Liverpool Mental Health Consortium has 2 employees – the Development & Opportunities Lead, & the Public Engagement & Research Lead.


Claire Stevens

Claire Stevens – Development & Opportunities Lead

Claire has worked in Merseyside’s voluntary, community and public sectors for 25 years and has extensive experience of community engagement, patient and public involvement, and facilitating cross-agency and cross-sector partnerships. Her background includes youth and community work, work with refugees and asylum seekers, social policy research, training and organisational development. Most recently, Claire has worked in the field of ‘patient and service user experience’ across a wide range of health and social care services, and has a particular commitment to supporting mental health service users influence the commissioning and provision of services which meet their needs in terms of quality and equality.



Sarah Butler-Boycott

Sarah Butler-Boycott – Public Engagement & Research Lead

Sarah originally began her career in teaching, until personal experience of mental distress brought a change in direction. Whilst studying for a Master’s degree in Mental Health, she gained voluntary experience in advocacy, befriending & lived experience roles, before joining the Consortium in 2003. She has extensive knowledge & experience of involving people with lived experience of mental distress, community engagement, participatory research, & challenging stigma & discrimination. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys music, films, books, and time spent with her dog, Roxy.



Niki KB

Nicole Konigs Balfry (Zest Event Management) 

Nici is the Consortium’s Project Manager and has been working with us on some of our projects since 2014. Her expertise has been invaluable in developing our Liverpool Mad Pride event & Liverpool Mental Health Festival. This year, she is involved in the development, planning and project management of our Lunatic Fringe project.

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