Our trustees are an important part of what we do.
If you want to work with Wish to get women’s voices heard, find out more about becoming one of our trustees here.
Jackie was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2015 for significant achievements, dedication and commitment of more than 30 years’ service to the civil service; for her outstanding and tireless service to the community as a psychotherapist and undertaking charity work. This hands-on service is exemplar.
In 2009, she became a Trustee of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide after the loss of a close friend of over 20 years, and through the encouragement of her partner who is also a Trustee. Her professional career outside of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide includes considerable experience working as an employee support adviser/staff counsellor. She is also a BACP accredited counsellor, currently working in an organisation counselling adult survivors of sexual abuse.
She has become a Trustee of Wish to drive the enhancement of services and interventions that are delivered to women so that they are tailored appropriately to their needs, particularly being a vulnerable and marginalised group.
Karen Grayson is a public sector professional, having worked at Transport for London, the Greater London Authority and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She has a strong background in policy development, project management, public consultation, and writing for a range of audiences. She brings her personal experience of mental health issues to bear on her role as a trustee for Wish.
Ruth has a background in psychology and academic research and has recently finished a master’s degree in human resource management. She also has experience of facilitating a hearing voices group, organising conferences and developing information resources for people with mental health needs. She hopes to bring these skills and her own personal experience of severe mental illness to help Wish flourish.
Alexandra has joined Wish as a trustee after volunteering for the organisation. She is currently a mental health peer worker in an NHS Trust, and previously worked as a research assistant on a project exploring the impact of the closure of Holloway Prison on the women imprisoned there.
In addition to this, Alexandra brings her lived experience of mental health challenges to her role as a trustee for Wish. She is particularly passionate about Trauma Informed approaches to care and addressing systemic inequalities.
Maria recently left an executive role in a high-profile media company to focus on her Psychology degree and home life. She was responsible for the broadcast and technical facilities for a large media organisation, looking after a team of over 90 people. She brings a wealth of organisational experience to the Board, and is looking forward to a new career in mental health. Maria has been in and around numerous mental health facilities over the years: during this time, she’s met many patients, doctors and counsellors, and continues to be actively involved in various mental health therapies.
Christine has been on the Board of People First (Self Advocacy) for 8 years, and Chair for the last 3. She has been involved in a campaign to challenge the Mental Capacity Amendment Bill not being in Easy Read, demonstrating that people with learning difficulties have not been informed or supported. She also supports the Director, attends management committee meetings, and makes decisions about finance and the restructuring of the organisation. Prior to this she was involved in Birmingham People First, as Secretary for 1 year and Chair for 2.5 years.
Outside of People First, Christine is involved in the Peer Leadership Academy and Casba, a Citizen Advocacy Development Group. She is also a member of a Birmingham organisation called Arts All Over the Place, and Birmingham Healthwatch.
Tammi is a Professor of Psychology and the lead author of Preventing Self-injury and Suicide in Women’s Prisons (2016: Waterside Press). She is a Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and Registered Senior Fellow with Advance HE, and a mental health nurse by clinical background. Tammi is extremely passionate about working with women in contact with the criminal justice system at all levels.
She has extensive experience of researching and working in prison and secure care settings and has completed work in this profession for over 20 years, and has contributed extensively to the development and delivery of interventions with imprisoned women in general and she has considerable expertise in the areas of suicide, self-harm and trauma focused care. Tammi brings this experience and skills to help Wish flourish.
The work that Wish does supporting women with mental health needs in secure hospitals, prisons and the community is very close to Sarah’s heart, and she hopes to support Wish develop and grow at all levels. She is particularly interested in supporting Wish as a user-led organisation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and acted on at all levels. In particular, Sarah hopes to develop campaigns to address the need for all statutory services to be trauma informed at point of delivery. When she lived in Northern Ireland she was also involved with Corrymeela, the Centre of Peace and Reconciliation.
Sarah has a degree in politics and has a real understanding of the legislative process. She understands the importance of empowering women through exploring and developing positive pathways and employment, and has a specific interest in diversity and ensuring that inclusion in Wish is a reality for all marginalised groups of women.
If you want to get in touch with any of our trustees, please contact us here.