About Meet the team Meet the team Leslie Billy, Chief Executive I have over 30 years’ experience of working in the Health & Social care sector working with vulnerable people experiencing Mental health and/or drug and addiction challenges and I have 27 years’ experience within the Third sector in Hertfordshire. I started working with Viewpoint in November 2009 as the Operational manager until I was promoted to the position of Chief Executive in 2012. He have also been a Trustee / volunteer for a number of organisations in Hertfordshire. Jamie-Ellen Byrne, Administrator I started working for Viewpoint in December 2019 and I am employed as the administrator for the organisation. Working for Viewpoint really appealed to me as I have suffered with mental health issues and have relatives with addiction problems. Working for a charity is very fulfilling and I really enjoy broadening my knowledge around mental health including attending courses. Christiana Ashare, Project Worker I joined the Viewpoint team in 2005 after a period with the NHS and in Legal Advice. I am very passionate in achieving equality in the delivery of services to all mental health, drug and alcohol service users especially those who are marginalised. Since joining Viewpoint, I have been involved in the Delivery of Race Equality initiative nationally and represented the organisation with the local NHS Trust in the Equality Delivery System and the CPS in Hate Crime Scrutiny. I am keen to develop work with service users in the Criminal Justice System and raise mental health awareness within the Judiciary.I am a people’s person and meeting with service users at forums is key to my work at Viewpoint. Kat Clark I've been involved with Viewpoint for over 10 years through my work in mental health and joined up formally as a member about 5 years ago. I've had a lived experience of mental health issues going back to childhood and I'm involved in writing and delivering the new Peer Pathway training. I've also talked about my experiences to trainee mental health nurses and taken on various admin tasks (such as taking minutes for the Trustees Meetings). I am currently working on the Tea and Chat project and have been a member of the Viewpoint User Voice council since it began a year ago. The council has been meeting about 2 monthly and has been involved in updating the organisations vision and mission, updating paperwork to be more user friendly and inputting into the development of projects such as the new tea and chat project. Andrew Smith I joined Viewpoint in 2005 after I had a bad experience with Mental Health services. In 1989 when I first encountered Mental health services my experience had been very positive. Cuts & chronic under-funding which continues to this day had been one of the reasons for my contrasting experiences, the other was the staffs corroding pessimism & indifference towards me. As a professional advocate & former board member of Powher I had fought to improve services & since joining Viewpoint I have continued to take on this vital task. Today I mainly act as a trainer for Viewpoint working co-productively with my peers, students & professionals to bring about improvements in services whilst dealing with a hostile toxic political atmosphere. When not working I relax by reading, fishing, writing poetry & facilitating the project poetry as healing. One of my particular passions has also been spirituality & the development of spirituality in healthcare. I am a founder member of the group (W)Hole in the soul.