Our new Board of Advisors are comprised of people with experience of mental health challenges, have friends of family with people with mental health challenges, passionate about wanting to reduce the stigma of mental health and improve support for those who need it. Thank you for their time and commitment

Kathryn Baddeley – Cisco and Vice Chair at Board of Trustees for Berkshire Women’s Aid

Kevin Hood – Volunteer Reading Your Way,

Alice Clifton – Healthwatch West Berkshire

Chris Downes – Experience as a service user

Doris Allimadi – Project Coordinator at The Children and Women’s Trust and author of ‘Lost, my battle with depression’

Cecily Mwaniki – Community Liaison Lead BHFT, Mental Health First Aid Trainer and liaises closely with ACRE.

Mark Anthony Lawerence – CEO History Portal and Reading Pride Ambassador

Lis Allen – Author and performer of Vagina Dialogues and Stop Talking Bollox has also experienced mental health issues and passionate about early year

Linda Dobraszczyk – Public Health Specialist, led the Mental Health In the Womb Conference and 70/30 Wave Ambassador

Karen Smith – Experience in mental health in young people

Naomi Cross – Open University student and speaker on her experience with mental health issues

Caroline Gratrix, mum, experience of suicide in the family, volunteer, community activist and owner of Viva Photography

Lorna Crossan – Relax Kids Woodley, with experience of mental health issues and passionate about children’s mental health

Heidi Strickland Clarke – FastTrack Fit Camp – fitness and well-being specialist with experience of helping deliver positive impact of activity on mental health

Eddie Winship – Radio Producer and Presenter Blast FM and lots of experience in mental health, addictions and volunteering

James Cuggy – Experienced mental health issues and believes in power of the arts to help with some mental health issues

Lauren Hope – Experienced mental health issues and runs www.MovingOnTV.com

Kirsti Wilson – Managing Director at Connect Reading – connecting business and voluntary sector

Karen Shukla – NHS Communications Specialist and Mental Health First Aid Trainer

Julie Napier– Lead at Newbury Sobs, a support group for people bereaved by Suicide which Julie has had direct experience of

Rosie Dale – Mum, Teacher and School Governor