Trapeze was founded in 2017 and became a registered charity in January 2018.
It was founded by Lindsey Macleod and Liz McKell and is based in Glasgow, Scotland. We look forward to announcing our first projects soon.
Founding Director and Trustee
Lindsey has worked as a clinical psychologist for over 20 years across a range of NHS services in Lanarkshire, Liverpool, Sefton and Glasgow. In recent years she has practised independently, working in partnership with Mellow Parenting to write and pilot Mellow Ability, a group work approach supporting parents with children who have learning disabilities.
Alongside this, through her work with privately paying individuals, Lindsey has been struck by the high demand for psychological support in her community and the huge unmet need amongst those who cannot afford to pay for such services. The belief that one-to-one therapy has limited scope and impact has taken Lindsey out of “the clinic” and into communities. Moving away from medicalised, individualistic approaches to human struggle , the Power Threat Meaning (PTM) Framework attempts to grapple with the social, economic and structural inequalities that underlie what we typically think of as “mental health problems”. This expanded view of human experience affords more opportunities for partnerships and innovation; “working with” rather than “doing to” people.
Lindsey likes a challenge and she hopes to give the flying trapeze a go this year...
Lindsey is fully vetted by Disclosure Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme (Disclosure Number: 200000009805489) in respect of regulated work with children and adults.
Liz has worked as a clinical psychologist in Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS for over 28 years. Her experience has been with people whose needs challenge existing services. In addition to helping people to understand why other people sometimes behave they way they do, Liz has a keen focus on challenging the systems which keep people feeling unhappy and frustrated. Liz also has experience and interests in working with people who have experienced trauma and in safeguarding; training organisations and people to understand how abuse happens and what we can do to prevent harm.
Liz is a Board member for Projectability, a visual arts charity which creates opportunities for marginalised people to achieve their artistic potential. She is also a prospective Board member for Community Lifestyles ; a charity which delivers personalised support to people promoting their independence and enabling active participation in their communities.
Liz is a chartered member or the British Psychological Society and is regulated by the Health Care Professions Council.
Liz is fully vetted by the Disclosure Scotland (PVG) scheme for working with adults, children and vulnerable groups PVG number 1210045769830375
Karen is a manager, producer and consultant in the arts and creative industries. She brings the skills and knowledge of running a children’s arts charity as well as being an experienced board member.
Karen is currently Director of Vis-à-Vis Agency.
Andy has had a wide and varied career, and still doesn’t know what he wants to do when he “grows up”! He is currently the Vice Principal of Dumfries and Galloway College and has a passion for education, particularly for the students who can face barriers in accessing traditional education methods. He moved to Dumfries from Shetland (probably the longest journey you can make within Scotland (it took 23 hours)) where he was an NHS Board member and Vice Principal of the two Shetland colleges (yes there are two!). He has an interest in remote and rural isolation and the resultant mental health issues that this can illicit, particularly in young adults. He joined Trapeze because he was taken by the ethics of the team and what Trapeze stands for, namely how it makes psychological therapies available to folks that otherwise would not be able to access those sorts of services. Andy is a keen environmentalist and nature lover, he enjoys his garden, photography and he dabbles a bit with oil painting too and on Saturdays you will mostly likely find him at Dumfries Ice Bowl shouting on the Solway Sharks Ice Hockey team.
Katherine Galbraith works in Financial Services where she runs a Business Management team within the Barclays Wealth Management regional business in the UK. She brings the skills and experience of project management, governance, strategy and planning. Living and working in Glasgow, Katherine is joining the Board with a passion to use her business skills to help Trapeze achieve it’s Mission and Vision in the community. With experience of the need for promoting wellbeing and mental health first aid in the workplace, she is especially interested in the benefits of physical exercise and mindfulness on mental health. Katherine is also interested in how we can make mental health support more accessible not only to those with mental health struggles but also those around them who are affected.
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Deirdre Mackintosh is a solicitor with 20 years of experience. Prior to specialising in local authority litigation, she worked in private practice and at a law centre. Deirdre’s areas of specialty include child protection, adoption and support for vulnerable adults. Through her legal work, she promotes and protects the rights of disadvantaged groups, helping ensure improved access to support services.
Deirdre hasn’t always been a lawyer. Her first degree was in Social Policy, and she worked as a lobbyist and researcher for various charities and voluntary organisations before studying law.
Out with work, Deirdre has a keen interest in psychology. In work, Deirdre helps place legal representation within people’s reach. She hopes her interest in psychology, and extensive professional experience, will help Trapeze bring psychological support within everyone’s reach.
Vera is a small Jack Russell and top dog amongst our therapets. She specialises in bringing joy (using techniques such as tail chasing, high frequency tail wagging and bouncy running) and comfort (she’s very cuddly and seems to know when people are sad and in need of furry warmth). She is an essential part of the team.