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 (Co-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.
Christine Shortman (Co-Chair)
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.
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 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 joined Lifecraft as a trustee in October 2017, keen to help Cambridge people improve their mental wellbeing. I have lived in Cambridge for 18 years and have three grown up children. My background is in marketing and communications as well as general business management. I know I have much to learn as a trustee and I greatly enjoy the challenges of working with a small charity.
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.