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.
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. While helping family through illness, Maria has been in and around numerous Mental Health facilities over the years, met many patients, doctors and counsellors, and continues to be actively involved in various mental health therapies.
Sophie’s personal experience of mental health issues, having been in services since she was 15, has given her a special insight into patient needs. She has volunteered with many charities in the past including The British Heart Foundation, Cruse Bereavement Care and Victim Support. Her administration skills have been employed in two Primary Schools. She has a keen interest in raising awareness for service users within secure settings and is involved in steering groups both within the unit, where she is currently a patient, and on a national level. In her free time she enjoys playing many musical instruments, watching films and spending time with her family, friends and two boisterous dogs!
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.
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 her 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.