Meet the Team


Cath Wakeman OBE

Director (Strategy and Clinical) & Trauma Care Practitioner


Cath has been involved in working with survivors of Child Sexual Abuse since 1998, when she completed her training as an Art Therapist. She worked at “Number 28”, Action For Children, firstly as a practitioner and latterly as Project Manager. Cath ran a small private practice prior to establishing Imara and has trained as a Creative Arts Supervisor, EMDR practitioner, PICT therapist and a Couple counsellor. She has also provided specialist training regionally and nationally and works as a clinical supervisor and consultant to other professionals. Cath has a Degree in Nursing and worked as a nurse in hospital and community settings prior to becoming an Art Therapist.

Cath was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to Child Protection and is committed to supporting survivors and their families to move on from the trauma of Child Sexual Abuse. Setting up Imara was an opportunity to respond to the need of children and teenagers to receive immediate help once they had disclosed abuse, recognising that there was no comprehensive support to the individual and their family at this time.



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Director (Operational Development) & Trauma Care Practitioner

Janette joined Imara in January 2014 and was appointed Director (Operational Development) in July 2017.

With a background in secondary education, she has a vast amount of experience in identifying specific needs and delivering skilled intervention to vulnerable children and young people who display challenging, emotional and safeguarding concerns. She co-developed a new emotional, behaviour and safeguarding management centre and referral process within a secondary Academy.

Janette has the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care in Children and Young People’s Services. Additional specialist training that she has completed include, a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy and the Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT) Trauma and Abuse Specialist Skills Diploma. Janette is also qualified to complete AIM2 assessments and intervention to identify and support children and young people who display sexually harmful or problematic behaviour. Janette co-developed an Early Intervention Sexually Harmful Behaviour Package at Imara and also delivers training on Child Sexual Exploitation in relation to the internet and social media sites.

With a passion for child protection, Janette ensures that the voice of the client is heard and that the impact of child sexual abuse is understood.



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Finance Officer


April joined the Imara in October 2013, Before this April worked at leading charity Action for Children for 9 years providing Financial and Personal Duties for Directors in a Children Centre later moving to "Number 28", a sexual abuse counselling service undertaking finance and administrator duties.  April joined the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in April 2011 working closely within the SPA (Single Point of Access), Educational Psychology and Family Support Team.

April has a passion for all things number related, excel and budgeting and values the impact that her role has on the sexual abuse survivors and their families that we support.

April makes magical cakes and spoils the team with her creations!!

  Professional Qualification

  • Diploma in Accounting and Computing De-Montford University
  • Distinction in Payroll Management
  • Currently studying Book Keeping with (ICB) Institute of Certified Bookkeeping

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications

  • F1 Accountant in Business
  • F2 Management Accounting
  • F3 Financial Accounting
  • F4 Corporate and Business Law
  • F5 Performance Management
  • F6 Taxation
  • F7 Financial Reporting


 thumbnailNicky Carling

Trauma Care Practitioner



Nicky draws on her knowledge of several different therapeutic disciplines to blend a unique approach for each individual; working together to help them to move towards what they wish to achieve and helping them to progress in a much more optimistic way.

Nicky is a qualified Further Education Teacher and Curriculum Manager, with comprehensive experience of teaching Life and Employment Skills to Adults with Learning Difficulties, predominantly Autism. Using her skills as a therapist, she also teaches Confidence Building Skills to adults experiencing mental health issues and delivers workshops and training to other service providers.

Professional Qualifications:
Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy
Master Practitioner of Meridian Energy Therapies (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
BFRP—Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner
Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Diploma in Hopi Ear Candling
Diploma in Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT)


Christy Clare

Trauma Care Practitioner


Christy joined Imara in September 2016. She has a history of working with the Youth Offending Team and both secondary and primary schools for 15 years, mainly leading on Wellbeing and Nurture for children and families in Nottingham who appear vulnerable and would display challenging behaviours. Christy was also the schools Safeguarding lead and an Advanced Designated Safeguarding Lead with Nottingham City Council.

Christy is a registered and accredited Play Therapist (PTUK) and has practised with young people aged 5 years and up since 2009.

Christy will focus on the child's voice with a view to putting across the child's point of view to the adults around that child.

Play Therapists use play/sand/objects and art allowing the child to develop their situation or history through metaphor,the easiest and most comfortable way for a child to communicate. Christy also uses this model with adults.

Christy will train further this year in Filial Family Therapy in June 2017

Tilly Stone

Research Intern


Tilly joined Imara in July 2017 and is a student at the University of Nottingham, entering her final year of her Sociology degree. At Imara she has been working on our social media, fundraising and event planning. Tilly has for a long time been passionate about helping children, and has worked on the Childline helpline, as well as doing a previous internship at local social enterprise Think for the Future. She is also a keen synchronised swimmer, and represents the University of Nottingham competitively.


 Zoe Kukan

 Trauma Care Practitioner


Zoe joined Imara in October 2017.  She has previous experience of providing advocacy support to vulnerable adults with mental health issues, who are also at risk of homelessness.  Zoe has volunteered and fund-raised for a number of charities who support vulnerable people such as Hope Nottingham, Tea & Company and Framework.  She is passionate about supporting and empowering vulnerable people to speak out and have their voices heard.

Zoe has a B.Sc. in Psychology with applied Criminology and an M.Sc. in Forensic and Criminological Psychology (by research). Whilst studying for her masters, she volunteered on the women's ward of a secure hospital, risk assessing and co-facilitating groups for offenders who have mental health issues. In September 2016, Zoe co-published a paper raising awareness of how low self-esteem can increase a person's vulnerability to abuse.

Whilst working at Imara, she also works with the YOT team at weekends, assisting young people to carry out their reparations work.  As well as this, Zoe continues to take part in a monthly hand-out of clothes, food and toiletries for Nottingham's homeless.

In January 2018, Zoe will train as an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser). This will provide her with the knowledge and specialist skills to support victims of sexual violence to access the support they need, including throughout the criminal justice process.