We are a team of passionate individuals, youth workers, counsellors, mentors who have one common goal: to stop bullying, make a difference and inspire change.
Linda James MBE – Founder/CEO
Linda founded BulliesOut in 2006 following a career in training and management. Linda has won numerous awards for her work with BulliesOut, including Tesco Achieving Mum of the Year and Institute of Welsh Affairs Citizens Voice Award. Linda’s outstanding contributions to BulliesOut were recognised in the 2014 New Year’s Honours when she was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE), receiving her award from Her Majesty the Queen.
Simon Phillips – Chair
Simon has worked in retail for the last 25 years, and during that time has worked all across the UK, leaving his home town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire to finally settle with his wife and two children in Cardiff. He describes himself as a senior Change Leader, whose progressive business career has been based upon a platform of dynamic business management. In his spare time, Simon works with his local Primary School and coaches an U9 Football Club. For the last five years has also been the Chair of the Cardiff City Centre Business Improvement District (ForCardiff). His hobbies include playing golf and running to stay fit.
Emma Thomas – Trustee Secretary
Emma works as a Governance & Complaints Officer for Linc Cymru housing where she has been employed for over 22 years. She is highly skilled in administration and has excellent organisational skills which enable her to manage high volumes of work in a pressured environment whilst adhering to deadlines set and required of both herself and her team.
Connor Aherne – Trustee (Deceased March 2021)
The team at BulliesOut are devastated by the passing of one of our wonderful Trustees, Connor Aherne. Connor slipped away suddenly in March and will be hugely missed by so many people.
Connor had been part of BulliesOut for 10yrs as he originally joined as a Youth Ambassador when he was 15yrs old and will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked alongside him.
Lezanne O’Donoghue – Trustee
A fully qualified Financial Planner, Lezanne has a breadth of experience in the financial services sector, having been in the industry for over 15 years. Having held previous directorships, she understands the responsibilities and requirements of the role of Trustee and its importance in ensuring effective governance and delivery of core objectives. Lezanne, a Mum to two children, is a keen golfer and is a member of Cardiff Golf Club. She also enjoys running and is hoping to raise funds for the charity by doing her second half marathon!
Kerry Chown – Trustee
A highly experienced, FCIPD/MSc qualified, engaging Human Resources Manager, Kerry is the Director of Cardiff based Cobalt HR which she established 12 years ago. Kerry has a passion for adding value through the astute facilitation of change management and people development. With excellent communication and organisational skills, and outstanding interpersonal and team-working attributes, Kerry’s innovative, calm and diplomatic ‘solution-finder’, approach ensures she is experienced in dealing with sensitive and confidential issues.
Ewan McCallum – Trustee
Originally from Glasgow, Ewan is the Head of a Senior School in Shanghai, where he has been for nearly 4 years. Prior to this, Ewan was the Assistant Headteacher of an Internation School in Washington DC. Throughout his career, Ewan has worked on a number of important community programmes, for one of which he was awarded the Steve Sinnott Fellowship from the Department of Education. Ewan has also volunteered as a Childline counsellor and fully understands the impact bullying has on a person and the challenges young people face.
Gary Power – Trustee
Gary is a Politics graduate of Cardiff University and is a Chartered Member of the Securities Institute. In his professional life, Gary works for a national Investment Management firm. He specialises in managing varying types of Charity specific mandates, risk profiles and income requirements, often within strict ethical screening criteria. Away from work Gary enjoys a passion for sport and has played international rugby for both Wales & Ireland at junior level. He continues this through coaching at Penarth RFC within the Mini & Junior section and is known to enjoy various endurance races.
Nathan Owen – Trustee
Nathan leads a policy and campaigns team for one of the UK’s oldest charities. He has a proven track record influencing political outcomes to achieve positive social change. Before moving back to Wales with his partner in 2020, he spent three years in New Zealand where he worked for the New Zealand Government on a national education reform programme. In his spare time, Nathan plays rugby for Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd and is a keen runner.
Stephen Pellow – Schools Education Coordinator
Steve ran his own company for over 25 years, taking early retirement in 2010. He has been a Childline Counsellor for many years and has also spent time training and developing volunteers. Responsible for delivering our workshops and assembly programmes, Steve has a wealth of experience in working with young people.
Lucy Howard – Digital Communications Officer
A senior executive with strong skills in social media presenting and training, Lucy is a professional with a
background in intelligence and anti-corruption. Specialising in online bullying and e-safety, Lucy is also responsible for our social media strategy and digital activity, Lucy is also a Qualified Crisis Counsellor Volunteer for SHOUT .
Amie Fey – Head of Mentoring
Amie, a Trainee Counsellor, is our Head of Mentoring. Amie effectively manages the day to day delivery of our e-mentoring service to ensure it achieves its values and strategic objectives.
Alex Wakeham – Trainer
As well as delivering our workshops and training programmes, Alex also volunteers at a local school as a classroom assistant, helping children with their Maths and English. Alex previously created and delivered Personal Development courses within the ACCA and ICEAW qualifications.