Living Well Consortium Board
Please find below all members of the Living Well Consortium Board Members and an overview of their field of expertise.
CEO of Citizen Coaching
Board Chair Living Well Consortium
Martin Hogg is the Founder and Director of Birmingham-based Social Enterprises Citizen Coaching CIC and Birmingham Counselling Services.
Martin leads a team of over 40 counsellors and therapists who deliver more than 8000 counselling sessions a year to people in Birmingham.
A counsellor and coach himself, Martin founded Citizen Coaching in 2005 to address the lack of affordable counselling options in the city, and to provide early-stage anger management interventions to adults and young people whose anger is causing them problems in their lives.
In his spare time Martin enjoys travel, particularly in Scandinavia, and has a known weakness for ice-cream.
Maniging Director for My Time CIC
Amra is the National Lead for Domestic Abuse in the Richmond Fellowship (RF), a national mental health charity. RF has been working with individuals, families and communities to make recovery reality for over 60 years.
More importantly, their services work hand-in-hand with people they support to give them the confidence and self belief that they have an important contribution to make in society.
By working closely with the people we support, we’ve developed a range of services that can make a positive difference to their lives. Amra works across England primarily leading services in London and Birmingham that tackle domestic abuse and mental health.
Learning English as a child, she gained a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, as well as a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology.
Director Disability Resource Centre
Louise Mckiernan is Chief Executive of the Disability Resource Centre; one of the leading disability organisations operating in Birmingham, Solihull and the wider West Midlands providing a range of services to disabled people, frail older people, and those with long term health conditions.
This includes not only individuals with mental ill health but also those presenting with poor mental health as a result of their impairment or health condition.
Service provision for people with mental ill health in Birmingham includes:
- Information, advice and advocacy support on such issues as housing, debt, fuel poverty, welfare, safeguarding, independent living and access to statutory and non-statutory services
- Confidential counselling services
- Social, leisure and health promotion activities
- Life skills and personal development training
- Work preparation and employment support
- Help at Home Service supporting people to live independently in their own homes through the provision of domestic support tasks, garden maintenance and handy-person services
Operations and Clinical Executive at Our Roots CIC
Lovemore’s background is in teaching. He has taught in many schools in various positions of responsibility such as Senior Master, Head of Department, and Deputy Head from 1990 to 2001.
Lovemore believes that ‘humans are adaptable and can always learn and remodel themselves’. In 2001, he moved to the UK and got a job as a Postman. He was surprised by how well he adjusted to this new way of life as it was different from everything that he had known previously.
In 2003, he trained as a Mental Health Nurse. He then applied for a Counselling and Psychotherapy Course in 2008 and, in 2009, branched off and joined the second cohort of Cognitive Behaviour therapists training within the NHS Talking Therapies Model.
Since qualifying in 2010, Lovemore has worked all over England as a CBT Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor.