Angela is Managing Director at Ten Years Time and takes a lead on all UK social change work, provides coaching and management for the staff team and helps develop the business.
Angela has spent 20 years working in health and social care services, primarily within mental health third sector organisations. Before joining Ten Years Time, she was the Director for Service User Involvement at Together for Mental Wellbeing where she was responsible for ensuring that the lived experience of people using mental health services and experiencing distress influenced the organisation at all levels in addition to the wider mental health landscape. She was also responsible for the development of a national peer support network that ensured almost 700 people struggling with their mental health were supported by others who really know and understand what it’s like based on their own experiences and insights. Angela was a member of the Advisory Group of the National Involvement Partnership to develop best practice standards in service user and carer involvement that have widely adopted across health and social care services.
Angela has developed and delivered two accredited training programmes and established an award-winning service user led training programme to reduce stigma and discrimination about mental health issues. Angela has a wealth of experience of working across statutory, private and third sector organisations and speaks at national conferences and events about the importance of lived experience to transform people’s lives and the services they access.
Angela has also served as a Trustee and volunteered as a befriender, both of which have been invaluable and enjoyable experiences.
Angela studied an undergraduate degree in Biology and Applied Social Studies at Keele University and has since been awarded an undergraduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from Edge Hill University.
If I had £500,000… I would spend it on supporting and strengthening service user led organisations that are tragically disappearing at an alarming rate. I would create leadership programmes that bring together lived experience leaders with a more traditional set of leaders in social care to enable those with the purse strings to truly understand the experiences of those facing multiple challenges in society. That way, more user led organisations would be established and be able to thrive, whilst those that are now extinct could be brought back to play a pivitol role in making the world a better place for everybody.
How I joined Ten Years’ Time: After spending quite a while working for a medium sized national mental health charity, I wanted to bring my skills, knowledge and experience to a smaller, niche organisation that challenged traditional ways of thinking and working. I believe mental health issues are inextricably linked to social issues and you can’t look at one without the other. I was really excited when I came across the work of Ten Years’ Time and even more excited when I was offered the post – I think it’s the perfect match for me!
What gets me up in the morning: In the Spring and Summer I love listening to the birds sing as it gets lighter, before I have my morning coffee and start the day. In the Autumn and Winter, I have to set my alarm (often snoozing it several times)!
Ask me about: Why lived experience is invaluable and how organisations need to see this as an essential element of their work, travelling the world and eating tasty food.