Marketing and Development
Please find below all members of the Living Well Marketing and Development Team.
Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Partnership Lead
Evan is Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Partnership Lead working across Birmingham and Solihull (BSoL) to consolidate, champion and strengthen the influence of the VCFSE sector. Evan is employed by LWC in a role that covers both LWC Members and all other third sector mental health/wellbeing providers in BSoL.
In early 2021 Evan retired from IBM after a 35-year career in sales, marketing, operations and programme management. Evan is Co-founder and Chair of Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, a mental health awareness and suicide prevention charity established in memory of his son Cameron who took his own life at the age of 21.
An enthusiastic walker, Evan can often be seen around the West Midlands in the company of his 2 daft lurchers. Evan cycles for fun and is a fan of Scottish sport (quite hard) and English beer (much easier). Challenges in recent years - both personal and for fundraising - have included trekking to Mount Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp, cycling Coast to Coast, walking Hadrian’s Wall and walking 100km continuous Ultra Challenges in the Peak District (2021) and in Nidderdale (2022).
Project Link Worker
Suriya joined LWC March 2020 in the role of Project Link Worker, promoting and creating clinical links between Living Well Psychological services and Primary Care Networks. Suriya is passionate about the new delivery of additional mental services and aims to ensure that everyone is aware that today, we provide free therapy for people with depression, anxiety, stress for people who have a long term physical health condition.
Suriya has worked in mental health service since 1995, she began in the voluntary sector from volunteer to Respite Worker.
Suriya moved to the NHS mental health sector delivering research/ mental heath services for a specialist ethnic minority service whom are over represented in Psychiatric system across Birmingham and Solihull. She explored clients pathways into Psychiatry through different pathways such as HMP’s, Social Services and Secure hospitals. Suriya changed her role to Equality officer to ensure equity and fairness in all Trust provisions. She volunteered to deliver an additional role of Harassment and Bullying Officer.
Suriya worked in the private sector and supported a care home provider to address CQC notifications, preventing closure and attaining CQC standard of Good.
In her own words: "My passion in mental health continues and is now focused on new information through neuroscience and how we can be helpful to ourselves by understanding our perspectives, being able to shift perspectives while changing our thought patterns for better health and wellbeing."