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 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

Clinical and Wellbeing 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.

Sally Fox

Operations and Administration Coordinator

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.

Peer Trainers

Alex Black

Peer Trainer

I hope I contribute towards a supportive community where people are encouraged to share their feelings when things are confusing or not right without fear of judgement or prejudice. 

Ananda Rousseau

Peer Trainer

Holly Benning

Peer Trainer

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

Louise Clark

Peer Trainer

Louise Lancashire

Peer Trainer

As a former student of the college I understand how important Jersey Recovery College is in aiding understanding and recovery in the community, which I am very proud to be a part of. I hope to assist the growth of the college whilst raising awareness of mental health by developing new and exciting courses; which will help educate to break the stigmas of poor mental health and inspire personal growth within 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.

Carl Appleton

Director - Fundraising

I have spent most of my life working with and supporting charities, especially the ones embedded in the local community. Having had my own lived experiences with mental health I feel a natural draw to Jersey Recovery College. Along with my enthusiasm, past experience in fundraising and hands on approach I believe I will be able to bring fresh ideas to the strategic fundraising at JRC to develop an ongoing business plan which will fund the important work that the college carries out in our community.

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.

Matt Ebbrell

Director

I first became aware of the great work that the Jersey Recovery College does through a previous employer and was instantly impressed with the service the charity offers. 

I have worked in HR for a number of years now, with formative years focused on education and learning and more recent years focused on strategy and making things ‘stick’.  I hope to bring some HR experience to the table in terms of helping the Charity run smoothly, a dose of common sense and reason in terms of getting new initiatives off the ground and welcome the chance to contribute to an organisation that is growing and developing and plays an essential role in the island’s mental health strategy.

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.

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.