Liverpool Mental Health Consortium currently has 12 Trustees. At least 50% of these have personal, direct experience of mental distress.
Richard Adamson (Co-Chair)
Richard has used mental health services for 25 years. Over the past 5 years, he has embraced the idea & practice of peer support as the most effective route to wellbeing. He approaches the role of LMHC Trustee in the spirit of acknowledging that we are all able to improve & that everyone’s contribution is valuable. He can most often be found walking the dog, cycling, enjoying the benefits of fresh air & good company, & maybe breaking into song!
Saad is acting Chair of Lodge Lane Regeneration Group, a public governor of Liverpool Women’s Hospital, & a member of both Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust & Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He worked for many years on a variety of projects in Engineering Science & Technology & has wide-ranging expertise in mechanical engineering in both academic & industrial environments. Saad has been a valued member of LMHC for many years, bringing skills that encompass health & safety regulations, project management, business administration, & quality assurance.
Joe has 39 years’ experience in the public sector, & from 1997 to 2013 had responsibility for the care management & provision of mental health services in Wigan, Liverpool & Warrington. He is attracted to the Consortium because of its strong emphasis on user-led services; something he is proud to say he’s supported through his professional roles, firmly believing that services lead by those who experience mental distress (& their carers) result in improved outcomes, personal control & greater self-improvement. Joe is a massive LFC fan, & currently the treasurer of the Spirit of Shankly Liverpool Supporters Union, a mutual society which aims to provide wide-ranging support to its 15,000 members & associate members.
Rhiannon is Professor of Psychology & Public Mental Health at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology Health & Society. She has been researching mental health & wellbeing for 25 years. Most recently she has focussed on how communities & places can either help or hinder mental health. She is a strong advocate of democratic & inclusive decision-making to support better health & wellbeing. Because members of Rhiannon’s close family are past & current users of mental health services, she has seen first-hand how much change is needed within services to enable them to support better, sustainable mental health.
Steve has been raising awareness of issues related to psychological wellbeing for 25 years, at local & national levels. He has published widely on issues relating to mental health & the stigma associated with distress. He is the director of a not-for-profit Community Interest Company & his daily practice involves him providing interventions for people in distress. Steve currently sits on the board of the UK Association for Solution Focused Practitioners & is an honorary researcher with the University of Liverpool Management School. He is known to be challenging, honest & forthright in advocating for the people he works with on a daily basis.
Steph has worked in the voluntary sector in Liverpool for over 20 years, predominantly in the areas of mental health day service delivery (when it existed!) & volunteer co-ordination. She has designed & delivered Peer Support services, enabling people experiencing mental distress to make the transition into volunteering. Steph is a firm believer that community & social participation not only aids recovery, but also builds resilience in individuals & in the communities they belong to. A stronger community is better for everyone! In her spare time, she likes reading, films, walking her dog & going to Manic Street Preachers concerts.
Andy has lived experience of mental distress & has many years’ experience of campaigning for improved equality in Liverpool, particularly in respect of social justice, LGBT issues, service user/survivor & wider disability rights. He is a former employee of LMHC, & his current job in commissioning allows him to have a strategic perspective on issues affecting health & social care. Andy has had longstanding involvement with the community arts scene & has an active creative portfolio involving performance & theatre direction. He is also Chair of a successful local charity.
Sile has been involved with LMHC since its inception. In the past she has used mental health services & was involved with a number of radical service user groups, such as Survivors Speak Out & Nottingham Patients Council. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings for over 25 years. She is interested in all aspects of mental health, most particularly recovery, empowerment & advocacy for users of services. She currently works with students experiencing mental health difficulties. For fun, Sile sings in a couple of choirs, works at Glastonbury Festival every year providing backstage passes for bands & their guests, loves travelling, reading, cinema & all activities which stimulate mental & physical wellbeing, a positive outlook & connection with others.
Before retirement, Hilary worked for over 30 years in local authority mental health services. She is passionate about the need to improve services & wellbeing for people experiencing mental distress. She has held a number of voluntary positions, including being a founder member & Secretary for the Walton & Kirkdale Mental Health Association (1978-1986), & Executive Committee Member of Liverpool MIND (1981-1992). Since 2003, Hilary has been an active member of the Liverpool Irish Society & also provides voluntary support at a weekly homework club in Liverpool 8. Since acquiring an allotment, Hilary has become an enthusiastic, if novice, vegetable grower. She belongs to a couple of choirs & enjoys travelling, reading & music. She is married, with 3 grown-up daughters.
Pete Ryan (Co-Chair)
Pete has been a member of LMHC since the beginning of 2014. He is a service user with PSS Umbrella Centre & has taken part in a wide range of activities there, including a drama course with the Suitcase Ensemble, & the Umbrella Writers Group. Pete volunteers with both Citizen’s Advice & Sahir House. He feels privileged that he has been supported & valued himself, & is committed to encouraging & supporting others who are less confident or isolated. In his spare time, Pete likes to sing with L8 Sings Community Choir, enjoys reading & writing, & is an enthusiastic Liverpool FC fan.
Maureen (Mo to her friends) was introduced to LMHC through the writing course they put on with Writing on the Wall. She has a wealth of experience in service user involvement work, most of this through Mersey Care. She has co-facilitated groups, taken part in Task & Finish Groups, & participated in strategy & research. As well as involvement with Mersey Care, Mo is a member of Healthwatch Sefton, has attended training on Peer Support with Together, & is involved with Sefton OPERA, the coffee afternoon at the SWAN Centre, & Mossley Hill writing project.
Brian writes about mental issues in response to popular film, television & theatre on his regular WordPress blog. He draws on his experiences, both as someone who has experienced mental distress & as an ex-employee of a mental health charity. He also takes an academic interest in the subject having been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health from Liverpool John Moores University. Brian is interested in development, empowerment & partnership between people who experience mental distress & service providers.