Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Rebecca Jackson
CEO
Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca set up The Big Fandango in 2020 after the death of her 16 year old daughter to suicide in 2014. Rebecca is a textile artist and was the creator of the Greater Manchester Suicide Memorial Quilt Project, “Speak Their Name” which was commissioned by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership in 2020 as a way of supporting families bereaved by suicide through quilting . She also led the Jubilee Quilt Project in Bury in 2023 and has just been funded to run a community quilt project around women in the textile and garment industries throughout North Manchester via the GM Culture Fund.

She has written and presented around her work using craft as a means of suicide  and prevention, connection and peer support including having a chapter published in “They Died Waiting” [Aldridge & Corlett 2023]

This Summer Rebecca will be a panellist at the launch of the Join The Dots Tour with Jordan’s Legacy speaking about her lived experience work around suicide prevention.
Rebecca has done extensive suicide prevention training including ASIST and Papyrus Speak and Spark training. 

Jacqui Armstrong
Safeguarding Director
Jacqui Armstrong

Jacqui is a semi-retired social work manager who has over 40 years experience of working with vulnerable adults and those with physical and sensory disabilities and with those experiencing chronic pain.  She has a particular interest in support for those caring for family members with dementia . Jacqui spent a considerable time working in Bosnia during the aftermath of the conflict supporting women who had experienced sexual violence, torture and internment camps.

As our safeguarding lead she has spent a considerable amount of time assisting with the roll out of the suicide prevention training programme and this year in particular, focusing on in-house training for local employers.