Our Team is made up of Peer Tutors (people who have lived experience of mental health challenges) and mental health professionals. The team is ever growing and if you would like to get involved then please do get in contact.




Carol Tough


Carol Tough – Head of Recovery College

Firstly hello and welcome. I’ll start with a quick introduction of myself. My name is Carol Tough and I’ve been appointed as the Head of Buckinghamshire Recovery College. I trained as an Occupational Therapist and have worked for several years in both forensic and community adult mental health services.

I’m really excited about this opportunity to share my experience, hope and strength with others and enable them to do the same. As a person with lived experience I know that it is possible to recover. I came to realise that I couldn’t expect other   people, places or things to ‘fix me’; this had to be an inside job and acceptance was the key in my recovery. I started to recognise and be grateful for what I did have rather than focusing on what I thought I wanted or needed.  My quality of life has continued to improve as I have taken control back and utilised the choices and opportunities that have been offered to me.








Samantha Baxter – Recovery College Co-Ordinator (Maternity Leave starting Oct 2018)

I was appointed to join the team as Recovery College Co-Ordinator in November 2016. I have worked within the NHS for nearly 5 years and have been in many different administrative roles before joining the college. My role here is very varied but my main responsibilities are to support Carol Tough with the day-to-day running of the college and to work with new and current students to ensure that they get the best from their recovery journey with us. I am hoping I can draw from my personal and professional experiences to actively develop and facilitate courses that will benefit our students. I am so proud to be apart of such a wonderful team at Buckinghamshire Recovery College and the most rewarding part of my role is seeing the transformations our students and tutors are undertaking each day.

I am currently on Maternity leave until Oct 2019 but please see below the bio of the college co-ordinator that will be my replacement during this time, I hope the college continues to grow in strength and that you still enjoy the courses we will have on offer. I look forward to seeing you all on my return.





Svetlana Hinze-

College Co-coordinator ( Maternity Leave)       for-recovery-college-website


I’m Svetlana but everyone calls me Lana. I will be covering Sam as the College Coordinator whilst she is on Maternity Leave. I am so excited to Join the recovery College and to work with all its Tutors and Students. I have been working within Oxford Health for the past 2 years in the Early Intervention team. I loved every minute of my job but am looking forward to being apart of such a wonderful service that is the Recovery College and learning about all it has to offer. I can not wait to work alongside everyone that is apart of the recovery college and help develop it into the fun and educational environment I can see it already is. I hope I can help our students find the most suitable courses to benefit their individual goals and make every courses an enjoyable learning experience.