I have lived in Sheffield for the last 13 years and worked in a number of different roles in this time including for the NHS, the City Council and within the voluntary sector. Most recently I’ve worked as Operational Manager at Sheffield Mind and as a commissioner in the NHS. I currently work for Breast Cancer Care as the Regional Services Manager for the North of England, a job I really enjoy. However when I started working for a national charity I was keen to keep in touch with the voluntary sector in Sheffield and to contribute to the success of small, grassroots organisations such as SYEDA.
Paul Carnell has spent his working life in the voluntary sector. After joining the Board in 2013 he has been particularly involved in securing their lottery grant, shaping their Business Plan and supporting their Chief Executive.
I represent SYEDA on the Mental Health Board. I became a Trustee in 2009, becoming Chair in 2011. My interest in SYEDA begain when my late daughter was suffering from anorexia. I joined the carers’ support group and did the Treading on Eggshells Course.
In 1999 Chrissie became a member of the small management committee that was running the then Sheffield Eating Disorders Association. At that time the group ran a self help group for carers and one for those suffering from an eating disorder.
I have previously worked in a range of mental health and health psychology settings. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and hope that with SYEDA I can support people in making positive changes in their lives.
In my day job I work in the careers team at Sheffield Hallam University; a role which I really enjoy. I have a real passion for social justice and supporting people, and volunteering, for me, is an extension of this.
As the Education & Training Manager I am responsible for leading on the delivery of SYEDA's education programme by working with young people in schools, colleges, universities and various community settings. I also manage our training programme, which delivers an eclectic range of sessions for professionals across South Yorkshire and South Humberside.
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist 10 years ago, however I have worked in the field of eating disorders for 15 years now, previously working for Syeda as a volunteer, so extremely passionate about the work SYEDA do in offering support to those affected by difficulties with food.
Here at SYEDA, I assess people who self-refer via our website, have a caseload of clients that I see for therapy, supervise other clinicians, manage the waiting list, mentor students on placement and generally work towards promoting the organisation and all that it can offer to the people of South Yorkshire.
I joined SYEDA in April 2013 at a time when the service was in a period of flux and uncertainty. I knew immediately how important and valuable the service had been and would remain to so many people affected by an eating disorder.
I am SYEDA’s Occupational Therapist and have been with the organisation since January 2014. My approach always focuses on the needs and goals of the individual and has so far ranged from managing anxiety in a supermarket to practising circus skills in a park.