Lambeth and Southwark Mind is run by 5 members of staff, a voluntary management committee of trustees, and a team of volunteers.
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.
Joan Kennedy (Information Service Manager / Clinical Coordinator)
Joan has worked in various aspects of the field of mental health over many years. Her background education, training and work has been in counselling, teaching and psychology.
Andrea Cornfield (Project Manager, Southwark Women’s Forum)
Fergus Mooney (Peer Support Manager)
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.
Jacqueline Best-Vassell (Manager – Southwark User Council)
Board of Trustees
Anna Minton (Chair)
Anna Minton is a writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London. She is the author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City, published by Penguin. She is a contributor to The Guardian, a frequent conference speaker and appears regularly on television and radio.
Gwilym Harbottle (Trustee)
Gwilym 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)
Jeremy studied Theology at Manchester University’s Faculty of Theology and on completion of his studies he then worked abroad with a number of educational missions.
On returning from his work abroad Jeremy was homeless and penniless and had to resort to squatting in order to have a roof over his head. Eventually he was housed through the combined efforts of Southwark Homeless Information Project and the Southwark Council’s initiative – ‘Hard to Let’ homes. He then became a volunteer with the same project and was involved in the lobbying against the squatting clauses in the Public Order Bill. They missed out on being able to change these prospective laws by 50 votes.
Jeremy then became a Trustee and Treasurer for Southwark Mind (after having had a complete mental breakdown). When Southwark Mind closed Jeremy continued in the same roles with the amalgamated Lambeth & Southwark Mind.
Mark Bertram (Trustee)
Mark is a manager in local mental health services and has been involved with Lambeth and Southwark Mind for over a decade. Mark specialises in developing new and innovative approaches that help people find their own way forward in a learning, change and growth process.
Andrew Daw (Trustee)
Andrew is a scientist by background, with many years’ experience of using and working within mental health services.
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.
Thomas Pollard (Trustee)
Tom has been a trustee for Lambeth & Southwark Mind for around 18 months. He lives in Tulse Hill with his wife and 8 month old daughter – he has lived in Lambeth for over 6 years. Tom also works at the national office of Mind where he has held various roles within the Policy and Campaigns team since 2010, and is currently Policy and Campaigns Manager for the Social Inclusion and Rights team. Before joining Mind he worked for an MP in Parliament.
Jo Thomas (Trustee)
Richard Bevan (Trustee)
Janet Buchanan (Trustee)
Gillian Connor (Trustee)
Gillian works for a housing association that provides homes and services for older people. Her role there spans public relations, policy and analysis. Prior to that she was a national policy advisor at Age UK, specialising in housing and local government policy. Her early career was spent advising elected representatives, first in parliament and then in local government. Her very first role was for an NHS Trust.
Gillian has developed a keen interest in the role of preventive services and is committed to accessible, quality and affordable mental health services for all.
Max Fourman (Trustee)
Max joined Lambeth & Southwark Mind as a trustee in 2015. His main professional background is in aviation, although he has also previously worked in providing disabled care. He was inspired to join as a trustee after witnessing the effects of mental ill health, both on a personal level and in the wider community.
Max lives in Brixton and is passionate about the work Mind does to improve the mental health of the local community.
Ian Snell (Trustee)
Ian has over thirty years experience of mental health work gained in a variety of NHS and Social Services settings. He presently has a small private psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice and also supervises trainee counsellors / psychotherapists.
He has been a trustee of The Guild of Psychotherapists for the last four years.
Darren Treacy, Information Service
Margaret Kesterton, Information Service
David Bradford, Information Service
Maurice Williams, Information Service
Marlene Rochester, Information Service
Placement Counsellors & Therapists
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