Lifecraft’s Executive Committee is made up of an elected board of Trustees. As a user-led organisation three-quarters of the Executive Committee have lived experience of mental health issues.
My background is in engineering and I have life experience of managing many situations in the work and home . I was the Chair of Lifecraft for three years until October 2016 and have a good understating of the impact of mental ill health on people’s lives. I am committed to support Lifecraft as a charity which helps and enables people to move through difficult times in their lives.
I’ve been a Lifecraft Member and volunteer since April 2015. When I was asked to be a Trustee I was delighted, it meant I could be more involved in helping others. My passion is art and I have had the good luck of being part of the Art Group where I can draw cats, which are my other passion.
Kate Collins (Observer)
I live just down the road from the Bath House, work as a landscape architect and have children at Parkside Community College. I like to get embedded in local community activities and, for the past couple of years, have helped to run the Mill Road Winter Fair. Lifecraft is a new experience for me, as I’m more used to working in the environmental sector, but I’m learning fast! I’m helping to build confidence and partnerships and am currently coordinating Lifecraft’s fundraising activities.
I have been a trustee of Lifecraft since November 2018. Prior to becoming a trustee I worked on Lifeline for 6 years, originally as a volunteer then a supervisor. Although I decided it was time for a break from the helpline in February 2018 I wasn’t ready or wanting to cut ties with the charity all together, so began volunteering at the social club on Friday afternoon’s. Getting to know the members has been a real high point of my time being involved with Lifecraft and supporting both the members and the charity as a trustee, is a privilege.
I have been a member of Lifecraft for many years. I have worked as a receptionist, facilitator for the Hearing Voices Group and taken part in several projects. I am keen to promote mental health issues and tackle stigma. I am currently the Chair of the Trustees at Lifecraft.
Michael Hewett (Treasurer)
I live close to the Bath House, and love being in this part of Cambridge. I also work nearby for a local accountancy firm as an Audit Manager. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2011 and in 2019 completed the Diploma in Charity Accounting and Financial Management (DChA) at the Cass Business School. Lifecraft is my first trusteeship and I’m quickly learning how it feels to be on the other side of the table! My role as treasurer is to provide financial oversight and guidance on good charity governance. I am keen to promote mental health issues and encourage openness in discussions to tackle stigma, particularly in the workplace.