The Consortium’s Trustees have control of the organisation, and its property and funds. They have the power to appoint a Secretary, Chairperson, Treasurer and other honorary officers, make rules and regulations, and establish procedures.
- The Consortium has at least 3 and no more than 12 Trustees at any one time
- The Trustees meet at least 8 times a year
- At least half of the Trustees have personal, direct experience of mental distress
- All of the Trustees retire at the Annual General Meeting but, if they remain suitably qualified, may be re-elected
The Consortium currently has 12 Trustees:
Andy Kerr, Brian Wharton, Hilary Mercer, Joe Blott, Saad Alshukri, Steph Gregory, Steve Flatt, Sile MacRaghnaill, Richard Adamson (Chair), Pete Ryan, Rhiannon Corcoran, & Maureen Thomas
Sile has been involved with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium since its inception to the present day. In the past she has used mental health services and has also 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 and advocacy for users of services. Many years ago, Sile was involved with a number of radical service user groups, such as Survivors Speak Out and Nottingham Patients Council. She currently works with students experiencing mental health difficulties. For fun, Sile sings in a couple of choirs, she works at Glastonbury Festival every year providing backstage passes for bands and their guests. She loves travelling, reading, cinema and all activities which stimulate mental and physical wellbeing, a positive outlook and connection with others.
Richard Adamson (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 being the most effective route to wellbeing, & is a Trustee of Kindred Minds, which he was instrumental in setting up. 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!
After working for over 30 years in local authority mental health services, Hilary retired in 2012. She is passionate about the need to improve services & wellbeing for people experiencing mental distress.
Hilary 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), & a school governor (1992-1997). Work pressures & family commitments necessitated her withdrawal from these positions but, since 2003, she has been an active member of the Liverpool Irish Society. Hilary also provides voluntary support at a weekly homework club in Liverpool 8.
Since acquiring an allotment a year ago, 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.
Hilary believes that the best outcomes for people are achieved when agencies & individuals who are experts by experience work together creatively & flexibly in genuine partnership.
Pete has been a member of the Consortium since the beginning of 2014, enjoys the monthly Service User Group, & has made many friends. 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 which is currently developing the script for a short film on post-natal depression. He recently participated in the international INTAR Conference held at Liverpool University, delivering a workshop with the Consortium Service User Group, & pop-up performances with PSS Creatives.
Pete volunteers with both the Citizen’s Advice Bureau & 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 the Consortium through the writing course they put on with Writing on the Wall & is part of the group that came out of that – the Rainbow Writers. She started attending the Service User Group in May this year, & took part in the group’s workshop at the INTAR Conference, as well as the Rainbow Writers workshop. Mo has a lot of experience in being involved in services as a mental health service user, most of this through Mersey Care where she is a representative for North Liverpool. She has co-facilitated a service user group with a trainee psychologist about relationships, taken part in a Task & Finish Group on Police, A&E & GPs, & also participated in the Local Division 5-Year Care Strategy. She is involved with a piece of research co-sponsored by Mersey Care & Liverpool University, titled ‘A qualitative comparison of service users’ experiences of Bipolar Disorder & Borderline Personality Disorder’.
As well as involvement with Mersey Care, Mo is a member of Healthwatch Sefton (& previously the LINK). The role includes making sure that people know their rights, & she will hopefully be starting up a patient group within a GP practice. She has attended training on Peer Support with Together, & is also involved with Sefton OPERA, the coffee afternoon at the SWAN Centre, & Mossley Hill writing project.
Rhiannon was keen to become a Trustee of LMHC in order to safeguard the work of the Consortium into the future. The role ties in well with her role at Liverpool University as lead for Health & Wellbeing at the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy & Practice. This role, & her Deputy Directorship of the Improving Mental Health theme in the recently awarded NIHR North West Coast CLAHRC grant, provides her with excellent contacts to policy-makers, practitioners & researchers across the region. She also leads the ‘Mental Health in Context’ research group in the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health & Society, where she looks to forge opportunities for joint activities & research & support.
From an academic point of view, Rhiannon has researched mental health for 22 years & has, during this time, explored opportunities for more directed psychological therapies based upon new understanding derived from research. Her research has straddled theory & application in such a way as to facilitate developments in the area of evidence-based practice. From a personal point of view, Rhiannon has family who are current & past users of UK mental health services. Her impression & experience of currently offered services is that they leave quite a lot to be desired & that there is certainly a need for the voices of service users & carers to be heard by the authorities in a more strategic, enlightened & honest fashion in order to catalyse positive change.
Saad has a great deal of experience in community involvement. He is acting Chair of Lodge Lane Regeneration Group, is a public governor of Liverpool Women’s Hospital, & a member of both Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust & Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Saad worked for many years on the planning, teaching, research & development of various projects in Engineering Science & Technology at the University of Liverpool & Nottingham Trent University. He was responsible for project management in clinical & medical Bio-Engineering, & has wide-ranging expertise in mechanical engineering in both academic & industrial environments.
Saad has been a valued member of LMHC for many years & brings to the role of Trustee valuable skills encompassing health & safety regulations, project management, technical reporting, business administration, quality assurance, & a vast knowledge of the health & wellbeing system.
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!
Steph is a Labour Party member, a member of CND & staunch Trade Unionist, acting as Chair for Unite the Union branch 522. She regularly participates in political campaigns both locally & nationally.
Steph currently works as a Skills Asset Shaper at Spider Project in Birkenhead, supporting members to access volunteering, training, education & employment activities.
In her spare time, she likes reading, films, walking her dog & going to Manic Street Preachers concerts.