Who We Are

Joyce Kallevik – Director of Wish

Joyce has been the director of Wish since 2004.  She has brought the organisation to the forefront of women’s mental health in the UK; and to being a significant voice in the user-led movement.

Joyce has over 30 years’ experience working in disability sector research and consultancy, and in academic research, as well as extensive frontline experience as a mental health advocate.

Underpinning her work is a passion for justice and change, driven by the unique insights she gained through her own experience of mental illness. She has also been a trustee of NSUN, the National Survivor User Network, and active in supporting disability organisations such as People First.

 

Justine Howard – Advocacy Manager

Justine has more than 16 years’ experience working with women in secure mental health settings. She has recently expanded her client group from working solely with women to now also delivering advocacy to girls in CAMHS.

Her collaborative approach to advocacy brings excellent outcomes for the women and girls that she works with, and she promotes empowerment, often challenging her clients to “do it for themselves” with her support.

She also brings her comprehensive understanding of gender issues and the impact these have on women’s and girls’ mental health when she delivers Wish’s Gender Training.

 

Becky Derham – Policy and Campaigns Officer

Becky has worked or volunteered for user-led disabled people’s organisations for 15 years, and for Wish for more than 10 years in various roles.

She previously worked as a User Involvement Officer in a women’s medium secure unit, and spent three years as Co-Chair of MindLink, which was national Mind’s former user / survivor network. During that time, she worked with survivor groups on the campaign against reform of the Mental Health Act.

In 2017, Becky also ran a successful crowdfunding campaign which contributed towards the costs of the Judicial Review that forced the government to overturn its discriminatory changes to Personal Independence Payment regulations.

Becky brings her personal experience as a mental health service user and carer to her work at Wish, and is passionate about campaigning for more gender-specific, trauma informed services for women.

 

Penny Bennett – Community Link Manager

Penny has worked for 12 years for Wish. She manages the Community Link Project which supports women before and after release/discharge from prison or hospital.

Penny is an experienced advocate and has worked with women in a range of secure psychiatric hospitals and prisons across the country. She feels it is important to support women in their aspirations however bleak their situation might seem, and she works to encourage women to have hope and strive for change.

Before working at Wish, Penny worked for the probation service as a community service supervisor and she has a background in counselling and homoeopathy.

 

Jennifer Richards – Communications Officer

Jennifer Richards is an NCTJ-trained journalist, often writing about her first-hand experience of disability and mental health. This is true both for articles she writes, and for her work as a playwright.

As Wish’s Communications Officer, Jennifer’s main focus is on supporting the charity’s most recent project, the Women’s Mental Health Network. She organised Turn Up The Volume, the launch event for the Network, which celebrated the power of female voices, and her work continues to ensure that these voices are heard.