I currently work as a Deputy Director of Finance at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT). This enables me to contribute to the work of our organisation in terms of my financial and strategic experience and my understanding of the local and national policy regarding the delivery of sustainable improvements in mental health. I have a great interest in mental health and have experienced within my own family the impact that these issues can have both on the individual and the wider family.
There are a whole range of issues currently such as: access to services, service quality, funding, long term support, unmet need, public perception. These issues need to be tackled and Mind in Mid Herts is playing a key part in this.
I am very impressed with the organisations energy and freshness. I believe the vision, mission and goals that we have developed are the right ones and I want to continue play a part in making these a reality.
I have been a Mind in Mid Herts Trustee for a number of years. I have worked in both Commercial and Local Government sectors. I have a deep understanding of the issues experienced by people with mental health problems. I am also very aware of the struggles such individuals face regarding the prejudice they encounter from all walks of society. I have taken much pleasure in seeing Mind in Mid Herts grow from strength to strength and look forward to working with this organisation develop and grow providing on an ongoing basis a top quality service to its users.
Matthew is a commercially and technically experienced general manager within the business to business electronics sector. Over some 30 plus years he has developed & implemented strategy, planned & coordinated business operations and ran successful sales and marketing teams. He is currently working at Cranfield University managing their Operations Excellence Institute. He also runs a Manufacturing Co-operative on behalf of the University. He became a trustee in 2015 and hopes to productively use his range of skills to the benefit of both staff and service users.
Alexis has over 30 years’ experience in business, the first 20 in technical and commercial business roles in the UK and Internationally within blue-chip organisations. For the last 11 years she has run her own consultancy business specialising in Business Coaching, Leadership and Team Development.She is a Director of a Not for Profit Women’s Housing Society. She has also held volunteer Treasurer roles in the past. She lives in St Albans and her hobbies are sailing, walking, exercise and reading. Alexis is now the charity’s treasurer.
Peter lives in Knebworth and is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Having reached 65 in March last year, he now considers himself semi-retired; working 4 to 6 days per month as Head of Business Development for a Hemel based company. The company operates internationally and he oversees specific projects in UK, Europe and USA. Projects are in the fields of medical imaging and industrial inkjet printing. During his career he has accrued and maintained a number of practical skills in technology and business which he believes are transferrable to the voluntary sector. In anticipation of retirement, 2 years ago he started his involvement with the voluntary sector which he is pleased to say has grown somewhat.
His current activities include
Young Enterprise – Business Adviser (Team Program for Special needs students)
Young Enterprise – Support for Enterprise in Action
Young Enterprise – Business Adviser (Company Program)
Dragons Apprentice Program – Mentor
Timebank – Volunteering time (in IT related areas)
The YE roles are particularly rewarding in that the programs, run in schools, give young people an extra chance to progress.
In his brief exposure to MiMH he has met some fantastic people that he has enjoyed working with and he believes his skills and experience can provide value to MiMH both in the role of Trustee and as a “pair of hands”.
Rose has almost a decade’s experience of devising and implementing communications strategies for high-profile organisations and campaigns. This includes experience of delivering media and public affairs campaigns, media training and advice to senior management teams, digital campaigning, internal and crisis communications. Her clients have included household names Disney, Nintendo, The AA and Emirates; Government behaviour change campaigns Talk to FRANK, the smart meter rollout and WRAP; and pro-bono work for Malala Yousafzai and the Global Apollo Programme. She has also completed a foundation course in psychotherapy and volunteers as a befriender at Maytree, a respite centre for people experiencing suicidal feelings.
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'In the past 12 months, at least 369 trans and gender-diverse people were reported killed globally'.
By commemorating this day it "seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people - sometimes in the most brutal ways possible - it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice."
- Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
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