Our Team

Our team at Working for Health have many years of experience in work recovery.

Our Board members have the job of overseeing all that we do. They ensure that we are meeting the needs of the people we are here to serve, that we are upholding our values, our vision and mission.

Diane Heaven

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So often, mental ill health stops people from reaching their potential. At Working for Health we change all that.

I’m Diane and I am one of the Directors and Co-founders of Working for Health. I have worked within the field of mental health for over 20 years and strongly believe employment helps recovery. I love my music and you will often find me singing along to a variety of music. When not at work, you can find me in my garden or sewing room. Being organised and having a consistent approach is important to me and I’m considered approachable and a good listener.

Ricky Newton

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I'm passionate about many things but at Working for Health, my passion is supporting people through their difficult journey.

When I’m not drinking coffee or on my Mac, watching or playing sport, I love to spend time with my family and friends. At Working for Health, I am one of the Co-founders and Directors and play an integral part in the recovery of the participants. Formula 1 is a particular passion of mine along with coaching a young football team. I love positivity, being organised, honesty and best of all, a good hot drink.

David Knapp

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Work is good for you , on all levels. All the research, both ancient and modern, points to improved mental and physical wellbeing when someone is in suitable employment.

I’m David and am the Chair and one of the Directors of Working for Health. I have over 20 years of experience in the mental health service, mentoring and supporting people to develop their potential. I love being around positive people, being organised and improving situations, no matter or big or small. I believe it’s important to have humour in day to day life and always work towards taking care of my health.

Chris Gilroy

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Working for Health prioritises helping people. It's all about building confidence and hope; never about profit. I'm excited to, in my own way, contribute to Working for Health's mission.

I’m Chris and, at Working for Health, I’m the secretary to the Board of Directors. Filled with youthful dreams and bold ambitions I went South in search of work and ended up working in the Civil Service for more than 20 years. I’d love to travel the world but, in the meantime, I enjoy reading non-fiction; trying to master drawing, the piano and the Japanese art of iaido. When time and weather allows, I take time to feed the local crows.

Catherine Hamilton

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I am passionate about positive mental health and Working for Health is dedicated to helping those with barriers to employment to get back into work.

I am a senior HR professional with 20 years’ experience across a variety of sectors currently running my own consultancy. I hold a Chartered MCIPD status, along with a BA in HR and an MBA gained at Hull University. I have had experience of dealing with mental health issues within the workplace as well as providing support in collaboration with occupational health providers, to enable individuals to return to work after a period of absence. On a personal level, I enjoy spending time with family, walking my dog, Lewis and maintaining my fitness levels.

Charlotte Ball

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Seeing someone move forward and progress is the best thing about my job and being able to contribute to that is a great privilege, one I will never tire of.

Hi, I’m Charlotte and I am a Work Recovery Coach. Before joining Working for Health, I worked in a similar role in the NHS, supporting people with mental health conditions into employment. I have lived and worked in the East Riding all of my life and I am passionate about getting involved in the fantastic things happening in our local communities, and helping the people I work with to do the same. Away from work, I enjoy walking and birdwatching and generally being outdoors, especially when the sun is out. I love all kinds of music, play the violin in a band and sing in a choir.

James Brownlee

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It's amazing to see Working for Health help people move closer to the world of work and take pride in each step of the process.

I started at Working for Health on a placement as a part of my Business Management course at university and now work as a contracts administrator. Alongside my studies, I’m actively looking to develop new skills and learn about how a business operates from a successful organisation. When not at work, I enjoy hanging out with friends, travelling and listening to music.

Kirsty Akrill

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There’s pride in the work we do, helping those who believe they have nothing to give to the labour market, seeing them flourish in a working environment is hugely satisfying.

I’m Kirsty and at Working for Health, I am the Contracts Administrator. I have many years working in Community Development, supporting the homeless or those at risk of homelessness and also providing community opportunities for people with dementia. I love being organised and enjoy camping and outdoor activities, particularly with my family and dog. Love to talk, listen, bake banana bread and Spring is my favourite season!

We’re here to help. Call 01482 464921 to see how we can get you back to work.

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Other support

The following organisations we would recommend if you’re seeking further help and support.

East Riding Partnerships
The ERP provides a range of substance misuse services to adults across the East Riding.

Contact details
01482 344690

National Careers Service
Provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

Contact details
National Careers Service
0800 100 900

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