Lambeth and Southwark Mind is run by four members of staff, a voluntary management committee of trustees, and a team of volunteers.
Members of Staff
Before joining Lambeth and Southwark Mind in 2012, Ray was Director of St Mark’s Family Centre in Mitcham, south London, for 14 years. Ray is a trustee of Merton Community Transport and Merton Voluntary Service Council.
Gloria Gifford, Information Service Manager
Gloria manages Lambeth and Southwark Mind’s information service, including our information line and 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.
Phil Oram, Information Service Assistant
Phil supports Ray and Gloria in the day to day running of Lambeth and Southwark Mind’s information service. With over 20 years’ experience in IT, Phil also manages Lambeth and Southwark Mind’s website, Social Media and database systems.
Earl is now the manager of Southwark User Council.
He is a psychotherapist who has studied at the Philadelphia Association and in the final year of completing a psychoanalytical training. His previous experience is managing day programmes for addictions and dual diagnosis which provided a floating support service. He also managed a service user involvement strategy for a charity funded by PCT and Supporting People.
Sam is the direct assistant to Gloria Gifford.
Lambeth and Southwark Mind’s Board of Trustees
Gwilym Harbottle (Chair)
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.
John Prior (Co-Deputy Chair)
John has used mental health services in Lambeth for many years. He is particularly skilled at keeping in touch and building links with other organisations in the borough.
Emily Georghiou (Co-Deputy Chair)
Emily is Policy Manager at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which promotes and protects equality, human rights and good relations in Britain. She helps to develop and influence policy across local government, including civic and political participation, marginalised groups and health and social care. Emily has previously worked in Parliament, having studied politics and philosophy at Ruskin College, Hull and York.
Richard Bevan (Treasurer)
Richard is a qualified Chartered Accountant and experienced company director. He is co-founder of www.CarsonsCorner.com, an online support group allowing members to find and connect with people who are suffering from a similar illness, disease or disability, or who are supporting someone who is. CarsonsCorner supports charities to improve the well-being of their organisation and the members they support. Richard has broad commercial experience and brings this knowledge to help oversee Lambeth and Southwark Mind’s financial management.
Mark 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 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 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 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.
Dr Smarajit Roy
Smarajit is CEO and Director of Operations at City Waste Bioenergy Solutions. He has a PhD and MTech from Brunel University, and over 30 years’ experience in UK industries. Smarajit is an advisory board member of the London College of Business Management and Information Technology, and a lecturer in entrepreneurial management. He is a trustee of eight voluntary organisations in the UK.
Melanie Dunn, Administration
Anita Raja-Downes, Information Service
Diane Sempare, Information Service
Doreen Duncan, Information Service
William Palfreman, Information Service