Meet The Team
Hi, I’m Lois. I am the Executive Director here at The SUN Network and have been here for over 8 years. Like everyone at The SUN Network, I have my own lived experience of mental health challenges which helps me understand others that experience them too.
I previously worked for HM Prison Service and made the transition into mental health about 10 years ago when I retrained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor, and honestly love the work we do here at The SUN Network.
If you are wondering how you can get involved in our work, we help you to learn more about how decisions are made in services and funding and look for ways for you to be involved in making those decisions too. This could be through sharing your own experiences or thoughts at workshops or meetings, designing posters and leaflets, or having a one off consultation or being involved in a six month project or longer. There are loads of ways to be involved and share your invaluable experiences. I never thought as someone who has needed a service that I could possibly influence how that service runs, so to be able to help others do just that is such a joy. And we support you every step of the way so do connect with me and have your voice heard. Lois.firstname.lastname@example.org
In my spare time, I absolutely love nature and animals, so I have a house and garden full of flowers, plants and pets which I find really therapeutic.
Hi everyone, I am Anne. Throughout my life, my work has been inspired by my interests in the arts, fitness and the outdoors and to work with people, to make a difference, speak out and make sure voices are heard. Through my own experiences of the mental health challenges I have had and still experience, I have finally settled, working in mental health, in a role that enables me to strive and help make a difference.
I have worked for The SUN Network since August 2015 and I am the Adult Mental Health Engagement Facilitator here at The SUN Network. But what does that actually mean?…Basically, I work with people like myself, who have their own experiences of mental health to enable them to be involved in projects, where their understanding of the challenges they have experienced help to make a difference to change, design and be involved in the development of mental health services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
I also love to travel, exploring different cultures, architecture, ancient history and religion. I’m also a keen gardener and very passionate about my allotment.
I’m so pleased to be part of the SUN Network team. I enjoy connecting with people who struggle with addiction, while encouraging them with the best support in our county.
I’m learning so much about recovery by talking to people who are in very different places in their own addiction and recovery.
Writing blogs and spreading helpful ideas about recovery is one of the enjoyable surprises in my job and I love finding a place ‘around the table’ for service users to help improve services and tell their stories.
After a long career in corporate IT, the time came to pursue my passion in recovery and wellness. A few years later, I look back and realise I’m having the best time of my life! I’ve had friends and family with short and long term mental health challenges and I have my own story of addiction recovery which fuels my desire to help others pursue their own health.
I have been lucky enough to have worked with the SUN Network since April 2019, and the time has really flown by. I am so grateful for the professional and personal journey I am on, and I am touched by the amazing people I encounter every day. I truly love my job and am proud of what I do, for that I am grateful.
I have had my own mental health struggles, so speaking with others who are experiencing or have experienced similar struggles is important to me. Having my own personal experience with mental health challenges allows me to empathise with others and connect on a deeper level. I really value the work we do and believe we are making a meaningful impact to individuals we work with as well as the system we work within.
In my own time I enjoy socialising, chatting, and laughing with my closest friends, I love to spend time with my husband and our family, and taking time to enjoy the things that make me smile, be it shopping, reading or doing my nails.
Hiya! I’m Natasha and I became part of The SUN Network team in January 2021, I have only been here a few months, but I truly feel like I am where I am meant to be. I have my own mental health struggles, which have shaped the last decade of my life- but without them I would not be so passionate about my work. I am a great believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’ and it has got me through some tricky times and has given me hope.
I feel extremely lucky that I get to work alongside a wonderful group of people, and privileged that people with lived experience trust me enough to share their story with me. One of my favourite parts of my job is meeting new people and making connections.
I don’t get too much spare time as I have a young son, but when I get some time to myself, I love nothing more than catching up with my friends and family, enjoying a good cup of coffee and losing myself in a book!
Hi, I’m Rachel. I am currently in my second year of my psychology degree and working at The SUN Network part-time as a Co-Production Facilitator.
When this opportunity came up, I couldn’t pass up the chance to have a direct positive impact on people’s mental health. The work that is done here at The SUN Network is so crucial to the local services and I just want to spread the word. Had I known about all the things available when I first started experiencing my own mental health challenges, I think I would have felt better supported and less alone. I feel like it’s important to give people knowledge of what’s available to them! It’s a great privilege to be in the position that I am working in now and I feel passionate about being able to make a difference.
Spare time wise, I don’t get much of that but it’s important to me to stay active through running and I also love gardening too. For me it’s also really important to stay connected to my friends.
I’m Vickie, I started working here at the beginning of 2018 as an apprentice and I am now happy to say that I am the Marketing and Content Creation Executive for The SUN Network. From my first day here I felt like part of a family. I run the website, all of the social media channels for the SUN Network, as well as all the marketing, and also run the adults mental health side of the Keep Your Head website.
I have a personal background in dealing with mental health challenges so being able to help people with their own challenges is something important to me. In my spare time I love painting, designing, drawing and doing anything and everything creative.
Hi I’m Jonathan and I’m proud to be the first Director of SUN Network as we move into our new status of a fully independent Community Interest Company. I’m a bit older than the rest of the team, having had a 34 year career in mental health. I was a social worker and social care manager in Cambridge for many years before holding senior commissioning and provider roles in Hertfordshire. I’m also now a Director of local Healthwatch and co-ordinator of the local Rethink Carer Support.
I have family members with mental health conditions which can cause grief, but also gives me huge commitment to improving the experience of everyone affected by mental health. I also have depression, which can slow me up but also has made me a much more compassionate person. I spend a lot of time reading, reflecting and enjoying the arts and nature. I believe strongly that we can do a whole lot more to make services the best they can be by ensuring the voices of those who need help are heard. It’s great to have the chance to work with a small team who share this vision!
I had previously worked as a teacher but due to mental health challenges I had not been able to work for several years. During this time, I regularly attended the Recovery College that learning more about myself and how to look after myself. It was also there that I trained to be a peer support worker and found my passion to share my experiences in the mental health system to help continue to shape the future of the services. The SUN network initially gave me this platform and as my work with them grew I also took on the role of Non-Executive Director.
I am rarely seen without my crochet hook, the work I produce is usually made for public display as a yarn bomb. I also find peace and balance in nature; I enjoy looking for small differences in the same patch of land as the seasons change.
Hi everyone, I’m David and I’ve been a Non-Executive Director of the SUN Network since August 2020. My background is in Pharma and I spent 15 years working in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance and Audit – specialising in IT Systems.
About 4 years ago I suffered quite significant Mental Health challenges for the first time in my life. This has prompted a complete change of course for my career. Working in the mental health space is very rewarding – and I find the people I meet and work with in my role to be truly inspiring. I find working alongside the NHS and voluntary and charity sector organisations in order to shape and design mental health services energising.
In my spare time I love a good game on my PlayStation, socialising with my buddies and (weather permitting) going for long strolls in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside.