Meet the team

Lindsey Taylor-Crossley – Principal

Hi everyone! I’m the person responsible for steering the ship, making sure that everything runs smoothly, that we have lots of partners working with us to deliver the courses and workshops that you’ve requested, and that all of our wonderful staff, volunteers and students are happy in the College. I grew up in Suffolk on the coast (so I love being by the seaside and enjoying the benefits of breathing in the sea air), lived in Liverpool for a few years and moved to Yorkshire in 2008. I love travelling to experience other cultures, LOVE a silly faced photo and absolutely hate cauliflower with a passion!

Janette Tatterton – College secretary and Administrative Supervisor

Hello my role is to ‘keep all the plates spinning’ by ensuring the daily administration tasks of the College, such as enrolling and supporting students, booking courses, sending students links to join our courses, along with dealing with lots of other tasks are carried out in an organised manner. I also co-facilitate some courses.  I wear that many hats in a day, I now have a great collection! Since joining the Recovery College in its infancy, listening to the achievements of our students and volunteers has been the most rewarding part of my job. Contributing my ideas to the development and growth of the College has always been one of my top priorities. Outside of work I enjoy spending as much time at the Yorkshire coast with my family as I can, gardening and learning new craft ideas.

Diane Jackson – Admin officer

Hi! I’m Diane and would like to introduce myself. As the Administration Officer, I take care of enrolments and enquiries and am always happy to help!

I’ve worked in the NHS for over 22 years now and have recently joined the Wakefield Recovery College in August 2022.

I love going on country walks, swimming, going to the theatre, I love our Yorkshire coast and travelling abroad, my favourite place is Orlando and going on the scariest roller coasters you could possibly imagine!

Gail Gwynne – Recovery coach

Hello, I have volunteered with the Trust since 2014. I gained employment as a part time peer support worker and am now a full time recovery coach. This means that I co-produce and co-facilitate a range of courses for recovery colleges. I love meeting and collaborating with others I believe that we all learn from one another. I am passionate about education as a resource for recovery I am an eternal student 🙂 I love to write, read, create and have fun along the way.  Live music feeds my soul as does winter walks on the beach with my family, especially our dog Daphney.  I look forward to working with you all in the future.

Rachel Aswat – Recovery college coordinator

Hi, I’m Rachel and my role as college coordinator is to work with our partners and students and make sure we can match courses to what is important for you to learn about.  My first exciting task is to work with our partners, volunteers and students to develop an under 18’s service so we can start to run courses and workshops for young people.  I love spending time with my family, baking, doing arts & crafts, watching movies, gardening and growing veg, stick me in a field in the countryside on a nice warm day and I’m happy!!

Emily Howden – Recovery college coordinator

Hello! I’m Emily – Recovery College Co-ordinator. As a coordinator I manage the planning and organisation of the courses and workshops. It’s my job to make sure we have a range of activities and learning opportunities within the college that are interesting, helpful and fun…and make them happen! I love anything crafty and will try my hand at any new arty project, you can often find me with a crochet hook in one hand and a sketchbook in the other. My garden is my haven, I grow flowers and plants mainly and love visiting other gardens to get inspiration. Things that make me happy include; the countryside, period dramas, woodland walks, campfires, my cats, folk music, a love story, visiting historical sites, spirituality, autumn colours, nature, the ocean, candles and a good book.

I look forward to being part of your journey!

Tina Dransfield – Peer support worker

Hi, I’m Tina; my role includes co-production and co-facilitation of courses, conducting ILPs and supporting people to attend.

I spend most of my time on my boat with my husband and dog. I live for my family, friends and holidays, in particular Universal Studios in Orlando and cruises. I have a daughter and two granddaughters; My grandkids spend every 2nd weekend with me on the boat and we aim to do practical activities and maintain a tech free zone!

I’ve been a financial advisor, hairdresser, teacher and a social prescriber.  My hobbies include boating, fishing, and crafting. I like to visit new places and drag my husband to just ‘see what’s round the corner!’ I enjoy going to the pub quiz with my sister and dog, Buddy, although rarely win, and I’m sure if they repeated the same questions the week after, my score wouldn’t improve! I believe in living everyday to its fullest and trying new things. Live, love and laugh are my mantra.

I am passionate about supporting people to achieve great things and look forward to working with more people and developing new ideas with them.

Kia Akram – Digital coordinator

Well Hello 😊 I’m Kia and my role in the College is to keep you updated via our social media and look after publicity and promotion. I love to walk, talk and eat chocolate or anything sweet – I am the one who looks at the dessert menu first! Also, keep the Haribos away from me! I enjoy travelling and collecting fridge magnets.

Kia is currently taking a career break and is travelling the world! Join us in wishing her a fantastic, safe trip.

Our Team also includes our AMAZING volunteers

There about 30-40 volunteers working here, making up the majority of the team at the College. Many of us have experienced mental and/or physical health problems and we are passionate about the College and its values.

Read some of our stories