WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Meet the Team

Sue – Programme Manager

Sue has been with WY-FI from the beginning, leading the original funding application and co-ordinating the development of the Core Partnership Management Board and Locality Groups.

As Programme Manager, Sue manages the strategy, planning, delivery and evaluation of the project, overseeing reporting activity to The National Lottery Community Fund, as well as being passionate about the voice of lived experience and co-production. Sue also represents the project locally, regionally and nationally to influence and advocate for system change.

Sue joined Humankind (formerly DISC) as a project leader in 1999 and managed two Partnership programmes in the North East – Millenium Volunteers and the One Voice Network Voluntary Sector Academy.

Sue left in 2007 to live and work in Greece, and re-joined the organisation in 2011, working in the Business Development Unit until taking the lead on the funding bid for WY-FI.

Mark – Research & Evaluation Officer

Mark has been around from the very start of WY-FI (and actually for a little while before that).

Back in 2013, he worked with Experts by Experience on the original funding bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, and took the lead in designing the data collection system (MIS) and evaluation framework.

Today, Mark leads the team that oversees data collection and analysis, including the WY-FI Dashboard, producing data and briefings. Mark also oversees reporting to The National Lottery Community Fund and manages the external evaluation partner – CRESR.

Mark has previous experience of working in the voluntary sector, as well as lecturing in English Literature and working as an assistant in a medieval document archive.

Geoff – MIS & Evaluation Officer

Geoff joined the WY-FI Team in 2015. As well as being our data guru, analysing maintaining our management information system and analysing WY-FI delivery and research data, Geoff is also responsible for:

  • Peer Research Training, Network Members and taking forward to the last two Peer mentor cohorts
  • Supporting Mark with our three Research objectives for Year 7
  • Working with our Partners in the Wider FL community

Previously, Geoff has worked as an Auxiliary Nurse on Mental Health Wards in West Yorkshire.

Roger – Workforce Learning & Development Co-ordinator

Roger has been with WY-FI since 2016 and his role is focussed on developing Trauma Informed Practice across West Yorkshire by:

  • Promoting the Complex Needs Training Suite
  • Working closely with key organisations to assist in their journey to becoming trauma informed
  • Providing opportunities for reflective practice through Practice Development Groups
  • Encouraging and facilitating the use of MNingful Life and the Competency Framework for Multiple Needs workers

Previously, Roger has worked in supported housing, outreach services for those in recovery from addiction, and as a teacher.

Simon – Involvement Lead, Co-Production Team

Simon joined WY–FI as a volunteer back in 2018. He’s now employed as the Involvement Lead for the Co-Production team, with the three key priorities in Year 7, which are:

  • Supporting and building a lived experience network
  • Facilitating the networks involvement in peer research, working closely with the WY-FI Research and Development team
  • Supporting the networks continuing involvement with the National Experts Citizen Group.

Simon’s previous roles have been in the public sector as a Project Accountant, as well as in the charity sector as a Debt Counsellor.

Mez – Co-Production Support Worker

Mez joined the team in 2018. As Co-Production Support Worker, Mez’s role will include building and engaging with a network of people with lived experience, promoting the WYFI network and encouraging members to take part in peer research and National Expert Citizen Group meetings.

Sarah – Media & Communications

Sarah joined WY-FI originally as an Administrator back in 2018. Today Sarah is responsible for creating and maintaining the projects marketing and communications channels, including the WY-FI website and social media accounts. Sarah will also be working with other sector organisations, as well as regional media, to address the stigma that surrounds multiple needs.

Previously, Sarah has worked in Internal Communications and Editorial roles in the banking, insurance and private healthcare sectors.

John – Senior Employment Pathways Worker

John joined WY-FI in 2016 and creates and delivers ETE opportunities for people with lived experience and those furthest from the job market, specifically helping them develop their skills through peer mentor training courses.

John also supports our work to address stigma, specifically in the context of employment, education, training and volunteering.

John’s previous roles Include Project Worker and Tutor at Back on Track Manchester, an adult education charity supporting adults with multiple needs. John has also worked as a civil servant and trained as a primary school teacher.

Yan – Peer Mentor Training Support Worker

Yan’s been with WY-FI since 2015. Yan delivers the WY-FI Peer Mentor training, ensuring that learners have a good experience whilst on the course.

Previously, Yan has been a youth worker and worked in children’s homes. Yan has also worked with asylum seekers and refugees.