Sam Gamblin (she/her)

Sam has been our Charity Manager since 2019. She previously managed the student Disability Service at the University of Birmingham, which included three Mental Health Advisers. 

Sam also has personal interest and experience in young people's mental health and special educational needs.  

How do you look after your mental health?

I love being outdoors - walking Cindy my dog, observing nature and gardening. Winter is a challenge and so I try and keep busy by cooking, reading and doing jigsaws while listening to nature podcasts. I'm also passionate about volunteering, and am currently a volunteer for Shout, the text-based crisis support service and my local park Friends group.

Michelle Davies (she/her)

Michelle joined in 2020 as a part time administrator for UMHAN. 

Michelle loves getting creative with our social graphics and other communications as well as processing the day to day admin and being on hand to answer any queries.

How do you look after your mental health?

Spending time with my family - kitchen discos or exploring outdoors. I particularly love being by the water so look forward to getting to the coast whenever I can. In the winter months I recharge under a blanket with a good book!

Rachel Spacey (she/her)

Rachel joined in 2023 and is UMHAN’s Policy and Engagement Officer. She previously worked as a researcher and evaluator in Higher Education and the charity sector.

Rachel has a personal interest and experience in student mental health having first experienced mental health difficulties when she was an undergraduate. This experience has been a real motivating factor in her career choices, and she feels passionately that students with mental health conditions should and can be supported in Higher Education amidst a wider, open conversation about both student and staff mental health.

How do you look after your mental health?

Hanging out with my dog Loki whilst drinking mugs of tea and listening to crime thriller audiobooks is my perfect way to relax. I love pottering/snoozing in my garden, and I also like to paint and decoupage just about everything around me – purple is my colour of my choice.

Cindy (she/her)

Cindy is the UMHAN "office dog" and sometimes takes an active role in meetings! She is a Staffy X rescue and likes to snore loudly and bark at the postman.

How do you look after your mental health?

Snoozing and keeping Sam in sight at all times. 

University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN). c/o The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP Tel: 07510 734544 Registered charity number: 1155038. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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