Help us to be there to support mental wellbeing
Our Trustees provide the strategic leadership of Mind in Kingston, and ensure we meet our aims and objectives. All trustees are volunteers who have a personal or professional connection to mental health issues.
Trustees scrutinise and oversee our various procedures and delivery of our services, and they ensure we comply with legal and statutory regulations. The Board of Trustees meets monthly, and are supported by three sub-committees - Finance, HR and Marketing & Fundraising.
Robyn was appointed as Co-Chair of Mind in Kingston together with Kevin Mitchell in May 2019. They will share the responsibilities of the Chair role, whillst providing each other with support.
Robyn joined Mind in Kingston in 2016. She has worked in the voluntary sector for a considerable time, and is a professional fundraiser for a national charity supporting young people into employment. She is also a Director and volunteer for the Surbiton Farmer's Market which is a monthly food market run by volunteers - this is how Robyn got to know about Mind in Kingston. She has previously worked for Girl Guiding and a substance misuse charity. Robyn has a good understanding some of the issues people with mental health issues face, and she is also familiar with the local community.
Robyn chairs the HR Sub-Committee where she is putting her experience of HR, Policies and Procedures and employment to good use. Robyn also sits on the Marketing & Fundraising Sub-Committee.
Kevin was appointed Co-Chair of Mind in Kingston in May 2019 together with Robyn McAllister. They will share the responsibilities of the Chair role whilst providing each other with support.
Kevin joined the board in the summer of 2017. He is currently working as a Consultant providing support to businesses with Strategy, Transformation and Organisational Development. He has previously worked for the Royal Borough of Kingston as the Capability Lead - Strategy. Kevin's extensive knowledge of Kingston Council and the borough in general, has been very useful to Mind in Kingston, as have his skills in consultancy.
Kevin is a member of the Finance Sub-Committee, the HR Sub-Committee and the Marketing & Fundraising Sub-Committee.
Gerard joined Mind in Kingston in 2016. He works for Credit Suisse as UK Investment Bank Head of Outsourcing and brings considerable experience in HR, marketing, management and finance to his role as treasurer and trustee. Gerard is, through family circumstances, very aware of the impact of mental health issues and is keen to use his professional experience to support Mind in Kingston. This is Gerard's first trustee role, and he has learned a great deal about Mind in Kingston and its users, as well as the role of trustee and treasuer.
Gerard chairs the Finance Sub-Committee where he uses his professional skills to support the charity's financial planning and management.
Marilyn has been a Trustee for us for over 5 years. She has a wide range of experience in psychotherapy and has been a qualified psychotherapist since 1986. Marilyn has worked at Tolworth Hospital as an Honorary Adult Psychotherapist. She is also a qualified Social Worker and has extensive experience with families and adolescents.
Marilyn stepped down as Acting Chair in May 2019, having taken on this role during a challenging time. With new trustees on the Board and the charity in a stable position, she has handed over the Chair position but will remain on the board as a Trustee.
Charles has been a Trustee of Mind in Kingston since 2017 and chairs the Marketing & Fundraising Sub-Committee which supports the charity to raise its profile and its fundraising work. Charles uses his own experience with mental health issues as inspiration to campaign for better mental health for all.
He is Head of Health Management at Aon and actively involved in the firm's Diversity & Inclusion agenda as a sponsor and ally. He is a Mental Health First Aider and has an MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing from the University of Nottingham. Reflecting his interest in mental health, his research was into Factors that Facilitate Mental Health Disclosure in the Workplace.
Catherine joined the Board in November 2019 as a Trustee, bringing her extensive knowledge of HR with her. In her role as HR Director for a large company she supports employees with a range of work and health issues, including occupational health, and understands the importance of maintaining good physical and mental wellbeing.
Having had personal experience of mental health issues also means Catherine is aware of the challenges that people face, particularly stigma, and is keen to supoprt Mind in Kingston to reduce this.
Catherine is a member of the HR Sub-Committee.
Rory joined the Mind Kingston Board in January 2019. He currently works as the Head of Projects and Programmes at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Prior to joining the CAA Rory spent 7 years as a management consultant specialising in the delivery of Transformational Change initiatives. Through family experiences he has direct experience of the impact that mental health can have on individuals as well as their family and friends. This is his first Trustee position and he is excited to be bring his professional and personal experiences to support Mind in Kingston.
Rory is a member of the Marketing & Fundraising Sub-Committee.
Bijal joined Mind in Kingston in June 2019. She works for a financial institution as a lawyer in their general counsel’s office, focusing on a broad range of legal matters from governance to risk and regulatory compliance.
Having a keen understanding of mental health issues, Bijal is excited to build her knowledge and will be completing an introductory course in Psychology at Oxford University later this year. Bijal is particularly passionate about de-stigmatising mental health issues and associated treatments, with a particular focus on BAME communities and women.
This is Bijal’s first trustee role and she’s very much looking forward to using her personal and professional experience to support Mind in Kingston.
Melissa joined Mind in Kingston in June
2019. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and qualified in Programme
and Project Management (Prince2 and MSP). She is experienced in delivering
complex transformational programmes in large Financial Institutions. She is
currently the Programme Lead for a Bankwide Regulatory Change Programme in RBS.
Melissa lives locally in Kingston, has two young children and have had experienced mental health challenges over her adult life including after having her children. She is keen to ensure that mental health is being discussed openly and therefore can be addressed earlier in people’s lives. Being a local Kingston resident will also further support the local community. Melissa also volunteers for a charity called Shout, a Crisis Text Line which provides free, confidential support 24/7 via text.
This is Melissa’s first trustee role and is currently a member of the Finance Sub Committee.