Fay has over 30 years communications, PR and marketing experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has a postgrad certificate in strategic communications, gained whilst being an end of life carer.
Fay launched her own PR company in 2011, spending the last 10 years working freelance. In 2020 she joined the NHS as the first Head of Communications for their new People Directorate supporting all 1.3m staff. She is an active member of the Chartered Institute of PR, the Institute of Directors (Hampshire) and Women on Board.
When not working, Fay has a large wildlife garden where she spends time practising mindfulness to support her own mental health.
Debbie Carroll is a garden designer with a passion for nature and understands the role of gardens in supporting well-being. She is experienced in designing gardens for both domestic settings and within care environments. Her experience in designing for care settings lead to an extensive research project to understand what makes for meaningful and active engagement outside for residents living in care, particularly for those living with dementia. Living locally to Mayfield Nurseries she has supported their work for many years in a range of ways though personally she loves nothing better than an excuse to pop in for a chat and to shop for plants for her own garden.
Emma has 25 years of experience in the horticulture industry, working in various roles, from college tutor, garden designer to apprentice coordinator, and is passionate about people, plants, and places that connect these elements.
With a BSc IN Horticulture and Masters in Heritage garden conservation, Emma is currently working as the gardens and parks consultant for the London and South East region of the National Trust. The role covers working with and in heritage gardens and opening these historic gardens to the public.
Emma is an avid supporter of all levels of gardener/gardening and advocates for improving well-being by working in all aspects of gardening and recognising the power of horticulture, working outdoors, and in Nature as a tool to improve mental health.
She lives in Salisbury, Wiltshire and spends any spare time looking after her garden or doing Yoga as well as completing the final stages of her PhD with the university of Southampton.
Chris started his career in social services in London in 1972 working for the London Borough of Wandsworth, the Spastics Society (now Scope) and, from 1978 to 1987, for the London Borough of Ealing. Chris retired from his post as Commissioning Manager for Adult Social Care Services at Southampton City Council in 2008. He had been a manager for older peoples’ care services at the city council since 1997. Chris has always had a particular interest in improving services to older people with mental health problems. Until April 2014 he worked part-time with Portsmouth City Council, managing their Learning Disabilities Service. Chris is now, finally, retired.
Robin was born in Southampton and lived in Hampshire until leaving university. He then worked as an accountant in local government for many years within West Yorkshire, with the last two roles as Chief Accountant in Calderdale then Kirklees Councils.
After moving to Birmingham he worked in the Charity Sector including as Finance Director at Birmingham Mind.
After moving back to Hampshire he is now using his financial skills and experience in volunteer and trustee roles across a number of charities in Winchester, Hampshire and beyond.
Andy started his career working as a change communications consultant for local and central government clients. For the last 10 years, Andy has worked in the higher education sector, including seven years in senior marketing and fundraising roles at the Univeristy of Southampton. He is currently the Assistant Director for External Relations at Universities UK International. Andy and his wife have a young son, and having recently battle some family health issues and experienced the support of mental health practitioners in the area, Andy is keen to give something back.