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Co-Chairs (Temporary)


Dr.Kim Etherington

Dr. Kim Etherington


Kim Etherington PhD is Professor Emerita at the University of Bristol, Fellow of BACP, semi-retired BACP senior accredited counsellor and supervisor, and accredited EMDR practitioner in private practice. She is an experienced author, journal reviewer and editor.

Kim has been a member of Lapidus since 2005 but has used writing all her life as a personal resource which she has integrated into her work as a therapist. In March 2021 Kim became interim Chair of Lapidus International, a shared role with her longtime friend and colleague Jeannie Wright with whom she also shares the role of Lapidus Research Director. She is also on the editorial board of the LIRIC journal.


 Dr.Jeannie Wright

Dr. Jeannie Wright

Dr. Jeannie Wright has been a member of Lapidus almost since its beginnings. Now in a Lapidus group based in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, we identify with Robin Hood. She has taught and researched in several universities and practised writing for wellbeing in community agencies internationally. She has been a reviewer and editorial board member of journals mostly connected to talking therapies and is delighted to be part of the new Lapidus journal, LIRIC. Reflective writing in counselling and psychotherapy’ is now in a 2nd edition with Sage. Editing books like ‘Writing Cures’ and producing other publications that show how fantastically useful creative writing is will continue and she is now writing more poetry and fiction.


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Deborah Humphrey



Strategy and Governance


 Kathyann Goddard

Kathyann Goddard

I worked for the NHS across divisions for about 20 years. My first job was a receptionist at a GP surgery where I remained for eight years, gaining promotion twice and leaving as a Health Promotion Officer. I have worked at a number of hospitals, the last being a Mental Health Trust. I gained my degree in International Business and Caribbean History and then went into the world of project management. Having a learning difficulty, the road to this position was not always paved but definitely interesting.




 Kiz Bangerh

Kiz Bangerh

When her sister Promila died in 2000, Kiz Bangerh experienced the power of expressive writing to heal grief and trauma. A graduate of Metanoia’s Masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, she currently facilitates writing for wellbeing with: offenders, homeless people and those experiencing poor mental health. Having researched Rap’s therapeutic potential for her thesis, in 2012 she founded Hip Hop HEALS - a project that promotes Hip Hop’s healing powers within the helping professions. During her previous career, Kiz taught English and Drama at secondary level before moving on to education and outreach in the cultural sector. She still tutors Looked After Children today and works freelance as a supply teacher in her spare time.





Sophia Morrison


Our Staff


Membership, Communications and Events Coordinator


Richard Axtell

Richard Axtell


Richard Axtell is a children's writer, games designer, programmer, events coordinator and he makes a pretty decent lemon drizzle cake too. His interests lie in using technology and digital media to promote wellbeing and creativity which is his excuse as to why he has broken more laptops than he can count. If you have a question about Lapidus, you can email him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..