Brian Tobin
Speech Marks "We’re not just a ‘short-term fix’, if people need us again we’ll be here for them."

Brian Tobin (MBE, DUniv) | Iceni Chief Executive

Led by Brian Tobin (MBE, DUniv) since 1998, Iceni continue turning lives around in Ipswich.

The philosophy that Brian introduced to Iceni was: “To not judge a person by their past if they are making an honest attempt to change. After all, they are simply humans, who like all of us have made mistakes or wrong decisions in life and need help and compassion, not judgment, castigation and isolation.”

He has never lost sight of this, and remains steadfast in maintaining the independence and values of the organisation. He believes it is essential that small, local charities maintain their independence, and crucially, maintain whatever unique identity it is that makes them a worthwhile and valuable cause.

Under Brian’s leadership, the team at Iceni demonstrate hope, understanding and a non-judgemental approach to those who struggle with difficulties that are often misunderstood and misjudged more widely.

In 2019, Brian was awarded an MBE for his services to drug rehabilitation in Suffolk.

The Iceni Team

Fliss Gillott

Joined Iceni in 2002, as a counsellor and group facilitator and is Lead for Psychological Therapies. She holds a degree in Psychology, a post grad Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory (Family Therapy) and is a BACP Accredited Counsellor. She works directly with families and facilitates the Freedom Programme.

Glenn Robinson

An experienced UKCP accredited therapist and supervisor, Glenn took the lead in the development and facilitation of the pioneering Venta programme, and also facilitates the Realationships programme at Iceni.

Jo Tobin

Jo is a microsystems acupuncture therapist and has been with Iceni since 2004. Her focus is the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of clients, specialising in detox, stress anxiety and pain management, as well as practical support.

Simon Cobb

Simon is a social worker and the designated Safeguarding Lead for Iceni. He is responsible for caseload management and delivering the parenting programs. Simon is passionate that all people are treated fairly and given opportunities often denied them due to circumstance or prejudice.

Jeremy Startup

Jeremy is a qualified social worker and takes the lead in assessing risk in relation to domestic violence, he also represents Iceni at MARAC and other forums related to DA. As well as case management he also co-facilitates the REALationship Programme and the Freedom Programme and is trained to deliver Caring Dads.

Elaine Seaman

Elaine is a Keyworker, Integrative trauma therapist and co facilitator of the Venta Programme. Trained in number of approaches, supporting those affected with single or multiple traumatic events; developmental, PTSD, Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and anxiety disorders.

Pauline Martin

As Office Manager at Iceni Ipswich, Pauline plays a key role in the management of the organisation's day to day HR and Administration services, as well as ensuring that governance and regulatory standards are delivered and maintained.a

Tracey Hynes

Tracey has been volunteering at Iceni for five years and now holds the position of Volunteer Coordinator. Tracey is a valued member of the Iceni Team, by assisting the coordination of training and successfully scheduling all volunteers including Specialist Volunteers.

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A team united by our mission and core values.

Iceni recognises that the successful attainment of its mission is directly related to the quality of its staff and volunteers.

All frontline staff who carry out the activities of Iceni are appropriately qualified in their chosen field, and together have 80+ years of experience.

Supplementing our core staff team are a team of qualified volunteer therapists who specialise in family therapy, couples work, and individual work around sexual abuse, eating disorders addiction and many issues that underpin family dysfunction.

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Kirsty's Story
Speech Marks "I can’t speak highly enough of the team at Iceni. They helped put my life back together."

Kirsty | Former Iceni Client

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How you can help Suffolk families that need support.

As a charity, Iceni depends on the ongoing support of businesses, individuals and local authorities. There are various ways you can lend a hand and make a positive difference to families across Suffolk.

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Partnering with Iceni can deliver a number of benefits to us and your business. We welcome any support, both financial and non-financial, that companies can offer.
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Iceni has always depended on the support of volunteers, and their ongoing contribution will be integral to meeting our objectives over the coming years.
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