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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.


Alexis Ernst

Treasurer

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.


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

Company Secretary

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.


Danielle Adams

Trustee

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.


Michaela Clark

Trustee

Having worked within the not for profit sector for a number of years Michaela has a wide range of fundraising and donor management experience. Working in both corporate and community fundraising roles, along with capital builds, she is currently in a grant funder role. Michaela is proud to advise MIMH's on fundraising and donor stewardship to develop their income. Personally, mental health is close to Michaela's heart and she is passionate about enabling people to access mental health provision.


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