OUR TRUSTEES

Meet the trustees standing together for women’s mental health

Alexandra Phillips

Chair

Alexandra has joined Wish as a trustee after volunteering for the organisation. She is currently a mental health peer worker in an NHS Trust, and previously worked as a research assistant on a project exploring the impact of the closure of Holloway Prison on the women imprisoned there. In addition to this, Alexandra brings her lived experience of mental health challenges, and the Mental Health System, as well as her knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, to her role as a trustee for WISH. She is particularly passionate about Trauma-Informed approaches to care and addressing systemic inequalities.

Alexandra has training in feminist leadership and brings experience in the areas of managing and supervising staff, team development, research, service user involvement, and policies and systems.

Christine Spooner

Christine has been on the Board of People First (Self Advocacy) for eight years, and Chair for the last five years.  Christine brings her experience as a trustee and as Chair to support decision-making and the overall management of WISH. Christine is involved in the Peer Leadership Academy Christine is passionate about campaigning and has been involved in many campaigns including the campaign to challenge the Mental Capacity Amendment Bill not being in Easy Read, demonstrating that people with learning difficulties have not been informed or supported.

Sarah Wilson

The work that WISH does supporting women with mental health needs in secure hospitals, prisons, and the community is very close to Sarah’s heart, and she aims to helping WISH to develop and grow.  She is particularly interested in supporting WISH as a user-led organisation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and acted on at all levels. In particular, Sarah hopes to develop campaigns to address the need for all statutory services to be trauma-informed at the point of delivery.

Sarah has a degree in politics and has a real understanding of the legislative process. When she lived in Northern Ireland she was involved with Corrymeela, the Centre of Peace and Reconciliation. Sarah understands the importance of empowering women through exploring and developing positive pathways and employment and has a specific interest in diversity and ensuring that inclusion in WISH is a reality for all marginalised groups of women.

Tracy Piercy

Tracy is a passionate advocate for female empowerment and an award-winning leader for female youth services. With extensive experience supporting women affected by the criminal justice system, Tracy has provided crucial assistance to those in custody, offered vital family support, and aided in successful resettlement. Currently employed as an Employment and Support Coach in London and the South East, Tracy is committed to helping individuals in prisons access education, training, and employment opportunities. She adeptly navigates challenges such as homelessness, financial difficulties, and exploitation, ensuring individuals have the support they need to thrive.

Her background as a Trauma Informed Practitioner equips her to support individuals with complex needs, including those related to offending, mental health, and substance use.

We’re looking for more trustees!

We are looking to recruit up to four new Trustees over the coming year. Find out more here.

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