Meet The Team

Kirstie

Kirstie Mann

I have worked in Health & Social Care my whole life – working in long stay hospitals, residential settings and day services for adults with learning disabilities, as a Social Worker and Manager and for the last 20+ years as an Independent Advocate. I am a qualified Advocate and also run a training company PCTS which offers the National Qualification in Independent Advocacy.

I both own and manage Your Say Advocacy and love the way the service has grown over many years to support a huge range of people with lots of different needs for Advocacy.

I am proud to have such a committed team of Advocates and support staff who help me to make sure that Your Say provides the very best Advocacy support to people when they need it.

Martine Carreyett

I joined Your Say about 7 years ago. originally to work in the office to support Your Says work with a self advocacy group. i soon started working directly with the group as a supporting Advocate with a team of Experts by Experience and then began to provide some 1:1 Advocacy support.

I found that i have a real passion for advocacy and making sure that people have their voices heard. i am now a fully qualified Advocate and work across the whole spectrum of advocacy support Your Say offers, including Care Act Advocacy, Advocacy with parents in child protection interventions, complex case work and act as a Pair RPR to many people subject to DoLS

More recently i have started to undertake some management responsibilities and deputise for Kirstie when she is not available

Lin

Lin Blight

My professional background has been working for 38 years in the National Health Service, mainly as a Community Learning Disability Nurse and Community Learning Disability Team Service Manager in Bristol. For the past 4 years I have worked for Your Say as an Independent Advocate and have attained level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy. 

Fiona

Fiona Clarke

I have been working for Your Say since October 2018 and prior to then, was working as an Occupational Therapist in Learning Disability services for several decades. I have a wide range of clinical experience  in hospital and community settings in the Bristol area.  I try to balance work with family commitments and I have other interests which include keeping fit by walking, Spin classes and yoga. I have had a variety of different pets over the years and currently have a small dog and 2 cats who all give us a lot of laughter in their daily antics! 

Alan

Alan Fazakerley

I work for Your Say on a part time basis – especially when people might prefer to have a man to talk to and to support them. I have been involved in Your Say since the very start, helping to manage the service when Kirstie was first making Your Say possible.

I am a qualified Advocate and always enjoy the work I get to do as an Advocate – especially meeting new people and the challenges that the work so often provides. It is a privilege to support people to make changes in their lives that improve their wellbeing and happiness.

Mike

Mike MacCallam

Hi my name is Mike and I live in Somerset with my family and crazy dog.

After a long career working in both the NHS and local authorities across the Avon area I now enjoy my career in Advocacy and the opportunities it brings to work with a wide range of people. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, walking, festivals and camping in our motorhome, also reading, theatre and all kinds of music

Naomi

Naomi Block

My name is Naomi, I work for Person Centred Training Solutions (PCTS) as an assessor for the Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Independent Advocacy.  I am also the administrator for PCTS.  I work for ‘Your Say’ in the role of a Paid Relevant Persons Representative for people deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Muna Talha

i joined Your Say about a year ago. I also work as a language interpreter and it was in this role i first met Kirstie and the Your Say team. I have been providing Advocacy under the Care Act for a year now and really enjoy this. I have recently started my training to become a qualified Advocate.

Jude

Jude Lakey

I worked for Your Say as an Advocate for more than 16 years and recently decided to stop working full time, but I love Advocacy and so I still do short pieces of specialist work when needed.

I have specific skills working with people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment and I am a proficient BSL user and communicator.

I also specialise in supporting parent is the Court process when their children are subject to the Family Law process.

Glyn

Glyn Roberts

have been away from Your Say for some time due to ill health but hope to return in 2020 and continue my work as a qualified Independent Advocate supporting people with a range of different advocacy needs and issues.

Your Say Office Based Team

Denise Harding is the Your Say office manager.

Neil Govett is You Say’s accountant.