Zebra People

Debbie Freeman – comes with over 25 years experience of work in the area of people facing multiple disadvantage. Her work within both the community, voluntary and statutory sectors ranges from support work to service design and implementation, strategy and commissioning, in areas such as substance use, housing and homelessness. Debbie is interested in culture change within organisations, shifting power to communities and alternative conceptions of ‘mental health’. Debbie works in Zebra’s community work team in Plymouth.


Brigid McKittrick – background in voluntary sector support services. Focus on strengths / asset-based approaches & trauma-informed and solution-focused practice.




Marc Gardiner– co-founder of Zebra, came with experience from multifarious roles in social care and community work. Leads on our trauma-informed and solution-focused practice work and involved in all elements of Zebra’s offer.


Ray Middleton (PhD) – 30 years’+ experience of workforce development with people working with people who are socially excluded and experiencing multiple disadvantages. This work includes: complex trauma, ‘mental health’, substance use and housing.
Ray focuses on: Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP), Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE), Pre-treatment, and the ‘how to’ of facilitating group reflective practice. Ray draws motivation from his own experience of surviving complex childhood trauma.


Tom Miller – occupational therapist and community mental health worker with a long and varied career involving the design, delivery and management of community treatment and support services. Active in our trauma-informed, ‘mental health’ & well-being work.



Chas Shaw – co-founder of Zebra, with a background in co-operative development and resident participation & empowerment. Zebra finance & administration.