Meet the Team
Our Operations team:
Chief executive - Brook Marshall
Brook is the lead member of the Operations Team, with overall day-to-day responsibility for Feeling Strong. Their previous roles in the third sector, campaign delivery, management and their lived experience of mental health led Brook to set up Feeling Strong in 2018, and has since been joined by a dedicated team of staff, trustees and volunteers. Along with a Trusteeship on the board of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Brook also runs a start-up/scale-up third-sector management consultancy social enterprise to support young entrepreneurs, the profits of which go to Feeling Strong.
services & Impact Manager - Robbie Matthews
After graduating from Dundee University, Robbie became aware of Feeling Strong and the work they do. When the Make Your Mark Project Coordinator role became available, he saw it as a unique opportunity to make a difference, help young people and give something back to the community.
interactive media officer - callum boath
Callum is a filmmaker who is based in Edinburgh but originally from Dundee. He is currently working on the Wellbeing Matters project; teaching young people how to make documentary styled films about how to sustain positive mental health. Having previously worked extensively in the third sector, Callum’s films are mostly all centred on working with charities, community interest groups and artists. He’s chuffed to be working with Feeling Strong!
research & content coordinator - Marla Heier
Marla is a recent graduate from the University of Dundee with a degree in Psychology. She has worked with young people since she was in school and this passion has followed her throughout her life and eventually led her to Feeling Strong. Before starting as the new Research and Content Coordinator, she was a volunteer and helped out in the Community Hub. Marla felt like her experience in the third sector and academia would help her actively provide support to young people in Dundee. She hopes to help Feeling Strong make a difference and is excited to get started in her new role.
recovery & support coordinator - conor Mcconville
Conor is a recent graduate of contemporary art and has worked with art based recovery projects for the past two years. He has a background in painting, photography and filmmaking. He finds the therapeutic benefits of art incredible inspiring both in his personal work and the work of others. He believes art can help a person unpack their emotions and help form strong foundations in their own recovery.
community & OUTREACH lead - abs cassidy
Abbie is our Delivery Lead. She is a music student and youth worker in Aberdeen, originally from Dundee. She created a mental health awareness campaign alongside three other members of the pupil council while still at school, which has become part of the larger-scale project 'Breathe', delivered by Feeling Strong. She's passionate about making music more accessible, which is something she hopes to achieve with the help of Feeling Strong in the future.
Facilities & Events officer - nicole don
Nicole has recently become the Events Lead at Feeling Strong after completing her BA (Hons) in Events Management at University. Sports has always been a large part of her life and she enjoys sharing the positive benefits of an active environment with other young people. Nicole became part of the Feeling Strong team with hopes to make a difference within communities, combat mental health stigma, and support young people.
Media & Press Lead - Rachel Jackson
Rachel is a Media graduate from Abertay University and currently works in the Third Sector. She lends her digital marketing experience to Feeling Strong as the Media & Press Lead Volunteer as she is passionate about promoting positive mental health in young people. Rachel believes in sharing those stories using social media can help make a positive difference to others.
our GOVERNANCE TEAM:
Feeling Strong is governed by a 9-member Trustee board who meet 6 times a year to oversee the work of the organisation, develop our strategy and ensure that we are compliant with the relevant legislation and regulations. The board also support the lead member of the Operations Team (our Project Director) in carrying out the work of the charity.
A copy of our governing document is available upon request, just email email@example.com.
Co-chair - Kevin Ditcham
Kevin is a community learning and development practitioner, and holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Dundee in the field. He currently works as a project lead for The Democratic Society on citizen engagement and participation projects around the UK. Previously, he has also managed Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 with Young Scot and worked in health improvement with Terrence Higgins Trust. Kevin loves the third sector and recognised the vital role it plays in improving people’s lives. He is a qualified suicide prevention trainer and also enjoys volunteering for Police Scotland Youth Volunteers and being a Registration Committee Member for the CLD Standards Council for Scotland.
Co-chair - abbie wilson
Abbie is an experienced Trustee who is devoted to encouraging young people to be agents of change at local and national levels. She began her volunteering journey with Young Scot as a Youth Commissioner on Smoking Prevention and delivered a wide-ranging report on their findings to the Scottish Government. This experience ignited a passion for youth advocacy and putting young people at the heart of service design, particularly around health services. She has been on the Young Scot board since 2016 and is currently one of their Vice Chairs. She is currently a Medical Student at the University of Dundee, with an interest in healthcare and wellbeing for children and young people.
trustee - jonathan clegg
Jonathan has spent the last 7 years as a professional fundraiser working for charities across the UK and is currently working with Alzheimer Scotland as their Lead Locality Fundraiser. He has a special interest in events and holds a BA (Hons) in Events Management. Jonathan is passionate about fundraising and is keen to bring his expertise to Feeling Strong.
TRUSTEE - Angus Brodie
Angus is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Abertay in Dundee. He has an MRes in Business and Management, and is currently teaching in the field of Business and Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of Entrepreneurial Scotland, an organisation that aims to inspire and develop young people and make Scotland one of the most entrepreneurial societies in the world. A Dundee native, Angus is concerned about supporting young people by improving mental health support in the local area.
TRUSTEE - Craig reoch
Craig is a graduate of BSc (Hons) Anatomical Sciences from the University of Dundee and has worked primarily with students and young people for a number of years in the Higher Education sector. Founder of the University’s SWITCH programme, he is particularly interested in the ideas of marrying up the concepts of wellbeing and employability - experiencing first hand the benefits of linking these two areas. With key experience in fundraising and event management, Craig is particularly interested in helping young people expand their horizons and empowering them to recognise their potential.