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Wandsworth & Westminster Mind is governed by a non-executive board. Board members oversee the direction and strategy of the charity holding the senior management team to account and scrutinising their decisions. Board members serve on a voluntary basis. None of them are paid.
We are fortunate to have a strong board of governers with diverse experience and skills. We are proud to include service users on our board, as well as people with experience in mental health, social care, finance, management and a range of other disciplines.
To contact the board of trustees directly please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our board of management as of 31 December 2015 includes:
John Thompson - Chair
John has been Chair of Wandsworth and Westminster Mind since 1st April 2015. Prior to this he was the Chair of Westminster Mind for 4 years. He is the Chief Executive of St Martins, a London housing association that works with people with forensic mental health backgrounds. He is a strong advocate of the Recovery Approach and Service User Involvement.
Anne Clark - Vice Chair
Anne’s experience spans national NHS development work with the most challenged NHS trusts and senior leadership roles across healthcare sectors and within health economies.
Anne specialises in the provision of interim, consultancy, mentoring & coaching services to organisations and individuals in the public, voluntary and private healthcare sectors. She is currently a tutor at Manchester University Business Schools on the MSc in Health Care Leadership.
Anne joined Westminster Mind in 2008 and became a Vice Chair in May 2012. Her focus is to ensure that the board functions effectively to enable the provision of high quality services to all.
Sue Williamson - Vice Chair
Sue lives in Balham and worked for Wandsworth Council up to 2011 setting up schemes, including Apprenticeships, to help young people back into education and into work. Before that she was a head teacher in Merton.
She is a Vice Chair of the new Wandsworth & Westminster Mind and is working to enhance services and premises in the new organisation.
Sue was pleased to become a trustee in October 2012.
Jonathan Lawlor - Treasurer
Jonathan was Treasurer of Wandsworth Mind from February 2011 through to the merger with Westminster Mind in April 2015. He previously worked for 20 years as an investment analyst and then as a head of research in the City. As the recently appointed Treasurer of the merged charity, he has been closely involved in the launch of the new website, development of the retail strategy, and is using his analytical skills to help further develop strategic planning for Wandsworth & Westminster Mind.
Mike was a career Social Worker in Children & Families for many years in East London before moving to Mental Health where he worked at Friern and in the community. He moved to Westminster to co-manage the Abbey Road Community Mental Health Team and after some years moved to City Hall as Commissioner of Mental Health Services as part of the then joint Local Authority & Health Commissioning Team. Much of his work was related to Day Services, particularly at Westminster Mind, so he was pleased to join the board when approached.
Sasha has been involved in Education access since 2000 managing the Pembroke House school engagement project on the Aylesbury Estate. She has held a number of advisory roles in the cultural and policy sectors working as an advisor to the Home Office, The Geffrye Museum, the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Rambert Dance Company and the Architecture Foundation. After returning from Washington in 2008 Sasha joined the Department for Education to become a manager and policy advisor on the Academies Programme, taking a special lead on Primaries work. In 2014 Sasha was based in the Cabinet Office as a foreign policy advisor working on the Trade and International Development portfolios. She has recently moved to the Department for Communities and Local Government to lead strategy on local audit and accountability regimes.
Richard lives on the Queens Park Estate in Kensal Rise and has a background in business, more specifically catering. He has worked as a Management Consultant focusing on Marketing and Project Management since 2001 following work with British Rail as well as a number of large hospitality companies.
Richard became a trustee in 2002.
As a chartered accountant, Julian operated at a senior level within commercial organisations and brings his financial skills to Wandsworth & Westminster Mind. He helps continue to ensure that financial issues having an impact on the charity are the subject of rigorous scrutiny.
Julian has been a trustee since 2003.
Maureen has been a service user at Wandsworth Mind for two years. Before that she has been service-user volunteer at Family Action until the service closed down. The reason for being a representative on the Wandsworth & Westminster Mind board is to bring the voice of the service-user to strategic debates and decisions.
Dr Momotaj Islam
Momotaj is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (Associate Fellow of the BPS) who has been working in the NHS for 22 years. She has been an external lecturer and supervisor on post-graduate courses at the University of Surrey for over 10 years. She is also an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. In recent years, she has been running an independent psychology practice.
Throughout her career, she has been involved in community development work, and with charitable and voluntary organisations – especially for women’s issues, Asian communities, and mental health causes. Momotaj has written occasional newspaper articles and undertaken some small-scale media & public speaking work in the area of mental health and community issues in order to raise awareness and reduce the stigma so often associated with mental illness. She has been involved with the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network for a number of years, focusing on co-production work between the mental health trust and local communities. As a consultant with North Paddington Food Bank, she provides monthly support sessions for the volunteers.
As Head of Programmes at Spice Rosie leads development and delivery in England. She works with Public, Community & Voluntary Sector partners to build strong and sustainable communities, supporting individuals and organisations to design and develop more co-productive services, and support health & wellbeing outcomes.
Before joining Spice Rosie worked at Nesta in the Public Services Lab on a variety of programmes developing innovative approaches to societies most pressing needs, these included establishing the Co-production Network in partnership with nef, working on the Creative Councils programme, and leading Age Unlimited, a programme developing innovations for new ways of working and living in older age. Previously Rosie also worked at the Design Council on the Public Services by Design programme, helping public sector managers to use design methods to develop and deliver better public services. She is a Psychology graduate, and also holds an MSc in International Development. When she's not working you'll usually find her reading a book, climbing a rock face, or looking after her bees!
Jessica works in HR Transformation Consulting, helping clients to attract, develop and retain employees at the best value and in line with business objectives. She has a particular interest in employee wellbeing and diversity. She is also involved with organising team corporate volunteering and fundraising for her current and previous employers. In addition, she regularly participates in her own individual fundraising challenges such as marathons and tough mudder. She is passionate about ensuring diversity of mental health service offerings so that everyone has access to support.
Dr Gail Wingham
Dr Gail Wingham is a specialist clinical psychologist currently working in inpatient forensic services in London. She has extensive experience of working clinically with adults, adolescents and children in the community and in residential hospitals. She has a particular interest in preventative therapeutic interventions, particularly for young people.
Gail specialises in psychological treatments for people with psychosis and has collaborated with University of Oxford’s OCAP (Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis) to develop new treatments for individual with psychosis and persecutory beliefs. In addition, Dr Wingham has conducted her own doctoral research at University College London using virtual reality technology as a research tool for individuals with psychosis with the prospect of developing new therapeutic tools for this population.
Gavin’s professional background is in biochemistry and biophysics and he is an Oxford graduate. Gavin has been a service user at Wandsworth & Westminster Mind and brings his valuable insight from this perspective to the Board.
In his spare time Gavin enjoys visiting art galleries and travel. Staying fit and healthy is important to him so his swims and plays tennis on a regular basis. Always keen to gain new skills, Gavin is currently learning German.