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Scottish Recovery Network promotes and supports mental health recovery. We were established in 2004. Our vision is:

Together we can make Scotland a place where people expect mental health recovery and are supported at all stages of their recovery journey.


We bring people, services and organisations across sectors together to create a mental health system that embraces peer support and is powered by lived experience.

Our work includes making sure people with lived experience are involved in a meaningful way in the design and delivery of mental health support.

ICU Steps Edinburgh (support group for people spending time in Intensive Care) can’t recommend Scottish Recovery Network highly enough! A wealth of experience, accommodating, engaging and incredibly supportive.



Listen to, validate and support those we are working with to have a voice and to develop their capacity to engage in recovery focused change.


Value and explore different ideas and strive to learn from others to build coalitions that bring about positive change in our communities, services and the wider system.


Bring people together to explore and develop new ways of working that value different experiences, expertise and voices, and rebalance power.


Believe in the possibility of change at a personal level and in our organisations, services and society. Embrace a willingness to be open to all voices including those we do not always understand.

Meet the team

Louise Christie, Director

I am responsible for developing the strategic and national relationships needed to ensure the learning from our work is shared effectively and influences policy and practice. Before joining the team, I managed a social enterprise. In addition to policy, development, and consulting roles in regeneration, social enterprise, and community development, I have also worked in grant-making. I am passionate about the power of lived experience and the capacity of people to work together to bring about positive change. Email Louise

Holly Hendry, Projects Coordinator

I am passionate about the role that communities play in creating change. Change at both an individual and wider collective level. I have worked in a variety of community development roles in the public and voluntary sectors. Email Holly

Jane Hutton, Administrator

As a full-time Administrator, I support the implementation of Scottish Recovery Network programmes and organisation-wide administration and events. I worked as a secretary / administrator in the public transport industry before joining Scottish Recovery Network. Email Jane

Hannah Kane, Projects Coordinator

I have held different roles in the voluntary sector. I’m passionate about creating mentally healthy communities where recovery is real for everyone. I have a keen interest in tackling mental health stigma and discrimination. Email Hannah

Jan Markwick, Projects Officer

I have worked in the voluntary sector since 2000 with a short spell in a local authority role. During this time, my posts have been varied and have included services who support people experiencing homelessness, addictions and mental health. I’ve always been drawn to peer support and recovery and have been really fortunate to work with projects and communities with this focus. I am really excited to now be working with Scottish Recovery Network and I really love that there are free resources for communities and organisations to use as a guide in developing peer roles. Email Jan

Catriona McDougallProjects Coordinator

I really enjoy working on projects where people with lived experience are recognised as experts in their own experiences and are involved in every stage. It’s a brilliant moment at the end of a project getting to reflect with the people involved and celebrating what has been achieved. Raising awareness of the importance of lived experience in mental health support is something I’m really passionate about. Before this role I worked in collective advocacy for adults with a learning disability. Email Catriona

Christine Muir, Communications Lead

I manage communications at Scottish Recovery Network. My role involves collaborating with people to make sure the voice of lived experience is at the heart of developing mental health support. Strategic planning, running campaigns and working with people to share their stories are all part of my role. Outside of work, I am on the board of Mind Waves: a peer-led; Scottish charity that shares positive stories about mental health and wellbeing. Every month I help facilitate a Glasgow support group for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Email Christine

Lesley Smith, Projects Officer

I bring to the role my belief in recovery, passion for change and collaboration work. My previous roles included involvement, collective advocacy, governance and training. I am excited to be able to work in a way that is informed by my personal experiences of recovery and using services as well as my professional expertise. Email Lesley

Mark Soanes, Operations Manager

In 2015 I switched from working in the private to the voluntary sector, where my values are more closely aligned. My career has seen me delivering and managing programmes in Welfare to Work, Community Engagement and Health & Wellbeing for a number of different organisations. I am passionate about partnership work between individuals, communities and organisations to deliver positive change. The ongoing drive to improve the use of, and value of lived experience and peer support in improving mental health recovery is something, that I am committed to helping to achieve. Email Mark

Funding and governance

Scottish Government funds our work.

Penumbra hosts Scottish Recovery Network. Penumbra is a charity (SC 010387) and a company limited by guarantee (SC 091542) registered in Scotland. As an organisation we comply with Penumbra’s policies and procedures and financial management systems and staff are subject to their terms and conditions.

Scottish Recovery Network is one of a collective of 17 organisations who make up the Scottish Mental Health Partnership (SMHP)