Meet The Eiriol Team
Management Structure & Personnel
- 1 x Full-time Manager
- 2 x Full-time Advocates
- 1 x Part-time Advocates
- 1 x Part-time Client caseworker
- 1 x Part-time Finance Manager
- 2 x Part-time Children and Young People Advocates
- 1 x Part-time Shared Reading Development Officer
Our staff have a range of experience not only in mental health but in other roles including business management, social work, teaching, care home management, counselling, drug rehabilitation, restorative justice in prisons and nursing.
Eiriol are able to provide advocacy in English and Welsh languages.
Lynn has worked for Eiriol since 2008, becoming the charity’s manager in 2010. Prior to joining Eiriol Lynn worked for the Crown Prosecution Service for fifteen years in a variety of roles, including that of a lay prosecutor in the magistrates’ courts, a Crown Court caseworker and then latterly, as CPS Oxfordshire Business Manager.
Lynn’s formal qualifications include: City and Guilds Certificate in Independent Advocacy, with added specialist units in Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) and Advocacy Management; Institute of Leadership & Management Level 5; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) certificate in suicide first aid and Non-Instructed Advocacy. In 2015 Lynn received a Caring Boss of the Year award from Carmarthenshire County Council’s Department of Communities in recognition of her leadership skills.
In her spare time Lynn volunteers as a coach for a local junior netball club, with children from the age of 7 years. She is a UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) level 2 netball coach, a qualified netball umpire and a volunteer with the Welsh Netball Association, coaching the Pembrokeshire U15 county squad.
I am the finance manager of Eiriol. I am responsible for the day to day running of the finances of Eiriol. I also help the Trustees set their expenditure budgets annually , keep and monitor all records of Eiriol’s income and expenditure for the charity’s accounts to be prepared and audited I also help Eiriol seek funding as and when necessary.
Clare has been an advocate with Eiriol since 2012. Clare previously worked in various adult mental health settings within Wales. She has worked both residentially and, in the community, and is fully trained in Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) and Non-Instructed Advocacy.
Clare holds an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) certificate in suicide first aid. She is a Dementia Friend and qualified in 2018 to lead shared reading groups. She also has an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) award in team leading.
In her spare time, Clare is an enthusiastic gardener and assists with the Eiriol garden allotment project for the benefit of clients new and old.
My name is Celyn Bowen and I am an advocate at Eiriol. I am passionate about supporting people to be involved in decisions that affect their lives. I support people to access the right service at the right time and make people aware of their rights and entitlements. I am happy to deliver advocacy in English and Welsh.
Tom has a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Development. He has been an advocate with Eiriol since 2014. Tom specialises in Children and Young People’s (CYP) advocacy having launched the Eiriol service in 2017. Tom is also involved with adult advocacy cases, acts as a line manager and the Eiriol internal IT consultant.
Tom is trained in suicide intervention, mental health first aid for veterans, community advocacy and is also working towards the advocacy qualification for children and young people.
Tom is a first-degree black belt in judo and British Judo Association (BJA) Level 2 coach. In 2018 he will compete in the Tenby Iron Man triathlon alongside working to become a personal fitness trainer. In addition, Tom provides training on the benefits of physical activity in relation to positive mood and good mental health.
My name is Katie Barrett and I am a Generic Advocate and work predominantly with clients who are 18 to 50 years old. I am passionate about supporting service users to make positive changes and in helping enable clients to meet their objectives in whatever capacity I can. I also assist individuals in understanding their rights and can provide a gateway to appropriate services which can help. I practice Advocacy in a person centred way which means I regard all clients as individuals who have varying needs and believe no two individuals are the same. I have personal experience of some of the challenges people with mental health issues face and as a result I feel passionate about actively assisting clients by supporting them in whatever capacity they desire.
Peggy has a master’s degree in Social Studies. She joined Eiriol in 2016 and manages the Eiriol ‘Triage, Duty and Pool’ advocacy system which has increased the management of client referrals by over 50%.
Peggy provides support for the advocates and manages the data recording system measuring client outcomes. She is the first contact for referrals and enquiries. Peggy holds an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) qualification in management and leadership. She is a mental health first aider and has undertaken training in social media, digital tools and managing difficult clients.
Peggy is a keen, skilled baker and enjoys painting and sketching.