Alo Raptopoulos, Founder

Alo teaches Communication & Interpersonal skills to Mental health Nursing students at London South Bank University since 2006, with the aim of increasing therapeutic interventions and effectiveness. An expert in well-being and recovery, she used to provide advice to healthcare orgnisations on care, treatments and access to services. In 2007, she set up VITAL (Vital Involvement in Training & Learning) an Award-winning project (UNLTD, GLEoneLondon) facilitating patients’ increased involvement in higher education and training. Alo, who was able to cope with home life difficulties as a child by learning and practising a range of performing arts, decided to set up ‘CAUSE YOU CAN in 2009. A singer song-writer, musician and ex-ballet dancer, she knows about the potential of live performance towards improving confidence and self-belief. ‘CAUSE YOU CAN was born out of a desire to increase opportunities and equal life chances for young people, so that they can reach their full potential and become successful adults.


Marieke Wrigley

Marieke WrigleyTrained and qualified as an Occupational Therapist at the College of Ripon and York St John (North Yorkshire) Marieke has worked in the NHS for 25 years, in a variety of different mental health settings. She is Team leader for the Lambeth-based SHARP: Social Inclusion, Hope and Recovery Project. SHARP is innovative and groundbreaking in providing time-limited, evidence-based interventions focused on well-being and recovery. Researching into news ways of working and modelling leadership characterise Marieke’s practice. She is an expert in a number of therapeutic approaches, including Family and Systemic work, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. Marieke has a passion for the arts; she has a particular interest in music and photography. Through personal experience and professional practice, she has observed the transformational impact that visual and performing arts can have on adults and young people, such as connecting and inspiring them.


Carole Talbot

Carole TalbotCarole left school with A levels to start a career in retail banking. She successfully completed her Chartered Institute of Banking exams and became a corporate Associate, before moving a few years later into Talent and Development in Investment Banking. She has specialised in this area of Human Resources for over 17 years and has recently left the Financial services industry to join the High Tech Industry, as the Head of Training and Development for a global engineering firm focusing on their Metrology division. Carole has worked both in the UK and internationally, in Singapore. Many projects she works on are of a global nature; they involve her working in multi-functional and multi-regional teams, covering Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, North and South America and the Asia Pacific Region. She is married with 2 girls aged 13 and 16.

Jo Thomas

Jo is a Chartered Occupational Jo ThomasPsychologist with many years experience of working with organisations to help them be more successful through their people. She is an expert in the assessment, selection and development of leaders. Her main background is in HR Consultancy where she has worked with many global market leading companies, across a variety of industries. Recently, she decided to pursue a desire to work with the public sector and charitable organisations, embracing significant change. Jo’s passion lies in coaching where she facilitates the process of personal growth, so people can achieve their goals and reach their full potential. At ‘CAUSE YOU CAN, she is helping to shape and develop an organisation that she knows really makes a difference in improving young people’s emotional well-being, confidence, educational prospects and life chances. Jo is also a Director of Lambeth and Southwark Mind.