Meet the team
Our Board of Trustees work closely with our Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team to ensure clear strategic direction, best practice and legal compliance in all areas of our governance and activities.
Providing the assurance of a healthy, ambitious and strong charity that provides the highest quality support to people experiencing or at risk of developing mental health problems.
Chair of Trustees
I spent my career at the Open University, specialising in the development of projects to include new audiences in University Education in the U.K. and internationally. Now retired I work part-time at the University of London’s Centre for Distance Education, and on a range of international projects. I began volunteering in the field of mental health in the 1970’s and since 2013, I have worked as a volunteer on activities at CPSL Mind, including mentoring and short courses such as Look after Yourself (for carers), Anxiety Management and Anger Management. I have learned a lot and met so many interesting people. I became a Trustee as the latest stage in my involvement with CPSL Mind. I am married, with children and grandchildren and live in Cambridge.
Moving from the world of journalism and PR into the mental health charity sector over 15 years ago was life-changing for me. Having experienced my own mental health challenges since a teenager, the opportunity to use my skills to tackle mental health related stigma has been an inspiration and working with others to improve services has become my passion.
As an experienced mental health trainer/speaker, I am proud to be involved with wider collaborative work around suicide prevention across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It is a privilege to be CEO of CPSL Mind overseeing the co-production of our three-year strategy: Building on our strengths – for better mental health, which takes in views of people across our communities and is focused on strengths based approaches and community connectivity. The key to making this happen is genuine collaboration at all levels and recognising and valuing the strengths that everyone brings.
Board of Trustees
Vice Chair of Trustees
I have over 10 years’ experience working in communications and campaigning, predominantly for the NHS. I believe in inspiring and empowering people to communicate confidently and am a keen campaigner for mental health awareness. I am passionate about co-production and using creative communications to bring people together to create positive change. I have been a carer to family members with mental health challenges and am dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of mental health. I am incredibly proud to be Vice Chair for CPSL Mind and am a strong believer in the organisation’s values and vision to improve local mental health and build community resilience.
Trustee and Treasurer
I moved to the UK for my post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge 15 years ago and later began my working life as a Chartered Accountant for various organisations in Cambridge. I am now working as the Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at the Royal Society of Chemistry so charity finance is my métier. I enjoy sharing my professional skills to support the fantastic work of CPSL Mind and, having had both personal and family experience with mental health issues, am truly excited to be part of this Board. I consider it a real privilege to work with such an innovative organisation dedicated to making a difference.
I have a real desire to help the world be a better place, bring communities together and support better mental health for all. I have wide professional experience in Human Resources both in the UK and abroad and am a MCIPD generalist with focus on transformation, talent, leadership coaching, training and development.
I have been supporting a local University/college in leading their testing programmes and have held other voluntary roles at CPSL Mind prior to becoming a Trustee.
In recent years I have refocused my life goals and recognise the importance of this for anyone’s wellbeing. I also believe in lifelong learning; have most recently achieved level 1 in BSL (British Sign Language).
My career in mental health started 33 years ago as a Nursing Assistant and Support Worker, then subsequently training as a Mental Health Social Worker. I have experience in teaching, peer support, recovery and equality, diversity and inclusion. Throughout my career, I have also experienced my own psychiatric challenges and have used this to help others on their recovery journey.
I have always worked closely with CPSL Mind and became a Trustee in 2017. I am proud to support an organisation that is close to my heart and has a brilliant local reputation.
I am a speaker and coach for neurodivergent adults, I help adults with ADHD, Autism, and Dyslexia to progress at work while having the energy to enjoy life. I volunteer with CPSL Mind because of my desire to support vulnerable people in my local community. As the people who most need help are least able to pay for it, I balance my coaching business with work that benefits a wider section of the community. I believe that mental health is a huge area of need and that CPSL Mind has a crucial role to play in meeting that need locally.
I first came to CPSL Mind as a client going through my own challenges with mental illness and having volunteered within peer support and co-production it is now my absolute privilege to sit on the board of trustees. As I am a Trade Union rep and HR consultant in my day-job my specialism is in people: specifically leadership, coaching and employee relations; I’ve spent most of my career in the finance sector but also worked for newspapers, retailers and for a private language school in Japan.
In my free time I can most often be found reading with my headphones on or grumbling about football results – I am a supporter of Cambridge United and a qualified FA coach working with young players for Ely City Crusaders FC. I’ve also been known to play video games, but I try and (falsely) claim its only to join in with my son.
Growing up in Cambridgeshire, I am keen to support our community wherever I can. Coming from a humble background, my journey has allowed me to be exposed to some wonderful and often challenging experiences, and I am blessed to have met some extraordinary individuals along the way. My hope is to draw on those experiences to add my flavour of life to the diversity of thinking already offered at CPSL Mind.
I have a lifetime’s experience of being treated for depression and have been supporting mental health charities since 2011, when I walked around England with my Springer Spaniel, campaigning against mental health stigma and fundraising for mental health charities. Since then, I have been pleased to volunteer with CPSL Mind as a trustee, and I am a past chair of trustees.
Professionally, I am an electronic engineer. I used to design mobile phones and have many years of senior management experience in technology companies. However, following the death of my wife from cancer in 2005, I retrained as a teacher. I was teaching at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge before moving to Lincolnshire in 2009, where my father-in-law is a semi-retired farmer. I now teach science at Boston Grammar School and have a special interest in the mental health challenges faced by communities in this large, sparsely populated, and mainly rural county.
I am an audit manager working predominantly in the local government sector. I am originally from Canada but moved to the UK in 2021. Now that I have established myself and put down roots in the community, I am looking for ways to give back. I have been an advocate for mental health in the workplace founding wellbeing committees in the offices I have worked at in the past. I am looking forward to applying my knowledge to support the continued important services that CPSL Mind provides.
I am a new trustee, I started in April 2023. I suffered from mental health problems in my adult life and as a result I want to help others now. Apart from becoming a trustee for CPSL Mind, I am also studying to become a counsellor and volunteering with Age UK and Thames Valley Partnership providing emotional support to elderly people and victims of crime.
My professional background is in the education sectors. I have MA in English and I spent 10 years working for Cambridge University Press in various marketing and management roles.
I speak fluent Polish and I have experience and knowledge of Eastern European cultures and migration issues. I also have experience and knowledge of long- term illnesses – I’m a cancer survivor.
Senior Leadership Team
Deputy CEO/ Director of Operations
I have worked in mental health for many years, including in service development and senior management roles for Peterborough and Fenland Mind and now, the merged CPSL Mind. I am proud to be a Director as we chart our strategic direction.
Like many, I have my own experiences of poor mental health and I am passionate about building resilience, both in individuals and communities, enabling us all to be better prepared to handle the challenges life throws at us, while being able to access support when we need it. I am constantly inspired by our projects, staff, individuals accessing our services and our volunteers and partners – ten years in, I still learn something new every day.
Head of Services, Safeguarding & Quality Assurance
My work within CPSL Mind gives me good insight into the direct work carried out each day. As Head of Services, I ensure the services we deliver are purposeful and relevant, involving Co-production in every development such as in our Good Life service. Collaboration is essential as with our Sanctuary services working closely with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other partners to ensure a seamless service for those in crisis.
I believe it is crucial to keep mental health high on people’s agendas, both locally and nationally, with individuals and with our strategic partners, other experts and professionals. It keeps me on my toes!
Head of Training, Consultancy and Business Management
I have 25 years’ experience of working in leadership roles for retail organisations including Starbucks Coffee Company and John Lewis where I have led large teams to deliver operational excellence.
My interest in mental health and supporting others led me to re-train as a counsellor specialising in working with young people and adults from a range of backgrounds. I have worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings including schools, universities, local charities and now in private practice, aiming to help people who need some support in life.
I joined CPSL Mind in 2018 as a volunteer and have worked predominantly in project management and service development roles for the organisation. Now, as Head of Training, Consultancy and Business Development, I am proud to be leading our team of internal and associate trainers to deliver market-leading mental health training to workplaces and our local community.
I believe passionately that if we improve awareness of mental health, increase skills and confidence of people to support others and embed good practice around positive wellbeing that we can support individuals, workplaces and communities to live well.
Deputy Head of Services (Community Projects)
I have been privileged to be part of the CPSL Mind team in various voluntary, frontline and management roles since 2008.
For me, mental health and wellbeing is where my passions lie- from having my own lived experience and supporting those close to me.
In my role as Deputy Head of Services at CPSL Mind, I hope to use my knowledge and experience from frontline delivery, management and engagement to ensure that our services continue to thrive and offer something quite unique to the communities in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire with collaboration being key!
Being part of a values based organisation is very important to me and part of my role working directly with service managers will be to ensure that these values thread through everything we deliver.
Deputy Head of Services (South Lincolnshire and New Projects)
I was once asked why I do what I do, I was surprised that I didn’t have a ready answer. Having given it some thought I would say that what motivates me now and has done for many years is the belief that every person is intrinsically of infinite value. Once we recognise this it’s impossible to look the other way or fail to be moved to action by the challenges faced by others.
I am an experienced project manager and have a proven record of taking projects from concept to operation, I believe strongly in the power of team and like to lead from the centre by valuing the contribution everyone brings.
I have managed a volunteering department with over a thousand volunteers, developed social prescribing in South and East Lincolnshire and volunteered in the slums of New Delhi. None of this would have been possible without the people around me.
Head of Finance & Resources
I feel honoured to be working for a charity that is raising awareness of mental health and supporting people to live well. Having experienced my own challenges, I am passionate about ensuring that mental health and people’s wellbeing is high on the agenda.
I have worked in the charity sector for many years as a finance professional and was privileged to join CPSL Mind in January 2023 as Head of Finance.
I enjoy being part of a committed and dedicated team that thrives off seeing the difference CPSL Mind makes to our community and the people they support.