June is a survivor of domestic abuse and traumatic bereavement who has used her own experiences and recovery from long term mental health challenges, to support the healing and development of others, whilst fiercely challenging stigma. She is a qualified, experienced trainer and facilitator, whose expertise lies in developing businesses and organisations, communities, and people. A passionate champion for equality and social justice. She has a broad and diverse background in the Third Sector to match, ranging from practitioner roles to strategic management roles, organisational development, future-proofing, change management and project start-up, and an impressive record in fundraising through various methods. A people person, who has the ability to see the bigger picture and tenacious when it comes to recognising and reacting to opportunities to build or improve services offered. In short, June is a highly experienced all-rounder committed to supporting people.
Craig’s background includes charity work, working with children to inspire confidence and belief in themselves, banking (Financial Fraud Team), and Warehouse management. In these roles he has have built skills relevant to organising and optimising business efficiency, whilst making life better for those in his community. In the past few years he has been building on his knowledge of technology, as a Cyber Security student, and as an enthusiast. Having gone out of his way to learn as much as he could get his hands on, as well as, picking up some extra courses for security, Craig has built a wealth of knowledge on the subject. This knowledge is exactly what he brings to his role at EnvironMentalHealth CIC.
Hi my name is Kerry Biss, I am a professional peer counsellor working with adults experiencing disability. I hold a First Class BA (Hons) in Counselling Studies and offer individual person-centred counselling with the optional presence of my Guide Dog (Vixen). I am a passionate and driven person, dedicated to improving the lives of my peers and beyond. Before setting up Positively Able CIC, I ran my own business ‘Biss Ability Counselling Services’ for three years. The success of this company together with the reality of my own limitations is what prompted the collaborative enterprise to evolve with a view to working smarter not harder. I believe as human beings we are supposed to lift each other up by working honestly, openly, and inclusively with empathy and understanding of our uniqueness. It is a privilege to be on board with EnvironMentalHealth CIC and work towards positive change for our community and country.
Pi is a therapist in different massage and manipulation techniques for the body. Originally from Madrid, Spain she came to Scotland 20 years ago and very quickly fell in love with Scotland and it’s people, who gave her a very warm welcome from the beginning. She studied Tourism and Language at Edinburgh College. However, during some challenging personal times, Pi discovered massage , manipulation and relaxation techniques for the body and it became a great passion in her life. In 2017 she finished a two years diploma in a technique call TNDR which is a non - aggressive, natural ,curative and preventive technique. TNDR is not just simply a massage. It is a regenerative technique use on organic tissue, also it provides an innovate etiological interpretation to illnesses. She has also successfully completed an Advanced Course in Myofascial Release through the School of Holistic therapies in Edinburgh. Myofascial Release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. Pi is passionately believes in a holistic approach to mental heath challenges and conditions.
I have been happily retired for a few years but for the past 30 years I worked in Management within the voluntary sector working with minority ethnic women (and their families). Many of the women had mental health issues mainly caused by the oppressive cultural practices within their community. Over the years I gained qualifications in Organisational Management, Fundraising, Social Enterprise and Volunteer Training. I have known June throughout this time and admire her strength and courage in becoming the amazing women she is today and I am delighted to support Environmental CÍC.
Dr Mairi Harper is a survivor of adverse childhood experiences and multiple adult traumas. Each time she has faced adversity, she has aimed to develop some benefit for others from her recovery experience. Dr Harper has a first class honours degree in Psychology and PhD in Traumatic Bereavement from the University of Stirling. Dr Harper was the inaugural chair of the Family Bereavement Network in Europe and was the academic adviser to SANDS. She is a published author with peer-reviewed articles featuring in the BMJ as well as many prestigious psychology journals. She also has two books published about her personal experiences; “Finding the New Normal”, documenting her recovery from the death of her young son and “No Pain, No Pain”, a summary of how she recovered from the debilitating condition fibromyalgia. Dr Harper set up Coorie Creative CIC in March 2019, a social enterprise which uses creative, therapeutic crafts to support people who have experienced trauma or loss. She has led the organisation through the current crisis, developing unique and profitable new products and ways of working.