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Syena has worked within adult mental health for over 25 years and is a qualified social worker.

She led the development of the CNWL’s innovative Recovery & Wellbeing College which brings the expertise of people using services, their supporters and CNWL staff to learn together; challenging ‘them and us’ barriers; enabling people to experience a different relationship with the staff we employ. The third to be established in England, it is considered to be one of the leading Recovery Colleges, hosting national and international visitors and over the last 3 years, winning 3 nationally recognised awards.

Syena has played a major role in the development of our lived experience workforce. She also works with other NHS Trusts and international healthcare organisations to set-up Recovery Colleges and develop workforce roles for people with lived experience of mental health difficulties. She is also currently a member of the Centre for Mental Health’s Commission for Equality in Mental Health.

Syena currently oversees a broad portfolio which includes CNWL Recovery Services (Recovery & Wellbeing College, our Lived Experience Workforce development, Employment and Volunteer Services) and CNWL’s Organisational Development Department, Central Education Team and Library Services. She is passionate about recovery focused, coproduced practice in health & social care, committed to inclusive & diverse leadership; working towards the development of organisational cultures of diversity, inclusivity and equity of access and opportunities for all.

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