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

Executive Officer

I work with a brilliant team at Jersey Recovery College. We are passionate about recovery in mental health, of the power of education, and of breaking the stigma.

I came to JRC through my own experiences of mental illness and recovery. In 2016 I was employed to develop a vision for JRC with over 100 members of our local community and then to bring it to life. Our team has acheived a lot since we opened in 2017 and there is still so much more we can do. I'm excited for what the future holds. 

I have a background in the private and charity sector. I have volunteered for Mind Jersey as a member of their committee and an Ambassador, telling my story to address stigma. These professional and personal experiences help me do my job, but it's the passion for helping those affected by mental health difficulties that keeps me and all our team working as hard as we can to make a difference.  

 

Siobhan Poingdestre

Recovery College Service Manager

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.

Ronan Benson

Recovery Lead

I’ve worked in adult mental health services for over 13 years as a practitioner, trainer and assessor.  I have a keen interest in health and wellbeing and I’m passionate about promoting personal responsibility for our health.

I was drawn to Jersey Recovery College because of their ethos and model.  JRC has a unique and innovative vision that can foster the development of everyone who gets involved.  We all have mental health and we can all learn from each others’ experience.  If we work alongside each other to find solutions to our own problems, not only are we empowered but we are creating a more resilient and self-aware community.

Having moved here two years ago, I look forward to contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of Jersey.

Tove Gant

Training and Development Officer

My previous private sector experience was for a blue chip insurance company focusing on corporate wellness strategies across a multitude of clients. I left to run my own business which I built over five years and exited in 2019. I have obtained a multitude of experience which assist me in my current role helping launch the Mental Health At Work Program on the island.

My family and I moved to Jersey in 2020, and I loved the passion the JRC team had for supporting the Island's mental wellbeing. With COVID being a very real reality when I moved to the island I found the JRC services incredibly helpful. Using my lived experience as well as my corporate and entrepreneurial experience I look forward to launching and growing the MHAW program in businesses across the island.

Peer Trainers

Carrie Wilkinson

Peer Trainer

It has been a passion and ambition of mine for many years to put all of my experience to a purposeful use through supporting others in their own journey by sharing my light. I have an unwavering belief that everything has a divine purpose, nothing happens by chance and all that life has to throw at us are opportunities to grow and develop ourselves, even if those lessons are not always clear at the time. I have come to learn that with the right mindset and attitude, change is possible and has to start with us by taking action. I believe recovery is a fluid journey through life and something we are all able to manage with the right support and tools in place. I am so excited to be a part of the team and I hope to help empower, encourage and inspire others to take action to live a life in which they deserve. 

Karen Dingle

Peer Trainer

I hope to be able to give people who are trying to support others with mental health difficulties the opportunity to attend a variety of courses.  I aim to educate and empower our students using my lived experience of caring for others so that they are able to help the person/people they are supporting as much as possible and to give them hope for the future.

Kevin Proctor

Peer Trainer

It’s my honour to be part of an amazing team and sharing my wealth of life experiences to support others on their recovery journey and to help break the stigma around mental health, in particular men’s mental health, ‘it’s ok not to be ok’.   

Liana Summers-Shaw

Peer Trainer

Using my lived experience in mental health and 10+ years in education, I’m so glad that as a Peer Trainer I get to listen, to comfort, teach and empower those that come to the Jersey Recovery College. I aim to show people on their recovery journey that they can always find support and strength in our JRC community - but most importantly, where to find that strength within themselves. I also want to show our students there is always hope; that they can change their lives through the right knowledge and a helpful, healthy mindset, and with us, that they are seen and their voice is heard. 

Louise Clark

Peer Trainer

One of the most powerful ways that the Recovery college  works is that it’s run by people who’ve experienced mental ill health.

As a peer trainer being able to share my experience and use my   knowledge to empower others is very rewarding. Understanding and learning about mental health really helped me and I enjoy the opportunity to share this knowledge on the courses. 

Rory Mitchell

Peer Trainer

My recovery journey was marked by taking responsibility for my mental health, living a healthier lifestyle, and educating myself on a range of different topics. Through this journey, I discovered a natural interest in learning and discussing these topics with others. I now wish to use my own experience and interests to help others struggling with their mental health.

In addition, I hope to represent a demographic of young males that often have struggles talking about mental health, to bring openness to the conversation and reduce stigma.

Board of Directors

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.

Georgina Cook

Director - Company Secretary

Life sometimes throws us curveballs and, for me, one of the biggest was falling ill with burnout, which then led to depression. I’d only ever known life as an ambitious Advocate and mother and had, I thought, thrived on stress and adrenaline. It was only when my body forced a shut-down that I became aware of the damage I was doing. 

My journey of recovery has been slow, with a few wrong-turns and frustrations! But it’s been - and continues to be - an experience which has fundamentally change my outlook. That’s why I'm pleased to join the Board of Jersey Recovery College. Having experienced illness in the corporate world and not knowing where to seek help, or perhaps as importantly, being fearful about seeking help, I'm keen to ensure that the stigma of acknowledging illness is abolished and that good quality support in recovery is readily available to all.

Phil Brown

Director - Treasurer

I have worked in the finance industry as a chartered accountant for over 20 years, both in Jersey and overseas, gaining experience in both the public and private sectors. My current role focuses largely on promoting good corporate governance, enhancing financial controls and ensuring regulatory and tax compliance for Jersey investment structures. All these are skills which I hope can benefit the Jersey Recovery College.

I have had first-hand experience of the support offered by the Jersey Recovery College and am an advocate for its ethos of education as empowerment for those who often lack a voice.

 

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.

Simon Milner

Director - Data Protection Officer

I have over a decade’s experience in education, and none of that work has been more meaningful and rewarding than supporting people with mental health difficulties. I was drawn to the work of the College because, in my professional life, I am continually exposed to the transformative power of education to embody the values of hope, empowerment and opportunity. It is this power that the College harnesses to such inspiring effect. I hope that my own knowledge of, and commitment to, the potential of education to enrich lives will enable me to support the crucial work of Jersey Recovery College.  

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.