The staff team
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Aaron is the Communications Officer for Student Minds working on our communication campaigns as well as writing and creating all sorts of content for our platforms. He is passionate about empowering the voices of students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Before starting at Student Minds, Aaron completed a bachelors in Computing and Graphic Design as well as being a sabbatical officer (Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer at UEA). They also were the co-founder of Eradicate Hate and Black Students representative for the NUS Liberations Committee.
Aaron keeps busy in their spare time with a combination of musical theatre, basketball, vlogging and supporting his local Church.
Charlotte works as the Programme Coordinator within the Student Space team, focussing on developing, promoting, and continuously improving the Student Space platform and services. Her role ensures that Student Space continues to effectively support the mental health and wellbeing of students. Prior to joining, Charlotte worked in public and private sector roles after graduating with her Masters in Sociology.
Outside of work, Charlotte can often be found with either a book or a pair of knitting needles in hand, usually waiting for a baked good to come out of the oven
Emily joined the training team in 2022 as a Programme Officer, supporting Sophie to manage the training network and the organisation and development of training programmes for university staff and accommodation providers. Before joining Student Minds, Emily completed a Master’s in Educational Psychology at the University of Bristol, which instilled in her a passion for student mental health.
In her free time, Emily enjoys stand-up paddle boarding and volunteering at her Cub Scout group.
Grace leads on our communications activities, from overseeing our social media accounts to working creatively with the staff team to communicate new exciting projects and research. She is passionate about giving people a platform to share their mental health stories to ensure student's experiences are at the heart of our work.
Grace is happiest when drinking tea, reading a good book or watching a documentary.
Jamie supports the wellbeing of staff and students by influencing positive change across the HE sector. He leads development programmes for both universities and students’ unions, and oversees the University Mental Health Charter Award process. Jamie is also co-found of Organised Fun, a consultancy supporting student opportunities in SUs, and has recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University.
Outside of work, he can be found with friends and family, at a gig, or spending time outdoors.
Ling has direct responsibility for our people and culture workstreams, organisational policies, and compliance. Ling has over 20 years of experience working in multi-national and multi-ethnic settings across private, public and charity sectors and in various project and management positions. Ling holds a Master's degree in Equality Studies and is CIPD qualified. Ling is passionate about EDI and has dedicated significant time to various diversity networks and causes.
In her free time, Ling loves spending time with her son, as well as cooking and running her own food blogging website. She also enjoys watercolour painting as a way to unwind and relax.
Sophie is the Training Manager at Student Minds. She provides support for the network of trainers, facilitates the various training sessions and courses Student Minds offer and contributes to the development of the training programmes.
Prior to this Sophie worked in education as a Secondary School Teacher for 6 years.
Sophie enjoys nothing more than watching football on the TV with Pickle and Pete (her four-legged friends).
Alice is our part-time Clinical Supervisor, working within the Student Minds team on a consultative basis to provide supervision and support to our staff and team of peer-supervisors.
Alice completed a Psychology degree at the University of Birmingham back in 2003 and trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within the NHS in Oxford becoming fully accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) in 2012. She now works at Birmingham City University as a Mental Health Adviser and CBT Therapist within Student Services. As part of her role she also sits on the University Mental Health Adviser Network (UMHAN) committee as Development Worker Supervisor. Alice has a particular interest in Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy and tries to attend workshops and training on these regularly.
Chastyn works as one of the Programme Managers for Sector Improvement focussing on programme activities and supporting the University Mental Health Charter programme and the wider Sector Improvement team. Chastyn earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Glasgow in 2021 and has diverse experience in roles aimed at gender based violence prevention and mental health improvement across the UK and the US.
In her free time, Chastyn finds joy by exploring the great outdoors, adventure-seeking, attending gigs around Glasgow, meeting new people and travelling.
Emmy is the Communications assistant who focuses on all of the Students Minds' social media accounts. She creates social media content and helps arrange for other students to make content about their own experiences and more!
Before joining Student Minds, Emmy completed a Master's in Digital Marketing Communications and has always been passionate about helping with mental health.
Outside work, you can find her drawing, buying more plants to support her plant addiction or cuddling her pets.
Izzy leads on the management and delivery of the Student Space programme, working with a range of sector bodies, service providers and specialist organisations, clinicians and student representatives to develop the digital product. Prior to joining Student Minds Izzy has worked in various roles within higher education: beginning as a students’ union sabbatical officer and most recently working within a university welfare team.
Outside of work Izzy loves to create music, attend drag shows and explore the countryside with her sausage dog.
Jennine has joined the Student Minds team as maternity cover for the role of Head of Programmes.
Outside of work, Jennine can be found spending time with her 2 dogs, Harvey & Loki. Jennine also loves following Women’s Rugby, spending time with friends & family, cooking and adventures in her T25 VW Campervan, named Gwen!
Nicola joined Student Minds in February 2021 after two years at Durham SU as Policy Coordinator (Welfare). As Insight Manager, Nicola leads Student Minds’ listening work and ensures this is at the heart of the work we do.
In her spare time, Nicola enjoys visiting the beach with her cockapoo, Jax, catching up with friends over a chai latte or enjoying a takeaway in front of the tv.
Tilly provides coordination and administrative support to ensure the Sector Improvement Programme delivers high quality outputs to participants. Before joining Student Minds, Tilly completed an undergraduate degree in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. Alongside studying, she also dedicated time to championing student mental health through work with YoungMinds and the Charlie Waller Trust. These experiences reaffirmed her desire to work within the charity sector after graduating.
In her spare time, Tilly enjoys playing tennis (socially) and catching up with friends over a coffee!
Andrea has overall responsibility for administration, financial management, HR, policy development and compliance for Student Minds, alongside Eleri as a job share. Andrea has worked for over 30 years in the charity sector, mainly in the arts, in a range of project and senior management roles.
Outside of work, Andrea can often be found in a corner of an art gallery or standing at the back at live music events..
Dan joined Student Minds in October 2022 as the Student Voice Intern after finishing his Master’s degree in sociology at the University of Leeds. His role involves developing the volunteering opportunities within the charity, whilst helping to ensure that students contribute to the work Student Minds produces.
Outside of work, Dan watches an unnecessary amount of sport and is a long-suffering Leeds United fan. He also enjoys going to gigs and reading books when he gets the chance.
Fay is the Executive Assistant at Student Minds, providing support to Rosie (our CEO) and the senior management team. She is responsible for co-ordinating the quarterly Trustee meetings and Clinical Advisory Groups.
Prior to this, Fay worked as an office manager and internal recruiter for an executive search business.
Outside of work, Fay loves to cook and bake, go to gigs, watch films and documentaries, and bother cute dogs in the street.
James leads our financial activities. The role includes the production of internal and external management information, including liaising with external partners and agencies. James has over 30 years in the charitable and Not for Profit sector.Outside of work James likes to attend concerts and can be often found with a camera in his hand.
Jenny is our resident policy specialist, delivering research, briefings and analysis to empower the whole Student Minds team. She keeps a finger on the pulse of the higher education and mental health sectors, and is passionate about grassroots activism, co-production and student leadership. She previously worked as the Welfare Coordinator for Sheffield Students’ Union, where her love for all things policy flourished.
Outside of work she is a dubious ice hockey player and all-round outdoorsy type.
Rosie leads the organisation, working closely with the staff team, trustees, student advisors, clinicians, professionals and our cross-sector partners to develop the charity’s direction, strategy and future opportunities. Rosie has been undertaking a Churchill Fellowship to explore preventative approaches to student mental health, and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to Mental Health in Higher Education.
Prior to joining Student Minds in 2013 Rosie worked in a range of student facing organisations in roles involving campaigning, volunteer management, fundraising, and programme development.
Outside of work Rosie enjoys being inspired by a book, play or film, often those with feminist vibes.
Yaxin’s work is focused on the following areas: resolving supporters' issues related to fundraising, maintaining relationships with existing supporters, relevant data analysis, finding new supporters and updating the website with relevant content
In her spare time, Yaxin enjoys spending time in Ballroom dancing, Chinese calligraphy, cooking and trying new sports.
Aphrael is the Content Manager for Student Minds’, having strategic oversight of content development and management across all Student Minds’ websites. This involves evaluating current content, and working with colleagues and external suppliers to ensure that all assets benefit university communities, empowering students through university life and beyond. Before joining Student Minds, Aphrael worked in both the charity sector and edtech industry, focusing primarily on how technology can be used in universities to support student mental health.
Outside of work you will find Aphrael reading fictional novels, drinking copious amounts of tea and spending time with her fur babies; hamsters Taco and Sushi.
Dom joined Student Minds in 2017 after working as the Community and Wellbeing Sabbatical Officer at the University of York’s Students’ Union.
Dom leads on our campaigning & influencing work as well as our co-production & volunteering activities. Dom also has strategic oversight of our student voice, policy, insights and communications functions.
Outside of work Dom enjoys gaming, watching anime and picking things up and putting them down again in the gym.
Gareth is the content development lead for the University Mental Health Charter and the Psychoeducation Lead for Student Space. Gareth works with our project teams to ensure that what we do is evidence informed and supports positive change for students and universities. Alongside his part-time work with Student Minds, Gareth is a psychotherapist and the Research Lead for Student Wellbeing at the University of Derby.