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.
Troy Cooper (Chair)
I attended my first session of the Lifecraft Trustee committee in November 2018. Since then I have learnt an enormous amount about the fantastic and unique work Lifecraft does, and also the challenges that face Lifecraft in terms of funding. I retired in August 2019 from paid work as a University lecturer in psychology and counselling, and I will bring a great deal of available time to supporting Lifecraft as it moves forward. I hope to be able to use my skills, knowledge and experience from working in psychology and mental health, and in communication and management of change, to our benefit.
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.
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.