Meet the team standing together for women’s mental health

Joyce Kallavik WISH

Joyce Kallavik


Joyce has been the Director of WISH since 2004.
A very important aspect of Joyce’s work has been to develop the organisation to become user-led, ensuring that the services WISH delivers are trauma-informed. Joyce is passionate about justice and feels it is a privilege to work in the women’s and disability sectors. Her own personal experience of mental illness informs her perspective on power imbalances in the system and the need for change.

Maria Ryans

Operations Director

Maria is passionate about the inspirational and groundbreaking work we do as an organisation and keeps the wheels turning operationally to ensure that continues! Also qualified in Psychodynamic coaching, a member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, and a very proud dog mum.

Maria Ryans WISH

Penny Bennet WISH

Penny Bennett

Community Link Manager

Penny has experience working in psychiatric units, prisons and supporting women in the community. Her mission is to increase women’s rights.

Justine Howard

Advocacy Manager

Justine is passionate about moving away from diet culture. Before working for WISH she worked as a specialist counselor at Liverpool University and Merseyside eating disorder service.

Justine Howard WISH
Kelly Royer WISH

Kelly Royer

Counselling co-ordinator and Community Link worker

Kelly is passionate about justice for all and women’s empowerment.

Rachel Evans

Independent Mental Health Advocate

Rachel provides advocacy for adult service users and young people at Cygnet Hospital in Sheffield. She builds positive working relationships, raises concerns service users have, supports them to attend meetings, informs them of their rights, and ensures their voices are heard. She is passionate about recognising the inequalities people in hospital experience and doing everything we can to challenge this.

Rachel Evans WISH
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