Project Partners

Joe Alderdice, Senior Involvement and Development Officer at Involving People at Leeds, an organisation which enacts the principle of co-production in diverse activities with service users.

Sarah CarrSarah Carr is an Associate Professor of Mental Health Research, Middlesex University and an independent mental health and social care consultant and researcher. Sarah is Co-Chair of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) and uses her lived experience of mental distress and service use in all her work.

A D ProfileAnnie Dransfield Carer and campaigner for Carers Rights. Annie is actively involved with the Carer and Service User Group at Leeds University. Former Teacher of Drama, and Drama therapy with Special Educational Needs Students and has just retired as a Governor for the Mental Health Trust and Trustee for Carers UK London. Carer of the Year Award 2013. Campaign for Better Banking Services for Carers debated in the House of Commons.

Bill Fulford

Bill Fulford, Bill (KWM) Professor of Philosophy with a background in psychiatry who has recently opened and now directs the Centre for Values-based Practice at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

Hannah Howe, Director of Volition, an umbrella organisation for all third sector mental health organisations in Leeds.

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Rebecca Hutten, Doctoral Researcher in Public Mental Health at the University of Sheffield


Henry Kippin, Executive Director of Collaborate, an independent social business based at London South Bank University

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Jane Pightling, Organisation Development Consultant, Associate with the NHS Yorkshire and Humberside Leadership Academy

Charlotte Scott, Doctoral Researcher at the University of worked as a mental health social worker for 10 years prior to commencing her ESRC funded PhD in the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds.  Charlotte is investigating decision making during Mental Health Act assessments. Interested in values based practice, Charlotte’s research seeks to contribute to a greater understanding of the lived experience of participation and coercion from a mental health service user viewpoint.

Diane Smith, Director of Health Intelligence and Innovation, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS.

Gemma Stacey, Leader of the Critical Values Based Management Centre, University of Nottingham.

John Walsh is practice manager of York Street Health Practice, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. John has worked there for over 20 years – most of that period on the streets with people who are homeless, many of whom suffer from mental distress. York draws on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team and offers a holistic way of working.

Tina Coldham campaigns for a better understanding of mental health issues in society, and works to improve service provision. She has enduring mental health problems, having used mental health services over many years. Tina has worked in the voluntary sector, across disability, in academia, with regulators and governing bodies as a trainer, researcher and consultant. Tina is currently a Director with HASCAS who conduct service reviews and homicide investigations; a member of the NIHR Involve Advisory Group and Advisory Board; Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Dept of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York; An associate at the Centre for Citizenship and Community at UCLan; and has stepped down as Chair of the National Survivor User Network having led this from the project planning stage to independence. Tina also chairs the SCIE co-production network.

Christine Rhodes is Director of a Teaching and Learning at the University of Huddersfield. Her professional experience is as a nurse, midwife, health visitor and specialist nurse for the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees. Christine has a specific interest in service user / public and patient involvement that was the subject for her PhD. Her role includes strategic involvement with the Public Partnership Group at the University and she is a member of the Lived Experience Network.

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