Angela Newton is interim Chair of NSUN, and has twenty years’ experience of working within mental health service user involvement and leadership to transform lives, services, organisations and society.

As the former Director of Service User Involvement at Together for mental wellbeing, Angela led the work of the Service User Involvement Directorate to pioneer best practice in involvement and ensure the voice of service users informed and influenced the organisation at all levels and within the wider mental health landscape. Whilst at Together, she led the strategic development of a high quality national peer-led peer support network and developed two accredited service-user-led training programmes. Prior to this, Angela established an award winning training programme, the Clued-In Project at Imagine, to reduce stigma and discrimination within mental health. Whilst at the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, Angela worked with stakeholders across voluntary and statutory services to ensure that the development, delivery and evaluation of primary and secondary care mental health services across the City were inclusive of the views and opinions of people using them.

Angela was an advisor to the development of national best practice standards for involvement, known as 4Pi, has published an article about service user leadership within the training context, speaks at national sector related conference and events and provides expert advice and guidance to others. Angela has experienced mental distress herself and seeks out the experiences of a wide range of people who also experience distress and/or use mental health services to inform her work and ensure that her knowledge and insight remains current.

Angela is also Founder of Lived Experience Matters and Managing Director at Ten Years’ Time, and mother of two young children who keep her on her toes!