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!

media production assistant - Eilidh morris

"Eilidh is a DJCAD graduate and an artist and writer, who strives to create work that is unfiltered, honest and expressive. They have always created visual art and films as a way of processing and growing from experiences with PTSD, depression and anxiety. In applying to be a Production Assistant on Wellbeing Matters with Feeling Strong, Eilidh felt this was an excellent opportunity to encourage other young people to explore film-making, as a form of communication and self-expression, providing a long-lasting positive impact on their mental health, emotional well-being and social life."

Facilities & Events Assistant - 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.

Operations lead - sally melville

Sally is passionate about highlighting young people’s mental health experiences through digital media. Drawing on a background in human geography and social research, and personal experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Sally discovered the power of digital advocacy and community. She hopes to make young people’s voices heard in her work at Feeling Strong.

Campaigns & LOBBYING Lead - stephanie carney

Stephanie’s main goal is to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. With her studying Psychology and Counselling, as well as her input for the Mental Health Foundation, she is determined to make a change for young people dealing with Mental Health and speak up for the help they deserve.

Digital Lead - Craig Myles

Craig has experience with web design, web development, software development, hardware acceleration, system administration and server management, and can do a vast number of useful computery wizardy things!

delivery & Media lead - abbie 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.

our GOVERNANCE TEAM:

Feeling Strong is governed by an 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 contact@feelingstrong.co.uk.

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.