Alastair Smith-Agbaje

CEO Lambeth & Southwark Mind.

Alastair is passionate about the wellbeing and support of vulnerable people within our communities, in particular individuals who struggle with low self-esteem and mental health related issues. Alastair has a background in financial accounting. He has worked for several organisations in senior leadership roles, within corporate companies, charities and local authorities based in United Kingdom. Alastair has lived and worked overseas for several years in Japan, Korea and Norway.


Chrstine Thompson

Office Manager

Christine is passionate and proud to be part of the Lambeth and Southwark mind team who continue to embrace challenges, develop new skills and achieve great accomplishments. She is also the Manger of the Black River Counselling Service, primarily created for the Black African/Afro Caribbean Community in both boroughs. This service has received funding for 2-3 years from the amazing Fishmongers Company’s Charitable Trust (FCCT). Christine has lived most of her adult life in Lambeth and believes that providing wellbeing and support to this community is essential.


Jaimal Patel

Fundraising and Community Engagement Manager

Jai is passionate about health and believes it is important to fight the stigma against mental health in the community. Jai has a background in Communication and Events Management. He studied British Sign Language and believes all should be treated equally. Furthermore, Jai has worked in the charity sector for many years and enjoys helping people achieve their fundraising goals. Has taken part in many fundraising events for various charities.


Erika Mansnerus

Project Development and Evaluation Manager

Erika works in project development and evaluation. She’s keen to tell the stories of how our services make a difference and share these stories with our funders and stakeholders. She enjoys supporting projects and people working in them: to find the flow of communication, better ways working together and growing as an organisation are important for our future service delivery. Her professional background is in social science. She currently works as a part-time integrative counsellor in private practice.


Sally Bushell

Grants Fundraiser

Sally is an experienced grants fundraiser and charity specialist. She is committed to supporting and improving mental health services for all and challenging the stigma associated with mental ill-health. Her professional background spans the public, private and charity sectors. She brings expertise in a number of key areas, having held senior management positions and is passionate about developing new and effective partnerships.


William Moore

Legal Volunteer

William is a legal volunteer who is on secondment from the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP. He has a background in data privacy law and was previously Senior Parliamentary Assistant to an MP in the Houses of Parliament. William has seen first-hand the dramatic impact mental health can have on people and their loved ones and is working hard to ensure that those who need help get the care they deserve.


Joan Kennedy

General Psychotherapy and Information Service Manager

Joan Kennedy is the Manager for the General Psychotherapy Service. This is a free service and supports people on very low incomes (earning less than £15k annually) and people in receipt of benefits. The service is funded by the Big Lottery. Joan also manages the Information Service, a telephone and email signposting service. Volunteers help out with the online directory as well with calls, emails and general admin. This service is funded by SE London CCG.


Venus Caesar

Information Service Advisor

Venus is the Telephone Befriending Manager & Information Service Advisor. She is passionate about supporting people with mental health issues, Venus joined the staff team in 2019, She started her working career as a Staff Nurse in ICU then moved to work on the Maternity wards. Many years later, Venus moved to work in an NHS Research & Development Department. She also volunteered for 5 years with Lambeth Vocational Services, part of the South London & Maudsley Trust (SLaM). Venus is very proud of her heritage. Her mother was Italian, and her father was of Canadian/ West Indian descent.