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					Trustees in Post for 2009-2010: Biographies
Stephen Bennett                   Stephen Bennett is currently a trustee at City and Hackney Mind.
                                  He has been involved with mental health issues as a member of
                                  Jewish Care’s Kadimah Centre in Stamford Hill and has been a
                                  committee member of the Hackney Age Concern Council for Older

Johnson Bubu                      Johnson Eremoje Bubu has an MBA from Middlesex University
Treasurer                         Business School and has worked for twenty years as an
(plus member of Finance           accountant. Johnson currently works for Islington Council’s
Committee)                        Finance Services Department, where he is responsible for
                                  providing financial and accountancy support to the Housing Needs
                                  & Strategy, Housing Benefits and Performance Improvement
                                  Divisions. Previous Committee memberships include: South
                                  London Family Housing Association (1992-97) as a member of the
                                  West Areas and Finance & Organising Sub-committees;
                                  Southwark Law Project (1986-90) where he was Chair for two
                                  years and on the Finance Sub-Committee; and East Dulwich
                                  Estate Tenants Association (1985-89) where he was Treasurer for
                                  two years.

Peter Close                       Peter Close is a former user of mental health services and has
Vice Chair                        spent most of his working life as a mental health social worker in
                                  the statutory sector. He has been a local authority social worker
                                  for over 32 years and a mental health specialist for over 20 years,
                                  working in deprived multi-ethnic communities in Hackney,
                                  Westminster and Islington.

Pauline Goring                    Paulette Goring is currently a trustee of City and Hackney Mind.
(plus member of Finance           Her interest in mental health charities is linked to her involvement
Committee)                        with small local groups providing support for mentally ill people,
                                  particularly within the black community.

David Harris                      David Harris is currently a trustee of City and Hackney Mind and
                                  has been involved with the charity since 2001. He has worked in
                                  the voluntary sector since 1997 and is currently the Director of
                                  Operational Services at Norwood Children and Families First.

Richard Harwin                    After achieving a BSc (Hons) in psychology and social services, I
                                  made a decision to embark on a career in mental health nursing
                                  which was really brought about by my positive experience as a
                                  community youth worker. Once I’d received my Diploma in Higher
                                  Education in Mental Health Nursing from King's College London, I
                                  began as a nurse at the Maudsley Hospital before spending
                                  around nine months carrying out forensic research at Broadmoor

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                                  Special Hospital.
                                  It was then that I decided to transfer my skills to being a police
                                  officer and in October 2007 I was offered the unique role of
                                  Mental Health Intervention Officer. I soon identified ways in which
                                  the Police Service could work more closely with the community in
                                  order to support those suffering from mental illness.
                                  I saw my main objective being to improve police links with both
                                  the mental health services and mental health service users, as I
                                  felt that a lack of communication was breeding mis-trust and mis-
                                  To tackle this, I co-ordinated mental health awareness training for
                                  all police officers in Hackney, which involved service users
                                  presenting their experiences to the officers to increase
                                  understanding. And amongst other initiatives, I now carry out
                                  police surgeries at Mind in order to improve access to justice for
                                  service users

Martin Pick                       'MP worked in publishing(educational and children's non-fiction)
Chair                             for 27 years, in S Asia and the UK,including 14 years starting and
(plus member of Finance           developing his own company. He worked on many TV films for
Committee)                        C4 in the 1980s, as researcher to producer, including a series on
                                  the history of 'immigrant communities' in the UK (1983) and on
                                  the British Raj seen through Indian Eyes (1989). He is currently a
                                  literary agent, Chair of C and H Mind and a trustee of Peace Child
                                  He has been a couples counsellor, has a certificate in international
                                  human rights law from LSE, and former voluntary roles include
                                  being a school governor in London (1974-2001), a trustee of the
                                  Child Psychotherapy Trust (1990-2003), on the Board of Visitors
                                  to Pentonville Prison (1984-86), and a Council Member of Minority
                                  Rights Group International (1997-2005).
                                  Martin likes reading fiction and biography, organizing literary
                                  events, travelling, opera and classical music. He is married with
                                  two adult children, and has lived in Islington since 1972.'

Janis Grant                       Janis Grant until recently was a senior officer at Hackney Council.
(plus member of Finance           She has considerable expertise of Performance and Standards,
Committee)                        Quality Assurance and Regeneration issues.

Adrian Harper                     Adrian Harper has worked as a Senior Finance Manager at Merlin,
                                  Minority Rights Group International and currently at the Institute
                                  of Education. He has also worked as a Finance Manager in the
                                  international Development field in South Africa.

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Derek Roachford                   Derek Roachford is representative of City and Hackney Mind’s
                                  User group. Previously he was a Vice Chair of the African
                                  Caribbean Disablement Association. He has worked as a
                                  Residential Social Worker, Community Development Worker and
                                  Advice and Rights Officer

Diana Gornall                     Diana Gornall is currently employed full time by the MS Society as
(plus member of Fundraising       their Head of Community and Events Fundraising; managing an
Strategy Group)                   income of £2.3m/annum. She has a wealth of knowledge in
                                  fundraising. Diana manages a staff team of 5 people, who in turn
                                  raise funds through a programme of running, walking,
                                  parachuting and community and overseas events.

                                  Diana is also responsible for supporting MS Societies 340
                                  volunteer-led branches across the UK to fundraise locally;
                                  through regular communication and the provision of fundraising
                                  information, advice, materials and training.

                                  Diana is the Vice Chair of the Strategy Delivery Group at the MS
                                  Society, enabling her to contribute strategically to the operational
                                  planning process.

                                  City and Hackney Mind have invited Diana to be a member of the
                                  Fundraising Strategy Group and she has now taken the lead on
                                  setting this group up.

Clare Laxton                      Clare Laxton currently works in Policy and Campaigns at Leonard
                                  Cheshire Disability. She has a First Class degree in Politics and
                                  Parliamentary Studies from Leeds University and is a former user
                                  of mental health services. Clare has worked as a Parliamentary
                                  Intern in Canada and Westminster – learning a great deal about
                                  parliamentary procedures, lobbying relationships between
                                  charities and MPs and the relationship between government and
                                  the voluntary sector. Clare was also a policy intern at ACEVO
                                  (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations)
                                  learning a lot about the policy issues that face charities, CEOs and
                                  trustee boards. She also chaired the Women’s campaigning group
                                  at University and organised many campaigns on women’s issues
                                  such as domestic violence. Clare is passionate about campaigning
                                  and user involvement in campaigning and hopes to bring these
                                  skills, her knowledge and passion to help get the voice of City and
                                  Hackney Mind to a wider audience.

Sisay Segne                       Sisay Segne has an MA in Development Studies from Addis Ababa
                                  University (1998) and has worked as a Social Worker and
                                  Researcher with a focus on health and welfare issues. He was
                                  Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Shoa Community
                                  Development Association for three years and a Member of the

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                                  Trustees for Addis Ababa Full Gospel Believers Church for six
                                  years. Sisay has carried out Consultant and Research work for
                                  Handicap International and Compassion International. His hobbies
                                  include basketball, swimming and reading.

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