About Trauma Aid UK’s charity status

Trauma Aid is a UK charity number 1138372 registered with the Charity Commission

Our Trustees and Regional Coordinators

Shiraz Farrand

Trustee: President

Shiraz is an EMDR Consultant and accredited CBT therapist working in the NHS primary care and private practice. She is an approved EDMR Recent/Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (RTEP/GTEP) trainer and sits on the RTEP/GTEP Executive International Committee. Her special interest is in scaling up trauma treatment and is currently involved in research projects with humanitarian organisations in Low and Middle Income countries. Shiraz is responsible for coordinating the work of Trauma Aid UK in line with its core mission to facilitate the development of EMDR in underserved communities by providing free training and supervision.

Robin Logie

Trustee: Hon. Treasurer

Robin is a well respected psychotherapist and EMDR Consultant and Trainer of long standing.
He was President of the EMDR Association UK and is presently serving on the Accreditation Committee. As an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer he has been able to contribute to our trainings in particular the Consultants’ Training Courses.
He is Treasurer of Trauma Aid UK and manages all aspects of accounting including returns for the Charity Commission and HMRC.

Matthew Wilcockson

Trustee: Hon. Secretary

Matthew is an EMDR therapist, consultant and facilitator working in the National Health Service and higher education, with a specialist interest in working with non-English speakers. He is chair of the EMDR refugee special interest group. He has been an EMDR therapist for 15 years, and also a CBT therapist. He has volunteered as a supervisor and facilitator for Trauma Aid and its predecessors for 8 years. He occasionally conducts research, particularly related to refugees and therapeutic processes.

Michael Tidbury

Trustee: Membership; Web site; Event Registrations; News Updates

Michael retired in 2017 after twenty years as a psychtherapist.
He ‘discovered’ EMDR in 2004 when he was studying for his MA and ADIP and never looked back. He said: “If only EMDR had been discovered earlier just think of how much suffering could have been prevented”.
He first joined Trauma Aid UK as a Trustee in 2010.
Michael looks after our Web site, News Updates, Memberships, Event registrations and the VSR.

Ines Santos

Trustee: Social Media

Ines Santos is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years experience of working with psychological trauma, in both NHS and private practice. Ines is an EMDR consultant and Trainer in Training.

Ines is the coordinator of the EMDR Sussex Regional Group.

Since 2010, Ines has been a Trustee of Trauma Aid and she oversees the social media presence (Facebook) and more recently has started editing the newsletter.

Sanja Oakley


Sanja is an international psychotherapist and executive coach with 25 years experience working in the UK, USA and Europe. Based in London but born in Croatia, Sanja has extensive experience working in the USA for the Centre for Victims of Torture & War Trauma and in Bosnia & Herzegovina coordinating Trauma Aid UK’s training and development of local therapists. Sanja recently appeared in Apple TV’s ‘The Me You Can’t See’, created and produced by Opra Winfrey and Prince Harry. In Episode 3 Sanja discusses EMDR and conducts a live session with Prince Harry.

Sonya Farrell

Trustee: CPD Coordinator

Sonya is a Psychotherapist and EMDR Consultant working in private practice. Sonya splits her time seeing EMDR clients and supervising private individuals and NHS Trusts. Sonya specialises in Perinatal trauma and EMDR with psychoses with an interest in combining Equine Psychotherapy & EMDR. Sonya is a committee member for EMDR Assoc East Anglia regional group and the NHS Consultants Sig.
Sonya is our Trauma Aid CPD Coordinator and a Volunteer Supervisor.