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.
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.
I am delighted to be part of the team at The Jersey Recovery College. Before moving to JRC, I worked in Education for over 18 years; I am a qualified teacher with a background in Educational Needs. I have always been passionate about inclusion, and the idea of celebrating diversity and promoting opportunities for all. During my career, I have worked as a Learning Support Coordinator and in a Senior Leadership role, where I led on areas such as safeguarding and holistic support.
I was born and raised in Jersey and feel thankful to live in such a beautiful place. In my spare time, I enjoy creative activities such as writing.
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.
Over the past few years I have developed a wealth of administrative and organisational skills within a small but busy office environment, which I bring with me to the Jersey Recovery College. Although this is my first experience of working within the charity sector, the College has played a huge part in my own recovery and personal journey from my own mental health struggles.
I have previously been a JRC student, attending a variety of courses run by the College, therefore I understand the importance of education and raising awareness within our Community and I am truly grateful for this opportunity.
Through my own lived experience, combined with my passion around mental health and well-being I hope to contribute to the amazing work that the Jersey Recovery College does on a daily basis.
I have been leading teams and projects through cultural change in various organisations for many years. I believe that opening the conversation around our mental health and creating environments of psychological safety are essential to our growth as individuals and to our success as sustainable organisations. I am proud to work for JRC, at the leading edge of compassionate workplace training and development.
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’.
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.
My professional background has been Human Resources in various industries. I'm delighted to be part of the team at the Jersey Recovery College and to be able to support others on their recovery journey.
I am passionate about promoting wellbeing and hope to help support, inspire and empower others in their recoveries.
As new member of the team and having recently completed my training and helped to do my first course, it is great to be able to be part of the college.
My experiences of Mental Health come from my military service and the challenges they gave me. I hope to use some of the skills and tools I have used in that career to further my role in the college.
I am passionate about mental health and hope I can encourage people to feel free to talk openly about it and not be stigmatised because of it.
I am a keen motorcyclist and follow a group called ‘Mental Health and Motorcycling’ very much about Mindfulness and ‘in the moment.’
I am proud veteran and Jersey man.
Having recently retired as a Chief People Officer in the professional services sector I am delighted to now have the opportunity to give back to the community. During my career I was privileged to work across many countries working with diverse groups of people from different cultures all facing their own challenges. I saw first hand how devastating life events can impact good mental health. As HR lead I championed many well being initiatives.
On a personal level, my daughter, who works for a UK Recovery College opened my eyes to the significant impact a recovery college can have on someone’s recovery journey. I’m a firm believer that in life everyone deserves hope, empowerment and opportunity, it’s something throughout my professional career I have championed. This aligns perfectly with the ethos of the college and I am thrilled to be part of that.
My belief that people and groups have the capacity to change and develop has always been a driving force in the work I do. The same is true for recovery. With the right support, knowledge and skills, individuals can manage their ways to recovery and mental wellness.
I have a keen interest in mental wellbeing and was drawn to the work of Jersey Recovery College after participating in a co-production process of Mental Health at Work. With my experience in both the private and public sectors at senior and executive roles, I hope to promote collaborative efforts between professionals, people with lived experience and other role players, to ensure community support and services that deliver the mental wellness and recovery that Islanders need and deserve.
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.
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.
I was first introduced to recovery-focussed mental health care as a community support worker over twenty years ago in London, and it was this that sparked my passion for improving lives and led to a career in medicine. I now work as an occupational health doctor, and see regularly the impact of people’s work on their mental wellbeing, and vice versa. I am delighted to work with the Jersey Recovery College to build collaborations across the business community as well as promoting a community-oriented, recovery-focussed, approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Being also a Director at Jersey Sport, I am particularly passionate about the positive effects of sport, community and physical activity on mental wellbeing and recovery, and I continue to work tirelessly to promote this approach across the government, private and charitable sectors.
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.
I have been an employment lawyer for the best part of two decades and during that time I have seen first hand how challenging mental health issues can be for employees, prospective employees and their employers. Poor mental health can impact anyone in our society or in our workplaces, regardless of age, seniority or background.
One of the issues with living in a small island community is that the right help and support has often not been available. This has meant that those recovering from poor mental health and their carers have not always been well supported. We have also not supported other stakeholders such as employers well enough by equipping them with the knowledge and skills that they need.
I am both excited and passionate about the recovery college concept, which seeks to empower and equip through education and training. I am particularly excited about the potential for Jersey Recovery College to help drive real change and improvement in our Island. I hope that my skills and experience in employment law, privacy and governance can help Jersey Recovery College in its critically important work.