Our team

From research to operations, communications and public involvement, we’re united by a passion for mental health research and a mission to help put lived experience at its heart. Meet the team below.

Meet the McPin team

Vanessa Pinfold (She/Her)

Vanessa Pinfold (She/Her)

Research Director

Tanya Mackay (She/Her)

Tanya Mackay (She/Her)

Head of Research and Involvement

Clare Walsby (She/Her)

Clare Walsby (She/Her)

Senior Operations Manager

Alex Kenny (She/Her)

Alex Kenny (She/Her)

Senior Public Involvement in Research Officer

Ali McClary (She/Her)

Ali McClary (She/Her)

Communications Manager

Annabel Walsh (She/Her)

Annabel Walsh (She/Her)

Public Involvement in Research Manager

Davino Beckford

Davino Beckford

Peer Research and Public Involvement in Research Officer

Emma Garavini (She/Her)

Emma Garavini (She/Her)

Senior Youth Involvement Officer

George L. Clarke (He/Him)

George L. Clarke (He/Him)

Research Administrator and Trainee Public Involvement in Research (PIiR) Officer

Georgia Naughton (She/Her)

Georgia Naughton (She/Her)

Peer Researcher

Gillian Samuel (She/Her)

Gillian Samuel (She/Her)

Senior Public Involvement in Research Coordinator in NIHR School for Public Health Research, Public Mental Health Programme

Harry Dyson (He/Him)

Harry Dyson (He/Him)

Peer Researcher and Public Involvement Officer

John Gibson

John Gibson

Senior Service User Researcher

Katherine Lofthouse (She/Her)

Katherine Lofthouse (She/Her)

Senior Research Communicator

Lisa Couperthwaite

Lisa Couperthwaite

Peer Reseacher

Naomi Fergus (She/Her)

Naomi Fergus (She/Her)

Operations Support Officer

Rachel Temple (She/Her)

Rachel Temple (She/Her)

Public Involvement in Research Manager (Youth Involvement Lead)

Raj Hazzard

Raj Hazzard

Senior Researcher

Roya Kamvar (She/They)

Roya Kamvar (She/They)

Senior Public Involvement in Research Officer

Sue Webster

Sue Webster

Peer Reseacher

Thai-sha Richards

Thai-sha Richards

Young Person Co-Researcher

Yasmin Ahmadzadeh (She/Her)

Yasmin Ahmadzadeh (She/Her)

Young People’s Senior Peer Research Coordinator

Join our team

At McPin, we value passion and lived experience as much as work experience. Head over to our vacancies page to see if we could be the next step in your mental health research career.