Our Team

Meet the Team

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Dr Alastair Dobbin, MB BS

Co-founder and Medical Director

After qualifying as a doctor in London, Alastair worked in Australia before coming to Edinburgh to work in General Practice. As a busy GP he was always interested in helping his emotionally distressed patients.  This led him to study the use of an elite Olympic sports psychology programme in Sweden and to develop the Positive Mental Training programme as a treatment for depression. Along with Edinburgh University, he researched into the use of relaxation and mental skills training and his interest in research continues.  He is an honorary fellow at the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Edinburgh.

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Dr Sheila Ross, PhD

Co-founder and Managing Director

She has collaborated with Alastair on the Positive Mental Training programme, used in the Feeling Good App, since its inception. With over 35 years experience in promoting health,  she has worked in health promotion and health education and founded  a successful organic food company. She is a health psychologist and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and embraces a public health perspective that everyone can learn the skills necessary for good mental health.

Sheila is the Operational Director of the charity arm Foundation for Positive Mental Health, which is active in research, education and training in positive mental health.

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Becky Tapper

School Liaison Officer

Becky has been teaching since 2011, gaining a Distinction in her PGCE in Secondary English in 2012 having completed her training as part of the Teach First programme. She taught in a mixed comprehensive in London for 3 years before returning to NW England to take up a Lead Practitioner role in a mixed comprehensive in Greater Manchester. As well as working as the Schools Liaison Officer for FPMH, Becky teaches English in an SEMH school part-time. Before teaching, she completed her LLB(Hons) Law with French and worked in a range of settings supporting young people, including young people at risk of offending.

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Serena Steptoe

Schools Project Officer and Evaluation lead

After graduating with first class honours in Psychology (MA) at The University of Edinburgh, Serena helped to run therapeutic activities for individuals in Psychiatric facilities, community and geriatric settings in Sri Lanka, as well as teaching English to young people. She leads evaluation research for the Feeling Good for Schools programme.  She is experienced in qualitative research, and in R, and brings her own unique personal insights from her recovery from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as a teenager.  Serena also volunteers for The Spit it Out project, an art collective that aims to empower and heal through creativity.

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Dr Pawel Orzechowski, PhD

Team and Tech Lead, CTO

Spearheading the development of the Feeling Good App, Pawel brings joyful  enthusiasm and impressive expertise from over 10 years of working in mobile app development, computer interface, user experience and business development. He is currently Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Business School, previously being an Instructor at the award winning CodeClan and gaining a PhD from Heriot Watt University.

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Marta Dabrowka

Senior Software Developer

Having worked at start-ups as well as larger companies, Marta brings her product development experience across the Feeling Good tech stack to deliver new features. Strongly dedicated to accessibility and user-centric approach, she believes in the impact that digital solutions can have in the real world. She mentors early-career developers and participates in tech community events.

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Dr Jo Gardiner, MBChB, MRCP, MRCGP

Foundation for Positive Mental Health Trustee

Jo joined the board of FPMH on its inception in 2010, bringing her positive energy & 23+ years experience as a GP & GP Trainer/ Course Organiser in Edinburgh. Using Positive Mental Training with patients for 15+ years to treat anxiety, depression, physical symptoms of stress & chronic pain, she saw the potential of Feeling Good App to help colleagues. As Leith GP Cluster lead, she created innovative ways to improve well-being & resilience both in primary care teams and the local population, now adopted throughout NHS Lothian.

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Karen Clark

Foundation for Positive Mental Health Trustee

Karen brings to the board her considerable experience in business and financial management gained from over 30 years of working with Halifax bank. She brings a valuable, non-medical, perspective along with insights into mental trauma inflicted from social disruption and war, from living in Northern Ireland during 'the troubles'.

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Mark McLauchlan

Foundation for Positive Mental Health Trustee

Mark is an experienced transformation architect. He recently joined the board and brings his considerable expertise from start-up CTO and Transformational Change Leader - helping to translate strategy into practical technology architecture and delivery plans, making complexity easy to understand. A wealth of experience from over 20 years in Financial Services, working in both large and challenger banks.

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Jonny Shackleton

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

We love Jonny's original and warm designs.  He is an experienced and talented designer and created the Feeling Good App's logo and iconic bear, which expresses in a non-gender/racial, ageless, stereotype, characteristics we can all identify with.  The bird expresses the helping hand of the app.

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Saffron Roberts, MScR

Communications Manager

Saffron has both an MA in English Literature and an MScR in Gender and Culture from the University of Edinburgh. She has a background in gender-based activism, founding and running the organisation Period Poverty UofE during her time at Edinburgh, where she led donation drives to combat period poverty. Her gender-based background means she is heavily invested in both an intersectional approach to mental health support, and the importance of accessibility in our work.

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Karen Jacques

Business Development Manager

Karen is a highly experienced sales and marketing professional with over 20 years experience working with a number of businesses across a variety of sectors.

Karen launched her own sales & marketing consultancy business in 2011. Initially working primarily within the travel and tourism sector, Karen now works with a number of different organisations across the hospitality, travel, tourism and technology sectors helping them to develop their business and offering sales and marketing support.  Karen joined Feeling Good App in 2021 and is working alongside the team to help them grow their business.  She is always on the lookout for new business development opportunities! 

A people person, Karen really enjoys working with the variety of clients that her jobs bring her into contact with and has developed great relationships with many of them over the years. 

Karen is also a Board member of Women in Tourism, an advisory Board member of Springboard and is also a mentor for students at Napier University.