Our people are our most valuable asset. By ‘our people’ we mean our staff, volunteers and trustees.
With over 180 paid staff and more than 260 volunteers, it wouldn’t be practical to showcase everybody, but our senior management team, service managers and trustees can be seen here. Other members of staff can be found on some of the service pages and even if staff are not shown, there are ways to get in touch with us on every page. Our volunteers have their own dedicated page.
To read more about our trustees, simply click on their name and a short biog can be seen. This information is also available for some of the managers.
Senior Management Team
Head of Development
Communications, fundraising, mental health training and business developmentxCharlotte FletcherHead of Development
Communications, fundraising, mental health training and business development
My role at BLG Mind is to oversee the communications/marketing, fundraising and mental health training functions within the organisation. I am also involved in developing BLG Mind as a business, writing proposals, bids and tenders, contributing to strategic direction and supporting other staff to develop new projects, ascertaining demand, planning according to need and launching.
My experience largely lies in the public and third sector where I have held variety of roles over the past 25 years. At the heart of all my work lies strong communications and I am very passionate about engagement and acting on the feedback provided by others to reshape and improve services for the better. I worked as a consultant for seven years, managing a wide range of projects, from organising large scale community events to carrying out consultations and outreach work, to providing third party project evaluations for funders.
Finance ManagerxMatthew GriffithsFinance Manager
ICT ManagerxAndrew BrensonICT Manager
Andrew has worked in the IT industry for nearly 30 years, and after a decade at Channel Four Television, seven years running the IT for Save the Children UK and then another decade as an independent charity IT consultant, he has now joined BLG Mind on a part-time basis to bring his wealth of experience to his local Mind organisation.
Born and bred in South East London, but having been lucky enough to travel extensively both for work and pleasure, he now lives in Beckenham and is enthusiastically working through the IT arrangements for BLG Mind with the aim of making them as efficient, cost-effective and useful as they can be.
HR and People Development ManagerxImogen MooreHR and People Development Manager
Bromley Head of ServicesxLaura SaksenaBromley Head of Services
Lewisham Head of ServicesxSue-Anne BolandLewisham Head of Services
Greenwich Head of ServicesxAndrew FarquharGreenwich Head of Services
Lewisham & Greenwich Dementia Services Manager
Lewisham Dementia Support and Greenwich Information & SupportxSinéad WalshLewisham & Greenwich Dementia Services Manager
Lewisham Dementia Support and Greenwich Information & Support
Bromley Dementia Services Manager
Bromley Dementia Support Hub, MindCare Dementia SupportxSaira AddisonBromley Dementia Services Manager
Bromley Dementia Support Hub, MindCare Dementia Support
I’ve worked in the voluntary/charity sector for over twenty years with a range of different groups of people, from children and families to older people.
In my current role as Bromley Dementia Services Manager, I look after the Bromley Dementia Support Hub, which helps people living with dementia and their carers access the most suitable services for them, and the Mindcare Dementia Respite at Home service, which provides three hours of respite each week to carers who are looking after family members. Having been a carer myself, I understand the lifeline these services offer people affected by dementia in our community.
Dementia Skills ManagerxChristine GallagherDementia Skills Manager
Community Mental Health Services Manager
Recovery Works, BromleyxNathan RendellCommunity Mental Health Services Manager
Recovery Works, Bromley
Manager, South East London Suicide Bereavement ServicexAmy Kirk-SmithManager, South East London Suicide Bereavement Service
Before joining BLG Mind, my experience lay primarily in delivering support services to adults with complex mental health needs. I have also held policy and research roles in the charity sector and been a helpline volunteer.
I am passionate about reflective practice and the effect of working culture on service quality. As manager of the Suicide Bereavement Service, I lead a team across four partner organisations; together, we provide emotional and practical support to people affected by suicide throughout South East London.
Bromley Well Mental Health and Wellbeing Service ManagerxGracie TredgetBromley Well Mental Health and Wellbeing Service Manager
IPS Service Manager
BLGMind/OXLEAS NHS IPS Employment ServicexOmolora ColeIPS Service Manager
BLGMind/OXLEAS NHS IPS Employment Service
Lewisham Community Wellbeing Service ManagerxEstella WestonLewisham Community Wellbeing Service Manager
Deputy Manager, Primary Care Mental Health & Secondary Care Community Mental Health TeamsxOwen Johnson-StewartDeputy Manager, Primary Care Mental Health & Secondary Care Community Mental Health Teams
Chair of the Board of TrusteesxRebecca JarvisChair of the Board of Trustees
I have over 15 years experience of working in health and social care. Much of this has been leading large scale transformational change projects and programmes but I also worked for four years as a Strategic Commissioning Manager for Older People’s services in Bromley, working jointly across the Council and the then Primary Care Trust (PCT). I was responsible for commissioning a range of services including some from Bromley MindCare.
In these roles, I have developed a broad overview of the health and social care system, leadership skills, and the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including clinicians, strategic leaders, patients, service users and their carers.
I became a trustee of Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich in 2014, as I am passionate about supporting people living with and affected by mental health problems and dementia. I feel I have some useful skills and experience to offer and I enjoy watching the organisation grow and develop. I am also learning a lot about how charities are run and governed which is useful in my day job as Interim Director of Operations at the South London Health Innovation Network (HIN).
I joined the board in 2018 and live in Greenwich. I am a risk management specialist and professional banker with over 30 years’ experience in the commercial banking and asset management sectors.
I’m currently working part-time for Marie Curie acting as their Head of Risk, responsible for developing the charity’s operational risk management framework. When time permits, I lead healthy walks in Greenwich Park and volunteer in Africa supporting charities that promote inclusion and financial sustainability.
With personal experience of a family member diagnosed with dementia and dear friends with mental health problems, I am proud to be involved with an organisation making a real difference to people’s lives, and hope to use my passion, energy and professional skills to sustain and improve the services across our boroughs and raise awareness of the invaluable work the third sector does.
Vice Chair of the BoardxDonald BurfordVice Chair of the Board
I have lived in Lewisham for over 30 years. I have spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry (Wellcome, GSK) and medicines department working as a Project Manager in a number of multi-disciplinary teams in the research, development and manufacture of high profile products. I also co-authored regulatory documents and led both inspections and approval of medicinal products in the UK and European communities.
I currently work in the Educational Sector as a personal tutor and mentor involved in raising attainment standards in schools and also a school governor and Exam Standards officer. I am also the Chair of the Civil Leadership Group in Lewisham which has been involved in addressing the inequalities and underrepresentation of minority groups in the public and private sectors through cross-agency partnerships in areas of health, wellbeing and education.
I became a trustee at Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind as a result of over 15 years lived experience with mental health in the family and was attracted by the broad spectrum of services that the charity provides. I look forward to continuing the support of these services to a wide and diverse demographic group and improving the overall mental health and wellbeing of the community.
Lisa BurnandxLisa Burnand
I have lived in Blackheath for 30 years and became a Trustee of Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind in 2018. The work the charity does to support the mental health and wellbeing of those in need particularly resonates with me, since a close family member has faced mental health challenges for many years and Mind provided valuable support at a crucial time. I look forward to playing my part in helping to support the very important services that Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind provide to the local community.
I am professionally qualified in the area of finance with many years working in client facing roles, helping clients to raise finance and review their financial risks and risk mitigation plans. More recently, I have moved into consultancy and project work, allowing me to develop further, my skills in critical analysis and decision-making and broadening my commercial experience.
I have always recognised the importance of active collaboration and open communication and enjoyed building and leading teams on this basis. Helping individuals to reach their potential has been a key focus of mine through both coaching and mentoring programmes t
Melissa KingxMelissa King
I am a firm believer that people with mental health issues and dementia need to have access to the right support in a timely way, as this can make a huge difference. I’ve experienced mental health issues in my family and understand the challenges this can present.
I live in Woolwich with my husband Amit and son Ayush. We’re proud to live in such a diverse community. Professionally, I am qualified in Human Relations and for nearly 15 years I have worked in this field, both in the Ministry of Justice and for the last 8 years for the Co-op. I want to use my breadth of generalist HR, commercial skills and leadership experience to support the vision and strategy of Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind. I feel very privileged on the Board of Trustees for this incredible charity and I am continually humbled by the amazing work of the staff and volunteers.
Jonathan MoorexJonathan Moore
For most of my working life I have been a university lecturer and journalist. I developed a strong interest in my work representing students with disabilities, many of whom had mental health problems.
I have lived in the borough of Greenwich for over 30 years and am very aware of local community issues. I would very much like to develop my interest in helping those with mental health problems and using my skills to make a difference as a Trustee.
Paula MorrisonxPaula Morrison
I have worked in mental health for over 30 years. My career started with nurse training in Northern Ireland. This was followed by a clinical career in London in a range of hospital and community settings, including acute mental health services, family therapy, group therapy and leading on quality in mental health nursing practice. This clinical career was then followed by a national leadership role with the King’s Fund designing and developing evidence-based clinical practice for nurses as well as leading research on new clinical models.
I have also worked as the Head of Nursing and Clinical Effectiveness for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, with a particular interest in developing innovative approaches in mental health practice.
Most recently, I have had a strategic role in developing and leading population approaches in public health in Bromley, including the lead for strategic change in mental health, working with vulnerable populations, population inequalities and substance misuse.
I am a resident of the London Borough of Lewisham.
Stuart RobinsonxStuart Robinson
I have lived in the Bromley area on and off since I was 13 years old. I qualified as a Doctor in 1976 and became a GP in 1981. I have been involved with mental health issues in Bromley since the mid-1990s when I was asked by the Primary Care Mental Health Facilitator to be part of a working group looking at developing mental health services in general practice.
I was a member of Beckenham and Penge PCG which was active from 1999 to 2002 before the Bromley PCT was formed in 2002. I was lead for mental health during my time in the PCG.
Between 2004 and 2012, I was on the Bromley Local Medical Committee (LMC) and was Vice Chairman from 2006 until I stood down from LMC in 2012. During that time, I was involved actively with mental health issues and chaired bi-monthly liaison meetings between Oxleas and the LMC which helped to establish better working relationships between GPs and Oxleas.
In 2014, I retired from my Practice, but continue to do locum work. I am a Trustee at Bromley Y, a member of the Rotary Club at Langley Park, a Vice President at Bromley Rugby Club and a Medical Referee at Beckenham Crematorium.
Rhian MoralleexRhian Morallee
I have spent over ten years as an In-House Lawyer in the Charity sector at both Alzheimer’s Society and CRUK (Cancer Research UK). I have also worked with other charities such as Marie Curie, Citizens Advice and other smaller national and regional charities both in partnerships, consultancy and also advising through my current legal role. I am familiar with the current commissioning landscape and social care system as well as the pressures of running a charity.
I am currently a Director and Employment Law Consultant at a boutique law firm. I combine this with running a training consultancy specialising in employability workshops and webinars aimed at bridging the gap between education and the workplace.
I am a passionate mental health advocate. Having two young children, I can also see that mental health and wellbeing is becoming so much more important in this life we lead and awareness from an early age is so important. This is will be my first role as a Trustee in which I am very excited to learn more about Mind and to offer my expertise and leadership to the already established team.
Chloe WatersxChloe Waters
With the challenges of 2020 affecting so many of us both personally and globally, I believe that advocating for positive mental health has never been more important. I have lived experience as well as supporting family members and friends with mental health issues which has taught me a great deal.
My professional background is in customer operations, workshop facilitation and programme management across financial tech, the arts and social enterprise. I’ve also volunteered for womens and children’s charities, providing support in South London and Bristol. In my current role, I work as a community operations manager for a female social network app, connecting women and mothers across fertility and motherhood.
I live in Lewisham and am passionate about my local area as well as the wider London communities around me. I’m a member of the Young Trustees Movement and interested in raising awareness about improving diversity in trusteeship. I’m excited to join Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind who are doing such valuable work in our communities. I hope to use my skills and passions to contribute to the organisation and continue to advocate for greater wellbeing and mental health support.
Lydia LeexLydia Lee
I have been a resident of Bromley for over 40 years. My professional career was in the primary education sector of both Bromley and Croydon, latterly in senior management roles within schools.Following retirement, I served as a School Governor for 5 years and am currently a volunteer in the King’s Health Trust. I have been in this role for over 7 years, principally as a hospital visitor under the guidance of the hospital Chaplains.
I was also a primary carer for a number of years and have lived experience of mental health problems and the early stages of dementia. I have an interest in the role of Peer Support within the mental health services and hope my involvement with Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind enables me to share my experience, skills and expertise within the role of Trustee.
Zai MakelexZai Makele
I am a qualified solicitor and I started my career in the corporate sector, working at a magic law firm. Since leaving the corporate world, I have gained over six years’ experience providing protection and legal assistance to refugees, migrants and victims of trafficking, working in the UK and in Kenya. In Kenya, I worked for a refugee education charity where I developed communications material and was responsible for fundraising for key projects.
I spent much of my childhood in Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich and through my personal story and work with vulnerable persons, I understand how important and how critical it is to support those with mental health needs in society. I would like to work with Mind so that I can use my legal skills and the unique insight I have on how we can best support those with mental health needs.