Meet our support staff

Tessa Denham

Tessa is our CEO at WCTS, and passionate about supporting women experiencing deprivation and trauma with specialised psychological therapies. As well as taking overall responsibility for service delivery and research here, she represents WCTS and the third sector on the Leeds Strategic Mental Health Partnership Board. She’s also the third sector advocate for sexual violence services to the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Tessa’s day-to-day role involves working with staff and service users, partners, funders and our Board of Trustees to promote the mental health recovery and wellbeing of the women and girls we work with.

Georgia Emblen

Georgia has worked in our admin team since May 2016, helping to ensure its smooth functioning. This team is the first point of contact for anyone getting in touch with WCTS, and it also supports the whole organisation, from answering the phone, ordering supplies and processing invoices right through to website maintenance or even changing lightbulbs! Georgia also helps prepare reports for the management team to send to our funders and trustees. She loves this variety and also welcoming women to the service, and she enjoys training and inducting staff on our computer systems, as well as making sure data is collected and processed accurately.

Angela Higgins

As our Operations Manager, Angela works closely with the CEO, COO and Service Managers, overseeing the daily operational functions of the organisation. Her everyday duties might include managing admin and finance support services, supporting the Board of Trustees, operational compliance, organisational health and safety or risk monitoring and mitigation, and premises management. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Angela has spent a lot of time making sure that our staff are equipped to work from home smoothly and effectively. Together with the rest of the admin team, she’s also responsible for implementing WCTS’ plan for returning to work in a Covid-19 secure workplace.

Emily Jones

Emily’s role at WCTS is to provide administrative support right across the different services, to help make sure everything runs like clockwork. She’s been in the role since January 2019 and loves the variety that it brings. On a day-to-day basis her responsibilities might include managing reception and taking calls, processing data, filing, and helping the team with information and answers to their questions.

Nicola Vantoch-Wood

As one of our Service Managers, Nicola is responsible for supporting our staff and leading and coordinating the Perinatal Mental Health Project. Part of the WCTS leadership team, she’s also involved in developing our services to meet the needs of the women we serve. Nicola is also involved with supervising our volunteer counsellors and group programmes.

Helen Wilson

Helen is our Chief Operation Officer, with a background of working in the third sector in both practice and senior managerial roles. She’s worked extensively within services that specialise in engaging with people who often find mainstream services difficult to work with, and she’s passionate about building services that can adapt to women’s needs. Her role with us is about ensuring the smooth running of our day-to-day service delivery, and she helps our managers support their teams so staff can give the best of themselves to clients, maintaining the key focus of our work.

Board of Trustees

As a charity registered with the Charity Commission, we are led by a voluntary Board of 10 Trustees chaired by Liane Langdon. The Board is currently looking for women with expertise in marketing, charity law or counselling to join. If you are interested in applying, please email Liane at