Please meet our team:

CEO, Directors and Leads – Emma Jaynes (CEO), Keith Abrahams (Clinical Lead), and Bernie Roles (Director of Volunteer Development)

Consultants – Glenys Collings – Consultant for Integrative Medicine, Physical Health, Nutrition, Natural Healthy Living

The ALF team is led by our Chief Executive Officer and Programmes Lead, Emma Jaynes who combines her experience of managing a consultancy practice, directing other service provider organisations, and running a number of her own businesses, with training in psychology, coaching and counselling also in her background. Emma has Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and abides by the BPS code of ethics.

Emma has managed a Peer Led Mental Health charity and brings her specialist expertise in Peer Support, Psychology, Recovery Coaching, and Addictions, to the ALF team.

Emma continues to develop the ALF specialist programmes in topics such as sleep, addictions, resilience, and healthy relationships, and facilitates regular peer support groups with focuses on personal development; career, employment & business development; and addictions. Emma uses her psychological knowledge and research to underpin the programmes, ensuring that all ALF’s training materials, resources, and practices, are informed by the latest psychological insights.

Emma is actively involved in volunteering in the community, running business events and supporting addicts.

Emma will support you with emotional counselling and coaching, business mentoring or sometimes with support in the day to day practical matters.

Emma also delivers the core ALF programmes.

Please see Emma’s website for more information:

Keith profileKeith Abrahams, our Volunteer Clinical Lead,  brings the breadth and depth of his lengthy career within the Corporate Sector, as a business owner, teacher and Psychotherapist, to the ALF team.

Keith has run and established a number of businesses and brings an uncommon wealth of experience to his work as a Corporate Coach. He has practised as a qualified accountant for over 25 years and has worked extensively in the business worlds as a finance director, a CEO and consultant.

Keith has also enhanced his professional business qualifications with expertise in coaching and counselling psychology and has a reputation for his skill in resolving trauma.

Keith supports ALF clients by offering Enterprise Coaching and Counselling, helping people to overcome their struggles, and to realise their professional goals.

For more detailed information on Keith’s experience and background, please see : and  

BernieALF’s volunteer development is directed by qualified teacher, Bernie Roles, where her specialist focus was on special educational needs. Bernie’s inspiring sense of care and gentle fun enthuses other to overcome their challenges.

This means that Bernie is best placed to encourage a diverse range of volunteers to step forward and support peer mentoring values. After teaching in a number of schools, Bernie turned her passion for people and their wellbeing to setting up an running a successful community centre.

Bernie has been an articulate and sensitive spokesperson and advocate for peers in recovery from mental health and addiction challenges. She has sat on a number of peer led mental health forums, fairly and firmly making suggestions on behalf of those in need.

Bernie’s experience translates into both a deep understanding and awareness of the needs of the vulnerable in our communities, as well as a keen business sense that puts customer service and diligent attention to others needs, at the centre of Bernie’s values.


Glenys Collings is a specialist in Integrative Medicine and consults for ALF on Nutrition, Physical health and natural healthy living. She has had a long and successful career in nursing which has led to a further passion and qualifications in Integrative Medicine and Naturopathy.

Naturopathy is a form a healthcare that advocates good nutrition, exercise and positive lifestyle changes to empower and motivate the individual to both understand and improve their own physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, and to maintain lifelong positive health.

Glenys’ interventions are based on nutrition, natural healthy living, eastern philosophies and positive psychology to support the challenges of 21st century life. She specialises in all diet and stress related health symptoms, including addiction issues and obesity.

Glenys brings her experience of more than two decades in NHS nursing, and her knowledge and expertise in natural health to the team, to support ALF’s focus on the biological, psychological and social aspects of an individual’s health.

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Memberships and associations include: Royal College of Nursing, Association of Naturopathic Practitioners.