After 26 years working as a Researcher for BBC Religion & Ethics, I left the BBC to begin a part time Theology degree, and I now work part time with people with learning disabilities. I have always had an interest in how we can create a more inclusive society, and have been humbled and inspired by the community of Grapevine - a community of diverse people who provide a place of acceptance, support and friendship for anyone who walks through the door. 


Prior to joining Grapevine I've been involved in the voluntary sector in various ways: as a mentor to a teenager in the care system, as an advocate and befriender with Age UK, and as a penfriend to men on Death Row in America. 

I'm a proud Geordie though I've been in exile in the North West for 35 years!  In my spare time, I can be spotted, puce-faced and gasping-for-breath, jogging around Buxton in an attempt to stave off middle-age spread.  I love living in Buxton – it’s small enough to get to know people. You can't walk into Buxton without bumping into someone from Grapevine, and I love that! 


I worked as an electrician on the south coast before coming north to study 3D Design at Manchester in 1993. Discovering the Peak District shortly after, I fell in love with this beautiful landscape and enjoyed walking in the hills and still do.

I taught in a primary school in Manchester for many years before following a life-long interest in nature and the outdoors. I joined Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and as a people engagement officer and enjoyed sharing my interest with adults and children alike. I strongly believe in the benefits being in the outdoors has for us all.

I now work as a housing support officer. I enjoy playing guitar (badly), whittling and photography and have taken up running to keep fit.

Ana - Project co-ordinator

Having moved back up to this beautiful part of the country in 2016 after spending a couple of years by the sea on the south coast. I’m now very settled in the Peaks. I was pleased to take on the role of Project Coordinator in 2017.

​I have spent 20 years working within both the education and charity sector, I have worked for a wide range of organisations including Universities, local authorities and independent charities. In this time, I have also gained qualifications in Counselling, Neuro Linguistic Programming and a range of therapeutic therapies. As well as a degree in Environmental Science.

My love of the environment extends to my hobbies, of walking, gardening and cycling.


I became a Trustee at the Grapevine in August 2017, holding the post of Treasurer, this role I have since passed on to Nicola. Previously, I worked at the Source Coffee Shop, a Community Interest Company that is linked to Buxton Church in the Peak, as Finance Director and Trustee. I also worked as a barista when needed!

Other financial experience includes preparing the books for a portfolio of private and social housing properties, undertaking a bookkeeping course prior to my work at the Source, acting as Financial Power of Attorney for family members and budgeting for my single-parent family. I also volunteered for the charity Christians Against Poverty as a debt coach.

I’m a qualified primary teacher but have worked in further education tutoring and assessing adults and families in Childcare, Parenting, Homework, Arts and Crafts, Science and Creative Writing to name a few. I’ve also tutored children in Maths, English and French.

Jo - Chair

I have lived in Buxton with my husband Ollie for the past 5 years, we have three children that keep us very busy and we lead Buxton Community Church.


I lived in Buxton previously about 15 years ago and I love this town. I studied Mental Health nursing at Sheffield Hallam University and have worked in various health and social care settings.


Through my experiences I have seen how important it is to have a place you can be and belong and I am very excited to be involved in a project that has this at the heart of it.

Nicola -Treasurer

I have lived in Buxton all my life and was educated at Buxton Girls School.


I have worked for over 33 years in health and social care settings.  For the past ten years I have worked in frontline mental health services. 

I enjoy dog walking, gardening and home making. 

I am very proud to support the Grapevine as a Trustee. I acknowledge that the safe, warm and friendly environment is crucial to our members. 


Mark - Deputy Chair

Having studied Electrical Engineering at Huddersfield University and designed machine control systems for 30 years I retired in 2008 to pursue other interests.


I suffered mental health problems for a number of years, brought about by alcohol abuse, and was supported by The Grapevine during this period. Having benefited greatly from their services, and made a full recovery, I wanted to give something back.


I became a trustee and the deputy chair at the beginning of 2021 and now have a twofold vision. Foremost, I want to support those suffering any form of mental illness as I know how hard that can be. I also wish more specifically to help those suffering from addiction. Addiction is an illness and as such can be treated successfully. I desire to inspire others as a result of my own recovery.


In my spare time I enjoy fishing and being outdoors with my wife and our two dogs. I also play a number of musical instruments (badly) and love listening to all types of music.


Hi, I’m Sarah and I live in Buxton with my family. I love the outdoors and can regularly be found walking, or running (well more like jogging) in the beautiful Peak District with my two dogs.

I have worked in education and care settings with vulnerable families and those struggling with their mental health.  I am  aware of the need for a place where people can find understanding, an ear to listen and meaningful support.

I see the Grapevine as an invaluable resource and source of support for those struggling with mental health and wellbeing and consider it a privilege to be able to contribute to the work.

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