Meet the team

Matt Ellis Principal

A very grand title! But I class myself as a learner. Everyone who comes to the college has something to teach me so we all learn from each other. I work hard to keep the resources coming in and supervise the team.


Rachel Dunn – Co-ordinator for Kirklees

I love working at the College, meeting all our learners and watching them take positive steps to move forward in their lives is a real privilege.  Our bunch of volunteers are amazing and it is an honor to work alongside them everyday and see how much they inspire and support others.  I feel truly humbled to be part to the team. My role is really varied which I like, but largely I am responsible for putting the Kirklees Prospectus together, which is a big task and keeps me out of trouble!


Rachel Hale – Co-ordinator for Calderdale

I never sit still and love being creative and active. Focusing on wellbeing and how these activities help us all stay well is just brilliant and better than any medication I can think of. Like Rachel I do all the hard work (unlike Matt) and put the prospectus together in Calderdale


Helen Purchase – The administrator Kirklees

It great to be part of the Recovery and Wellbeing College, being part of this puts a smile on my face each day. By the way I love sci-fi!


Nina Royston – The administrator Calderdale

I love to get stuck in and help out when and wherever …my craft skills are now legendary!


Sarah Walinski-Kiehl – Peer Project Support Worker

Moving is my thing. I have a lived experience of mental health and got better through becoming more active. I understand how tough the road to recovery is but if I can do with 2 left feet so can you!

You can find out about my story here: YouTube link


Our Team also includes our AMAZING volunteers

There about 30-40 of us volunteers working here. Many of us have experienced mental health problems and we are passionate about the College and its values. You can find out more about us here and our stories of how we have become well:

Read some of our stories