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Paul Ronald

Chairperson

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.


Neil Margereson

Trustee

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 Caffrey

Trustee

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 Ernst

Trustee

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 Walsh

Trustee

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 Beynon

Trustee

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.


Narcis Balalau

Trustee

Narcis has over 20 years’ experience in the end-to-end business cycle within the food industry, global food supply chain management, and marketing, financial management reporting & manufacturing process knowledge. He has worked in a wide range of industries including food, manufacturing, retail and FMCG. He has a Masters in Management, Specialising in Business Administration from Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom and he is a Member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.


Shona Davies

Trustee

Shona is a Senior Operations Executive who turns strategy into delivery - helping companies succeed when launching and growing their health-centred business. With 16 years in the Digital Health space working with Pharmaceuticals, Publishers, Societies and Agencies, Shona has the skills and network to help start-ups to PLCs develop their products and services and create efficient and effective operations processes. She coaches and mentors teams to improve skills and productivity. In the mental health space, Shona campaigns, consults and coaches both individuals and organisations as well as working as a trustee for MiMH. With her own lived-experience of mental ill-health, she is committed to ensure the right support is available to anyone who needs it.


Isaac Kenyon

Trustee

Being open and transparent my personal connection with a Mind in Mid Herts (MiMH) grew from when I experienced high levels of anxiety last year; with no medical treatment I found to find a solution that worked for me which I call “outdoor time”. I was aware of MiMH as a local resident of Colney Heath, however, it was only when I experienced my own mental health issues did I realise how important a charity like this is in providing prevention, recovery and support services to those like myself in Hertfordshire. I have always participated in adventurous endeavors such as rowing the Atlantic Ocean unsupported and swimming the English Channel as well as many others I have started a campaign to inspire others to reach their potential, it is targeted at those whose daily lives involve excessive “screen time” to get more outside time in nature for that wellbeing balance. Next year I will cycle from John O’Groats the most northern point of mainland Scotland to Lands End the most southern point of England for MiMH. I looked at the values and the mission of the charity and it aligned with my own. I want to help those who need help with their mental health. I want to give to the community as it is where I get the most satisfaction when helping those that need it. It is important for me to listen and facilitate change by contributing and add value to the strategy/guidance of the charity in compliance with governmental law, whilst also fundraising through my adventures and giving talks to the community (see my website: www.isaackenyon.com) on behalf of the charity. I have been the president of my university swimming club as well as the geological society of the university so am familiar with how committees are run. I have experience in finance working as an accounting business analyst so understand the financial side of the charity and effective in outreach raising over £120k in 6 months to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Being upfront I have not been involved in a charity this large before and am interested to learn more and challenge myself in a trustee role as well as getting hands on with volunteering.


Ian Callaghan

Trustee

Ian is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience working in a number of Senior Finance roles in Banking. Ian was introduced to Mind in Mid Herts through the support Lloyds Bank Foundation has provided to MiMH over the last few years. Ian has provided support to Sharn, our CEO, in the recent past and was delighted to be asked to join the Board of Trustees. Ian brings a strong Finance background and is keen to get involved in a number of areas to support the wider management team.


Dominic Mahabir

Trustee

Dominic has many years’ experience in the charitable sector having previously worked for the St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service where he managed a charitable Trust providing grants for older adults. He developed strong relationships with the NHS clinical commissioning group and County Council; he increased the brand awareness of the charity leading to it being able to help many more people and launched its website during a very successful public event. He currently works in finance with experience in process improvement and project management


Sandy-lee Connolly

Trustee

Sandy-lee is Group Head of Talent & Diversity at Keller Group plc and is responsible for defining and delivering on Keller’s Talent Management strategy and ensuring there is an effective process in place for identifying Keller’s future leaders. She is also responsible for developing a group-wide approach to diversity and inclusion and works alongside the group leadership team to ensure Keller’s D&I Strategy is embedded within the organisation. Sandy-lee is a member of Keller’s Sustainability Steering Committee and leads on Gender Equality which is one of the six UN Sustainability Development Goals which Keller has committed to progressing. “I am passionate about investing in people and believe that everyone has their part to play in levelling the playing fields so that all have the opportunity to thrive and realise their potential” She is a member of the Chartered Governance Institute and has gained significant experience over the last 18 years as a Governance Professional. Having struggled with her own mental health challenges, Sandy-lee wanted to make a positive contribution to an organisation whose purpose was to empower people to take control of their mental health. She joined the Board of MiMH as a Trustee in 2019.


Laura Tyrrell

Trustee

Laura has a wealth of experience within the mental health sector, this includes working for a mental health charity where she evaluated the services for adults within residential care homes and looked to improve them. She has also worked in the NHS for many years, including at a mental health NHS Trust, where she implemented a new step-down service for patients. Plus she has worked within the London region, where she worked on improving the section 136 pathway and also the support offer for callers to 111 who require mental health support. In addition, she previously led the engagement of a mental health awareness campaign called Thrive LDN, which the Mayor of London fronted. She has also worked at national level in the NHS, where she previously helped mental health trusts (and other sectors) to improve their data quality and identify where improvements could be made to their services. She now currently works within the adult mental health policy team within NHS England and NHS Improvement, and leads the implementation of the long-term plan recommendations for mental health in relation to acute and crisis care. She was previously a Trustee for Sound Minds, a mental health charity based in South West London, and was there for approximately 3 years. During which time she managed a national peer support event, called Peerfest on behalf of the charity, which sought to raise awareness of available peer support options, encourage open conversations about mental health and highlight how different arts can support mental wellbeing.


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