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 the runner up Outstanding Advocate in the National Advocacy Awards 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 – Patron

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. 

Susan Rossell

Susan Rossell

Trainee IMHA and ICA

Susan Rossell

Trainee IMHA and ICA

Susan is a one of our patient advocates, and currently has over 2 years’ experience in the field. She initially became involved with advocacy as a member on the board of Mind Jersey, before taking on a role as a part-time patient advocate in July 2016. She fully appreciates how vulnerable patients can feel and how difficult it is to negotiate your way through health services, respond to family and friends, recover, and then cope with having to start your life over.

Susan has specialized in working with older adults suffering from dementia has consistently received excellent feedback from clients – she is currently part way through the City and Guild Advocacy Qualification.