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Mental health and wellbeing are at the heart of our work. We have over 25 years’ of experience working with people with lived experience of mental health problems as they achieve greater independence and become the best of themselves.
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George Wilkinson is Chair of Bridge Mental Health Trustees. George has a background as a successful corporate lawyer, with significant leadership and management experience both in law firms and in the private and third sectors. After 36 years in legal practice, he became Director of Marketing at a top 100 Law Firm and subsequently set up his own consultancy firm in 2014. George now divides his time between career and transition management for City professional service firms and their partners with Milestones, consulting in strategic marketing and communications, and chairing the Trustees of Bridge Mental Health.
George has always had a deep interest in mental health and wellbeing. He has been exposed to the challenges that face people with mental ill-health in his working and family life and as a listening volunteer with The Samaritans.
George is a public member of both the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, and a long term supporter of a number of other mental health charities.
George Wilkinson is Chair of Bridge Mental Health Trustees. George has a background as a successful corporate lawyer, with significant leadership and ...
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Haydn joined the Board of Trustees in May 2011 after 19 years as a district judge. In practice as a solicitor he represented detained mental patients at tribunals starting in the late 1970s when he established a close working relationship with Mind. He continues to sit as a judge, part-time, in the mental health tribunal. He has a particular interest in diverting mentally disordered offenders from prison in to treatment in hospital or in the community.
He hopes that his long experience of working for, and with people with mental health issues and his experience as a lawyer will be of benefit to the managers and staff of Bridge and to the other Trustees.
Haydn joined the Board of Trustees in May 2011 after 19 years as a district judge. In practice as a solicitor he represented detained mental patients ...
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Dave Baldock is currently Head of Strategic Finance at the London Borough of Newham. He has been involved in creating a number of Local Authority companies, a Housing Association and a Leisure Trust.
Dave was a school governor for 25 of the last 27 years, and vice-chair of Governors and chair of the Curriculum Committee. He is a member of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and accountancy CIPFA.
As a Senior Manager in a large public sector organisation, Dave has a wealth of experience which he brings to Bridge as a Trustee, along with his experience in applying good governance as essential for increasing value for money from services. He wishes to assist Bridge as a Trustee to continue to meet care needs and help make a difference to individuals’ lives.
Dave Baldock is currently Head of Strategic Finance at the London Borough of Newham. He has been involved in creating a number of Local Authority comp...
Elaine Rassaby trained a psychologist in Australia. In the UK she worked for National Association for Mental Health (MIND) on a DHSS-funded project to train lawyers to represent mentally ill people detained in hospital. Subsequently, she represented detained patients before the Mental Health Tribunal and became a member of that Tribunal. She was a Mental Health Act Commissioner for 10 years.
Elaine was the first independent OFSTED adjudicator and carried out adjudicatory functions on behalf of the Office of Fair Trading in relation to its regulation of the debt and credit market. She continues to sit on the Mental Health Tribunal and also the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal. Elaine brings to Bridge a range of experience of mental health services for seriously ill people.
Elaine Rassaby trained a psychologist in Australia. In the UK she worked for National Association for Mental Health (MIND) on a DHSS-funded project to...
Jo Parnham became a Trustee in January 2015. She cites her enthusiasm for joining the Bridge Trustee Board as stemming from both personal experience of the impact of life-long mental illness on individuals and their families and recognition of the need to ensure that quality person-centred support services are put in place so that staff and clients operate within safe and secure arrangements.
Jo retired in 2012 after a 38 year social work career spanning mental health, child protection and family work within three local authorities in South East and North East London and post-adoption counselling at Barnardo’s. During the latter part of her career, she worked as a Children's Guardian (Cafcass) advising on children's best interests in the London courts.
Jo Parnham became a Trustee in January 2015. She cites her enthusiasm for joining the Bridge Trustee Board as stemming from both personal experience o...
Patrick joined our Board of Trustees in September 2009. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the statutory and voluntary sectors developing and managing services for vulnerable people. He is a Chartered member of the CIPD. Patrick currently provides HR consultancy services to the public and charity sectors.
Patrick joined our Board of Trustees in September 2009. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the statutory and voluntary sectors developing an...
Sarah’s connection with Bridge was first established in 1985 when she worked as a volunteer at the Tuesday Club, a weekly Bridge managed drop-in held at Greenwich Mind.
Prior to qualifying as a Counselling Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist at the University of East London Sarah worked in the music business. Sarah specialises in working with trauma and currently works as a counselling psychologist in the Bexley and Greenwich areas.
Sarah aims to contribute her commitment to working with people with a wide variety of mental health issues. This commitment is underpinned by a strong belief in the concept of recovery and interest in how best Bridge can facilitate, sustain and measure the process of recovery in individuals.
Sarah’s connection with Bridge was first established in 1985 when she worked as a volunteer at the Tuesday Club, a weekly Bridge managed drop-in held ...
Dr Ahilan Nithiananthan was invited on to the board of Bridge to compliment the team with his experience in senior management from the pharmaceutical industry and achieving performance turn around in the UK care sector; improving standards and implementing new initiatives. His career spans over 23 years since qualifying as a pharmacist. He is currently the Managing Director of a European Pharmaceutical Consultancy that advises on the development and approval of medicines, devices and biologics worldwide.
Ahilan is also involved in nursing and residential care home management under the inspection and regulation of the Commission for Social Care and Inspection (CSCI). CSCI and Independent Council audits have rated the quality of services provided in all areas under his management as “good”.
Dr Ahilan Nithiananthan was invited on to the board of Bridge to compliment the team with his experience in senior management from the pharmaceutical ...
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John ended a 29 year Civil Service career at the Department of Health in September 2001 where he had a variety of experiences in the problems of leading, managing and developing people in a way that brings out the best in them. Since 1992, John worked for the Permanent Secretary and Management team, on a variety of corporate projects, often facilitating a process rather than telling people what to do.
John now coaches senior managers in the public sector, including Health and Social Care Service deliverers and related Agencies and Commissions, also provides consultancy to them and their teams. Since November 2006 he has served as a Governor of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
John ended a 29 year Civil Service career at the Department of Health in September 2001 where he had a variety of experiences in the problems of leadi...
Carolina’s professional background encompasses working as a Portfolio Coordinator for the Mental Health NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia Unit at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Foundation and Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, being a certified Project Manager (PRINCE2 Practitioner) and utilising her experience organising different kinds of events, developing project proposals and using diverse communication channels to reach audiences.
Carolina is a Time to Change champion and has also been elected as Secretary to Amnesty International Women's Action Network. Carolina was attracted to become a Trustee for Bridge after experiencing a mental health diagnosis and becoming active in championing change within the mental health sector. She was drawn to Bridge by its unique purpose to ‘bridge’ the gap in order to reach a lasting recovery and its ethos of being wholly client focused.
Carolina’s professional background encompasses working as a Portfolio Coordinator for the Mental Health NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia U...
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