Our Trustees

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

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. He has been working alongside MensCraft since 2017.

Dave Thomas

Dave has lived in Norfolk for over 30 years, moving up from Essex with his family while young. Currently working as a Sales manager at an Accountancy business in Norwich he lives with his partner in Old Catton and is also a Broadland District Councillor. Dave has been open about his depression and how he handles it. He has spoken at events run by the NSFT relating to waiting times and was also awarded as well being awarded the “Activity in the Community Award” by Active Norfolk and OPEN at the Norfolk Sports Awards in 2018. Dave is a keen runner with the Norwich Running Club. Dave is motivated to help men to cope, handle and address any issues they may have, whether its depression, feeling low or perhaps looking for any form of support. Dave is Chair of the MensCraft’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Georgia Philip

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.

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.

Simon Fenn

Simon grew up in East London and had a successful career in the IT sector working with various financial institutions and banks in the City of London.  In his early thirties, he made the decision to primarily work in the public sector with children, youth and their families with a keen interest in promoting positive masculinity, outdoor education and spiritual development. In 2010, he relocated to Norfolk where he worked for the Church of England. He is a NHS Wellbeing associate and works closely with local authorities and agencies to raise mental health awareness especially with men.

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.

David Jessup

As an experienced manager David has been involved in a number of areas within the charitable sector including learning and development, funding, and volunteer and operational management. He is currently Chair of Trustees at Corvus Education. He is enthusiastic about supporting MensCraft’s continual development and believes in a person-centred approach to supporting people. David is the Treasurer on our Board of Trustees.