The Staff Wellbeing Coordinator Service aims to provide support to staff who would like to chat through wellbeing concerns.  This could be in relation to bullying/harassment, stress, work relationships, work/life balance or mental health issues. The Coordinators are a listening ear.  Sometimes it just helps to share an issue and discuss it.  The Coordinators can also signpost you to other sources of support which you may not have considered previously.

If you would like to contact a Staff Wellbeing Coordinator, you can find the list of Coordinators below.  You may wish to meet with a Coordinator who works outwith your area of work.  You can contact any of the Coordinators and request to meet with them. The discussion will take place in a location that you are fully comfortable with.

Your Staff Wellbeing Coordinator will listen to your concerns and will be guided by your preferences regarding how you wish to proceed. The Coordinator may provide you with alternative sources of support. Together you will decide what your next steps could be and your Coordinator will provide information on the routes open to you.

The Staff Wellbeing Coordinators have received training, but they are not counsellors, mediators or mental health experts. They will, however, be able to provide advice on the University providers of these services.

The conversations will, unless there are very exceptional circumstances, be kept in the strictest confidence.

Your Coordinator will, at the start of the meeting, ask you to agree to the code of conduct for the Service.  This ensures that both the staff member and the Coordinator are treated with respect throughout the discussions.

For further information about the Service, contact Janine Chalmers, Equality and Diversity Adviser

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273883
Email: janine.chalmers@abdn.ac.uk

 

Staff Wellbeing Coordinators

Fiona Findlater, Assistant Manager, Infohub

Hi, my name is Fiona Findlater, I currently work as the Assistant Manager in Infohub and oversee the administration of the Personal Tutoring System.

 

I have worked at Aberdeen University for over 19 years and have had a variety of roles during my time here, starting off in The Centre for Lifelong Learning (formerly Continuing Education) in 1998 as a Grade 2 secretary.  I have also taken advantage of the Personal Development courses to build up my personal skills and enhance my role as Assistant Manager, include Counselling Skills, Mental Health First Aid Training, Essential Management Skills, Harassment Awareness and Diversity in the Workplace.  I fully support the need for more care and wellbeing of staff within the University and look forward to helping others in my role as Wellbeing Coordinator.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273791
Email: f.findlater@abdn.ac.uk

Carol Baverstock, Student Recruitment and Admissions Service

Hello, my name is Carol and I joined the University in December 1999.   I worked initially as an Assistant Faculty Officer and moved to Student Recruitment and Admissions in 2002 as Head of Admissions.  I became a Harassment Advisor when the roles where first created and pleased to now be a Staff Wellbeing Co-ordinator.  I work full time and have a young family.  During my time with the University, I have gained a lot of experience managing difficult situations and dealing with sensitive and confidential matters.  I have supported both applicants to the University and students with regard to sensitive and personal issues and in managing the Admissions team I have worked through a range of challenges as circumstances in the workplace unfold.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273504
Email: c.baverstock@abdn.ac.uk

Jackie Ewen, Administrator, School of Law

Hello, my name is Jackie, I have worked at the School of Law for several years, as Administrator for the DPLP and over the last few years, as PA to Head of School.

 

We all spend a large amount of our time at work, and I am passionate that all of us should feel that we are working in an environment that is as supportive and stress-free as possible.   I believe that in this role I will be able to help make this a reality here at the UoA.

 

I take a holistic approach to well-being, and have personally benefitted from the Mindfulness Based Living courses run here at the University of Aberdeen, and I am an active member of Aberdeen Sports Village, where I enjoy a variety of exercise classes. I am also a qualified Mental Health First Aider having recently completed the Scottish Mental Health First Aid Course.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272865
Email: j.ewen@abdn.ac.uk

Heather Crabb, Executive Assistant and Project Officer, University Secretary's Office

Heather joined the University in 1999 and has supported members of staff and managers in all three Colleges and the Professional Services Directorates as a member of the Human Resources team.  Latterly, she was responsible for developing a number of staffing policies and procedures as HR Adviser (Policy and Projects).  In July 2014, Heather took up the post of Executive Assistant & Project Officer in the University Secretary’s Office.  Heather was a founder member of the Harassment Advisers network and so has experience of dealing with a wide range of sensitive and confidential matters.  She is happy to support colleagues from all parts of the University who feel they would benefit from speaking to a Staff Wellbeing Co-ordinator.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272404
Email: h.crabb@abdn.ac.uk

Federico Luzzi, Lecturer, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy

I am Lecturer in Philosophy and Undergraduate Programme Coordinator for the discipline. I was recently Co-Lead for the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy’s Athena SWAN Bronze award application. My interest in becoming Wellbeing Coordinator arose out of a general interest in issues of inclusion and fairness, particularly in professional settings. In this connection, I teach a sub-Honours course on gender equality and I have research interests in social epistemology and feminist philosophy. In my spare time, I like to play football and walk my dogs.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272372
Email: f.luzzi@abdn.ac.uk

Lisa Clydesdale, Postgraduate Admissions Officer, Student Recruitment and Admissions

I have been working at the University for over 20 years in administrative and student facing roles. My current role is in Postgraduate Admissions within the Student Recruitment and Admissions Team. I have some previous nursing experience and I have completed a BScHons in Health Sciences (Health Promotion) at the University. During my degree studies I spent time on placement with ChildLine and I am currently undertaking a Counselling Skills course. I am passionate about positively promoting health and wellbeing, as well as openness around mental health issues.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273606
Email: l.clydesdale@abdn.ac.uk

Moira Cruickshank, Research Fellow, Health Service Research Unit

I have been at the University since 2002, when I returned to full-time education as a mature student. I completed my BSc, MRes and PhD in psychology, before becoming a Research Fellow in the Health Services Research Unit in 2011. I have undertaken courses in counselling skills, workplace coaching and mental health first aid. I firmly believe in the power of listening as a way of helping and supporting people to find a way through problems that is best for them. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can help in any way.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 438412
Email: mcruickshank@abdn.ac.uk

Christina Cameron, Project and Strategy Officer, Estates and Facilities Management

I have worked at the University since 2008 in a variety of roles in Estates, Registry, Planning, and Student Life. In my current role, I’m a Project and Strategy Officer in Estates and Facilities Management. I have a small child, and work four days a week. As well as completing the Mental Health First Aid training, I worked for 18 months as part of the Equality and Diversity team helping with University initiatives including Athena SWAN and our staff network groups.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 274189
Email: c.cameron@abdn.ac.uk

Mandy Murray, Office Manager, Estates and Facilities Management

I am pleased to take on the role of Wellbeing Coordinator.  I previously carried out the role of Harassment Adviser and have been involved in the UCU for several years so have a lot of experience of the problems staff are facing, especially where stress is an issue and this unfortunately seems to be increasing.

 

I have been the Office Manager in the Estates Section for almost 11 years now and have got to know many colleagues from all areas of the University.  It is good to see the University promote support mechanisms for staff and I look forward to being part of this initiative.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 2063
Email: mandy.murray@abdn.ac.uk

Brian Paterson, Technician, School of Natural and Computing Science

Brian has been a member of technical staff in the university since 1992, getting involved in the wellbeing of support staff initially, by becoming a union representative in 2000.

 

He became a Harassment Advisor from the inception of the role and been involved in the discussion and creation of the expanded role of Wellbeing Coordinator.

 

He is a trained first-aider and has recently undertaken Mental Health First Aid training as well as being an active member of the university’s Employee Engagement Group and Mental Health Working Group.

 

He has extensive experience of working with colleagues to address individual and collective issues both informally and formally and is always able to have a quiet chat with anybody in the community who feels they need some advice or assistance.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273804
Email: b.paterson@abdn.ac.uk

Anne Shipley, Head of Student Support, Student Advice and Support

I have over 35 year experience of working in the University, at least 20 of which have been in managerial roles.  In that time I have gained a wealth of experience in dealing with difficult and sensitive issues.  I have supported staff and students through a wide range of challenges which they have been exposed to, working with them on a one-to-one basis to explore possible resolutions.  I am a trained mediator and mentor and understand the need to be empathic and supportive to colleagues who are experiencing personal and professional challenges.  

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 274531
Email: a.shipley@abdn.ac.uk

Patricia Spence, Centre Manager, Centre for Academic Development

I have worked at the University in various roles for nearly 20 years and am now the Manager of the Centre for Academic Development which is part of the Directorate of Academic Affairs.

 

I have held line management positions in Professional Services areas for most of the time I have worked here and currently manage a team of around thirty staff including full-time, part-time and temporary roles.

 

Having been a line manager for most of my working life, and a Harassment Adviser for several years, I’m pleased to now be a Staff Wellbeing Coordinator. My line management and life experience has given me a particular interest in mental ill health and I have recently completed the Mental Health First Aid Training Course. I have also had training in work-based coaching, something which can support a positive approach to tackling difficult circumstances in the work environment.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 3924
Email: p.spence@abdn.ac.uk

Linda Stephen, ICT Learning Support Assistant, IT Services

I have been working for the University for a number of years and am interested in the wellbeing of colleagues and the staff community as a whole.  I have a background in teaching, have worked in IT support for some time and am now part of the Training and Documentation Team.  I have attended trainings in Stress, Resilience, Mentoring and Mental Health First Aid.  Outwith work, I volunteer regularly as a counsellor to young people and have been involved in the training and mentoring of new volunteers.  I have developed skills in active listening which have been useful at work, in volunteering and in my family life with my two grown up children.  I am open to meeting with any colleagues who want to talk about issues they are having with wellbeing at work and supporting them to explore options and find their own ways to move forward.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273150
Email: l.j.stephen@abdn.ac.uk

Nicola Stokes, Secretary, Registry

My name is Nic and I am a part-time secretary within Registry. Prior to joining the University, I worked for many years within the Social Care Sector in several areas including Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Children and Families (particularly with families affected by Postnatal Depression) and Learning Difficulties/Disabilities.

 

I became involved with the Wellbeing Co-ordinator programme as I wanted to be a ‘listening ear’ to colleagues finding their work and/or personal life difficult at present. For many, simply talking about a ‘problem’ will often be the first step to dealing with the situation in a positive and pro-active way.

 

I have both personal and professional experience within Mental Health services and hope to contribute to reducing any stigma felt by colleagues and making the University a truly supportive environment for both staff and students.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273625
Email: n.stokes@abdn.ac.uk

Carol Lawie, Executive Assistant, School of Law

I’m Carol Lawie, an Executive Assistant in the School of Law.  I have been working in the School of Law since 2004, and have recently been appointed as a Staff Well-being Co-ordinator.  A proportion of my day-to-day role involves helping UG students with any personal issues they may face while studying here.  This experience means that I am a good listener, well -versed in pointing people in the right direction to seek help to solve their issues and concerns.  I feel very strongly that it’s important for people to have the opportunity to discuss any issues they have impartially and seek support when they need it.    Last year I undertook the Scottish Mental Health First Aid Course, which I found extremely useful and insightful, having deployed some of the recommended strategies with recent student queries.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272441
Email: carol.lawie@abdn.ac.uk

Fiona Ritchie, Senior Secretary, Business School

I’m Fiona Ritchie, Senior Secretary in the Business School and line manage the teaching administration team here.  I only started in this post a few months ago after working in Medical School for around 10 years and Biological Sciences before then so have had wide experience of university life.   Alongside this I’ve also completed an online degree so understand the difficulties of juggling work, study and having family/ social time.  

 

These roles have included helping both staff and students with a variety of issues or concerns so have a high level of confidentiality and good listening skills.  Generally if I don’t know the answer to a query then I will know someone or somewhere who can provide this information.  To assist with this I also completed the Mental Health First Aid Course which I found very rewarding and beneficial and hope to continue with this training and Mental Health Wellbeing I feel is something that should be important to everyone. 

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273592
Email: f.ritchie@abdn.ac.uk