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 working as a pharmacist within a range of health sectors for over 30 years and for the last 10 years, as a specialist mental health pharmacist supporting people to get the best out of their medication. I am currently a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Network for Learning Disability Accreditation and Advisory Committee. In addition, I spend quite a bit of time involved with delivering education and training. I am passionate about supporting our mental health and wellbeing and improving the lives of people with mental health conditions. My professional experience within the NHS and my experience of supporting family members with mental health challenges has provided me with not only an understanding of health policy and best practice in delivering interventions but also how individuals and the wider family group can be affected.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Claire has been a HR professional for nearly 15 years partnering business leaders on their people strategies. She is a Chartered member of the CIPD. She currently works for St Albans’ biggest employer where she has responsibility for defining and delivering the Wellbeing Strategy across the Europe & India region. ‘I am passionate about mental health and ensuring that the wellbeing of employees is a top priority. Also, that the organisational culture allows people to bring their best selves to work’. Claire is excited to bring her corporate experience and make a positive contribution to MiMH and the lives of those it supports. She lives in St Albans with her young family and loves to travel.
I am currently a Head of Service in the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust driving service improvements in quality and performance. My role is to listen and understand the health needs of the workforce, provide analysis and solutions across the organisation, and influence the change required to improve the health outcomes of our working population. With over 15 years’ experience in the health sector, both public and private, and speciality in occupational health and wellbeing, I have seen the devastating impact adverse mental health can have on individuals, families, and communities. I’m committed to playing a key role in supporting MiMH to deliver its strategy, uphold its values and continue to make a difference in supporting our community.
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.
Mary Compton is an experienced leader who retired in 2021 following a 37-year career with BT. Her most recent role was Head of Transformation and Change for HR Services. She has a background in business strategy, change management and during the last 10 years worked as part of an internal transformation consultancy practise to develop and deploy significant people, organisational and process change programmes across the business.
Mary has also spent time as an NHS non-executive director, Trustee and Vice Chair of another Hertfordshire based charity in addition to many years as a school governor. She is now looking to blend retirement with a new Trustee role to help Mind in Mid Herts continue to deliver high quality services and grow the organisation so it can extend its reach further.
I am looking forward to helping the charity grow and build upon its excellent reputation at a time where demand is growing exponentially. Our services are in demand more than ever before, there is no demographic that is untouched by mental health challenges. The last few years and current landscape has made me more conscious of how important it is that we provide services at a local level. With central services stretched and people of all ages and backgrounds feeling more vulnerable, it is vital that we make it easy for people to get the help they need and offer somewhere to turn to. I hope to use my business skills, experience and time to make a difference to the population of Hertfordshire and support the amazing team at MiMH to help more people across the county.
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.