Lambeth and Southwark Mind is run by 6 members of staff, a voluntary management committee of trustees, and a team of volunteers.

Staff Members


Ajay Khandelwal (Chief Executive)


Ajay Khandelwal joined us as Director on 3rd March 2015.  Ajay has succesfully led a number of innovation and co-production projects at Lambeth Council.  He was previously programme manager for Nesta’s People Powered Health programme and Turning Point’s Connected Care research.  Before that he led a number of busy operational services. He has a PhD from Essex University and has been a visiting lecturer at City and London Universities and is an Associate of the Civil Service College. He is honorary psychotherapist at the Guild of Psychotherapists and the Mind Psychosis project.


Gloria Gifford (Information Service Manager)

Gloria-20121129 New2Gloria manages Lambeth and Southwark Mind’s information service, which is operated mainly by volunteers.  Between them, they respond to calls and emails as well as update our directory of mental health services. Gloria has worked at Lambeth and Southwark Mind since 2007, and was previously involved between 1991 and 1993. She has been a mental health service user for many years and has worked in mental health and disability charities for 20 years.


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Earl Pennycooke (Southwark User Council Manager)


Earl Pennycooke is the manager of the Southwark User council. It’s a unique service that delivers feedback to Southwark CCG and the council. The SUC works closely with SLaM to give stakeholder feedback on services. Earl has both personal and professional experience of mental health services for over 30 years.

Prior to his role with Lambeth and Southwark Mind he managed a similar project for Equinox care which is a a Mental Health and substance misuse charity. Where he was the User Involvement manager working across London and the South East to ensure service users voices were heard in local and national forums.

He has also managed community based Counselling service that provided floating support in homes for clients who had mental health, learning difficulties and alcohol and substance misuse. This service was also funded to deliver counselling to those diagnosed with personality disorders and alcohol misuse problems and was also a day service for those affected with those issues.

He has also managed a addiction day programme for those who had alcohol misuse issues, mental health issues including eating disorders.

He is a psychotherapist in private practice who attended the Site of Contemporary Psychoanalysis for 5 years and the Philadelphia Association for a year is currently a member of the BACP



Andrea Cook (Interim Project Manager, Southwark Women’s Forum)

Prior to coming to Lambeth and Southwark Mind, Geraldine has worked with young people and adults with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD), in various educational contexts. In previous training roles she has constructed and delivered various training packages for staff working with this cohort on behaviours underpinning specific LDD, Group Leading, Group Dynamics, and training Volunteers. She is a qualified Drama and Applied Theatre practitioner and has a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education (Level 7) from the Institute of Education.

Since 2013, Geraldine has been working as a Facilitator within two women only Peer Support groups for women with lived experienced of mental health distress. Geraldine is passionate about women’s holistic health and would like to see a shift towards statutory services not treating physical and mental health in isolation but rather bridging the gap, by linking and treating individuals’ physical and mental health together – as and where appropriate.


 Fergus Mooney (Peer Support Manager)

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Fergus currently manages as well as facilitates the Peer Support Group @ 336 Brixton Road. Fergus initially co-facilitated the PSG and as of January 2015 began to manage the group. He has been part of the PSG team  now for over a year. (how time flies). Having been part of many a group settings in the past, Fergus truly understands how important it is, for anybody to have that safe place to come and just “be” or to share within the group setting. The group itself is both interactive and interpersonal, where peers come to share their own personal life experiences with one another and build a support network.
Fergus has previous experience of working within many different types of group settings and due to his own personal life experiences and circumstances, decided to work within the Drug and Alcohol addiction field. Throughout Fergus’ own personal recovery he has gained some National Vocational Qualifications in Health and Social Care and is currently working as a Therapeutic Counsellor within the Mind organisation.



Board of Trustees

Parveen Betab (Chair)

Gwilym Harbottle (Trustee)

GwilymGwilym is a barrister with over 20 years’ experience. He practises from Hogarth Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn, London, where he chairs the management committee. His practice is predominantly in intellectual property law but also covers chancery and commercial matters.

Jeremy Dawes (Treasurer/Trustee)



Mark Bertram (Trustee)

Mark-Bertram-243x300Mark works as a service manager for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has many years’ experience of setting up, delivering and evaluating projects that help people increase their social inclusion, recovery and employment prospects. Mark has experience of using mental health services and is an ex-offender. He has a professional background as an occupational therapist and researcher.

Andrew Daw (Trustee)

Andrew is a scientist by background, with many years’ experience of using mental health services. Andrew runs Lambeth and Southwark Mind’s drop-in service on Friday afternoons.

Les Eliot (Trustee)

Les began his career as a company director at the age of 18. He worked in the textiles industry then moved into the film industry, producing films and building cinemas. Les has used psychiatric services for many years, and has experience of homelessness. He is involved with various voluntary services in Lambeth and Southwark, using his personal experiences to help others.

Claire Freeman (Trustee)

Claire-FreemanClaire is a solicitor specialising in commercial dispute resolution and litigation. She works at a leading international law firm and has broad experience dealing with High Court litigation, international arbitration and regulatory investigations. Claire has experience working for a charity providing advice on debt, social security, housing, employment and family law.

Tom Pollard (Trustee)


Jo Mason (Trustee)



Alistair Edwards,  Reception and AdministrationAlistair Edwards


Darren Treacy, Information Service

Margaret Kesterton, Information Service

Venus Caesar, Information Service 

If you’re a member of Staff, Trustee or a Volunteer at L&S Mind and would like to appear on the People page, then please email your details (and a photo if you choose) to Gloria Gifford who will be happy to include you: