Milton Keynes Recovery & Wellbeing College team is made up of peer trainers (people with lived experience of mental health challenges) and mental health professionals.

Working together, we recognise that the expertise of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties is as valuable as the knowledge of mental health practitioners: both to the individual journey of recovery and to the development and delivery of services.

The members of the team that you may meet when you visit the Milton Keynes Recovery & Wellbeing College are:


Mark started in the NHS as a volunteer in 2016, and since then has worked in several lived experience roles. Mark is currently the Community Rehabilitation Pathway Lead for Milton Keynes.


Prior to working in the NHS, Mark worked as a pastry chef. Outside of work, Mark has a key interest in the outdoors, and loves outdoor swimming, especially when it’s cold.

Vinuri_Fernando.pngVinuri has been working with the Recovery & Wellbeing College since April 2022 and with CNWL since May 2020. Vinuri first worked for the NHS as a Rehabilitation Assistant for a short period and then as a Peer Support Worker for the Community Mental Health Team in Milton Keynes.

Vinuri has completed a Masters degree in Mental Health Studies with a Distinction from King’s College London. She pursued this in academic terms after of her own personal journey of recovery. Vinuri brings her passion for learning about mental health to the current role from a lived experience perspective.

Barbara_Frost.jpgBarbara has a background in occupational therapy and has previously worked as an Occupational Therapist and Mental Health Practitioner in a variety of NHS mental health settings.

She joined the Milton Keynes Recovery & Wellbeing College in April 2022. Barbara enjoys spending her spare time enjoying the park land and green spaces in Milton Keynes and going for walks.

Barbara is also the Deputy Manager at MK RWC.

Jemma Wightman.jpgI joined the Recovery and Wellbeing College in September and have worked for the NHS for three years. Previously, I worked as a Healthcare Assistant on Maternity and Paediatric wards.

Before joining the NHS, I worked for a children’s charity in customer services which is my main background. I love working for the NHS and can’t see myself doing anything else!

I also love spending time in cafes with friends, walks and looking after my children.


Lais Buldo.jpgLais started to work as receptionist and administrator on November 2022 and this has been her first hole working for an NHS Trust.

Lais previously worked with customer care in Bracknell, before relocating to Milton Keynes. Lais says: “I love working for the NHS and couldn’t be happier”.