Meet the team

Get to know our Recovery College team and Board of Directors

Meet the people who've been given the remit to bring Jersey Recovery College to life based on the vision of more than 100 people. We bring a range of personal and professional experience to our roles, working together as individuals and professionals to co-produce the Jersey Recovery College in line with our values and principles.

The Team

Beth Moore

Recovery College Manager

I am responsible for overseeing the delivery of Jersey Recovery College. I have a background in the private and charity sector, and have been an Ambassador for mental health with Mind Jersey and have sat on their committee. I spent 2016 developing the vision for Jersey Recovery College along with a community of over 100 people and our Steering Group.

Having experienced the challenge and gift of recovery from mental illness, I am passionate about Jersey Recovery College and what it can achieve for our Island community.

Siobhan Poingdestre

Recovery College ServiceManager

I have worked within the finance industry for seven years, in this time I’ve developed a number of transferable skills which will assist the Jersey Recovery College Manager and trainers in the organisation and delivery of the courses.

Experiencing a mental illness myself, I know how important it is to receive information about mental health and wellbeing. I am passionate about learning and personal development and I hope the Jersey Recovery College will help engage the community to understand, develop and contribute to each individual’s path to recovery.

Board of Directors

Ben Bennett

Director - Chair

I have over 20 years’ experience in education: teaching, mentoring and leading change.  Having supported students and colleagues with mental health difficulties, it is refreshing to see an innovative approach being taken to helping people and their families take ownership of recovery.  I think The College’s values of hope, empowerment and opportunity help us all think more positively about mental health.

 

I hope to bring my experience as an educator and manager, tempered with the humility that comes from having faced my own challenges, to the important work of Jersey Recovery College.

Jake Bowley

Director - Vice Chair

I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist for almost 20 years in the NHS and the charity sectors. I moved to Jersey with my family 6 years ago and have since been working as part of Mental Health Services trying to support people living with a wide range of mental health difficulties. My interest in Recovery is rooted in the experiences I have had working with people who have many different life stories and face many different challenges, and the privilege of being able to walk alongside them on their ongoing recovery journeys.

Kate Hamilton

Director - Company Secretary

I have many years professional experience as a lawyer and company secretary and am delighted to be able to contribute my skills in assisting with the development of this exciting new initiative in mental health provision on the Island.

My hope is that what I learn through my contribution to Jersey Recovery College will improve my own understanding of mental health difficulties, help me to better support and signpost others as well as look after my own family's wellbeing.

Julie Heaven

Director - Treasurer

I have worked in the finance industry for over 20 years, more recently working with local Jersey business as an accountant and business advisor. I feel proud to be on the Jersey Recovery College board and hope to use my existing business knowledge to help with the smooth running of the charity.

 

I was immediately impressed with the work already undertaken by the Jersey Recovery College and how it has already helped so many on their journey to recovery. I look forward to contributing to this work and seeing the college continue to grow and support others.

Melanie Boleat

Director

I have been a community pharmacist for the last five years. I sit on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Jersey Steering group and am involved in the reshaping of the health service in the island.

With my own experiences of mental health difficulties and my professional background I feel I bring valuable insight to Jersey Recovery College and have helped tailor it to our community's unique needs.

I would like The College to give people the opportunity to choose their own recovery journey, when they need it, in a safe environment, supported by people who have lived it themselves and those with professional insight.

Fiona St Clair-Bolam

Director

In my role as a senior HR professional with over 25 years’ experience in the finance industry, I have seen a wide range of people struggling with mental health difficulties. I believe it is important to provide a safe and supportive working environment for all, where people are supported fully through whatever health challenges they are facing.

I am delighted to join the Board of the Jersey Recovery College and look forward to supporting the development and success of The College, and mental health initiatives generally, in the months and years ahead.

Stephen Thomson

Director

Being a young male, I feel that I would contribute a sense of diversity to the board and to the face of Jersey Recovery College. I hope that this would encourage similar members of the community to feel more comfortable about seeking help in overcoming their mental health difficulties. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa, and worked in the finance industry for the past 6 years, I feel that I have a vast amount to contribute on the financial sustainability and growth side of Jersey Recovery College. 

 

My hope for The College is to see it grow from strength to strength whilst maintaining its tremendous ethos.