Matthew Caffrey Matthew is a commercially and technically experienced general manager within the business to business electronics sector. Over some 30 plus years he has developed & implemented strategy, planned & coordinated business operations and ran successful sales and marketing teams. He is currently working at Cranfield University managing their Operations Excellence Institute. He also runs a Manufacturing C0-operative on behalf of the University. He became a trustee in 2015 and hopes to productively use his range of skills to the benefit of both staff and service users.
Alexis Ernst Alexis has over 30 years’ experience in business, the first 20 in technical and commercial business roles in the UK and Internationally within blue-chip organisations. For the last 11 years she has run her own consultancy business specialising in Business Coaching, Leadership and Team Development.She is a Director of a Not for Profit Women’s Housing Society. She has also held volunteer Treasurer roles in the past. She lives in St Albans and her hobbies are sailing, walking, exercise and reading. Alexis is now the charity’s treasurer.
John Bollada John is an experienced relationship and business manager in both the IT and Charity sectors. John had his first career working for IBM leading the industry’s largest IT partnership in Europe, developing his management and partnership skills at board level. He now works at Macmillan Cancer Support as the Senior Partnership Manager for their award winning corporate-charity partnership with Boots UK. John volunteered to be a Trustee at MiMH early in 2015 and has since led a project on a voluntary basis to review the processes that are in place in the organisation, in preparation for application for the Mind Quality Mark. John has been contributing to the development of the new Business Plan as well attending and contributing to all of the Trustee Board meetings since joining. John looks forward to engaging with the MiMH team and the Board as a trustee and contributing to the Finance Committee alongside other business planning projects.
Peter Walsh Peter lives in Knebworth and is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Having reached 65 in March last year, he now considers himself semi-retired; working 4 to 6 days per month as Head of Business Development for a Hemel based company. The company operates internationally and he oversees specific projects in UK, Europe and USA. Projects are in the fields of medical imaging and industrial inkjet printing. During his career he has accrued and maintained a number of practical skills in technology and business which he believes are transferrable to the voluntary sector. In anticipation of retirement, 2 years ago he started his involvement with the voluntary sector which he is pleased to say has grown somewhat.
His current activities include
Young Enterprise – Business Adviser (Team Program for Special needs students)
Young Enterprise – Support for Enterprise in Action
Young Enterprise – Business Adviser (Company Program)
Dragons Apprentice Program – Mentor
Timebank – Volunteering time (in IT related areas)
The YE roles are particularly rewarding in that the programs, run in schools, give young people an extra chance to progress.
In his brief exposure to MiMH he has met some fantastic people that he has enjoyed working with and he believes his skills and experience can provide value to MiMH both in the role of Trustee and as a “pair of hands”.
Amanda Johnson Mandy is the UK Director of Partnerships for Change.org where she works with some of the UK’s most innovative charities. She has worked for a variety of private sector and non-profit organisations and has raised millions of pounds for the charities she’s worked for. Despite being a former international tax specialist Mandy was named as one of the 50 most influential fundraisers of 2015 by Civil Society’s ‘Fundraising’ Magazine. Mandy has an MSc in Charity Management, with a specialism in Marketing & Fundraising. Her thesis explored how companies and charities can ensure their partnerships are strategic.
Jessica Attard Jessica is an experienced manager within the NHS and social care. Having set-up and commissioned innovative new services in Hertfordshire and spent time working in the mental health commissioning team at the Council, Jessica hopes to bring with her a wealth of knowledge and insight into Hertfordshire’s care system. Currently working in the NHS in London’s Transformation Unit, on Prevention, Jessica has strategic level oversight for a health and community empowerment programme which is testing out a transformative new way of commissioning services through kick-starting new business, in partnership with local charities. Jessica originally trained as a Dietition, has worked at the British Heart Foundation and has a particular passion for partnership working – having brokered partnerships between the third sector and numerous high profile private sector businesses.
Tracey Avison Sadly, too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and/or worthless as a result of mental health problems. I want to be part of a cultural change that addresses this and speaks openly about mental health in the same way as we do about physical health. This is why I’d like to join the Trustee Board of Mind in Mid Herts. My specialisms lie within volunteering and ageing. Currently, I am Head of Corporate Services for Abbeyfield, an older persons care and housing Charity, with approximately 350 associated homes. In this role, I strategically oversee two functions: Volunteering and Learning & Development. Previous to Abbeyfield; I worked for Age UK (the national partner) developing engagement and volunteering with and for older people, Trees for Cities as Head of Training and Outreach, and Common Purpose, leading citizenship activities for young people within London Secondary Schools. My interests are: netball, crafts and trying to run 10K without stopping!
Nina Ziaullah Nina has worked for many years in the voluntary sector and public sector at Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and the Electoral Commission. A communications and research specialist, she now provides independent advice to a range of organisations and is looking forward to being part of the Mind in Mid Herts team, raising the profile of mental health issues and the work that MiMH does. Outside of work, Nina is kept busy by her three young children and loves running when she gets some spare time.