Our people, Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team
Over 50% of our staff, volunteers and trustees have their own lived experience of mental health, helping them better understand the needs of those we’re here to support. Their experiences bring our work to life and make our services and support stand-out.
Board of Trustees
Meet our Board of Trustees. They all come from different backgrounds and the thing they have in common is a passion for the work we do. In common with most charities, our trustees are volunteers. They are passionate about enabling everyone to have positive mental health and wellbeing and voluntarily give their time and expertise to support, and fight for better mental health within the community.
Sue our Chair lives in Balham and up until 2011, worked for Wandsworth Council developing projects that help young people back into Education and Employment.
Prior to this she was a Head Teacher in Merton. Sue joined the Board of Wandsworth Mind in October 2012 and later became Vice Chair of Wandsworth & Westminster Mind, she worked hard in this role to ensure a high quality of service was delivered to all Service Users.
Sue became Chair for the new Board of Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind Trustees in June of 2018, providing essential leadership and strategic direction.
Jonathan has worked for over 20 years as an Investment Analyst and as Head of Research in the City.
He is currently working with the Royal College of General Practitioners as a Senior GP Forward View Strategist.
Jonathan has used his analytical skills to contribute towards the development of London Mind’s National Strategy and as Treasurer of Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind continues to provide valuable assistance with the development of vital strategic plans.
As Head of Programmes at Spice, Rosie leads development and delivery in England. She works with Public, Community & Voluntary Sector partners to build strong and sustainable communities, supporting individuals and organisations to design and develop more co-productive services, and support health & wellbeing outcomes.
Before joining Spice Rosie worked at Nesta developing innovative approaches to societies most pressing needs. She is a Psychology graduate, and also holds an MSc in International Development.
Dr Gail Wingham
Dr Gail Wingham is a specialist clinical psychologist currently working in inpatient forensic services in London. She has extensive experience of working clinically with adults, adolescents and children in the community and in residential hospitals.
She has a particular interest in preventative therapeutic interventions, particularly for young people.
Dr Momotaj Islam
Dr Momotaj Islam is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (Associate Fellow of the BPS) who has been working in the NHS for 22 years and as an external lecturer and supervisor on post-graduate courses at the University of Surrey for over 10 years.
Her interests are in community development, especially around women’s issues, Asian communities, and mental health causes. She has been involved with the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network for a number of years, focusing on co-production work between the mental health trust and local communities.
Darren’s own mental health journey lead him to Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster, where he is a very much valued Volunteer heavily involved in our work, representing the organisation at events, and sharing his support with others.
Tom is a clinician working within the Borough of Brent and was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of Mind in Brent.
Gavin comes from a medical background is in Biochemistry and Biophysics and he is in fact an Oxford Graduate. Gavin has been a Mind Service User, trainer, mentor and volunteer and brings his valuable insight from this perspective to the Board.
James has huge experience in the commercial sector having worked in both commercial agencies and for clients. He is currently a member of the executive of a global technology and software company. He specialises in Corporate Affairs, Business Strategy, Communications and Marketing.
Senior Management Team
Get to know our CEO, Simon Thompson, and his Executive Leadership Team. They are responsible for running the charity day-to-day, delivering strategic change and ensuring maximum benefit for those we are here to serve.
CEO of Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster, Simon Thompson is an energetic, results orientated CEO/COO with over 25 years’ experience coupled with a broad knowledge base of successful commissioning and innovative health, housing and social care services.
His roots are in clinical practice as a Mental Health Nurse in the NHS and he is passionate about the service user/ customer voice, enabling true co-production. He has a proven ability to build sustainable relationships through change and delivers on his promises. He was appointed in Spring 2019.
Head of Finance, ICT and Administration
Ruvini has spent 20 years in the finance sector. Having joined Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster in 2004, she was appointed Interim Head of Finance in December 2019. She leads the finance team and contributes towards the charities development, advising on financial matters relating to all areas of the organisation.
Outside of work, Ruvini is volunteer teacher at the London Buddhist Vihara, an active member of the Sri Lankan cultural ensemble and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter who also volunteer to help those in need in Sri Lanka.
Head of Head of Operations
Mark is passionate about delivering quality services to meet the needs of our beneficiaries in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster. An experienced senior manager he has worked within the Financial Services Industry and Civil Society organisations.
Mark has worked with Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster since 2018 and was appointed Interim Head of Operations in December 2019. Mark and his wife have children and grandchildren in the UK and Australia. He loves spending time with them all and is also a passionate gardener.
Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development
Harriet joined Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster in November 2018. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has been a HR professional for over 10 years. Harriet is a highly-motivated HR Professional with experience in Operational HR, Recruitment and Employee Relations, gained in fast moving commercially focused environments. Harriet possess outstanding interpersonal skills and is contributing her expertise in charities, non-for profit and creative industries successfully .
Head of Business Development, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications
Jackie is responsible for making sure there is money coming into the charity and helping us to deliver new projects that support more people to improve their mental health. Previous to working at Mind, she worked with YMCAs, Tamasha Theatre and Tate. Jackie is passionate about mental health and empowering people to be able to make choices in their lives. When she’s not working, she spends time with her family and volunteering with a children’s charity. Originally from Scotland, she likes being out in the country and feeling the grass under her feet.
Dr David Spalter
Organisational Clinical Lead
David joined Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster in 2015 to deliver clinical oversight, support and training for our Talking Therapies division and was subsequently appointed to as the organisational clinical lead. He is a Chartered Integrative Counselling Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a UKCP accredited Integrative Psychotherapist.