Meet the Team
Hi, I’m Anne-Marie Ianzito and I coordinate the Northumberland Recovery College with Eddie Martin. I come from the States and have lived here for 26 years. I have the privilege of living in Northumberland and can appreciate all that this fantastic county can offer, including summer swimming in the Tyne River! I spend my free time gardening, spending time with my family and keeping fit.
I have a background in social work and have been involved in teaching social work students for 20 years. I have also recently worked at Tyneside and Northumberland Mind in a variety of roles including wellbeing worker, coordinator of a programme supporting emergency services and as the training lead.
I’m Andrea, Project Coordinator for the recovery college, and will most likely be the first person you speak to when you contact the college.
I am responsible for coordinating the communications and administrative systems for the college, as well as arranging, publicising, and managing bookings for our courses.
My background lies mainly in HR advisor and coordinator roles where I had a particular interest in employee wellbeing.
In my spare time I practice yoga and pilates, and love taking the time for walks with my dog and my family, I take a holistic approach to wellness and am passionate about nutrition and cooking.
I am delighted to be able to combine my professional skills with my passion for wellbeing.
I’m Beth, the Engagement Worker for the Recovery College and the Community Mental Health Transformation. My job is to listen to your experiences of using mental health services and find out how you want the new mental health system for Northumberland to work!
My working background is very varied (I have even worked in an aquarium), but having spent the last few years working in support work and doing research for charities, I know I have found a job I love.
Outside of work I enjoy being able to spend time with my friends and family, cooking and travelling. I’m very excited to get started in my new role and hopefully I will get to meet you all soon.
Hi, I’m Claire Baigent, one of the Peer Support Workers for Northumberland Recovery College. I’m originally from Yorkshire but recently moved to Alnwick with my husband and three sons. We are enjoying getting out onto the beautiful beaches and exploring the countryside, and we are all thrilled to be living so close to the real life ‘Hogwarts’!
Following the birth of my children I had postnatal depression and perinatal anxiety which led to me attending Peer Support groups through my local perinatal team. After experiencing first-hand the benefits of peer support, and becoming involved with The PANDAS Foundation, I was then employed by a local charity to set up and facilitate several peer support groups for families going through perinatal mental health issues across South Yorkshire. I’m looking forward to getting out into local communities and setting up some exciting and inspiring activities with Northumberland Recovery College.
In my spare time I love writing letters and journals, getting out into the garden and watching live music.
We host a range of physical and virtual events across Northumberland