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.
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.
For over 15 years I have worked within commercial sales roles, both at a national and global level. In 2017, I completed my MBA and then moved into a Global Product Management role at Domino Printing Sciences. Since a young age I have had first-hand experience of living with and caring for close family members suffering with mental illness and addiction. It is a privilege to work with the team at CPSL Mind to support their strategy in expanding their services to reach more people within the community. This means we can help to create a happier and healthier society for all.
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 have over 20 years management experience in HR roles in private sector companies and mental healthcare, currently with Priory Group, covering 29 hospitals across London and the Southern region. I believe that the ongoing development of teams and individuals is essential in helping organisations adapt and change.
I was attracted to volunteering as a Trustee with CPSL Mind because the team does invaluable work supporting some of the most vulnerable people out in our communities. It’s a great privilege to be involved and help out.
I play bass guitar and harmonica but am happiest when spending time with family, friends and my pet dog, Frankie.
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
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 and Consultancy
I joined CPSL Mind in 2017 after losing my sister to suicide. My career has predominantly been in Learning and Organisational Development and I feel very privileged that I can now utilise my skills to help break the stigma that stops us talking about mental health, both in the workplace and in our communities. Working with local businesses and individuals to share the knowledge and passion that exists right across CPSL Mind is hugely important. On a personal level, this is more than just a job for me – it’s a purpose and it helps me deal with the grief that comes with losing a loved one to suicide.
Head of Campaigns and Communications
My career journey includes commercial management of Regional Press, charity development and communications. I am passionate about the third sector and believe it can improve life and living for people that may be disadvantaged, or challenged by society in some way.
I have worked in UK charities and an International NGO, all with common themes of campaigning and fundraising for better health and to fight stigma and prejudice. I have been lucky to feel the strength of community when things seem against the odds and appreciate this in the values shown throughout the work of CPSL Mind.
Head of Finance and Resources
I am a qualified accountant with a broad base of experience. Firstly, as a finance director in the private manufacturing sector in the East Midlands, before moving into the world of education; fulfilling the wide remit of director of finance & operations at two further education colleges and lastly as director of operations for a successful multi-academy trust from 2011 to 2019. Since moving to Cambridgeshire and taking up this position at CPSL Mind, I have become a Trustee for a local schools group, where I hope to share my experience gained over the last eight years.