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Welcome to new Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding

Dr Hannah Friend has joined Warwick as Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding. She will be responsible for four areas incorporated by Wellbeing Services: Student Support, Disability Services, Counselling and Mental Health, and working closely with the Residential Life Team. Find out more about Hannah and her role.

Hannah says:

I will be reviewing and developing our service provision to ensure it adequately meets the needs of students. One of my first tasks will be to support the move of all the Wellbeing Support teams to one central location to improve communication and accessibility for students and staff. Additional responsibilities include Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and responsibility for Safeguarding across the University, which includes our children's services provision.

I come from a diverse career background, with experiences in clinical, strategic and academic roles. I worked for the Ministry of Justice for 10 years, managing large teams developing assessment and treatment services for difficult to reach groups. I have also spent some time working in academia, so the environment is not completely unfamiliar and for the last five years I have worked in Mental Health Services as a Regional Consultant Psychologist designing and implementing services across secure and community settings.

I am passionate about wellbeing and I am delighted, as an alumna, to be able to bring my experiences back to Warwick, to help create an environment that enables wellbeing at every level.”

Hannah Friend