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Staff Team

Our dedicated staff team delivers the wide range of services and projects that support people with mental health issues in our local community. Most staff have lived experience of mental health issues, and have professional experience of working with people with mental health issues and other disabilities. 

Rianne Eimers

Chief Executive Officer

Rianne oversees the management of Mind in Kingston which includes responsibility for finances, generating income, managing staff and volunteers, implementing policies and procures, developing and overseeing services and projects and supporting the Board of Trustees with governance and strategic development.

Rianne works Monday-Friday.

Email: [email protected]

Rachel Dykins

Director of Development

Rachel’s role is to oversee the development of our services, including identifying new opportunities, supporting funding bids, tenders and contracts and supporting partnership and collaboration. Rachel manages the Magpie Project (supporting the Korean Community), our Physical and other Activities, Outreach & Engagement, Time to Change Kingston and the Advancing Mental Health Equality (AMHE) Collaborative. She works closely with our Volunteer Coordinator to support the recruitment, supervision and training of existing and new volunteers.

Rachel works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Email: [email protected]mindinkingston.org.uk

Jana Gray

Director of Operations

Jana is responsible for operations, which includes overseeing, developing and maintaining our services, ensuring they meet our beneficiaries’ needs and are run in line with our commissioners’ and funders’ expectations. These include the Floating Support Service, Counselling, Drop-in Cafe, Kingston College Drop-in Cafe, Mental Health Awareness Training and Peer Support. Jana will also be involved in developing and maintaining our partnership with our Mind colleagues in South West London. In addition, Jana supports our HR (Human Resources) function and will be working with partners and stakeholders.

Email: [email protected]

Vicky Bourne

Counselling & Wellbeing Manager

Vicky manages our Counselling Service, Drop-in Café, the Kingston College Drop-in Cafe and Wellbeing Wednesdays services which offer a wide range of emotional and practical support. She also provides free mental health awareness training to local schools, charities and partners, with a focus on increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues, how to build resilience, sharing practical tips on how to support others and developing a robust mental wellbeing policy. 

Vicky works Monday-Thursday.

Email: [email protected]

Lisa Blackman

Alfriston Outreach Manager

Lisa oversees the running of Alfriston Outreach, which provides practical and emotional support to people who are lonely and isolated and who are less likely to have someone to help them at home. Support includes delivery of cooked meals, laundry, shopping, picking up prescriptions as well as regular check-in to ensure people are well. Lisa manages the Alfriston Outreach Team and Volunteers, as well as the building where the service is based, including room hire. She also supports the development of the services, looking for new opportunities and working closely with referrers such as the Social Care Team at the local authority.

Email: [email protected]

Lou (Louisa) Valentine

Executive Administrator

Lou’s role is to support the management team with their work, including preparing and circulating minutes, reports and presentations, supporting recruitment campaigns, managing diaries and emails, booking meetings, and supporting the board of trustees with administrative tasks. 

Lou works Monday to Friday.

Email: [email protected]

Alex (Alexandra) Schnabl-Bell

Communications Officer

Alex is responsible for overseeing our social media, website and newsletter; supporting our fundraising activities both online and in the community; supporting our mental health awareness campaigns, and working with the team to promote Mind in Kingston’s services and activities.

Alex works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Email: [email protected]

Ronnie Hannah

Finance Officer

Ronnie is responsible for providing Mind in Kingston with financial support, including bookkeeping, invoicing, monitoring income and expenditure against the budget and supporting the Finance Sub-Committee. He also supports the charity with ICT.

Ronnie works Monday-Friday.

Email: [email protected]

Simon Montague-Taylor

Floating Support Officer

Simon supports clients to live independently in the community, either in shared housing which Mind in Kingston manages, or in their own homes. As well managing our property, he works with clients with the aim to move them on into their own independent accommodation. This service is delivered in partnership with Hestia.

Simon works Monday-Friday.

Email: [email protected]

Persephone Pickering

Outreach & Engagement Officer

Persephone oversees the Outreach & Engagement service, which includes reaching out to all parts of the borough and engaging with our local community, and engaging with our beneficiaries through the Empowering Minds Forum. 

Persephone works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Email: [email protected]

Sarah Hollebon

Time to Change Kingston Coordinator

Sarah supports Time to Change Kingston (TTCK), which is led by Champions (people with lived experience of mental health issues) and which seeks to challenge stigma and discrimination in mental health. She supports the Champions and TTCK Steering Group meetings, and organises activities that open up discussions about mental health, and challenge stigma and discrimination.

Sarah works Monday afternoons and Wednesdays.

Email: [email protected]

Alice Zhao

Volunteer Coordinator

Alice works closely with the team to recruit and induct new volunteers and provide ongoing support to existing volunteers including supervision, training and development. Alice ensures that volunteers are matched to the right service, and have a positive experience whilst volunteering with us. 

Alice works Thursday and Friday.

Liam Burke

Alfriston Outreach Deputy Manager

Liam works closely with Lisa and the Alfriston Outreach team to support their beneficiaries, promote the service and help with practical issues, such as managing the Alfriston building, getting new beneficiaries signed up and working with volunteers.

Liam works Monday to Friday.

Email: [email protected]

Tim Carter

Alfriston Outreach Cook

Tim has worked for Alfriston Outreach for many years, cooking excellent nutritious meals for people visiting Alfriston, and to be delivered to the people they support. Tim plans the meals every week, ensuring that there is variety and something for everyone. 

Tim works Monday to Friday

Email: [email protected]

William Young

Alfriston Outreach Driver

William supports the Alfriston team to deliver a wide range of items to the people they support, including cooked meals, laundry, food, and prescriptions. He drives an accessible minibus which ensures he has plenty of space and he can also drive people to/ from appointments, as well as on day trips.

William works Monday to Friday. 

Email: [email protected]

Sue Ilsley

Peer Support Officer (Volunteer)

Sue oversees our Peer Support Project which supports people with lived experience of mental health issues to support others in similar circumstances.  The project encourages mutual support, learning from each other’s experiences and forming a positive connection with others.

Sue is a volunteers and works 1-2 days per week depending on demand.

Email: [email protected]

Flora Clifton

Office Administrator

Flora provides administrative support to the team, including supporting the team meetings and taking minutes, updating database, helping with monitoring and other reports, and updating internal information and data.

Flora usually works Wednesday afternoons.

Email: [email protected]

Edit Biro-Hanna

Art Therapist (self-employed)

Edit provides regular free art therapy sessions which offer people emotional and therapeutic support in a safe and non-judgemental space. Using a wide range of art techniques, Edit helps beneficiaries to explore their feelings through creative activities and encourages them to share their art works (although this is entirely voluntary).

Edit works on Mondays.

Email: [email protected]

Drop-in Café Team

The Bridge Drop-in Cafe
Welcare House
53-55 Canbury Park Road
Kingston upon Thames

The Bridge Cafe is open on Monday evenings from 18:00-21:00.

The Star Drop-in Cafe
Alfriston Day Centre
3 Berrylands Road

The Star Cafe is open on Thursday evenings from 19:00-21:00.

Virtual Drop-in Cafe
We run a virtual Drop-in Cafe for anyone that does not wish or is not able to attend in person. Sessions are run via Zoom which you can download for free.

To join the Cafe, please email [email protected] and you will be sent a Zoom link and passcode.

Sessions are run on Tuesdays from 18:00-19:00.

Vicky Bourne

Drop-in Cafe Manager

Vicky oversees the Drop-in Café service, including line managing the staff, organising shifts and cover, promoting the service and encouraging new beneficiaries to attend.

Vicky works Monday-Thursday.

Email: [email protected]

Hereward Hill

Drop-in Café Supervisor

Hereward supervises Drop-in Café sessions, providing visitors with support, organising activities, providing refreshments (COVID permitting) and line-managing other Café staff.

Hereward works on Thursday evenings at the Star Café. 

Email: [email protected]

Adele Kempton

Drop-in Café Worker

Adele works with Hereward to deliver regular sessions at the Star Café. She provides support to beneficiaries, helps to organise activities, and provides refreshments (COVID permitting).

Adele works on Thursday evenings at the Star Café. 

Email: [email protected]

Rachel Sinclair

Drop-in Café Worker

Rachel works for the Virtual Drop-in Café, which is currently delivered on Tuesdays. Rachel advertises the sessions, supports beneficiaries to attend and organises different activities and themes for each session.

Rachel works Tuesday evenings. 

Email: [email protected]

Yasmin Dob-Johnson

Drop-in Café Worker

Yasmin works for the Virtual Drop-in Café, which is currently delivered virtually. Yasmin advertises the sessions, supports beneficiaries to attend and organises different activities and themes for each session.

Yasmin works Tuesday evenings. 

Email: [email protected]

Isabella Askey-Brown

Drop-in Café Worker

Isabella works for the Virtial Drop-in Café, which is currently delivered virtually. Isabella advertises the sessions, supports beneficiaries to attend and organises different activities and themes for each session.

Isabella works Tuesday evenings. 

Email: [email protected]

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