Our Trustees play an active role in MensCraft’s strategic direction and governance; together they bring an invaluable range of knowledge, experience and skills.

Dr. Georgia Philip (Interim Chair)

Georgia is a Lecturer and researcher working in the Centre for Research on Children & Families, School of Social Work, at the University of East Anglia. Her research interests include fathers/fatherhood, father engagement in Children’s Services, family policy, gender and care. She has worked on two major Nuffield funded projects: on fathers’ experiences of child protection services, and fathers’ experiences of care proceedings. Georgia also has a background of working and volunteering in the field of family support and was previously Chair of Trustees for Homestart in Swaffham.

Charles Ison

Charles is a retired NHS Projects Manager and a Taverham Parish Councillor. He was member of the long-established Phoenix group in Hellesdon and helped moved the group to and is actively involved in the Norwich Pit Stop activities.

Tim Arnold

Tim has a longstanding interest in mental health, community-building and personal development having worked in organisations within these fields for much of his life. A marketing and communications professional by trade, he now works part-time as a freelance consultant. Tim understands first-hand some of the challenges that MensCraft seeks to help men overcome, connecting with the idea that men need specific support, but within a context of gender equality. Reaching and engaging men in crisis is fundamental to the success of organisations like MensCraft, and this underpins and motivates Tim’s role as a trustee. In his broad and varied career, the thing Tim is most proud of is helping people and organisations to find, use their voice, tell their story, and raise their profile.

Susie Kelly

Susie is a Registered Mental Health nurse working at Wymondham College as a Wellbeing nurse. She has previously worked at HM Prison Service as an officer and a mental health nurse in male establishments, and also as an out-of-hours Crisis worker for the Norfolk police at the Harbour Sexual Assault Referral Centre. She was part of the Royal Navy/WRNS Communications Team across various locations including Whitehall & National Intelligence Liaison Unit, Northwood. She is passionate about students’ wellbeing.

Kelvin Colbourn

Kelvin is a Community Development Manager at NHS Talking Therapies. After a long career in the Commercial world, Kelvin joined the NHS Wellbeing Service 5 years ago to help those struggling with Depression and Anxiety. He has a real passion for Mens Mental Health and has a open minded approach to the types of therapies to help those who are facing challenges. Kelvin is an enthusiastic fundraiser and volunteers his time to help various organisations that support those in need.

Sam Watts

Sam’s background is in physical activity and over eight years’ experience at Active Norfolk, working in partnership with organisations from all three sectors to improve and increase opportunities for the people of Norfolk to be physically active. Sam’s main area of focus is men’s mental health and working collaboratively to use sport and physical activity as a tool to improve mental health, social inclusion and accessibility to wider support. Sam has been working alongside MensCraft since 2017.

Paul Kay

In his career Paul has worked in both the Public and Private sectors. He started work in the Civil Service training as an internal auditor before gradually moving into a career in Project Management, primarily in Financial Services but also working with an Indian software company and within the UK government. Following early retirement in 2012, Paul joined the Board of Norfolk Carers Support in 2014 and assumed the role of Treasurer in 2016. He has gained experience and knowledge of the governance requirements and strategic management in the charity sector. Paul’s corporate career has provided him with skills in strategy, change management and a solid grounding in financial management.