Tom joined the board as Chair in October 2021 and brings a combination of strategic, financial and people leadership experience, together with a lifelong interest in and commitment to mental health issues. In his 30+ year career as a management consultant, he was a senior leader in professional services firms. Tom’s interest in mental health dates to time spent before university as a nursing auxiliary in a hospital for people with learning disabilities. Since then, he has both volunteered for and raised funds for mental health causes and has also received and benefited from psychotherapy himself.
Neil joined the Board as the Treasurer in July 2021. Neil is a qualified accountant (ACMA, CGMA) and has worked internationally (oil and gas industry) where I sat on various Boards and Committees. He retired early and shortly afterwards became a finance volunteer at Doctors of the World where he gained an insight into the charity world and the financial requirements of these organisations. He is driven by a desire to ensure that healthcare is available to those that need it and he wants those with mental health problems and the individuals that are supporting them to recognise that someone, even a financial professional, cares and is there for them.
Anna is a writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London. She is the author of Penguin published books Big Capital: Who is London for? (2017) and Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City. She is a contributor to The Guardian, a regular conference speaker and appears on television and radio. Her father was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and she has had many years of psychoanalysis herself.
The changes to how we live, work and even simply interact has impacted so many people's mental health, including my own. Lived experience of mental health issues coupled with supporting friends has changed me deeply. I have been a resident of Southwark for more than 15 years and giving back to my local community has always been important to me. Prior to joining Lambeth and Southwark Mind, I was a trustee for 6 years for Link Age Southwark. I currently work as a governance professional and am a graduate member of the Chartered Governance Institute.
I’ve lived in the local area for the past three decades. I’m proud to be a trustee of Lambeth and Southwark Mind and the vital role it plays in promoting good mental health in our communities - both through the work it does for individual and groups, and its advocacy of better policies on mental health particularly for diverse communities such as ours. I bring to the Board my experience as a Chief Executive of a number of small charities, as well as having been a trustee before. I’m a qualified counsellor, and I volunteer locally to provide low-cost counselling for people on restricted incomes. Having benefited from counselling myself, I know first-hand the help it can bring.
Rachel Jamilla Alleyne Kerr
Rachel Alleyneis a qualified mental health social worker. She has worked as a community social worker for 8 years and has been working with people with mental health issues for over 15 years. She has worked with people who suffer from substance misuse and the homeless. She is passionate about mental health and encourages people not to stigmatise service users who are suffering from mental issues and encourages people from ethnic backgrounds to engage with services. “Working as a trustee I hope I can make valuable changes and make a difference for Mind service users within the Lambeth and Southwark community”
I joined the Board in March 2021. I am a solicitor and spent most of my career with the Medical Protection Society, a medical defence organisation representing medical and dental professions. I retired from my role as Head of Legal Services in February 2021, and I now sit as a Lay Magistrate in South East London and as an Adjudicator on two tribunals. Many of the cases I dealt with during my career had a mental health aspect and I am also exposed to mental health problems in the Magistrates’ Court. Accordingly, I have a good understanding of mental health issues, which I hope will assist in driving forward LS&M’s Strategy Plan.
It is amazing to have the opportunity to be part of our local Mind, recognising the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing. I am the Director of Resources for an international children’s charity, having lived and worked in several countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia for close to 20 years before returning to Lambeth. I work across HR, finance, governance, internal audit and IT, leading on the provision of support services across the organisation. I am interested in building stronger organisations to support the communities in which we work and listen to the communities' voices in how we can deliver what they want.
Hillna trains professionals and institutions in Cultural Humility. She specialises in raising awareness of people’s cultural biases and prejudices and shines a light on how this affects us all, especially in the workplace. She also runs Resilience Building and Responding to (Micro)aggression workshops to equip and empower black and other marginalised communities to better manage and respond to the mental health impact of bullying and harassment in the workplace. A mission of hers is to amplify the voices of the seldom heard and gives back to the communities she serves. She is a member of the Mental Health Alliance and SLaM Independent Advisory Group. Hillna advocates for culturally sensitive services to help improve black people’s experience of mental health services and raises awareness of the need for healing.
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