Team

We are all committed to supporting people with mental illness by listening to their wishes and concerns, protecting and promoting their rights, and ensuring their voices are heard.

We bring a range of personal and professional experience to our roles, working together to deliver Independent Advocacy in line with our charity’s values and principles.

Patricia Winchester

Our Chief Executive Officer is Patricia Winchester.

Patricia is a highly qualified Independent Advocate who has specialised in mental health and capacity since 2006. She has huge experience of working with people suffering from a wide range of serious mental illnesses across our community. Patricia is passionate about ensuring patients are treated with dignity and respect.

She was awarded National Outstanding Advocate for 2019-2020 in the National Advocacy Awards, runner up Outstanding Advocate in the National Advocacy Awards in 2018 and was nominated for a Human Rights Award in 2013 for her work in Mental Health in Jersey.

What clients say about her

“It’s so good to have somebody like you to help us. It’s a great comfort to know I’m not alone”.

“Thank you so much for your kind assistance. Your involvement and the information you gave me made a huge difference.”

“People listened to me better and treated me better once you were there”

“Thank you for the support that you gave me at times when I felt that the rest of the world was against me but that you were on my side”.

What service providers say

“The experience I have had of working with you has been fantastic. I cannot express how impressed I have been by your dedication and kindness to our client.”

Meet the rest of our team

Sir Michael Birt, QC

Sir Michael Birt, QC

Patron

Sir Michael Birt, QC

Patron

After practicing as a barrister in London and subsequently as an advocate in private practice in Jersey, Sir Michael was appointed as Attorney General of Jersey in 1994. He served as Deputy Bailiff from 2000 – 2009 and as Bailiff from 2009 to 2015. He is currently a Commissioner (judge) of the Royal Court and a member of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and of Guernsey. He was also appointed in 2018 to be a judge of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands.

Wendy Kinnard

Wendy Kinnard

Chairman of the Board

Wendy Kinnard

Chairman of the Board

Wendy was eager to become involved with My Voice because she has an enduring interest in promoting the rights of people who feel marginalised or are victims of discrimination. Formerly as Chairperson of Women’s Aid and Women’s Refuge Wendy campaigned for women’s voices to be heard and for those affected by domestic abuse to have their need for safety and security met by the wider community.

As a Senator she successfully guided the States through the Human Rights (Jersey) Law and was a prime mover in the development of the island’s antidiscrimination legislation. Discrimination can take many forms. People with mental health problems may be made to feel disempowered and suffer disadvantage in many areas of their lives. Wendy understands that just like everyone else they have a fundamental right to be treated with dignity and respect and not to be discriminated against.

Wendy believes My Voice provides a platform from which to challenge prejudice and discrimination and to empower people with mental disabilities to have a better life for themselves and their families. 

Robyn Sands

Robyn Sands

Independent Mental Health Advocate

Robyn Sands

Independent Mental Health Advocate

Robyn qualified as an Independent Mental Health Advocate in December 2020 and has worked in Mental Health for over 10 years, joining My Voice Jersey following her maternity leave.

Robyn is very passionate about working with those who suffer from serious Mental Health Illnesses and assisting them to get their voices heard.

With many qualifications and experience in Mental Health, Robyn has an in depth knowledge and understanding of how an individual may be feeling and will use her natural empathy to support her clients fully.

In her spare time Robyn is mum to twin boys and two dogs who keep on her feet.

You can contact Robyn on robyn@myvoice.org.je

Ana Slous

Ana Slous

Independent Capacity Advocate

Ana Slous

Independent Capacity Advocate

Having developed my career supporting people at Social Security and Women’s Refuge, I am now privileged to be working for My Voice Jersey, supporting vulnerable individuals in our community who may lack capacity to make important decisions affecting their life. The role can be challenging at times but also fascinating and it is always a pleasure meeting the people I support and work on behalf of because ultimately it’s about using the law to protect their rights and to ensure their best interests are at the heart of the decision making process. I learn something from every person I meet and I always keep an open mind prior to meeting a client to ensure I am lead by them and what they are able to communicate in whatever way. I am very passionate about the work I do and the service My Voice gives to the Island’s community and I am delighted that I successfully qualified as an Independent Capacity Advocate in 2021.

I love going for walks on the beach especially after work as it really helps me transition between work and home mode. I enjoy reading and watching the news, books and watching documentaries.

Travelling is my passion and I hope to do more of it in the future.

You can contact Ana on ana@myvoice.org.je

James Thompson

James Thompson

Trainee Independent Care & Capacity Advocate

James Thompson

Trainee Independent Care & Capacity Advocate

I am incredibly excited to have joined the My Voice team as a Trainee Independent Capacity Advocate. I understand the value of the role as I have first-hand experience of the complexity around health and care services and, at the time, I was fortunate enough to receive the support I needed.

Having always had a passion for inclusiveness, I now look forward to empowering others by helping to provide them with a voice to express their wishes and concerns.

Outside of my role I greatly enjoy exercise and photography, both of which help to keep me grounded in an otherwise busy life.

Vicky Vautier-Morris

Vicky Vautier-Morris

Trainee Independent Care Advocate

Vicky Vautier-Morris

Trainee Independent Care Advocate

I am delighted to have joined My Voice as a Trainee Independent Care Advocate. I believe patient advocacy is an integral part of a person’s journey through services, when it is required. I am really pleased to be supporting people to have their voice heard and helping them to feel informed about their individual circumstances and care.

I bring to My Voice a wealth of experience, understanding and knowledge of mental health and learning disabilities. I have worked as a mental health nurse for several years and prior to qualifying I worked within the learning disability service.