Breaking The Cycle has an extensive and comprehensive staff base which allows us to administer the high quality training and PA services. We are able to provide these due to our broadly experienced staff bringing their knowledge gained from a background of work within areas such as the Justice System, Physical Training and Child Protection.

Joanna Thomas - Director of PA and PSHE Services

Joanna has an honours degree in Psychology, a masters in applied criminology and is a member of the British Psychological Society. For the last 20 years Joanna has worked directly with vulnerable individuals in a number of varied secure establishments. Joanna has experience as a substance misuse worker within the Leicester Youth Offending Service offering 1:1 substance counselling to both adults & young people along with designing, developing and delivering substance awareness programs to young people, staff and the parents/carers of young people. Most recently, since 2015, Joanna has utilised her vast knowledge and expertise to develop and deliver a detailed and highly successful PSHE program for schools, on issues such as bullying, peer pressure, substance awareness and emotional wellbeing, in addition to running parallel teacher and parent sessions on a number of these.


Simon Booth - Director of Training

Simon has been working in the area of training offering group intervention to adults with learning difficulties and young people from a range of backgrounds for over 20 years. He has been an active member of the Youth Offending Service for over 13 years, employed as a case manager, a group work coordinator and a service manager. He has been a key partner in both the development and delivery of MAPPA training to the Police Force, Health Professionals, The Probation Trust and the Youth Offending Service. Additionally, he has been a principal trainer for a vast range of professionals in the active and competent management of high risk cases through the effective assessment of risk, developments of intervention plans and support with face to face intervention; addressing both the internal and external risk factors.