Recovery Academy Tutors intro

All of our courses are facilitated by tutors who have lived experiences of mental health or addiction issues and / or professional expertise.

Click below to read biographies of the tutors facilitating the latest courses:

Recovery Academy Course Tutors

Brad Adams - Brad has worked in the mental health profession for over 30 years, working in the community in numerous positions, including working as an assertive outreach worker.  He describes himself as a ‘typical London lad’ born in the heart of the East End! His most recent role was with BAND in Bolton liaising with local authorities, mental health organisations and commissioners on behalf of service users to develop appropriate consultation methods aimed at ensuring the service users’ voice is heard whilst raising awareness of current, local, regional and national issues affecting the provision of mental health services.

Lynn Agnew - Lynn worked for the Trust as its Assistant Director for Governance until her retirement in September 2014. She has over thirty years’ experience in mental health services as a social worker, trainer and manager.  In her time at the Trust, she developed policy, guidance and training to help staff meet key requirements for modern mental health care. These include safeguarding people from harm, using the Mental Capacity Act to protect people’s rights, and making sure that care plans always have the person at their centre.  She currently works as an independent trainer and consultant focusing on these areas of practice.

Richard Aubery - Richard is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working for the Trust in a primary care team. He has previously worked for the Trust and other NHS and Social Services teams as a mental health social worker and team leader for more than 30 years.  Richard has an enthusiasm for Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) which he is currently able to use in individual work and in a group. His commitment to CFT has been enhanced by his own experience of finding this approach helpful in dealing with difficult times and situations in his own life.

Rosie Beck – Rosie has worked for the Trust since completing her doctorate in 2013. She is passionate about providing recovery-orientated services. She believes co-production (the practice of mental health professionals and people with lived experience working together as colleagues) is the most meaningful and effective way to deliver quality services. She has special interests in psychosis and difficulties often described as personality disorder. In her current role in a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), she enjoys working with members of the multi-disciplinary team and service users in reaching a psychological understanding of target problems, supporting psychologically informed care planning, and delivering therapeutic interventions in group, family and 1:1 settings.

Dr Joanne Bennett - Joanne is a Clinical Psychologist for the Trust who has worked in mental health services for 15 years, primarily in adult mental health. During her doctorate she completed a thesis on men’s understanding and experiences of Fibromyalgia. Having initially worked in the inpatient service, Joanne now works in an adult community mental health team. Within her role she aims to develop shared understandings of, and support for mental health difficulties through individual and group work as well as consultation to other members of the team. Joanne has a particular interest in working with people who have been given a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, working with them through a recovery-orientated team approach.

Helen Bucke - Helen wanted to be a train driver from a young age but actually ended up qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1992! Since then, she has worked for the NHS and as a private consultant, working in mental health services and now for the Autism Spectrum Conditions Support Team in Bolton. Helen is also a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, and is passionate about enabling people to find and maintain appropriate employment.

Lucy Burnthem -  Lucy is a Training and Peer Support Co-ordinator for the Recovery Academy and prior to this has held clinical roles in both mental health community outreach services and mental health talking therapies services. Lucy has also worked within the prison service with a focus on increasing peer support opportunities and the role of education in mental health and substance misuse recovery. Prior to this Lucy has studied counselling skills, psychology and psychological interventions (CBT approach) across both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Lucy has now left her clinical role to develop her interest in training and peer support roles and is looking forward to developing her role within the Recovery Academy and the trust as a whole.

Lyndsey Chadderton - Lyndsey qualified as a Social Worker in 2005 focusing on working with adults within mental health services. Upon qualifying, she started working in substance misuse services and since then has worked within community and inpatient settings. She continues to have an interest in working within dual diagnosis.

Avril Clarke - Avril started her career as a general nurse in Salford and then completed a degree in visual arts. After becoming unwell with mental health issues, Avril developed her art background and ran service user art groups to help them in their recovery. She has first hand experience of self-harm and how depression and personality disorder impacts on life and has used this experience to run workshops educating junior doctors and nurses about self-harm.  She comes to the Recovery Academy is a volunteer using art and creative skills to aid service users, staff, carers and herself towards recovery.

Caroline Collinge - Caroline is a senior member of The Trust’s Library Team delivering a range of library services and training to staff, carers, volunteers and service users from The Curve in Prestwich. Caroline completed her Read to Lead Training in 2015 and has recently completed a Read to Lead Masterclass with The Reader. Caroline facilitates a weekly shared reading group for inpatients at the Trust’s Chapman Barker Unit – a 26 bed regional detox unit on our Prestwich site for men and women with substance misuse problems.

Anna Dodd – Anna is a Clinical Psychologist who has been working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions (both with and without learning disabilities) for the last 19 years. She is co-author of the gold medal award winning British Psychological Society Autism E-learning courses, which have currently been accessed by 11,000 learners. She currently works as the Clinical Lead for Autism Spectrum Conditions within the Trust. Her clinical role is within Trafford Extended Service, where she provides diagnostic assessments for adults (without learning disabilities), psychological input into the team, individual work with people who the team support and consultation and training to partner agencies.

Gemma Feeney – Gemma has been living with post-traumatic stress and psychosis for a number of years and has learned, with help from therapy, to develop coping mechanisms to overcome these unique challenges. She is currently training to be a Peer Mentor and is looking forward to actively participating in this role. Gemma enjoys long walks with her puppy, all things geeky and fighting stigma.

Eddie Fenn – Eddie is an Occupational Therapist (OT) currently working within the Trust’s Community Mental Health Team in Salford.  He has worked for the Trust as a support worker for eight years and an OT for two.  Eddie has worked with hoarders for the last two years and has gained an understanding of the problems and complexities of hoarding and its effects on the individual, families, friends and the wider community.  Eddie’s long-term aim is to set-up a support group for hoarders within the Trust.  He enjoys music and gardening.

Anne Flear - Anne has been working as a pharmacist within mental health services for many years and has seen changes in the way we use medicines in that time. She is keen to share how medicines affect the way our bodies work and where use of medicines fits alongside other therapies. Anne is part of our Medicines Management Team which leads on training of our nursing, medical and other staff within the Trust, and also attends carers groups and patient groups to answer questions about medication.

Patricia Goodwin - Trish is a carer support worker based with the Bolton Memory Assessment Service. A qualified Complementary Therapist and Mindfulness practitioner, she has worked with carers across the Trust and set-up and ran a Carers Complementary Therapy Service for alcohol and drug services. Trish has also worked in Domestic Abuse Services supporting not only the victims but also the close family and friends. Trish is a carer so can empathise with the worries and anxieties that this role can bring.

Dr. Joanne Green – Joanne is a Clinical Psychologist working for the Trust’s Early Psychosis services in Bolton. She chose to work in this field early in her career, owing to her interest in mental health promotion, normalisation, prevention and recovery. Preventing the development of mental health difficulties where possible, as well as preventing stigma, improving well-being and instilling hope are important to Joanne. Her therapeutic work mainly involves cognitive therapies with individuals and behavioural family interventions.

Jonathan Grieves - Jonathan is 48 years old and lives in Eccles, Salford. He began his career in the catering industry. He then worked for MENCAP for over 10 years supporting adults move into independent living working with them to find ways to deal with the challenges of living an independent life. His community work now keeps him busy and he runs a Junior Youth Club and is involved in residents groups around Eccles. He is part of a group looking to save, restore, and rebuild a Grade II Victorian theatre and hopes to bring it back into public use as a multi-purpose auditorium and community complex.

Robert Griffiths – Robert Griffiths - Robert is a psychological therapist and NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow. He is currently conducting a research trial investigating the use of a psychological therapy called Method of Levels for first episode psychosis. You can follow @NextLevel_Study on Twitter for more information about this study. In addition to working in early intervention in psychosis services, Robert was also one of the therapists for the TEAMS trial, a study of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for bipolar disorder and distressing mood swings.

Suzanne Grundy - Suzanne is a Senior Carer Support Coordinator for the Trust’s mental health directorate in Bolton. She is a qualified trainer and works closely with carers offering emotional support on an individual basis tailored to each carer’s circumstances.  Suzanne leads the Bolton Carer Champions and Carer Support workers, supporting them to be proactive in their roles, and to thoroughly understand the stress and worries experienced by carers on a daily basis. She has worked with carers for over five years and is empathic to their needs and supportive in helping them maintain good health and wellbeing.

Margaret Harper – Margaret is someone with lived experience of mental health and substance misuse problems and has had depression and anxiety since she was nine years old. Her mum had depression and anxiety all her life as did her twin. She has a passion for learning as much as she can about the subject to help herself and others. Her mental health problems led her to becoming addicted to codeine phosphate for ten years and she successfully completed a detox in 2012 with the Trust’s Salford Drug and Alcohol Service. Since then, she has become a Peer Mentor for this service and a volunteer at the Trust’s Moorside mental health unit in Trafford.

Suzanne Heffernan – Suzanne completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University. Her doctoral research focused on the role of religion and spirituality in recovery from psychosis, in addition to exploration of how to integrate these into inpatient services.  Before training, Suzanne worked on the “Recovery Programme” of research, exploring subjective judgements of recovery in psychosis. After qualifying in 2013, Suzanne worked in forensic services with individuals whose difficulties relate to personality or autism. She has a special interest in inpatient services and is passionate about promoting recovery oriented and psychologically-informed approaches. Suzanne currently works in the Mental Health Liaison Team at Salford Royal Hospital.

Liz Hopley – Liz is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in Bolton Primary Care Psychological Therapy Service and has been teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to groups for over 4 years. She practices meditation both formally and informally.

Amanda Hurst – Amanda works for the Trust as an Occupational Therapist and has worked in various teams over the years in both Bolton and Salford. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years and is a qualified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga. She has also recently completed Level 1 Mindfulness Teacher Training with Bangor University.

Robin Jamil – Robin is the Forensic Advocacy Manager for Mind in Salford, working mainly in medium secure mental health settings. He has been providing Advocacy and Mental Health Training for 16 years and manages a team of Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs).  As well as the Advocacy in Mental Health course which he delivers for the Recovery Academy, he co-delivers training for the Academy’s campus within the Trust’s Adult Forensic Services.  He also provides training for Greater Manchester Police, Higher Education Universities and Colleges, and private companies in the finance and legal sectors.  Robin’s focus and main interest in mental health is the service user’s experience and that this should be at the centre of all of his work.

Natalie Kheirkhah - Natalie is a support worker and teaching assistant for people with special needs and behavioural difficulties. She struggled in education and with her own mental health and found art to be therapeutic for her mind. Natalie runs Rainbow Pathways, a community art group, in volunteer centres, probation services, youth clubs and schools. She is a champion for charities in mental health like Time to Change and tries to engage young people and adults who struggle with mental health problems in art, self-expression and creativity. Feedback from her art group shows that creative arts really inspires and builds confidence in learners who struggle with mainstream education and mental health.

Reverend Jeremy Law - Jeremy is an Anglican priest who has worked as a mental health chaplain for the Trust since January 2013. He works from Ramsgate House in Lower Broughton as a community chaplain and on the inpatient wards at the Rivington Unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital. Alongside his responsibilities with GMMH, Jeremy works as a hospital chaplain at Central Manchester hospitals where his main responsibility is with St Mary’s hospital for women and babies.  Prior to hospital chaplaincy, Jeremy worked as a parish priest in Wythenshawe and prior to ordination Jeremy qualified and worked as a psychiatric nurse in Salford and central Manchester respectively.

Anthony Louden - Anthony has lived and work experience of Weight Management with ABL. He also has experience in the field of addiction and mental health. He has been volunteering on the Trust’s Prestwich site for the past three years. He is also currently a Bank Support Worker at the Trust’s Chapman Barker Unit (Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Unit).  Anthony also has an interest in Anxiety Management and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Stephen Maloney - Stephen is a Psychosocial Interventions (PSI) Trainer, and has been involved in substance misuse services as a service user, volunteer, and paid worker since 1987. He has a degree in Philosophy and a diploma in counselling (CBT Model). He is a registered Motivational Interviewing trainer and is passionate about supporting service users to deliver effective services. Stephen is married with three sons and is a very keen golfer and rugby league fan.

Nadia Miller - Nadia is passionate about educating others, raising awareness and sharing her own lived and personal experience to help others know that they are not alone and to help people understand the difficulties but the invaluable therapies that can help support mental health conditions.  Nadia was diagnosed with traits of an emotional unstable personality and has spent many years in psychological services up until two years ago where she is now able to cope with her condition. Nadia is now in recovery.

Stephanie Mouillaud – Stephanie is a trained teacher who has experience facilitating art and crafts workshops in a variety of settings - including Manchester Art Gallery, Art for Recovery in the Community (ARC charity), and Manchester libraries. She has also been volunteering for the Trust’s Moorside Unit in Davyhulme for more than a year providing art workshops to service users helping them on their path to recovery.

Dr. Sandra Neil - Sandra is a Clinical Psychologist who currently works in the Trust’s Community Mental Health Team in Salford.  Sandra has a special interest in the areas of psychosis, anxiety and depression. She is passionate about working collaboratively with service users and developing recovery orientated services. She worked with the Trust’s service users to develop a measure of recovery. She also worked on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded ‘Recovery Programme’ of research investigating recovery from psychosis and bipolar disorder. Sandra has provided workshops and training on recovery to a range of audiences both in the UK and internationally.

Kath Nield – Kath is a registered nurse and cognitive behavioural therapist. She trained in Mindfulness with Bangor University and an established organisation called Breath-works.  She has been practising and delivering Mindfulness within the NHS for the last five years.  She feels passionate about people being able to access a choice of psychological approaches and believes Mindfulness can be very effective in promoting well-being. 

Martin O’Doherty - Martin is an Occupational Therapist with lived experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He has used his experience of living with OCD to assist in the training of student Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and uses his time at the Recovery Academy to educate others on this misunderstood disorder. He also runs a support group at the Mental Health Independent Support Team (MhIST) in Bolton to help and support others who live with OCD. Martin is passionate about the link between physical health and mental wellbeing, and is currently undertaking a diploma in Personal Training with the aim of empowering others with mental health problems to live healthier lives physically, mentally and nutritionally. 

Sarah Page - Sarah is a Specialist Occupational Therapist for the Trust’s Memory Assessment Service in Bolton. She is part way through a Master’s degree in Dementia at the University of Manchester. Sarah has teaching and training experience including being the editor of an e-newsletter for the College of Occupational Therapy.  She has presented at a variety of conferences on the subject of dementia.  Sarah has been working with patients and carers for a number of years and is passionate about Life Story work and the benefits this can bring. She enjoys gardening and reading.

Christine Partlett - Christine is a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), currently working as a senior nurse for the Trust’s Personality Disorder Assessment and Liaison Team. Christine has worked in several different areas of nursing including, adolescent, adult acute, forensic, deaf services, and low secure.  Christine has worked in both the NHS and private sector during her career. Her role includes undertaking clinical assessments, providing clinical guidance, education and training, supervision and leadership. She has been involved in developments in nursing and mental health care practice throughout her career and has a special interest in personality disorder, hence being a Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) trainer. The KUF is a national framework to support people to work more effectively with personality disorder.

Kerry-Anne Peters - Kerry-Anne has been a Recovery Academy student for the last 12 months. She has been in recovery from gambling addiction since April 2013 after 21 years of progressive active addiction. Kerry-Anne enjoys practicing Tai Chi, finding that this helps develop her spirituality and grounding in life.

Ann Richards - Ann is a service user with a particular interest in peer-to-peer support groups as a means of aiding recovery. She has benefited from the Recovery Academy and BlueSCI’s services in Trafford and is volunteering with both organisations as a way to sustain her own recovery. Although some progress is being made, Ann believes more needs to be done to help service users return to meaningful employment based on their full range of skills and experience to allow them to reach their full potential.

Dr. Magdalene Sampson - Magdalene is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked with service users in the Trust’s Eating Disorder Service for the past 16 years. She completed her post graduate doctorate in clinical psychology in 2001 and completed a Diploma in Cognitive Therapy in 2004. In recent years, she has developed expertise in Compassion Focused Therapy and the application within eating disorders, both with service users and carers. She teaches on postgraduate courses at Manchester University and is currently Acting Service Manager for the Eating Disorder Service.

Dr Gary Sidley - Gary is a freelance writer and trainer who, in 2013, opted for early retirement from his post of Professional Lead/Consultant Clinical Psychologist.  He writes on a range of topics, including: alternatives to biological psychiatry, general interest articles and humour.  His NHS career began in 1980 as a psychiatric nurse, and he qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1989. Throughout his career, Gary has presented numerous workshops on a range of topics including cognitive behaviour therapy, recovery orientated services, living with self-harm, advance decisions and reducing stigma.

Yvonne Slater – Yvonne is the Operational Lead for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies (CBT Pathways) at the Trust’s Psychological Therapies Training Centre, and has been involved with the Centre since its inception in 2000. She has a background in mental health nursing and has trained in behavioural and cognitive therapies. Yvonne’s primary responsibility is that of leading the CBT Diploma training programme for adults and for children & young people. She combines her teaching and supervisory role with a clinical role. She has a particular interest in working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Claire Watson – Claire is the Trust lead for the Recovery Academy, Service User Engagement and Volunteering.  She has a degree in psychology and is qualified to teach adults. She has worked as a practitioner and teacher for mental health and substance misuse services since 1998. She believes in the power of learning, particularly from people with lived experience of mental health and/or substance misuse problems in order to shape services. Claire has her own lived experience as a family member of someone with mental health problems and is passionate about supporting carers to understand mental health and addiction and get the support they need to help themselves and their loved ones.

Joanne Wilson - Joanne is a former service user of the Trust’s alcohol and drug services and has experienced first-hand the issues and concerns that arise from that lifestyle. She is now a Governor for the Trust representing alcohol and drug service users and sits on many Trust committees. Joanne is passionate about recovery and the service user and carer ‘voice’ being heard and acted upon. She has delivered courses, sat on various assessment panels, shortlisted and interviewed staff and led the service user aspect of recent Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE).

Sheila Wilson - Sheila is a Therapy Team Leader for the Trust’s Chapman-Barker Unit - an inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification unit. She has recently completed some research into how former service users make the transition to become paid workers in the substance misuse field.  Sheila was employed as a Training Coordinator by the Trust from May 2003 to August 2015. Prior to joining the Trust, she worked in supported housing; volunteered and worked in a range of drug and HIV services, and latterly managed a Structured Day Programme for substance users.

Sinéad Wolfe-McConnon - Sinéad works part time for the Trust in the Community Engagement Recovery Team (CERT) in Salford and has been involved in community mental health since 2004. Outside of her NHS role, Sinead has nearly two decades experience in psycho-spiritual development and holistic health and is a qualified clinical/creative hypnotherapist and energy practitioner. She incorporated these skills into her work with CERT, to deliver ‘A Practical Guide to Achieving Wellbeing’ course in the community, on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, offering knowledge, tools and experiences to promote inner and outer health and wellbeing.  Sinéad is passionate about empowering people on their journey to wholeness, encouraging a greater connection, understanding and compassionate relationship internally with our selves, which in turn can then help to create healthier, happier and more meaningful relationships and life experiences with others and the world around us.