Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of seven members, each with a specific interest in the work of the Jigsaw Community Counselling Service. The Board is responsible for the corporate governance of the organisation.

Jigsaw Community Counselling Centre - Anne Thompson - ChairpersonAnne Thompson MBE - Chairperson

Anne has been a member of the Board for 2 years and is currently the Chairperson with a specific interest in the emotional and physical well-being of the local community.

Anne has recently retired after 37 years in the teaching profession including 19 years as Principal in Currie Primary School in North Belfast. During her time as Principal, Anne was Chairperson of the North Belfast Principals' Group and for many years, was also involved in Lower North Belfast Community Council, the Belfast Regeneration Office and Groundwork. Anne was awarded an MBE for services to education in 2003.

At present she is a member of the Mountcollyer Youth Club Steering Committee.

She is keen to continue to help support families and children who have suffered from the long term effects of 'The Troubles' in North Belfast. Anne believes that Jigsaw Community Counselling Service can deliver an excellent service that is compassionate and positive and will make a real difference to the local community.

Jigsaw Community Counselling Centre - Carol Massey - Chief Executive Officer and CounsellorCarol Massey - Chief Executive Officer, Counsellor

Carol is a 34 year old married mother of three girls and the founder of Jigsaw CCC. Carol is a qualified counsellor and has a Diploma in Higher Education in Counselling from the University of Ulster. She is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as a member of Counselling Children and Young People.

Her past experiences include working as a volunteer for Childline, as well as working in a homeless hostel in East Belfast. Carol also worked in a GP surgery for a year and a half and with Ballysillan Youth for Christ offering counselling in the local community.

According to Carol, "Jigsaw is for everyone and as a counsellor I feel privileged when people let me into their worlds by trusting me. For me it is about getting alongside people and supporting them until they are strong enough to support themselves."

A quote that Carol read and believes is vital to Jigsaw as it continues develop as the needs of the community grow is..."Amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic"

Jigsaw Community Counselling Centre - Ashley Officer - Vice ChairpersonAshley Officer - Vice Chairperson

Ashley has considerable management experience and has worked for the past seven years as a monitoring officer with Quality Care Services. Her role is to ensure that care workers are working to a high standard and that clients are left feeling happy and valued.

Ashley brings valuable experience in working with vulnerable adults and knowledge of the health sector. Ashley has supported Jigsaw's vision from the very start and is fully committed to help deliver a service needed by the whole community.

When not working Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, cycling and the great outdoors. She has a particular love for camping and nature walks.

Jigsaw Community Counselling Centre - Derek Harkness - DirectorDerek Harkness - Director

Derek Harkness is the Principal of Carr's Glen Primary School, a large school located at the upper end of the Oldpark Road. He graduated in 1986 and has worked in several primary schools, as a teacher, Vice-Principal and as Principal, as well as an advisory officer in the Western Education & Library Board. He also serves as an Associate with the Regional Training Unit, assisting in the training and development of trainee Head Teachers, working as an assessor and coach.

Derek brings valuable experience in working with children, an in-depth knowledge of the educational sector and considerable management experience. He is committed to the development of the whole child and sees the service that Jigsaw provides as a vital component in any schools pastoral care.

When he's not at school, or attending Jigsaw committee meetings, Derek might be found on a river or lake casting a fly or even exercising his artistic ability through drawing or painting!

Jigsaw Community Counselling Centre - Olga Macshane - DirectorOlga Macshane - Director

Olga is a vastly experienced counselling practitioner, with 30 years experience. She is also currently a counselling supervisor. Her qualifications include a BSc (Hons) Occupational Psychology, MSc Guidance and Counselling, Accred Counselling Psychologist (BPS), Chartered Fellow of Institute of Personnel and Development.

Olga recently retired from her post as counselling lecturer, where she was Course Director for a Foundation Degree in Counselling.

She is very committed to supporting Jigsaw Community Counselling Service to deliver a professional Counselling Service addressing the needs of the local community.

Jigsaw Community Counselling Centre - Ian Officer - DirectorIan Officer - Director

Ian has worked as a residential support worker for the past four and a half years with young people in care. Ian is very committed to supporting vulnerable young people and helping to encourage them to be the best they can be.

Our work with young people in primary schools and secondary schools is of particular interest to Ian. Ian has spent a large amount of time working with young people in North Belfast through running Youth Clubs as well as an Officer in the Boys Brigade.

He believes a centre like the one Jigsaw runs is exactly what is needed in this community - a place where people are accepted for who they are and where they are encouraged to be the best they can be.

Jigsaw Community Counselling Centre - Rev. Stephen Thompson - DirectorRev. Stephen Thompson - Director

Married for 24 years and have two Children aged 23 and 16. I am the Minister at Joanmount Methodist Church, Wallasey Park. I am Chairperson of the North Belfast Foodbank and Chair of Open door charity within Joanmount. I am also the clergy representative for the Ballysillan community forum.

I previously worked as a Lay Pastor with Greencastle Methodist Church on the Whitewell Road, where I worked with all age ranges i.e youth clubs and counselled members of the Church and their family members. I was a Samaritan volunteer for 3 years. My background was in Business Development Management before I came into the Church.

My Qualifications are HNC Business & Finance; Bachelor of Theology Degree, Masters in Theology and Advanced Diploma in Counselling.

My interests include spending as much time as possible with my family; keeping fit, studying; singing! and eating any kind of chocolate.