Lisa is a proud Scot who has set up, coordinated and trained peer led communities internationally for more than 20 years. Lisa was awarded a Winston Churchill fellowship in 2013 taking her to the USA, Australia and New Zealand. This experience was a catalyst for change that enabled Lisa to discover an international community of activists and form a connection to the international user/ survivor/ mad movements.
Lisa is a solo parent to 2 children and, in 2014, packed up and moved to New Zealand where she lived and learned for almost 7 years. Lisa was a Yale Let(s) LEAD fellow in the first NZ cohort in 2019. She was also manager of Te Ara Korowai, a creativity based peer community in Kapiti, and PeerZone and later coordinated the Intentional Peer Support NZ hub.. In 2020, Lisa returned home to Scotland and soon after became a Co-Director of Intentional Peer Support alongside Chris Hansen (Co-Director) and Shery Mead (Founder). Lisa has recently completed a PgCert in Mad Studies through Queen Margaret University and is passionate about building more trauma-informed and relational communities.