieved a 30% reduction in its operating budget. He has managed a large team and its related budgetary requirements. 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 social care commissioning and planning obligation (housing development negotiation).
Andy has also been Cambridge City Council’s Equalities Panel Independent Chair and successfully led a health and social care shared services project in a governance role. He has also been a lead member of the East of England Equalities and Diversity Network and is the founder of Suffolk’s longstanding and cross-sector Joint Diversity Working Group.
Andy spent six months shadowing an MP as part of a national scheme sponsored by the Electoral Commission and run by Operation Black Vote (OBV). He has also 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 is also a leading member of the East of England Crown Prosecution Service Community Involvement Panel.
Andy’s other interests are fundraising for national and local charities, enjoying art, theatre, sport and travel, and being a mentor/coach.
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.
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: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.