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Our Trustees

Mind in Haringey is governed by a board of volunteer trustees who all bring extensive knowledge and experience to the organisation. Our trustees ensure that we are working within our mission and values at all times and that the targets we set strive to achieve our vision.

David Pascall CBE - Chair & Acting Treasurer

Why Mind in Haringey?

I have personal experience of mental illness and live in Haringey. I am now retired from full time executive work and wish to take on non-executive chairmanships and directorships which match my interests and experience. Mind in Haringey is an excellent fit.

Experience:

  • Co-opted to the Board of Trustees in July 2015 as Acting Chairman (and Acting Treasurer since December 2015).
  • Senior executive with BP for twenty five years.
  • Managing Director of Terra Firma (private equity) for eight years.
  • Technical, financial, commercial and change management experience.
  • Previously held Government positions and a range of non-executive chairman and directorship experience.

Interests: Family (3 children), golf, reading, theatre and music.


Marcus Yorke - Vice Chair

Why Mind in Haringey?

I have worked in mental health services for over six years and have a good understanding of front line mental health services and the challenges facing service users in accessing the help they need. Mind in Haringey is an essential local service and I am focused on making sure we can con-tinue to provide important services to people who need them. I have or-ganised events aimed at challenging the stigma attached to mental health issues and this is something I will continue to support.

Experience:

  • Trustee at Mind in Haringey since 2013.
  • Occupational Therapist in a 57-bed mental health rehabilitation unit, specialising in supporting young males with psychotic illness to finding work and educational opportunities.
  • Previously worked as a stills photographer and in television post-production.
  • Volunteers as a befriender for Age UK.

Interests: travelling to different places in Europe and the world, photography, watching movies and hiking.


Gemma Coleman - Secretary

Why Mind in Haringey?

I worked at Mind in Haringey for around 5 months. During this time I saw the really valuable work Mind in Haringey does and I was keen to stay and support this work in a voluntary role. Through work and the experiences of family and friends I’ve seen the impact mental health problems can have, but also how people can be supported and recover, which is why organisations like Mind in Haringey are so important.

Experience:

  • Co-opted to the Board of Trustees in May 2016 as Acting Secretary.
  • Researcher in Special Educational Needs and Disability for the Department of Education.
  • Previously worked for Rethink Mental Illness, supporting people with complex mental health prob-lems in their recovery.
  • Studied Psychology at the University of Exeter.
  • Recently finished a Masters in Mental Health Research at UCL.

Interests: Walking, kayaking and climbing. I’m a keen traveller and like to visit new places. I’ve re-cently enjoyed learning to use a sewing machine and trying to grow vegetables.


Laura Aldridge

Why Mind in Haringey?

I have personal experience of a number of mental health issues, and am strongly committed to improving services in the local area. I’ve lived in Haringey since 2014, and spent a year volunteering at Mind in Haringey in the admin department. After leaving, I was really keen to continue being involved as I believe mental health charities are becoming ever more important due to a lack in government funding for mental health issues, and I’m excited to be part of the invaluable work MiH does. 

Experience:

  • Trustee at Mind in Haringey since February 2017
  • Previously volunteered in the MiH admin office for a year
  • Currently work in academic publishing, and have worked on Psychology books
  • BA and MPhil in Linguistics from UCL and Cambridge

Interests: Music (both listening and playing), cooking, travelling, politics, photography


Oran Blackwood

Why Mind in Haringey?

I wanted to support local people who are struggling with mental ill health. As a teaching professional, and a mental health survivor, I find there is not enough support in place, and what there is tends to be difficult to access. I value the work that Mind does and see that it is an essential link to peo-ple accessing services.

Experience:

  • Co-opted to the Board of Trustees in May 2016.
  • Currently training to be a counsellor and a coordinator for special educational needs.
  • 10 years experience working with SEN and mental health in post 16 education.
  • Currently working with the Hackney Learning Trust to improve provision for young people with special education and mental health needs and support better access to services.
  • Befriender for Maytree, a charity that offers respite for people who are feeling suicidal.
  • Working with the Eagle Recovery Project on photography documentary projects.

Interests: Mental health advocacy, education and photography.


Tricia Bohn

Why Mind in Haringey?

I live in Haringey but have worked as a GP in Hackney for over 20 years in a practice with a strong commitment to mental health and working with local voluntary organisations. Prior to that I worked in Haringey and Hackney as a Youth and Community worker. I have several close family members affected by mental health problems so I would like to support Mind in Haringey in continuing to provide strong and flexible services for local people.

Experience:

  • Co-opted to the Board of Trustees in May 2016.
  • Work experience with young people and people with physical and learning disabilities, providing sup-port and access to education and employment.
  • Primary Care liaison between GPs and voluntary organisations in Hackney. GP lead on dementia and learning disabilities.
  • Committee member of voluntary organisations including Derman, Turkish Counselling Services.
  • Volunteer for Medical Justice, visiting detainees in Immigration Detention Centres.
  • Experience of working in local campaigns, women's health campaigns and wider issues.

Interests: Film and theatre and hiking. Local and health campaigns.


David Mosse

Why Mind in Haringey?

I live in Haringey and am strongly committed to improving mental health services. My personal experience of bereavement by suicide has made me passionate about suicide prevention and working against mental health stigma. As a Trustee for Mind in Haringey I want to learn from the experiences of service users, volunteers, staff and fellow board mem-bers.

Experience:

  • Trustee at Mind in Haringey since May 2015.
  • Chair of the Haringey Suicide Prevention Group and member of the Alliance of Suicide Preven-tion Charities (TASC).
  • A career working on community-based approaches to poverty reduction and human develop-ment internationally (e.g., Oxfam in India).
  • University professor and head of the SOAS Anthropology Dept, and also involved in student mental health issues.
  • Trustee of a development NGO (Village Service Trust) working in rural south India, and member of the Governing Body of SOAS University of London.

Interests: Cycling, running, walking in the countryside, dogs, music, reading, India.


Rachel Nugent

Why Mind in Haringey?

I believe that mental health services on top of those that the NHS offer are vital to our communi-ties. There is a lack of Government funding for mental health which I believe is in part because of the stigma associated with mental illness.

Experience:

  • Trustee at Mind in Haringey since May 2015.
  • Audit Manager at the National Audit office.
  • Expertise in Financial Accounting and reporting, Management Accounting (including Public Sector), Financial Analysis and Audit.
  • Experience in Business Management and Human Resources.
  • Experience in auditing small charities and knowledge of the Charities SORP and disclosure requirements.


Heather Pegrum

Why Mind in Haringey?

I am highly motivated and having worked and volunteered within the third sector as well as using third sector services, I have a strong appreciation of the challenges, opportunities and value of Mind in Haringey. I am pas-sionate about promoting positive health and wellbeing. I believe that ser-vices offered by Mind in Haringey can provide invaluable support for many local people.

Experience:

  • Co-opted to the Board of Trustees in May 2016.
  • Trained Mental Health First Aider with Level 3 Certificate in Working in Community Mental Health.
  • Volunteer Support Time Recovery Worker at the HCCT, City and Guilds.
  • Experience in graphic design and brand for fast-paced organizations, handling national and in-ternational projects.
  • Worked and volunteered for various third sector organizations, including working directly with service users.

Interests: My background is in fine art. In my spare time I continue graphic design and illustration as well as going to the gym and reading.


Amiera Sawas

Why Mind in Haringey?

My life has been affected by mental health issues through family, friends and work. While the UK may be a very developed country, I believe that on the issue of mental health it has a long way to go in addressing the stigma associated with it, and in the funding of appro-priate services. I was excited by the work of Mind in Haringey, which inspired me to apply to be a trustee.

Experience:

  • Trustee at Mind in Haringey since 2014.
  • Academic specialising in issues of international development and the environment based at Kings College London, with a core focus on vulnerable populations and how systematic poverty and inequality often prevents development for these groups.
  • Previous experience in strategic communications and corporate responsibility with the private sector, think tanks and NGOs.