Natasha Fox – Chief Officer
I have worked as an Independent Mental Health Advocate with Advocacy West Wales (previously known as MAP) since 2012. Prior to this I had a long career in law which stood me in good stead for some aspects of this role. I feel very strongly about the role that independent advocates have in helping people work through their choices, get their views heard and have their legal and human rights respected.
Kate Bailey – Community Advocate/Professional Lead
I have worked as the Community Mental Health Advocate in Pembrokeshire since 2009. Before my role as an advocate I had worked in a wide range of employment within the statutory and voluntary sector. These roles have always involved working with people from different backgrounds and ages.
Ed Latter – Community Advocate
I have worked as a Community Mental Health Advocate in Pembrokeshire since July 2015. Before this role I worked as a Constituency Caseworker for a Member of Parliament, which involved supporting and advocating for a wide range of people with a diverse range of issues. Outside of employment, I have also been a voluntary carer and have a brother with a learning disability. I returned to west Wales when I was 27 and am a Welsh speaker.
Gill Rowson – IMHA (Pembrokeshire)
I have been working at Advocacy West Wales (formerly MAP) since 2012, initially in the Children and Young People’s Advocacy service, and from March 2014 as an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) in Pembrokeshire. My working background has been in the voluntary sector, and has included working with young people in a variety of settings and supporting families affected by domestic abuse. During the course of my work I have been able to access trainings including suicide prevention and mental health first aid, and I have recently completed a degree with the Open University. Advocacy’s core values of empowerment and equality are central to the work we do and are very important to me in my working practice.
Jan Cannon – IMHA (Ceridigion)
I have worked for AWW as an IMHA in the Ceredigion area since 2010. Prior to this worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years in various roles in mental health residential and community based projects, and with Women’s Aid. I moved to Wales nearly 5 years ago and settled in the Ceredigion area. I took up Celtic Longboat rowing to enjoy the beautiful coastline to the full and have since rowed across the Irish Sea.
Andrea Potter – IMHA (Carmarthenshire)
I have worked within the field of social care for over 10years, in various roles from a carer to home manager and also with a variety of service users and individuals, which has included adults with mental health needs in supported accommodation settings and also in rehabilitative settings, older adults and adults with physical disabilities in residential and nursing care settings.
Nia Williams – IMHA (Carmarthenshire)
I have been an Independent Mental Health Advocate with Advocacy West Wales sine 2014. Prior to this I have worked for years in the voluntary sector and social care with people with mental health problems or domestic abuse. All my roles have involved empowering people, and I am also a Welsh speaker.
Sarah Thomas – IMHA (Carmarthenshire)
I have over ten years’ experience of working with both adults and young people in the voluntary and statutory sectors, including Women’s Aid, HIV and AIDS Project and the Youth Service. I have worked in an advocacy capacity for people with a vast range of issues and specialise in the area of domestic abuse and mental health. I joined Advocacy West Wales in March 2015 as an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) and represent clients on an instructed and non-instructed basis. My passion for animals, wildlife and nature has brought me to rural West Wales, where I have settled with my family.
Sue Williams – Locum IMHA (Carmarthenshire)
With many years experience in support roles, most recently with Women’s Aid, I am glad to have the opportunity to undertake this role while a member of staff is on maternity leave.
Ian Rees – IMHA (Carmarthenshire)
Anneline Rogers – Project Worker for Children and Young People
Sue Blantern – Administrator/Office Manager
With over 15 years in the voluntary sector, I have experience in many roles including administration. I work on a part time basis supporting the advocates, chief Officer and Committee of AWW in a varied and interesting post. My work covers Office administration, payroll, HR and Committee support among a number of things.
When not in the organisation I am a part time IT tutor and freelance trainer – skills which are well used within this organisation.