Our wonderful Volunteer Ambassadors are an important and valued part of Kintsugi Hope, and we are so
grateful that they contribute in many vital ways.
Our Ambassadors are based all around the UK, and as we continue to grow and support churches in
responding to the increasing need for connection and relationship, they help us stay connected to
our local church partners and group leaders. They also help introduce the vision and mission of
Kintsugi Hope to churches and organisations in their community who may not yet have discovered how
Kintsugi Hope may be able to support them.
If you are a Group Leader and would be interested in finding out more about becoming a Volunteer
Ambassador, please email Lynette Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she can answer any
questions and tell you more about joining us and supporting us in this way.
Stoke Gifford & Bristol
Trudy and is a wife, mother and grandmother, as well as a retired practice nurse. She
has been a Christian since age 26 and currently lives in Plymouth with her husband Steve
– also a Kintsugi Hope Ambassador: they attend Plymouth Christian Centre. Trudy spends
her retirement divided between time with family , ballroom and Latin dancing with her
husband, a bit of Zumba and managing a small Tropic skincare business. She also loves
film, theatre and books and travels abroad when she can.
Trudy became inspired to the role of Ambassador after seeing just how valuable the
Kintsugi course was to the people who attended the first course run at our church and
recognizing that there are likely many, many more individuals who would benefit hugely
One of 5 boys from a supportive Plymouth family, Stephen encountered the love of God at
the age of 18, subsequently training in medicine & serving as a GP for many years.
He loved being a family doctor, training medical students & teaching the history of
medicine. Before retiring in 2020 he worked for the Royal Navy for nearly 3 years. He
is married with 2 children & beloved grandchildren. He enjoys picture framing and baking
bread. He has caught the vision that Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Groups are an honest,
inspired & professional way of helping so many with their mental health.
Mandy is married with two adult children and has been attending Plymouth Christian Centre for
the past 20 years. She has been involved in Women’s Ministry, Prayer Ministry and
leading Community Groups.
Mandy was inspired by Patrick Regan’s honesty on his visit to Plymouth Christian Centre,
particularly when he said, “It’s OK not to be OK”, which stirred her interest in Kintsugi
Hope, motivating her to train to be a Wellbeing Group Leader and now taking it further
by taking on an Ambassador role.
Claire lives in Caerphilly, is married to Kelvin, has four wonderful children and co
leads Gateway Church Caerphilly. She loves being with people and biking, especially in
Claire used to be a computer programmer but now works for the church, looking to share
God's love with the community that she lives in. When she heard Patrick share his story
and the work of Kintsugi Hope she knew God was calling their church to get involved and
has had the privilege of running many courses and seeing people supported, loved and
helped to step forwards in life.
Heidi is a Bristol born South African who has mostly lived in Dorset, Somerset and Devon,
as well as sizeable recent stints in Swaziland and Pretoria.
She has two jobs - one within the local council as Special Needs advisor and one within a
local junior school as their Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo).
Heidi was part of the pilot Kintsugi Hope Well being groups pilot programme and has run
face to face groups since then from her church, Yeovil Community Church.
She loves nothing better than a good chat over coffee and is interested in all things
mental health and inclusion.
Claire has worked in administration, teaching and is now
studying to become a speech and language therapist.
Hearing Patrick speak a few years ago brought her comfort
and hope and also courage to talk to others about her own
mental health. Claire ran her first Kintsugi Hope group
in September 2020 - a fabulous experience that was emotional,
encouraging, inspiring and draining - she can't wait to run others.
Claire lives in Coventry and has a husband and two teenage
children. She is passionate about supporting people who are
struggling with their mental health and wellbeing -
continues to enjoy running both adult and youth courses.
Having spent many years in Further Education as a Communication Support Worker for Deaf
people, Dianne now works alongside her husband in their local church, having numerous
Dianne described herself as ‘tenacious person' until she experienced incredible
brokenness, weakness and vulnerability. With God's amazing love, mercy and grace and
the wonderful support of her family and friends she was restored and filled with hope.
Her desire is to share the hope she received with others.
Dianne has been married to William (hubby) for 40+ years. They have five grown up
children and eight grandchildren. Dianne loves photography and walking out with her
husband and their dog 'Freddie'.
After attending Cliff Bible College, I worked in the USA for three
years as a children's Nanny. Most of my work life was spent
in Music and publishing.
I am married to Ian, we have two adult children and a dog.
Together we co-lead a Missional Community as part of our local Church.
I am passionate about helping people to know they are loved,
accepted and valued for who they are. I believe giving hope
to people and supporting connection is essential for us all
to maintain good mental health and wellbeing'.
Jo lives in Romsey, near to Southampton with my husband,
3 children and dog, where they have lived for 5 years,
and before that lived in Tanzania for 10 years training
rural health care workers. Jo’s background is in General
nursing: she was a ward sister in Chichester for several
years, and now works for Freedom Church running their
Foodbank and helping in other community projects. Jo has
run 3 Wellbeing groups and each time have had the privilege
of journeying with people through the ups and downs of life.
She is passionate about people discovering who they are and
realising their potential, and loves the moments in a group
setting when people learn to be ok and accept themselves for
who they are.
Sara Allen has joined us as a Kintsugi Ambassador in Northern Ireland
and has real passion to connect with others and work together to
enable people to find connection, hope and support in the areas of
mental health. In her “day job” she is responsible for creating and
communicating engaging, inspiring and informative content for all
company messaging. She is the culture champion, constantly
researching and delivering innovative ways to ensure that everyone
on the team feels valued, connected and supported to be the best
they can be. Sara is excited to be working with the Kintsugi Hope
team to imagine what is possible in Northern Ireland.
Tony is a retired Police officer, a Police Chaplain, and a member of the
Christian Police Association in UK and overseas. He has been in the
leadership team of a church in Braintree for 20 years and leads a
homeless charity in Braintree. Tony is passionate about showing Jesus’
love to the poor and those on the edge of society. He has grown up
children and six grandchildren, enjoys tennis and sailing, and lives
in Felsted with his wife.
Mike & Anne Lees
Mike and Anne have been married since 1994 and have two sons.
Mike is an engineer who loves music and films and plays
keyboards at church. Anne is a languages teacher, an avid
reader and loves visiting Germany.
Their passion is to see people freed from things that hold
them back and to be the person God made them to be. They
are not afraid to be vulnerable and share their story of
the challenges they’ve walked through if this helps others.
Mike and Anne love getting into the outdoors as a means of
wellbeing, and enjoy long (and often muddy!) walks with
their cocker spaniel.
Fiona has taught in the East Midlands for over 25 years with particular interest in
children’s Personal, Social and Health Education. Recently, she decided to have a bit
of a career change and is now a peer support worker with a local charity. This involves
connecting people with the services and support to most effectively meet their needs.
It is her firm belief that a healthy mind is one of the best things we have to offer
but appreciates this can often feel like an enormous, ongoing, personal challenge.
Through the ups and downs of life, she has learnt the importance of being honest with
yourself and the immeasurable benefit of walking alongside others for mutual
encouragement, support and inspiration. This is why she is an avid admirer & supporter
of the Kintsugi Hope movement.
Linda works part-time for the Church of England helping churches across Croydon and East
Surrey develop their plans for the future.
She would love to see churches across her area running Kintsugi Hope Groups, having seen
how much churches can help people with their mental health by holding space for them in
a safe and loving environment. In her previous role as a Vicar in Swindon Linda
supported group leaders in running a Kintsugi Wellbeing group, and everyone got so
much out of it. Her other role is a Team Vicar in Warlingham where they are running
Linda is also a single-Mum to son Arun, has an elderly chocolate Labrador and has recently
discovered the joys of gardening!