Lou is the Female Engagement Co-Production Worker for Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead and joined the programme in May 2018.
Lou’s role is to support and develop the Expert By Experience Network. Lou has a desire to ensure inclusivity in the network so that a diverse range of voices can be heard and listened to. Lou has a particular interest in women’s issues and finding a safe space for their voice.
Lou herself has an eclectic background. She began a career in the social field working in London in housing. Lou then went onto pursue her passion for travel, working for 9 years as a Tour Director overseas before returning home to the North East and building up specialist knowledge and skills in substance misuse whilst continuing to travel for lengthy periods.
More recently Lou has used her transferable skills and enjoyment of working with people to work with young people on staying safe in their digital communities, and in adult drug treatment. She is now throwing her all at ensuring that the services and systems that people with multiple and complex needs use have their voice embedded at their very heart.