Jenni HurcombOperations & Administration Manager
Jenni is our Operations & Administration Manager and has many years operations experience within the oil and gas industry. She is hugely interested in the benefits of developing a sense of wellbeing and has adopted many of these techniques into her own lifestyle. Previously Jenni taught children and adults in various craft skills and continues to be an avid craftswomen in her spare time.
Cheryl Hegarty BSc (Hons) PGDip PG CertCare Plan Manager
Cheryl is a registered Mental Health Nurse, BABCP accredited CBT psychotherapist and a former member of the Armed Forces.
Following her career in the Royal Air Force Police, Cheryl embarked on travels that led to working in the United states and France during ski season.
In 2009 she commenced her new career in Mental Health, largely informed by things she had seen in her military role as well as from her heritage born into the troubles of 1980’s Northern Ireland.
She later became a forensic nurse working on medium secure units, and then trained as a psychotherapist where she today practices CBT and EMDR therapy within Primary Care Mental Health Services.
In September 2020 Cheryl came aboard the Pen-Y -Graig project and joined the team as Care Plan Manager. For Cheryl this was a way to combine her love and appreciation of the outdoors as well as her passion for working with recovery for individuals with trauma and other Mental health difficulties.
Outside of work Cheryl enjoys running, yoga, arts and crafts and time with her 2 beloved cats.
“2020 has been an incredibly tough year for us all, and none more so perhaps than for our front line services. I am thrilled to be able to join a project that supports recovery and wellbeing in such a beautiful space”.
Independent Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Dr Simon PooleMonitoring & Evaluation Manager
Si Poole is Programme Leader for the Masters in Creative Practice in Education; Senior Lead in Cultural Education and Research at Storyhouse; and until recently the Director of Research for ‘Lapidus International’. He is also a Researcher at the Centre for Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice (RECAP) and the International Thriving at Work Research Group. His current research focuses on Cultural Democracy; creative pedagogy; psychogeography; and wellbeing in a host of differing contexts. He is particularly interested in Arts and Craft Based Initiatives having an academic and passion for folkloristics. He has worked in 14 countries, has developed a long-term capacity-building project, run intensive short programmes, developed research initiatives and presented interactive performances in collaboration with colleagues locally, nationally and internationally.