The Lived Experience Network (LENs) appointed their first two Directors, Mah Rana and Claire Clews in February 2021. This was part of the LENs process of becoming an independent CIC, enabling the collective to pursue their mission and aims to put lived experience and meaningful co-production at the heart for the culture, health and wellbeing sector.
Mah and Claire will bring their own experiences to this next stage, please find out more about them below.
The LENs are now looking for more Directors, specifically a Chair and Treasurer, click here to find out more and to apply. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 1 October, 2021.
To read more of our Learning from Experience Blogs, many authored by The LENs champions, please click here.
Mah is a researcher, artist & maker, filmmaker, writer and curator based in London. She has over 20 years’ experience lecturing on UG and PG courses in the UK and internationally, and over 30 years exhibiting internationally with her creative practice.
Currently she is teaching on BSc and MSc Psychology courses at London Southbank University, and Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. She is also working on a PhD in Psychology at Birkbeck College investigating the lived experience of participatory crafting within the context of dementia-care, and speaks at conferences covering issues across art, craft, design, health and wellbeing. As well as being a LENs champion for London, Mah is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
" It’s a very exciting time to be one of the directors of the LENs, to lead on redefining national strategy and ambitions for the future as the LENs moves towards becoming a CIC.
The regional champions are a dedicated and inspiring team, and the LENs partnership with the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance and the National Centre for Creative Health continues to strengthen the reach and impact of the LENs’ advocacy work highlighting health inequalities and promoting creative health as an integral component to better health and social care."
Claire is an innovative and flexible thinker with significant complex operational experience from a diverse career in marketing, PR, communications and politics. She is confident and resilient, used to working under pressure, to tight deadlines and required outcomes. A strong and enthusiastic communicator and people manager with wide ranging experience in stakeholder engagement from front line to central government including private, public and third sectors. Significant experience with Local Authorities, charity and community organisations both professionally and as a Local Councillor, a Trustee, Secretary and Treasurer, School Governor and numerous volunteering roles. Claire is a passionate supporter of the positive impact culture and the arts has on health and wellbeing and the benefits this brings not only to the individual but to the whole of society.
"It is a privilege to be one of the directors of the LENs. Now is the time to build on our experience and our many achievements; setting up as a CIC will allow the LENs to become a highly effective and sustainable organisation which has tremendous potential to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities and our country at a time when it needs it most due to the devastating impact of the Covid 19 pandemic."