Meet the Good Mental Health Coop Team


Carolyn Barber

Carolyn has worked with a range of social care organisations as a researcher, project manager and practice supervisor for trainee social workers. She has more than 40 years experience as a qualified social worker. As a serial social entrepreneur, Carolyn has been promoting good mental health and wellbeing in community settings since 2006, and is a founder director of the Good Mental Health Cooperative. She manages many of the projects developed in Hampshire over the past 10 years. She is author of The Layperson’s Guide to Good Mental Health: Your A-Z for a Happier Life, and regularly delivers workshops related to good mental health and recovery.


Dr. Sandra Walker

Sandy Walker is an EMDR and Horse Assisted Therapist working across Hampshire and West Sussex with a specialism in creative and community approaches to mental distress. She works as a researcher, trainer and supervisor at Portsmouth university. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a mental health nurse, from Staff Nurse to Modern Matron, and used the Arts, predominantly music, in practice regularly throughout that time. Sandy has a PhD exploring the experience people who self-harm have of contact with mental health services within a general hospital environment. As well as being a Founder Director of The Good Mental Health Cooperative, she is also Director of SanityCo   and a musician who actively manages her own mental health using music.

Sarah Haskett

Sarah is a performer in Acting and Dance, holding a current registration with Equity, the Performing Arts Federation. She is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with years of experience working in the field of Acute Mental Health Care. She holds a BTEC Level 3 in Teaching and Education and a certificate in facilitating Forum Theatre by Adrian Jackson of Cardboard Citizen. Sarah has been running Youth Theatre groups since 2007, including work with young people who have a learning disability. She is experienced in delivering adult workshops in Mindfulness and Forum Theatre and has worked with Councils, charities and the NHS. Sarah is the founder and director of Creative Mental Health with a vision to improve local and online services for people with mental health struggles, and, to tackle stigma and improve understanding within our community.

Arthur Steward

Arthur is retired and now volunteering to support the local community.  Prior to retirement he was the CEO of Accuro (Care Services) – an Essex based registered charity that provides a range of services for children and adults with a disability and their families. Before this he was the manager of a multi-disciplinary team providing services (social work, community nursing and family support) on behalf of adults with a learning disability.

Claire Holloway

Claire was one of the first to join the Good Mental Health Cooperative as a volunteer for our Human Library project in 2012 . As our in-house community artist, Claire has created a fantastic collection of Mental Wealth Trialogue images, developed the new branding for our Books Alive! project, and contributed to our mental health history project with artistic expression. Claire is now a regular facilitator of art sessions at our Nexus Project women’s group.

Christine Lawrence

Mary Vallely

Charlotte Meldrum

Sean Sanders

Alison Heywood