Meet the Good Mental Health Coop Team

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Carolyn Barber

Carolyn works with a range of social care organisations as a researcher, project manager and practice supervisor. She is an experienced social worker, registered with Social Work England. As a serial social entrepreneur, Carolyn has been promoting good mental health and wellbeing in community settings for several years, and manages many of the projects developed by the Good Mental Health Cooperative in Hampshire. 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. Sandy Walker

Sandra Walker is an Advanced Practitioner in the Emergency Department at North Bristol NHS Trust and Clinical Director of the STITCH-HIT research programme in Bristol. Until 2018 she was a lecturer in Creative Practice in Mental Health at Southampton University where she taught undergraduate, postgraduate and post registration health professionals. 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. Sandra 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 one of the Founder Directors of The Good Mental Health Cooperative, she is also Director of The Sanity Company  and a musician who actively manages her own mental health using music.

Dr. Martin Stevens

Martin works as a Senior Research Fellow for the Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, based at King’s College London and has worked at King’s since 2004. During this time, he has worked on a wide variety of research projects, focusing on social care, including ‘Who wants to be an Approved Mental Health Professional’ a study focusing on the recruitment and retention of Approved Mental Health Professionals.  He currently chairs the Health Research Authority Social Care Research Ethics Committee. More information about Martin’s work is available here.


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 but is involved in volunteering in the local community. This includes being a governor at a local state school. 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 (like social work, community nursing and family support) on behalf of adults with a learning disability.

Claire Holloway

Christine Lawrence

Fiona McGovern

Rachel Cox