Jo Cooke (the nutter who loves clutter) is a Director of Hoarding Disorders UK CIC and also runs her own business Tapioca Tidy.
She is also the author of the book Understanding Hoarding which is fast becoming the “go to manual” for hoarders, their families and agencies that work with people exhibiting hoarding behaviours.
She has appeared in the Guardian newspaper, Take a Break magazine and other publications. She has also appeared a number of times on BBC Radio and in a BBC documentary ‘Inside Out’. Jo was selected as a finalist for the Thames Valley Venus Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Jo is a professional declutterer and organiser who has a very professional, calm, non-judgemental and “makes sense” approach to helping you reclaim your space. Jo previously had a varied career in charitable organisations, human resources, project management, bookkeeping and the civil service, but realised she had a flair for decluttering and organising when she had to sell the family home that her father had lived in for more than 30 years. She has a wealth of experience and skills required when working in cluttered environments and takes a responsible and empathetic approach to the needs of people she works with.
Jo runs three hoarding support groups in Bracknell, Newbury and Reading, Berkshire.
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Jo Cavalot (Dotty Jo) is a Director of Hoarding Disorders UK CIC and also runs her own business Dottymow.
Jo Cavalot has been a declutterer and professional organiser since 2017 helping people to create, space, harmony and peace of mind by letting go of the things they no longer need. She is a member of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) and has quickly become a shining light in the world of decluttering in the South Yorkshire area.
Jo has struggled with her own demons in life and when she began to learn more about people affected by hoarding behaviours she realised that this was an area she really wanted to specialise in and approached Jo Cooke to begin the exciting process of taking Hoarding Disorders UK CIC to the north.
Previously, Jo had a long career in the printing industry, working in a variety of roles from operations and production management to project director. She has a natural ability to create and implement systems and organise both people and their things. Through her own journey of recovery since 2012, Jo has found ways to overcome her own fears and emotional baggage from the past and has spent a great deal of time supporting others with their issues too. Jo understands that any problem with clutter tends to be about more than just the stuff and is empathetic and understanding in helping people to deal with this.
She is very connected to the local community and has appeared a number of times on BBC Radio Sheffield.
Coming from a family of hoarders, and has struggled with clutter herself, she understands how it feels to feel overwhelmed by your own possessions. She describes herself as a naturally messy and unorganised person, and therefore passes on simple declutter and organising strategies to her clients that work for life.
She is a mother of a child on the autistic spectrum, and owns two semi feral cats and a dog, so understands how the demand of a busy house can impact on your home.
She is a member of The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) and can be heard on BBC Radio Sheffield as their resident declutter expert.
Rebecca Chauhan works independently and in partnership with Phil Gaughan at Clutter Cleared. Rebecca has spent many decades living amongst hoarding behaviours. Seeing loved ones struggle with everyday life was challenging, however it prompted her to find and collect different ways to disempower the hold that ‘stuff’ can have on an individual. She understands how complex and sensitive the situation can be when having more belongings than there is space for impacts upon every little nook and cranny of life. Enabling people to feel safe instead of ashamed about their surroundings became her superpower.
Rebecca's pragmatic nature combines with creative flair and genuine problem-solving skills - means that she loves to organise items to improve the flow of everyday tasks - like making a meal or wrapping a gift. Her coaching style is that of a cheerleader, one who encourages clients to make kind choices to satisfy their real needs. She is very caring, has lots of patience and enjoys facilitating a support group for those affected by hoarding behaviours in Sheffield.
Paul Cooper has been working with Hoarding Disorders UK CIC since 2016 and is based in Gloucestershire. He helps to deliver hoarding awareness training with Jo Cooke around the UK.
Previously he worked in sales and recruitment as well as 5 years in the Inclusion center of a secondary school. Paul featured in the BBC1 documentary with Jo and has written two books and featured in several others. Paul is also known for his character Martin Mucklowe in the BBC award winning comedy This Country. In his spare time, he is director of a children's charity, the National Children's Football Alliance.
Paul brings an abundance of patience, calm, and reassurance to his role within Hoarding Disorders UK CIC and also brings humour and empathy which are much needed in the world of clutter, chronic disorganisation and hoarding.
Sasha Clarke is the IT expert and provides administrative/marketing support for Hoarding Disorders UK CIC.
When not working with the HDUK team, Sasha Clarke is an actress. Sasha has appeared in Holby City, Eastenders, Jack Ryan and has various other credits TV, theatre and short film credits. Sasha has worked with the Reading Rep Theatre in collaboration with A Girl Called Stephen on 'Safe' by Alexis Gregory and a rehearsed reading of 'Locker Room Talk' by Gary McNair.
Currently, while COVID-19 has put the arts on hold, Sasha is working as a Donor Carer and Venipuncturist within the NHS to support the Blood and Transplant department during their Covalescent Plasma Programme.
We are very grateful for the range of skills and expertise Sasha brings to the team.
Carole Reed runs her own decluttering business, HappySort which is based close to Bristol and Bath. Carole first came across people with hoarding behaviours when she worked as a social worker in London.
Carole is unflappable and calm. Her work as a social worker (including two years in the palliative care team) and as a carer in a nursing home has meant that she has a wealth of experience around how individuals can be impacted by poor mental and physical health. Her more recent work with Age UK (still ongoing) means that she is familiar with the challenges that older people live with day to day and how hoarding adds an extra layer of complexity to this. The time spent working in both health and social care teams means that she has a good understanding of how to liaise with the different professionals and assist clients to navigate the services available.
Carole has a can do attitude and will work tirelessly to seek solutions to issues to ensure that the people that she works with have the best possible experience of working with her. She has stayed true to her social work training and the client is always at the centre of any decision making and planning.
Carole is a member of APDO, has three young (and very messy) children. In her spare time Carole tries to keep reasonably fit (but hates every minute).
Julieanne Steel runs her own business Unclutter Your Life and has been a declutter therapist and professional organiser since 2012. She is an accredited member of APDO and has appeared in The Times, Daily Mail, The Lady Magazine, along with featuring on radio podcasts and more recently an editorial piece for the supermarket giant Sainsbury.
Through Julieanne’s work with chronic disorganisation and hoarding behaviours, Julieanne undertook a post graduate qualification to train as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. This was an organic process to help uncover the root cause and mental health issues beneath her client’s struggles. She has worked within an NHS setting, residential care (Age UK) and privately. She is a registered member of the BACP.
Over the course of the past 3 decades, Julieanne has been on her own personal development path, with a passionate interest in complimentary therapies, including Mindfulness, EFT, Reflexology and Feng shui. Julieanne has moved home numerous times, including several relocations and downsized in order to remove the financial strains of cluttered living. Julieanne comes from a performing arts background. She was familiar with wearing a mask and getting into character for a role. This experience helped her to better understand what it feels like to be in another’s shoes.
Julieanne is based in London and a mum to 3 daughters and a daschund, fully understanding the continuous demands of parenting and running a busy life. Julieanne offers a holistic, person centred approach to healing your home, heart and headspace.