Lapidus Chair Clare Scott is a writer in Wales who has been focusing on psychogeography and our relationship with the natural landscape as part of her Creative Writing PhD. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has been writer in residence for a National Trust venue. Her career has included work as an educational specialist (autism), social work and sexual health.
She has trained in counselling and is a poetry therapist in training with iaPOETRY, delivering writing for well-being with community organisations and individuals. She has coordinated learning support provision (including the mental-health service) at a University, developing projects, monitoring and evaluating the service and setting up a conference.
Lapidus Vice Chair Dr Tony Wall is a Reader in Transformational Management Learning at the University of Chester where he founded the International Thriving at Work Research Group.
He works on research policy development at the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
Lapidus Treasurer Annie Bell-Davies was born and raised in a small fishing village on the South Wales coast. Although she has moved four times in her life, she has never moved more than annie-bell-davies Annie Bell-Davies ten miles away from the sea.
Her feet do itch occasionally, however, and she has travelled and trekked through some fascinating parts of the world. She has had a long career in Financial Planning and currently works as an Area Mortgage Manager for a large bank.Her passion however, is writing. Currently working on her third novel, Annie has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Trinity St Davids and has combined her writing and Management skills to run several writing workshops for enjoyment.
She has also co-written and co-presented workshops for teenagers in Ireland and has worked with local drug and alcohol rehabilitation charities, work which she found very satisfying. She has been married to Mark for 16 years, has two step-daughters and two gorgeous grandchildren, Charlie and Elsie, who light up her life.
Lisa Rossetti is a credentialed coach, community creative writer and poetry therapy practitioner, living in Chester (but originally from both Cornwall and Ghana).
She works primarily in community settings with adults using mental health services, and is a Visiting Lecturer at University of Chester for mental health nursing undergraduates.
She pioneered creative writing for wellbeing into NHS Recovery Colleges in Cheshire and Wirral, and has worked with storytelling on the Intensive Treatment Unit at Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She is a director of a social enterprise, Impact CIC, which specialises in Creativity for Wellbeing. Lisa is also an active member of her local Mental Health Alliance.
Lisa is a published author on Storytelling for Leadership, and was a contributor to Cumbria NHS “Words for Wellbeing” publication. A story from her semi-autobiographical collection “Dancing and Singing on Independence Avenue” was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize in 2012. Lisa has presented her Story Café (stories for wellbeing) at the Chester Literature Festival (2012), to University of Chester graduates, and at many personal development events across the North West.
She has a Masters in Applied Storytelling for Health and Social Care, and is currently studying towards a credential in poetry therapy with the National Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy.
Lisa posts occasional “interesting snippets” about storytelling and creative writing for wellbeing on www.facebook.com/TheStoryCafe.
Barbara Bloomfield has been a couples and family counsellor and supervisor for more than 20 years. Before that, she had a career as a journalist in newspapers and the BBC. She has worked in China and Central America as a foreign correspondent for radio stations and has written four books about relationships. She taught creative writing part time at Bath Spa University and this year was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to work with couples and families affected by autism, in Brisbane, Australia.
Barbara enjoys being the Lapidus Director of Groups and hopes to meet more Lapidus members on her travels this year. She is always inspired by the creativity and variety of our work and by our practitioners and their many ways of bringing together creativity and mental health. She runs creativity groups in Bristol and all over the UK. www.barbarabloomfield.com
Words for Wellbeing Specialist – Francesca Baker is a word lover passionate about creativity, connection and communication. She uses her journalism, marketing and research experience to help Lapidus connect with individuals and organisations. You can read more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk
Membership, Communications & Events Coordinator – Richard Axtell is a graduate of Cardiff University where he read an MA in Creative Writing. He has been published in The London Magazine, has ghostwritten a selection of children’s novels and was a writer in residence at Cardiff MADE café. Still residing in the Welsh capital city, Richard spends his time writing children’s stories, playing his ukulele and hunting dragons in the park. His most recent claim to fame was coordinating the Lapidus/Metanoia Institute joint conference, Creative Bridges. He is currently focussing his energy on running the Lapidus Twitter and ‘info’ email address. Don’t be afraid to say hello!