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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Sue Wilkinson
Work Recovery Coach

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I believe everyone has innate wellbeing, resilience and creativity. I’m very privileged to be able to support people to find their spark, realise their potential and move closer to the life they want to live

I’m Sue and I’m a Work Recovery Coach at Working for Health. Previously, I spent many years teaching Psychology and Health and Social Care in secondary schools and sixth form colleges.  I have also worked in specialist mental health services within the NHS and I’m a Therapeutic Counsellor. I enjoy nature and getting outdoors, travelling to new destinations, being creative and learning new skills and spending time with my family.

We’re here to help. Call (01482) 242808 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

Call us (we’re open 9am - 5pm weekdays)

(01482) 242808


Throughout the pandemic our first priority has been and will continue to be the wellbeing of our members, volunteers, colleagues and visitors. Consequently, in line with Government guidelines surrounding Covid-19, the offices at Working for Health are accessible by appointment only. Full details can be found on our Covid-19.  We remain operational and continue to offer support remotely to our members and welcome new referrals.