Trustees have the overall legal responsibility for a charity. The law describes charity trustees as ‘the persons having the general control and management of the administration of a charity’.

 

Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind’s Board of Trustees are responsible for our governance and strategic direction. The Board is accountable for everything we do, including setting our strategic direction, scrutinising our performance and supporting & empowering our Executive Team of Directors.

 

Our board is made up of individuals with a broad skill set and knowledge base encompassing;

  • Education

  • Children’s Services

  • Social Care

  • Mental Health Care

  • Voluntary Sector

  • Business Sector and Consultancy

 

Our Current Trustees:

Cheryl Eastwood, Chair

Cheryl Eastwood - Chair

Why did you want to become a trustee for TOG Mind?

I wanted to contribute to improving and increasing the range of mental health services available, especially to children and young people after my experiences both professionally and personally. After I retired I was also keen to continue using my skills and experience. I have lived and/or worked in Oldham and Tameside for the past 45 years and know the area well.

About your professional background:

I am a social worker by background and worked in services for children and young people. I worked in childrens homes and with young offenders as well as in social work teams dealing with child protection. I was a senior manager for many years and was also a local authority councillor in Tameside a long time ago!

Your favourite food/movie/animal: 

I like all kinds of food and can’t think of anything much I don’t enjoy eating. Science fiction is a favourite of mine to read and watch and Bladerunner is my favourite film. Cats are my favourite animal.

Why did you want to become a trustee for TOG Mind?

I’ve used MIND resources over the years, and they helped a lot dealing with my own mental health issues, especially while at work. 

 

When the chance to be a trustee came up I applied, thinking I didn’t have a shot, but was given the warmest welcome and interview ever. I want people who experience all kinds of mental health to have the best possible opportunities to live well, to have more influence over their lives at all kinds of levels, and to realise that they deserve great things.

 

Being part of the Mind team makes me feel like we’re making progress towards that kind of community. 

About your professional background:

I started as a designer in the Film & TV industry, before training as a social worker. I’ve worked in lots of places since then, supporting people with complex needs who experience domestic abuse, substance use, homelessness and poverty.  I currently run my own organisation that offers a different kind of space for women. 

Your favourite food/movie/animal:

  • Food – Toast and marmalade
  • Movie – Blair Witch (love a bit of horror)
  • Animal – My dog, Milo

Alice Coren, Vice Chair

Alice Coren

Bob Mercer

Bob Mercer

Why did you want to become a trustee for TOG Mind?

Whilst working locally as a mental health manager in the statutory sector, I became aware that the values, ethos and objectives of TOG Mind fit very closely with my own aspirations for developing and improving mental health services and felt that I could contribute to this.

About your professional background:

I have worked in the mental health arena since 1969; as a community mental health practitioner, as a manager of inpatient units and community services and later in my career I moved on a range of more senior management and development roles in both health and social care settings.

 

Before I retired in 2013 I spent several years as an independent management consultant.

Your favourite food/movie/animal:

Since retiring, my wife and I spend several months each year travelling round Europe with our two Flat Coated Retrievers. They are fantastic dogs, always optimistic and like Peter Pan (and me), never grow up. Definitely my favourite animals.

 

I would love to make my own movies of our journeys – that would definitely be the best. As for food, I love exploring local delicacies wherever we are but for me you can’t beat the seafood of the Adriatic Coast!

  • Vicki Murcott, Treasurer

  • Richard Umpleby

Bilal Mirza

Bilal Mirza

Why did you want to become a trustee for TOG Mind?

I am a Trustee which I believe is a fantastic way to give something back to a cause you care about. Holding this position offers me the joy of playing an integral part in the way the charity is run, ensuring it remains sustainable and financially viable, whilst having enormous impact within our community positively.

About your professional background:

Bilal has over 12 years’ experience within the banking sector, having worked in various countries and prominently in UAE, Middle East. having held numerous positions, including Relationship Director in High Street banking, where he has developed a substantive Intermediary network. He is passionate about helping others, customer service, delivery and making a difference in people who are struggling mentally and financially helping them achieve their goals and aspirations.

Why did you want to become a trustee for TOG Mind?

I am passionate about everyone having the support that they need to achieve better mental health. I am responsible for ensuring this at my own place of work.

 

I then saw all the good work that the TOG Mind charity does in my local community, and I wanted to get involved in some way. Being a Trustee seemed like the perfect fit.

About your professional background:

I have worked in Human Resources for 22 years across many different manufacturing companies.

 

I started my career as a standalone HR practitioner in a small firm and worked through the ranks to now being a board director at a global firm who manufacture roofing products. My current role is that of Business Services Director.

Your favourite food/movie/animal:

  • Food – this is really hard as I love all food but if I had to pick, I would say seafood.
  • Movie – Notting Hill
  • Animal – Dog (which I am hoping to persuade my partner to get one day!)

Amanda Flynn

Amanda Flynn

Keith Jeffery

Keith Jeffery

Why did you want to become a trustee for TOG Mind?

I have worked alongside TOG Mind over the last 10 years as a GP and Clinical Director for Mental Health in Oldham and I was impressed with the approaches they took in helping people with mental illness and the range and quality of services they had brought to the local community.

 

I retired from both roles earlier in 2022 and my plan was to do some voluntary work, so when Jenny Higson approached me to sound me out about becoming a trustee, it seemed a real opportunity for me to continue to use my skills and knowledge in the field of mental health to help people in Tameside, Oldham and Glossop.

About your professional background:

I worked as a GP in Failsworth for 25 years, retiring at the end of July 2022. I was also the Clinical Director for Mental Health for Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group for 10 years, which finished at the end of March 2022.

Your favourite food/movie/animal:

  • Food – Cinnamon Rolls
  • Movie – Vertigo
  • Animal – Squirrel
  • Karen Beal

Why did you want to become a trustee for TOG Mind?

I have close friends and family members that have and continue to be impacted by mental health challenges. I have seen them struggle without getting access to the right support at the right time and I believe the work that we are doing at Mind, is critical to help those that need help.

 

I want to do my bit in continuing to improve mental health services, raising awareness and reducing the stigma.

About your professional background:

I started my career in customer services, moving onto do a short stint in facilities management before spending the last 19 years in HR.

 

I have seen HR evolve over the years and I love the fact its now more people, experience and culture focussed than ever. 

Your favourite food/movie/animal:

I do like my rice and noodles so if we are going for Thai you’ll normally see me doing a happy food dance!

Mischa Dey

Mischa Dey

 

Overarching responsibility and areas of work within the charity include:

Ensuring the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit, complying with the charity’s governing documents and the law, acting in the charity’s best interests, managing the charity’s resources responsibly, acting with reasonable care and skill and ensuring the charity is accountable in all areas of work.

 

As well as demonstrating values such as honesty and integrity, our trustees are committed to the charity’s core aims and values and continue to ensure we operate effectively across Tameside, Oldham and Glossop.

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