Nathan Laxton


Web Development and Technical Consultancy

Nathan has over 10 years experience of designing, developing and promoting web sites in which he had created hundreds of successful projects. He now specialises in professional Content Management Systems CMS) enabling clients to maintain their own sites after creation (whilst also offering maintenance agreements). His technical skills combined with 10 years project management experience (Prince 2 trained), together with the professional skills of his associates means any project undertaken is in safe hands.

Having working in the Sector Skills Council for Health for nearly 8 years as a project manager and technical consultant, Nathan has developed consultancy skills in the development of National Occupational Standards (adhering to UKCES quality criteria), functional mapping and gap analysis and the application of NOS through a variety of workforce development methodologies


 Martin Christie


Martin Christie has an extensive background in HR and the research and development of standards, qualifications and career pathways.  This work has been carried out in relation to functional and occupational analysis, National Occupational Standards, career frameworks, vocational qualifications, assessment requirements and implementation. It has included the development of questionnaires and consultation processes, the structuring of interviews, leading and facilitating workshops, as well as project and programme management.

Martin is currently working as the technical lead for the review of the Project Management standards on behalf of ECITB and the Association of Project Management. He is also  working on the content for an online career framework on behalf of Skills for Justice.  The career framework is a database driven product with a Content Management System (CMS) and includes a wide range of roles and career progression routes which are relevant to probation services, prisons, police and fire services. It references standards and related qualifications within an indexed system, and is being completed for Careers Information Advice and Guidance.


Jo Barnes

Graphic Design

Jo believes that an adrenalin rush is fundamental to making her a good designer. Despite gaining a BA hons in Graphic Design in 1982, despite running her own business, The Barnes Concept, for over 15 years, new projects still give her a buzz. She puts the same amount of effort and thinking into any project, whatever the budget, whoever the customer. She won’t let go until she gets it as right as she can. It’s a matter of professional pride.

In addition to carrying out a range of projects for a cross-section of commercial organisations, government bodies, charities, NHS and social care clients, Jo has an in-depth knowledge of  effective brand identity, including event and conference literature production. Her imagination and creativity have played a major part in transforming the image and identity of a number of organisations that include: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; GeoPost UK (DPD and Interlink Express); NHS West Midlands; West Midlands Quality Review Service; Birmingham Focus on Blindness; NHS Alliance; Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Dudley Group of Hospitals; Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust; CharityView; Birmingham and St Mary’s Hospice; Arrowsmith Marketing; Health Links Events; CVS Medway and Project Sunlight.

Jo maintains a ‘hands-on’ approach at all stages of the design process. From initial idea to smallest detail, from concept to completion, she’s focussed. Jo knows that simplicity and clarity of message makes for the best communication, and this starts with a good brief. She’s happy to work directly with clients, getting to know their organisation, helping them every step of the way to give her the information that’s needed to do the job. And then some.


Deb Laxton
MBACP (Accred), MBPsS, BSc (Hons), MSc, Dip.Couns,Cert. Ed. Adv Dip CBT, Adv Dip Supervision, PG Cert Couple Couns.

Training and Psychotherapy

Deborah Laxton is the principal associate at Hope Counselling. She is an accredited member of the BACP, a UKRCP registered independent counsellor and an associate member of the BABCP. After graduating from Warwick University, Deborah has since completed a MSc (Psychological Interventions), a postgraduate certificate in Couple Counselling, an advanced diploma in the clinical supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists and an advanced diploma in CBT. She describes herself as Integrative with a strong Person Centred base in her approach. Deborah is also trained in psychodynamic, systemic and CBT.
Deborah has experience in offering counselling supervision to individuals and groups. She has supported people in their academic study towards counselling qualifications and also in the process of accreditation with the BACP. A member of the BACP for 8 years, she gained accredited status in July 2007 therefore demonstrating that her practice is coherent and ethical. Having over 10 years of teaching experience in Further Education and a variety of other providers such as the Police and HM Prisons, Deborah has taught all levels of counselling up to Diploma, and has experience in working with personal development groups. Not afraid of new challenges, Deborah has often been called upon to use her expertise to devise bespoke programmes of learning and training for groups including; community groups, police, young people and adults in colleges and business.
Deborah's counselling and training experience has invovled her working in primary care, prisons, Relate (couple counselling), Renewal Counselling Service, private practice and with social care staff.

Deborah works with several trainers and associates at Hope Counselling and Taining