Our People

Board of Trustees

Rebecca Jarvis

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Rebecca Jarvis

I have over 15 years experience of working in health and social care. Much of this has been leading large scale transformational change projects and programmes but I also worked for four years as a Strategic Commissioning Manager for Older People’s services in Bromley, working jointly across the Council and the then Primary Care Trust (PCT). I was responsible for commissioning a range of services including some from Bromley MindCare.

In these roles, I have developed a broad overview of the health and social care system, leadership skills, and the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including clinicians, strategic leaders, patients, service users and their carers.

I became a trustee of Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich in 2014, as I am passionate about supporting people living with and affected by mental health problems and dementia. I feel I have some useful skills and experience to offer and I enjoy watching the organisation grow and develop. I am also learning a lot about how charities are run and governed which is useful in my day job as Interim Director of Operations at the South London Health Innovation Network (HIN).


Mike Ricketts

Vice Chair of the Board

Mike Ricketts

I have lived in Bromley for over 30 years. I retired in 2006 after 5 years as director of Communications at the Government consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

My career has mainly been working on Government public relations in the civil service, starting in overseas development (having previously worked for Oxfam).  I then moved to the DHSS where I had particular involvement with mental health issues and social services.  From there I went on to the Department of Transport (running road safety and anti-drink/driving campaigns) and the Department for Trade and Industry as Director of News.  Before joining OFT I undertook some special projects, including leading on the Government’s Millennium bug publicity programme and helping set up the public relations operations of the then new Greater London Authority.

Since retirement I have become a Trustee of Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind and have been Vice Chair since 2009.  I joined the Bromley Youth Offending Team as a voluntary panelist.  I am also a trustee on the management committee of the Petts Wood War Memorial Trust.


Sharon Kerridge

Treasurer

Sharon Kerridge

I joined the board in 2018 and live in Greenwich. I am a risk management specialist and professional banker with over 30 years’ experience in the commercial banking and asset management sectors.

Now transitioning to advisor, I am currently working with an international NGO as their Business Partner for Risk Management helping them to develop their operational risk management framework and am also a Trustee for Working Chance.  When time permits I also volunteer in London and Africa supporting charities that promote inclusion and financial sustainability.

With personal experience of a family member diagnosed with dementia and dear friends with mental health problems, I am proud to be involved in with an organisation making a real difference to people’s lives and hope to use my passion, energy and professional skills to sustain and improve the services across our boroughs and raise awareness of the invaluable work the third sector does.


Donald Burford

Don Burford

I have lived in Lewisham for over 30 years. I have spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry (Wellcome, GSK) and medicines department working as a Project Manager in a number of multi-disciplinary teams in the research, development and manufacture of high profile products. I also co-authored regulatory documents and led both inspections and approval of medicinal products in the UK and European communities.

I currently work in the Educational Sector as a personal tutor and mentor involved in raising attainment standards in schools and also a school governor and Exam Standards officer. I am also the Chair of the Civil Leadership Group in Lewisham which has been involved in addressing the inequalities and underrepresentation of minority groups in the public and private sectors through cross-agency partnerships in areas of health, wellbeing and education.

I became a trustee at Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind as a result of over 15 years lived experience with mental health in the family and was attracted by the broad spectrum of services that the charity provides. I look forward to continuing the support of these services to a wide and diverse demographic group and improving the overall mental health and wellbeing of the community.


Lisa Burnand

Lisa Burnand

I have lived in Blackheath for 30 years and became a Trustee of Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind in 2018. The work the charity does to support the mental health and wellbeing of those in need particularly resonates with me, since a close family member has faced mental health challenges for many years and Mind provided valuable support at a crucial time. I look forward to playing my part in helping to support the very important services that Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind provide to the local community.

I am professionally qualified in the area of finance with many years working in client facing roles, helping clients to raise finance and review their financial risks and risk mitigation plans. More recently, I have moved into consultancy and project work, allowing me to develop further, my skills in critical analysis and decision-making and broadening my commercial experience.

I have always recognised the importance of active collaboration and open communication and enjoyed building and leading teams on this basis. Helping individuals to reach their potential has been a key focus of mine through both coaching and mentoring programmes that I have been a part of.


Margaret Cunningham

Margaret Cunningham

I worked as a Peer Support Volunteer at our Beckenham Centre for several years as I was keen to be involved in supporting local mental health services.  I had had significant personal experience of mental illness in the past, so felt able, to some degree, to empathise with people who use Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind’s services.  I am interested in listening to the feelings and views of as wide a range of users as possible. I have a civil service background and later retrained as a social worker. I became a Service User Trustee in 2010.


Melissa King

Melissa King

I am a firm believer that people with mental health issues and dementia need to have access to the right support in a timely way, as this can make a huge difference. I’ve experienced mental health issues in my family and understand the challenges this can present.

I live in Woolwich with my husband Amit and son Ayush. We’re proud to live in such a diverse community. Professionally, I am qualified in Human Relations and for nearly 15 years I have worked in this field, both in the Ministry of Justice and for the last 8 years for the Co-op. I want to use my breadth of generalist HR, commercial skills and leadership experience to support the vision and strategy of Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind. I feel very privileged on the Board of Trustees for this incredible charity and I am continually humbled by the amazing work of the staff and volunteers.


Lydia Lee

I have been a resident of Bromley for over 40 years. My professional career was in the primary education sector of both Bromley and Croydon, latterly in senior management roles within schools.Following retirement, I served as a School Governor for 5 years and am currently a volunteer in the King’s Health Trust. I have been in this role for over 7 years, principally as a hospital visitor under the guidance of the hospital Chaplains.

I was also a primary carer for a number of years and have lived experience of mental health problems and the early stages of dementia. I have an interest in the role of Peer Support within the mental health services and hope my involvement with Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind enables me to share my experience, skills and expertise within the role of  Trustee.


Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore

For most of my working life I have been a university lecturer and journalist. I developed a strong interest in my work representing students with disabilities, many of whom had mental health problems.

I have lived in the borough of Greenwich for over 30 years and am very aware of local community issues. I would very much like to develop my interest in helping those with mental health problems and using my skills to make a difference as a Trustee.


Paula Morrison

Paula Morrison

I have worked in mental health for over 30 years. My career started with nurse training in Northern Ireland. This was followed by a clinical career in London in a range of hospital and community settings, including acute mental health services, family therapy, group therapy and leading on quality in mental health nursing practice. This clinical career was then followed by a national leadership role with the King’s Fund designing and developing evidence-based clinical practice for nurses as well as leading research on new clinical models.

I have also worked as the Head of Nursing and Clinical Effectiveness for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, with a particular interest in developing innovative approaches in mental health practice.

Most recently, I have had a strategic role in developing and leading population approaches in public health in Bromley, including the lead for strategic change in mental health, working with vulnerable populations, population inequalities and substance misuse.

I am a resident of the London Borough of Lewisham.


Stuart Robertson

Stuart Robertson

I have lived in the Bromley area on and off since I was 13 years old. I qualified as a Doctor in 1976 and became a GP in 1981. I have been involved with mental health issues in Bromley since the mid-1990s when I was asked by the Primary Care Mental Health Facilitator to be part of a working group looking at developing mental health services in general practice.

I was a member of Beckenham and Penge PCG which was active from 1999 to 2002 before the Bromley PCT was formed in 2002. I was lead for mental health during my time in the PCG.

Between 2004 and 2012, I was on the Bromley Local Medical Committee (LMC) and was Vice Chairman from 2006 until I stood down from LMC in 2012. During that time, I was involved actively with mental health issues and chaired bi-monthly liaison meetings between Oxleas and the LMC which helped to establish better working relationships between GPs and Oxleas.

In 2014, I retired from my Practice, but continue to do locum work. I am a Trustee at Bromley Y, a member of the Rotary Club at Langley Park, a Vice President at Bromley Rugby Club and a Medical Referee at Beckenham Crematorium.


Senior Management Team

Ben Taylor

Chief Executive

Ben Taylor

Ben joined Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind in 2005, and was appointed Chief Executive in 2012.

Ben is a social worker by training, and has worked primarily in the charity sector, in particular managing mental health, dementia and substance misuse services.

From 2007-10, he was seconded part time to the National Social Inclusion Programme at the Department of Health as National Mental Health Day Services lead, where he developed guidance and support for commissioners and providers.

Ben’s areas of interest and expertise include business development, leadership and the role of the third sector, and he is passionate about the value of peer support.


Debbie Witherick

Head of Finance & Resources

Debbie WitherickDebbie joined Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind as the Head of Finance in 2010. Her role has since expanded to incorporate responsibility for Human Resources and Facilities.
Debbie is a chartered accountant, training with KPMG within their Public Sector Audit Department.

After 5 years with KPMG, she decided to specialise in the charity sector finance and worked for two different charities in financial control positions, before joining Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind .

Debbie’s aim in her role is to ensure that all our resources are used as effectively and efficiently as possible to enable the provision of excellent quality services in a cost effective way.


Dominic Parkinson

Head of Services

Dominic ParkinsonDominic joined Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind in 2014, having spent more than 20 years working for the NHS, local authorities and the charity sector, with 17 years’ experience working in mental health services. This includes 24-hour Supported Housing through to community-based support to develop independence.