Our trustees

Board of Trustees 2017

Meet our trustees

Sally Lefroy, Chair

I have over 35 years' experience working as a qualified social worker and senior manager in Children and Adult Services for West Sussex County Council and two London boroughs. I have always had a great interest in mental health and for a period of time I was an approved social worker under the Mental Health Act. In the latter part of my career I worked closely with NHS statutory services to improve and develop mental health services. I have been a carer for a close relative with mental health needs and I understand the impact on partners and families of supporting a family member who is experiencing mental health difficulties.

I was a co-opted member of Worthing Mind Executive Committee in the mid 1990s when I helped support the development of the organisation in its early days.

Since my retirement 10 years ago I have worked in a voluntary capacity as a trustee for several organisations. I joined Worthing and Arun Mind in 2012 and continued as a trustee of Coastal West Sussex Mind, becoming the Chair of the Board in 2016.

I feel I am able to use my social care skills and experience for the benefit of Coastal West Sussex Mind and I am keen to support the organisation to continue to expand; both in the development of innovative services and our education programme.

Hilary Riddell

I joined Chichester Area Mind as a trustee in 2008, became chair in 2011 and then chair of Coastal West Sussex Mind (CWSM) when the new organisation was formed in December 2013. Prior to my retirement from West Sussex County Council, I was responsible for human resources support and advice to schools across the county and I am able to use my skills and experience in this for the benefit of Mind. I am a school governor and magistrate so have a long history of working in a voluntary capacity. This has also proved to be useful in understanding how important it is that employees and volunteers unite in our work for people in the community. 

I did not have a background knowledge of the issues in dealing with mental health and well-being, and have found the learning experience to be both humbling and exhilarating; I've discovered just how resourceful we humans are. The strength that people working together can give to each other is one of the successful outcomes from all of our work. 

Brian Hughes  

I became a trustee of Worthing and Arun Mind in 2010 because of my strong interest in mental health issues and my concern at the way these illnesses were seen as different to, and less important than, physical illness. My career prior to retirement from the NHS had laid the foundations for my involvement with Mind. I became chair of Worthing and Arun Mind in July 2011 which I was proud to do until we merged with Chichester Area in December 2013. 

Creating a new community hub for mental health services in Worthing, merging with other organisations and growing to meet the challenges ahead has been a key goal for me. My particular interests as a trustee are in corporate governance, public involvement, public and community relations and in creating strong links between trustees and the communities we serve. 

Andrew Kean  

I first joined what was then Worthing Mind in 1999 as a volunteer reflexologist, working on the reflexology project. I am also a chartered accountant and, when the position of treasurer was created in 2000, I was subsequently invited to join the board of trustees as treasurer and trustee. Although I am no longer involved with the reflexology project, I have continued in the role as treasurer, a position I now share with Daniel Bird, former treasurer of what used to be Chichester Area Mind.

Whilst Coastal West Sussex Mind has gone through many changes during the years which I have been involved, the essential service of providing care and support for those experiencing challenging mental experiences and circumstances in their lives has never changed. Nor has the commitment of staff and trustees in doing everything they can to assist in this process. I continue to find this commitment deeply inspiring and motivating and look forward to helping the new organisation successfully meet whatever opportunities and challenges it may face in the future.

Neville Pressley  

I have been a trustee of Worthing and Arun Mind and then CWSM for nearly 25 years. I am a 71-year-old retired chartered accountant having been a partner in a large local firm. I continue working in a part-time capacity as finance director for the family company which has a number of jewellery shops in Sussex.

I have been actively involved in the voluntary sector for more than 40 years. I was a trustee of Guild Care for 30 years, including a period as chair. I became a trustee of Worthing Mind in the early 90s, soon becoming chair and continuing till 2011. I was the first chair of Worthing Homes, serving for seven years, I served two nine-year terms as a governor of Northbrook College, being vice chair for 13 years and I was a trustee of the Ropetackle Centre for eight years. Apart from CWSX Mind, I am also a trustee of the Adur and Worthing Trust, a charity set up to promote cultural activities

I am proud to have been associated for so long with what is now CWSX Mind and I consider that my role in its development from a small charity, which started with only three staff, as having been the most rewarding of my voluntary career. My main activity as a trustee is serving on the finance committee.

Jack Redfern  

I was co-opted onto the board of trustees in January 2015. I have previously worked in higher education as an information professional and have been a user of Mind services since 2013. Having had good experiences using Mind services, I felt like I wanted to give something back so I became a trustee. During my time on the board, I have contributed to work that has been done to get new IT for the organisation and I also sit on the service user development sub-committee, marketing & fundraising comittee and have started going to the Finance Sub-Committee as an observer.

Daniel Bird  

I have been joint treasurer of Coastal West Sussex Mind since the charity was founded in December 2013. Prior to that, I was a trustee of Chichester Area Mind so have been involved with the charity for more than six years. I am responsible for ensuring the charity's finances are sound and for advising the board on the financial aspects of the decisions it makes. I work for a grant-making charity in London and am passionate about ensuring that Mind continues to run excellent services for local people, and that we take every opportunity to use our voice in the local community to raise awareness and combat stigma.

Alison Langley  

I have served on the board of trustees of Worthing and Arun Mind and then CWSM since 2005, when I joined after my retirement. I was an old age psychiatrist, with responsibility for the care of older people with mental health issues in and around Littlehampton. Apart from working as a trustee, I have also been a Mind quality assessor, looking at the way other Mind associations work, and helping us to learn from best practice.

In addition I have worked as an inspector for the care quality commission since 2012, assessing the quality of services provided by both hospitals and care homes. As a trustee I am particularly interested in making sure the services we provide are of high quality and meet the needs of the people we serve and in helping to improve how people who use our services can be more closely involved in the way they are run.

Stephanie Jones  

I was co-opted onto the board of trustees for CWSX Mind in July 2014 and then elected in November 2015. I was born in America and have lived in England since 1995. Having obtained a degree in communications, I have a strong marketing background and worked for a number of years for a leading cosmetics and skin care company as a brand manager. Once I started a family, I went to work for a local high school, where I was also a staff governor, and gained valuable insight into some of the issues facing young people today. I also developed and led the initial campaign for Chichester Free School which opened in September 2013.

I am delighted to be working with the CWSX Mind board and am keen to use my marketing communications skills to benefit the organisation to support mental health and well-being in the local community.

Sue Hawker  

I have worked in local government for 37 years, managing a range of public services In different counties across the country. I retired in March of this year, having worked for West Sussex County Council for 23 years as county librarian, head of democratic services, director of business change and director of community services.

Throughout my career I have been passionate about improving the opportunities for individuals and improving services and localities wherever possible. I am keen to continue to contribute to these important issues and feel that mental  health issues are integral to this and deserve more attention. It would be an honour to help CWSX Mind develop their already vital, and much appreciated, services and role within communities as a member of the board of trustees.

Dave Marten

I was co-opted onto the Board of Trustees for Coastal West Sussex Mind in July 2014. Previously I worked for Worthing & Arun Mind and Coastal West Sussex Mind as a service user engagement officer and when this role came to an end I wanted to continue to make a contribution as a Trustee. As a service user I have learnt a lot about the needs of both clients and the community. Particularly about how we need to have the ability to signpost people to the correct organisation to help them.

Tony Woolgar

I have been a Trustee of Worthing & Arun Mind and now Coastal West Sussex Mind since 2014. When I was young I successfully trained in Nigeria and then worked for the Medical Research Council and later the Open University. Then I became unwell mentally and physically. Mind has played an important part in my recovery so I am pleased that I have been able to to serve as a trustee for over 12 years. As I am able to do more to promote understanding I hope to continue in this role.

Buddhi Vinitharatne

I have been a Trustee of Worthing & Arun Mind and now Coastal West Sussex Mind since 2000.  During this time I have been actively involved and have taken on many roles including Vice Chair and being part of the Quality Assurance sub-committee. From a young age I was aware of the difficulties faced by those of us suffering a mental health problem, the lack of awareness, stigma and the support they needed. I owned and managed a residential care home from 1988 to 2000, where the registration evolved to accommodate residents who had past/present mental health problems. I am a Associate Hospital Manager for Sussex Partnership NHS Trust which means I chair hearings for detained patients. I have been a Magistrate since 1999. I have also been involved in other charities and organisations over the years particularly involved in fund-raising. 

Bob Smytherman

I have been a Trustee with Coastal West Sussex Mind since 2008 (formerly Worthing & Arun Mind). I have a strong commitment to support the development of good quality services for people with mental health issues. I am a very keen user of social media in keeping people informed about mental health related issues.

I am currently a Worthing Borough and West Sussex County Councillor. I was Mayor of Worthing in 2013/14 and used my Mayoral year to raise awareness around mental health in Worthing with Coastal West Sussex Mind being one of my chosen charities and was co-founder of Worthing mental health awareness week which takes place in October each year to coincide with World Mental health day.

As well as being a Councillor I am also Town Crier for Worthing a role which brings me into contact with many local people and public figures enabling me to further raise awareness around Mind’s work.  

Imogen Stephens

I have always had a strong interest in mental health and well-being so am excited to become a trustee with CWSX Mind. As a mum of three young people, I am very aware of the pressures facing families and am especially concerned about the mental health issues affecting young people.

I am interested in encouraging people to find their own routes towards recovery and resilience and, where possible, not necessarily through conventional medical treatment plans. As a public health doctor, I know that investment in education, prevention and resilience is key to improving health and mental health.

In my career I have worked in Scotland and England, in a wide range of roles and settings: NHS; government; research and charities; locally and nationally. Previously, I was director of public health for Western Sussex PCT which gives me a good understanding of this part of West Sussex, where I live, and the challenges our communities face. I hope to put my experience, as a professional and as a resident, to good use as a trustee.


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