Zebra People

Nicola Barkla – background in community based relational ways of working, peer support, participatory decision making and co-creating conversation spaces. Focus on trauma-informed and solution-focused practice.




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.


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.







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