Meet The Team

Gemma Bowden

Gemma is the founder and director of The Owl and The Coconut. She is an Art Psychotherapist, a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and a clinical supervisor. With over ten years experiencing of working in adult mental health Primary Care NHS services and not for profit organisations. This experience guided her to naturally bring the skills and tools of Art Psychotherapy and Mindfulness together.

Click here to read why Gemma thinks Mindful Art can Change the World!








Sherelle Fairweather

Sherelle is a director at The Owl and The Coconut. She has a wealth of experience from working on Community Arts projects around the North West including the Manchester International Festival. Sherelle is instrumental in the organisational structure and running of The Owl and The Coconut. Leading on key areas such as our Vision, Values and Mission.








Alice Toomer

Alice is a fabulous film maker.

Alice worked with us as a volunteer and is now our go to film maker. Alice is amazing at connecting with people and social organisations and helping them to tell their stories.

Check out her ace vids here 



Jodie Silverman

Jodie is an amazing painter and a qualified Art Psychotherapist. She joined us many years ago as a group member on a continuing professional development (CPD) Mindful Art course for therapists. Jodie then became a member of The Owl and The Coconut team as a session facilitator. She has a wealth of experience working with adults in a wide range of mental health services both in the NHS and the third sector.

Click here to check out Jodie’s oil paintings on her website.







Melissa King
Melissa is a wonderful Art Psychotherapist. She has over ten years of experience using Art Psychotherapy with children and young people in both schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs). Melissa runs the Community Interest Company she founded Manchester Art Therapy Space (MATs). Melissa is also an Art Therapy clinical supervisor. She delivers Mindful Art sessions at The Owl and The Coconut and has been a key influence in informing the growth of our organisation, working alongside us we develop and grow.





Pamela Allen

Pamela is a Person Centred Counsellor, with over ten years of experience working in local NHS’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Pamela is currently studying a Masters MSC in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Salford University and has a particular interest in sharing Compassion Focussed and Mindfulness skills with young people.