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.
Maria recently left an executive role in a high-profile media company in order to focus on her Psychology degree and her home life. In her previous role, Maria 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 pursuing 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.
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.
Christine has been on the Board of People First (Self Advocacy) for 8 years, and Chair for the last 3. Over that period she has been involved in the campaigning to challenge the Mental Capacity Amendment Bill not being in Easy Read, to demonstrate 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 her work with People First, Christine has been involved in the work of the Peer Leadership Academy and Casba, which is a Citizen Advocacy Development Group. She is also a member of a Birmingham organisation called Arts All Over the Place, and Birmingham Healthwatch.
If you want to get in touch with any of our trustees, please contact us here.